Sr Director, Digital Applications Development

Parsippany, NJ 07054

Employment Type: Direct Hire Area of Specialty: Digital Technology Job Number: 6925 Pay Rate: 178,000

Summary

This position will be responsible for managing, developing, providing leadership, vision and direction to an organization of skilled IT development professionals who will be focused on delivering high value Digital solutions for the Business using the agile methodology. This individual will partner with other IT Leaders and Business Stakeholders to understand the current and future needs of skills and competencies within the  Digital landscape and work towards meeting the needs by either coaching/training/developing existing team members or recruiting talent from outside. This individual will also be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with vendor partners to help provide high quality software development and managed services to meet Business objectives.

 

The Competency Lead will be required to contribute to the Digital application/platform roadmap and build a strong capable organization to help support and enhance the Digital application portfolio which includes cloud native applications built on Azure and GCP platforms, custom built Enterprise web applications, mobile applications, content management systems, Customer and Sales focused custom off the shelf platforms.

 

Key challenges of this individual will be to focus on building the right capability and talent within the organization to help achieve high-value delivery as opposed to focusing on solutions delivery.

 

Essential Duties

  • Developing a competency framework and vision for the Digital competency center

  • Collaborating with other IT Leaders and Stakeholders to understand current and future skill set needs in the digital space

  • Ensuring team members are skilled in current development technologies and positioned to evolve to the latest, more future-oriented development technologies

  • Guiding the Development Leads/Managers within the digital applications organization to develop a capability assessment and development plan for team members

  • Building and maintaining relationships with key software development, staffing and managed services vendor partners and ensuring service level agreement (SLA) performance standards are enforced

  • Identify current and future digital competency needs for the organization today and for the future. This would include identifying what skills can be acquired, trained or developed within the organization vs. working with partners to acquire the skills necessary

  • Providing coaching, guidance and performance management to team members

  • Implementing development best practices, and methodologies (including agile) across the organization

  • Overseeing the implementation of processes and tools to automate code releases from development to operations (DevOps)

  • Collecting real-time feedback on your team members from the IT and Business Stakeholders, drive continuous improvements to increase productivity, optimize the customer experience, and reduce costs and risks through innovation, operational, and technological enhancement

  • Leading all organizational development and HR related aspects of the organization including recruiting, talent management, performance management, and succession planning

 

Technical Knowledge/Skills

  • Strong understanding of Kubernetes, Dockers, Microservices Architecture, Event Driven Architecture, Azure and GCP cloud offerings.

  • Good understanding of various authentication protocols like oAuth2.0, OpenId Connect, SAML and other.

  • Expert knowledge of technologies including .NET Core, .Net Framework 4.7 using C#, ASP.NET Core, MVC, Web API, JavaScript, JQuery, SQL Server.

  • Good knowledge of Mobile application development (Xamerin, ReactNative, Andriod, Ionic, and iOS Native).

  • Good understanding of technical platforms such as Sitecore, Akeneo, Salesforce, AODocs, and GSuite.

  • Solid understanding and experience (preferred) in DevOps methodology.


 

General Knowledge/ Skills

  • Solid understanding and proven track record leveraging industry best practices and standards including modern architecture and development practices, ITIL and SDLC.

  • Leadership quality including the ability to motivate, inspire, counsel, and facilitate individuals and teams to take responsibility and accountability for the goals.

  • Strong collaborative skills to work across multiple stakeholder groups to translate business strategies, initiatives, goals, and objectives.

  • Ability to influence Leaders and define strategy.

  • Ability to effectively communicate and report to different levels within and outside the IT Organization.


 

Education/Experience

  • 10 plus years of continuous IT and business/industry work experience with at least 7 years managing medium to large teams and a minimum of 7 years focused on delivering digital solutions/technologies.

  • Bachelor’ s Degree in IT/Computer related field (advanced degree preferred).

 

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Patti Richards
Managing Director, Digital & eCommerce Recruiting

Patti started working with The Connors Group in 2007. Her outgoing personality, energy, and positive attitude helped quickly develop a broad and loyal base of candidates and clients. Patti believes an ideal client relationship is a true “partner” with the shared goal of quickly and successfully recruiting the right talent... relationships that are built on trust, communication, and attention to all the right details. She believes that investing time to understand the big picture… the business and goals… are imperative when taking on a new search. Equally important to the “job order” is identifying the fit, and her goal is to add value and become that trusted, go-to resource companies seek to get their positions filled!

Candidates want to establish relationships with recruiters who understand the industry, skills, career goals, and personalities of the people they recruit. Listening to what is important to the individual- besides the skills match- to better align qualities with opportunities is the goal. Communication as well. Honest and open communication are paramount. As a recruiter working with both passive and active candidates; Patti strives to understand “who they are,” “what are their career goals,” “what do they think is their most valuable trait.” Listening, establishing rapport, and keeping the line of communication open… providing career guidance, suggestions, and honest feedback is what she believes differentiates our team from other recruiters!

Helping to build the digital practice for The Connors Group, even riding the waves of an up and down economy, and witnessing early stages of the digital, eCommerce era... is something Patti is tremendously proud of. To be part of successful and consistent growth… understanding the trends / translatable skills, cultivating relationships with early pioneers who were just starting out… and seeing their progression- it is very rewarding to be part of that change! Similarly, earlier in her technical sales career, witnessing the transition from Mainframe, Data Center technology… to Personal Computing, Microcomputing, and ultimately partnering with an innovative group to target small- to medium- sized businesses to offer affordable, powerful computer solutions- it was incredible to see that trend explode and have a part in it!

She would have to say… over the course of a 30-year career in technology, that Patti has found it satisfying to have contributed to both sides; from the evolution of computing and putting technology in the hands of the people… to now putting people with the right hands on the technology! Her goal is to continue to build a reputation as a Subject Matter Expert in the digital talent space, working with new companies and staying abreast of emergent technologies so that she may continue to service new and existing clients; and be positioned as a trustworthy and valuable partner. Outside of work, she loves to travel... mostly off the beaten path, has a knack for party hosting and loves to dance!  

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