Director, Engineering

Stanford University

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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Director, Engineering
Graduate School of Business, Stanford, California, United States

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4806
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: L
Requisition ID: 94341

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford's Graduate School of Business has built a global reputation based on its immersive and innovative management programs. We provide students a transformative leadership experience, pushing the boundaries of knowledge with faculty research, and offering a portfolio of entrepreneurial and non-degree programs that deliver global impact like no other. We are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in service of our mission of developing innovative, principled, and insightful leaders who change lives, change organizations, and change the world. We invite you to be part of this mission.

The Digital Solutions Department of the Stanford GSB seeks an experienced and highly skilled Director, Engineering. Having a customer experience centric mindset, the Director, Engineering will execute substantial technical and managerial efforts within the delivery org and with university-wide focus. You will exercise major programmatic impact on and/or manage very large technical architecture and solution functions. You will manage a team in a complex technology environment to optimize engineering operations, invest in 3P's (people, process, product/technology), and establish customer experience centric service through effective communication and partner with cross functional teams. Our team provides assistance to faculty, graduate students, and staff with an expectation to deliver high quality products and services that meet their needs within appropriate timelines and budgets.

In this role, you will own a wide range of business applications and systems spread across web/content management systems, On-premise and cloud offerings, data & API management systems to name a few. The Director, Engineering plays a key role in the maintenance, enhancement, and management of GSB's enterprise applications along with managing delivery initiatives/projects. You will work closely with various department offices across the school while remaining aligned with strategy, deliverables, and goals of GSB DS. You will also coordinate with internal technical, security, PMO, enterprise architecture, and infrastructure teams to help successfully implement and administer all engineering initiatives meeting customer expectations with no compromise to quality and within timelines/budget. You will manage a team of seasoned and high performing engineering team along with some teams from partner organizations. If you are an experienced Engineering and Operations management professional and a change agent who is ready to take-on a exciting new opportunity and impact the future of technology in higher education, this is a position for you.

Your primary responsibilities include:
  • Manage all business and technical activities undertaken by staff in the group (e.g. scripting, installing, configuring, managing, enhancing, and maintaining applications, systems, and software).
  • Provide strategic planning for own work group and oversee the execution of strategic initiatives with a deadline based mindset, including but not limited to:
    • Best-in class operations management capability including problem & incident management, proactive monitoring and automation.
    • Scaling of operations to future business needs.
    • Delivery of high performance and scalable business applications & platforms.
  • Partnering closely with senior management; provide strategic planning for own work group and oversee the execution of strategic initiatives, including but not limited to:
    • Establishing a culture of high performance, solution options, transparency and continuous improvement.
    • Best-in class operations management capability including problem & incident management, proactive monitoring and automation.
  • Manage the daily operations of engineering unit that includes recruiting, hiring, training, developing, evaluating, setting priorities, work tracking & prioritization, coordinate business, technical, and educational activities for direct reports.
  • Own and contribute to solving business problems by providing technical solution options. Provide strategic direction and guide engineering teams to work completion within time/budget and no compromise to quality and customer expectations.
  • Partner closely with senior management, create and execute technical plans, and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements. Evaluate and assess metrics and program effectiveness; review trends and monitor proactively.
  • Instrumental in coming up with innovative solutions following latest tech trends (in higher education) so as to grow and stabilize the technology platforms along with improving the processes.
  • Identify, clarify and resolve technical issues within Engineering; often serve as the initial managerial escalation point for issues from clients and other staff.
  • Work with a variety of users to gain information, and develop intra-system tradeoffs between different users, as necessary; interact with a diverse client base and outside vendor contacts.
  • Contribute to establishing he vision and roadmap for engineering function and manage the team in effectively executing against GSB's goals. Cut through the engineering "buzzwords" to get to the heart of problem to help solve business needs; translate technology capabilities into business solutions.
  • Resolve issues quickly and take actions that meet university goals, with partnership. Align with the University on broad technology directions.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or related discipline and five years of experience in software development, or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Experience in architecting, designing, developing, testing, and deploying scalable applications with thorough knowledge of all aspects of the software development life cycle and quality control practices.
  • Demonstrated engineering management experience managing engineering teams, systems, and projects. Experience guiding technical teams to a desired solution-requirements review, code reviews, mentoring and coaching.
  • Experience working with RDBMS systems like SQL Server, Oracle and exposure to data management and reporting skills and platforms like SQL/PLSQL, Informatica, SnapLogic (API/Sync mgmt.,), and Tableau.
  • Experience working with websites, marketing, portals, & CMS systems like Drupal, Pantheon, and Liferay.
  • Experience working with ERP cloud systems like Salesforce and Oracle products especially Oracle APEX.
  • Exceptional customer experience and relationship skills, consensus building skills, and ability to establish effective working relationships in a diverse environment.
  • Demonstrated experience working with partners, developing and managing budgets, and service contracts.
  • Self-starter with excellent verbal, communication, and presentation skills.

In addition, preferred requirements include:
  • Ability to select, adapt, and effectively use a variety of programming methods, with good coding experience in at least one of the programming languages: Java, Python or C#.
  • Demonstrated experience of secure coding practices and ability in researching and guiding the teams in implementing latest industry practices and technologies.
  • Demonstrated experience managing activities, be a broad technical thought partner and mentor teams.
  • Experience working with distributed technical teams working in an agile/scrum environment.
  • Demonstrated ability in building applications that boost user engagement and efficiency.

Why Stanford is for You

Stanford's dedicated 16,000 staff come from diverse educational and career backgrounds. We are a collaborative environment that thrives on innovation and continuous improvement. At Stanford, we seek talent committed to excellence, driven to impact the future of our legacy, and improve lives on a global sphere. We provide competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our generous perks align with what matters to you:
  • Freedom to grow. Take advantage of career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
  • A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
  • A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall, or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
  • Discovery and fun. Visit campus gardens, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computers, cell phones, recreation, travel, entertainment, and more!

We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume along with your online application.

* The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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