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Director of Technology - Ag Solutions

Company: LNRS Data Services Inc. Company
Location: Stillwater
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Director of Technology - Ag Services

Proagrica

Proagrica is a global provider of independent connectivity and data-driven support solutions for the agriculture and animal health industries. We are a division of Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions Group - a subsidiary of the RELX Group listed on the NYSE with over 30,000 employees worldwide.

Proagrica is looking for a Director of Technology to lead our Ag Solutions product technology group.

You will provide technical leadership to software engineers and business stakeholders, define strategic technical roadmaps, manage risk and deliver innovative full stack solutions to challenging problems. A passion for product development, technology, analytics and big data is essential.

Job Purpose:

You will be responsible for all aspects of technology and development leadership for our Ag Solutions division. Driving the teams to deliver enterprise products to a variety of customers in the precision agriculture, compliance and grower sectors.

You will lead a team of 60+ internal and external technologists giving day-to-day management and direction to accomplish on-time, efficient delivery of product development goals, owning the outcome and empowering the teams.

You will report to the VP of Technology for Proagrica and work closely with Product leaders/managers as well as the head of the Ag Solutions business.

In your first year you will aim to build a strong, stable technology team. You'll define and develop the structure to support a scalable product business. Refine the agX Platform to be agile, modular and responsive to business and product needs, reducing complexity and improving usability and data practices. You will implement and drive forward our unified operational model, leading change and driving ownership and accountability throughout the technology organisation.

Education & Desired Experience:

  • 12+ years of Software Development experience
  • 5+ years of Software Development management experience
  • BS Engineering/Computer Science or equivalent experience required; advanced degree preferred
  • Experience leading cross functional teams with Agile frameworks.
  • Experience working with products or platforms dealing with geospatial data or precision agriculture applications.
  • A track record of Innovation. We're seeking an individual who actively monitors/contributes towards industry trends and opportunities. Someone who is able to research, evaluate & prototype new and alternative technologies.
  • Designing highly available, fault tolerant solutions with scalability and capacity planning in mind
  • Design and implementation of full stack solutions and object oriented designs
  • Designing, implementing and optimizing large ETL & Data warehousing solutionsKey Accountabilities/Responsibilities:
    • Lead internal and external technology resources.
    • 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.
    • Report progress to senior management, provide oversight and management of the department budget, identifying and supporting talent, and defining resource requirements and allocations.
    • Successfully partner and lead large offshore resources in solving complex business needs.
    • Perform reviews to ensure enterprise and architectural standards and processes are followed.
    • Complete management responsibilities to include performance management, hiring, and coaching of staff.
    • Utilize best practices and understands emerging trends.
    • Manage system and user acceptance testing cycles to ensure accurate and quality business solutions.
    • Actively manage the quality of the output solutions
    • Lead the development of technical standards, and perform reviews to ensure enterprise and architectural standards and processes are followed.
    • Serve as a primary technical point of contact for external technology resources.
    • Recommend technical strategy and direction across functional area.
    • Participate in development and evolution of architecture.
    • Consult with stakeholders to find alternative work-arounds during system outages.
    • Provide design input across a product.
    • Work directly with customers and end users.
    • Serve as acknowledged "go to" person on coding and technical issues.
    • Interface with other technical personnel or team members to finalize requirements.
    • Write and review portions of detailed specifications for the development of system components of moderate complexity.
    • Design and work with complex data models.
    • 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.
    • Seek diverse ideas and perspectives from a variety of sources to create better solutions, products, and services.
    • All other duties assigned.Essential Skills Required:
      • Key experience and proven competencies in technologies associated with responsibilities.
      • Software development process expert in applicable methodologies
      • Expertise in industry technology language development trends.
      • Advanced skills in setting, communicating, implementing, and achieving business objectives and goals through the direct management of others.
      • Advanced organization/project planning, time management, and change management skills across multiple functional groups and departments, and advanced delegation skills involving prioritizing and reprioritizing projects and managing projects of various size 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.
      • Strong budgeting and finance skills.
      • Strong knowledge of architectural principles.
      • Knowledge of large complex systems.
      • Proven 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.
      • Proven knowledge and experience in project planning and management tools to manage project progress, budget, and scope.
      • Proven experience utilizing Alternative Sourcing Models.
      • Expertise and proven experience in both Managed Services and Staff Augmentation models.
      • Knowledge in normalized/dimensional data modelling principles and their application to complex business needs.
      • Expertise in techniques for design and code reviews of offshore technical proposals.Desired Skills:

        The successful candidate will demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge across a range of technologies with the ability to hold discussion at a high level.
        • Strong understanding of programming languages, code, and databases.
        • Strong proficiency in database technology, design and manipulation, optimization, best practices, and leading industry trend knowledge.
        • Experience in code reviews and development approaches.
        • Expertise in industry best practices in offshore partnership development.
        • Proven ability to lead test-driven development and maintenance.
        • Industrywide or broad companywide technical knowledge.
        • Proven ability to adapt to new roles and responsibilities.
        • Proven expertise in the use and development of applicable desktop tool sets.
        • Strong proficiency with data manipulation language including optimization techniques.
        • Ability to design and work with complex data models.
        • Expertise in development languages including but not limited to: Java, JavaScript, Node.js C/C++, HTML, XML, SQL, Windows, UNIX, and .Net.
        • Experience with Containerisation using Docker or Kubernetes.
        • Knowledge in using and developing applicable tool sets.Who are Proagrica?

          Proagrica is a global provider of independent connectivity and data-driven support solutions for the agriculture and animal health industries. We deliver actionable intelligence to drive business growth across the value chain. Our superior products and services connect and empower industry participants to address their key needs around trading, productivity, and compliance. Our solutions are built around the key competences of data connectivity and data analytics delivering seamless supply chain management, supply chain standards compliance, and customer insight and engagement..... click apply for full job details

Keywords: LNRS Data Services Inc. Company, Stillwater , Director of Technology - Ag Solutions, Executive , Stillwater, Oklahoma

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