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VP, Technology

Philadelphia, PA, USA | Sidecar

  • Industry:
    Information Technologies
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    IT / Information Technology
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Job Description:
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We’re looking for a VP, Technology to join our rapidly growing Innovation team. 


The VP Candidate will have a deep understanding of our tech stack, the competitive AdTech/MarTech landscape, and our product capabilities. They will oversee the Data Science, Software Engineering, and Engineering Enablement teams in order to guide the alignment of their team output to the overall tech strategy and, ultimately, the overall Business Strategy.


Tech Stack - GoLang, Python, AWS, JavaScript, React/Redux, GraphQL, PostgreSQL, Docker, Kubernetes, CI/CD, Spark, Hadoop, Redshift


ACCOUNTABILITIES:


Aligning the long term Technology Strategy with the overarching Business Strategy and ensuring the Data Science, Software Engineering, Engineering Enablement (DS, SE, EE) teams deliver upon that strategy

Developing individual partnerships with direct reports in order to understand the relationship of each discipline to the overall tech strategy

Driving the 12+ month vision and design of the technical organization, while supporting leadership in their execution of 3-12 month initiatives

Supporting DS, SE, EE leadership in management and development of our technical culture

Armed with the organizational budget, goals and constraints, supporting DS, SE, EE leadership in the resource planning and team structuring. 

Building an environment of trust among the collective direct reports and self with a focus on executing upon strategy in the most efficient way

Building an environment of ownership and accountability amongst direct reports

Representing the team's viewpoint to other leaders in the organization including VP’s, CEO and CFO

Providing transparency to direct reports around business strategy including unforeseen challenges and changes to the strategy in order to realign tech strategy toward delivery

Partnering with technical leadership to build and deliver a Technology roadmap, focusing on performance & reliability, technology modernization, paying down accrued technical debt, and security / risk mitigation

Partnering with VP, Product to build, maintain and deliver an Innovation Roadmap that reflects the combined Tech and Product roadmaps that meet organizational business goals, scaling needs and future product positioning.

Partnering with the VP, Product to collect data on engagement, revenue and efficiency deltas based on delivered work over time in order to prove ongoing value of deliverables and validate the business impact of the technology strategy

Maintaining overall accountability for timely and quality technical deliveries

Ensuring the technology strategy is executed upon in alignment with budget

Partnering closely with CFO on tech budget in alignment with overall Sidecar budget 

Making strategic and data driven decisions around overhead costs in order to aid technical leadership to execute upon strategy (including staffing, tooling, equipment, environment, comp/reward)

Accountable for setting technical team success metrics, tracking and implementing measures to meet goals, eg.

Accountable for the success of recruiting and retention efforts

Serve as the voice/face of our technology team to the organization, the executive team, our board and customers/partners as needed

Being able to speak to our technology with a level of comfort and familiarity that instills confidence in audience despite level

Staying current on industry trends and happenings in order to influence long term business outcome

Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of technology standards, emerging technologies, and software development best practices

Building relationships with VP’s in revenue to ensure tech strategy is aligned with marketing, sales and customer strategy.Lend support to those teams when necessary (including but not limited to supporting marketing efforts through content/thought leadership, supporting sales efforts,and customer strategy initiatives)


REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:


Recent and likely repeated success leading a high growth technology organization

Experience influencing overall business strategy while focusing on the realities of product delivery

Experience with AI/Machine Learning or within organizations that have deployed AI/ML ; must have been core to a commercially delivered product (not as a tool used internally); must have worked with a data science team

Experience building B2B software

Familiar with distributed, service-oriented, cloud enabled architectures; data/ETL pipelines; containers and container orchestration. 

Demonstrated strength running a technology organization with strong aptitude around data, metrics, analytics, and business intelligence

Proven experience innovating: bringing new products to market, influencingtechnology roadmaps for existing product entry into new markets, and differentiating products in a competitive market

Ability to listen, consider, and assimilate input from a wide range of constituents; solid influencing skills; capable of building consensus using the voice of our customers; a thought leader


BEHAVIORAL TRAITS:


An Engaging leader who is able to drive outcomes while understanding the appropriate level of involvement in the details

A Humble and collaborative, has strong opinions but weakly held (willing to consider opposing views)

A visible, self-aware and energetic leader with the proven ability to install a sense of shared vision


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