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Director of Software Engineering (4723)

Newport News, VA 23603

Posted: 02/14/2019 Employment Type: Direct Job Category: Director Job Number: 4723

The Director of Software Engineering will take responsibility for all Software aspects in the Swisslog CGLA Americas Region, including but not limited to: regional software strategy, technical realization of customer projects, organizational leadership and development, and sales support.  Lead all engineering tasks for the Software group, implementing software for Automation Systems and developing customer specific solutions for conventional and automated warehouse operations. Responsible for understanding the competitive nature of the business and evolving the regional Software strategy accordingly. In addition, the Director is responsible for composing functional requirements and transforming them into software design code through a distributed team of Software engineers. The Director will drive excellence and continuous improvement throughout the organization, as well as foster the use of modern methods in development, testing and implementation. Ensure all deliverables are completed with quality. Member of the CGLA Americas regional management team, representing the Software content, and as such has a responsibility to drive the regional Software strategy, working in collaboration with the global Software community, and provide input to the larger Americas Hub Strategy.


  • Change agent who continuously challenges status quo
  • Motivates others to strive for excellence
  • Able to define and drive Software strategy for region
  • Team player
  • Flexible and open to change
  • Prior Agile experience is a plus
  • Continuously develops skills and knowledge

  • Bachelor’ s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or equivalent plus 7+ years of relevant experience (Automated Material Handling Industry preferred)
  • Minimum of 5+ years of experience leading Software projects and teams
  • Demonstrable success applying strong leadership skills and establishing strong interpersonal relationships
  • Proactive self-starter with grit, initiative and ability to get things done 
  • Academic recognition and/or practical experience in the field of software/project engineering
  • Experience in the management of subcontractors delivering software content


Desirable Experience
  • Prior experience working in an Agile Software Development environment; preference given to candidates with experience converting an organization from Waterfall to Agile
  • Experience working in matrix environment
  • Experience leading distributed, global teams
  • Application knowledge of industrial warehouse systems (conveyors, monorail, etc.) is highly desirable
  • Knowledge of Warehouse Management Systems and warehouse operations best practices is desirable

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