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Sr Director, Software Engineering - Cirium - Portland

IT/Technical & Product Development
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Position Summary:


Cirium (formerly known as FlightGlobal) is looking for a Sr. Director of Software Engineering to cultivate and inspire the engineering organization responsible for

delivering outstanding products in the two fastest-growing sectors at Cirium. 


This role is a commercially-driven, software delivery leadership position focused on the high growth sectors of Traveler Services and Commercial Planning.  Traveler Services helps airlines and travel management companies improve the traveler experience and Commercial Planning helps airlines and airports develop commercial strategy.  The role is responsible for the engineering and operation of products developed by eight cross-functional, agile product squads. 


This position reports to the CTO and serves on the Technology Leadership Team which manages global strategic technology initiatives.


This position builds long-term strategic plans, oversees the organization’s budget, works with product to direct the definition and implementation of customer requirements, and helps create the product vision to support the ongoing lifecycle management of applicable key products and systems. The right candidate will be able to work with product and finance to build and deliver business investment cases to fund the priorities of the company.  The position will also develop future leaders to build senior leadership bench strength.


A valid passport and the ability to travel throughout the United States and United Kingdom is required. You will be working with a global team of highly talented and committed individuals bringing three companies together into one to form the aviation industry’s leading data and analytics provider. 


Leadership Skills:


·      Positive attitude and the ability to assume best intent in all conversations

·      Frequent, open and honest communication, written and verbal

·      Ability to collaborate globally across time zones (i.e. wake up early)

·      Foster a culture of ownership and accountability

·      Ability to recognize, learn from, and celebrate both successes and failures

·      Ability to get the right people in the same room at the right time

·      You value products over projects

·      You value outcomes over output


Functional Skills:


·      Software lifecycle management

·      Knowledge of large and complex systems

·      Knowledge of architectural principals

·      Ability to leverage technical metrics to drive effective business decisions

·      Proven expert in partnering with and leading internal and external technology resources in solving complex business needs

·       Experience in code reviews and development approaches

·      Expertise in industry best practices

·      Proven ability to lead test-driven development and maintenance

·      Proven ability to adapt to new roles and responsibilities

·      Software development process expert in agile methodologies

·      Excellent skills in setting, communicating, implementing, and achieving business objectives and goals through the direct management of others

·      Excellent organization/project planning, time management, and change management skills across multiple functional groups and departments, and excellent delegation skills involving prioritizing and reprioritizing initiatives and managing initiatives of various sizes and complexity

·      Excellent problem-solving experience involving leading teams in identifying, researching, and coordinating the resources necessary to effectively troubleshoot/diagnose complex project issues; prior success extracting/translating findings into alternatives/solutions; and identifying risks/impacts and schedule adjustments to facilitate management decision-making

·       Excellent communication (verbal and written) and customer service skills. Strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills applicable to a wide audience including senior and executive management, customers, etc., including diction/terminology and presenting information in a concise and effective manner to clients, management, and various departments using assorted communication mediums




·      Responsible for leaders with teams of both internal and external technology resources

·      Meet or exceed operational targets, service-level agreements, schedules, quality or cost requirements

·      Work with product and finance to design, build, present and implement business cases for investment in key growth areas

·      Manage the budgeted spend of investment cases, build and defend change requests when necessary

·      Make long- and short-term decisions in relationship to product development strategies as they relate to the overall business strategy

·      Perform reviews to ensure enterprise and architectural standards and processes are followed

·      Utilize best practices and understands emerging trends

·      Develop leaders to build senior leadership bench strength

·      Lead the development of technical standards, and perform reviews to ensure enterprise and architectural standards and processes are followed

·      Recommend technical strategy and direction across functional area

·      Consult with stakeholders to find alternative work-arounds during system outages

·      Provide design input across a product

·      Work directly with customers and end users

·      Design and work with complex data models

·      Seek diverse ideas and perspectives from a variety of sources to create better solutions, products, and services

·      Carry out management responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies, procedures, and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems

·      Ensure all staff is provided with training and resources needed to perform their jobs to the most outstanding degree possible. Ensure all staff is provided with frequent feedback and coaching in order to meet and exceed individual and team performance goals consistently

·      Manage and encourage new ideas from staff to foster improvements through innovations

·      Empower the staff to be accountable and responsible for their own actions and decisions




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