Director, Application Development

Director, Application Development

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Job description


Your tasks and responsibilities

The Director, IT Application Development is a strategic business systems visionary and integrator, responsible for development and ongoing support of the company's software applications within the ISC America. Through team leadership and technical expertise, responsibilities include working closely with business partners to identify, prioritize, and define solutions. S/he will lead internal IT software development initiatives as well as the selection/integration of third party technology and applications. This includes the creation, maintenance and delivery of release schedules for all new development and systems upgrades. Additionally, he/she will coordinate the acceptance, approval and prioritization of development project requests, as well as existing system change requirements.
The Director, IT Application Development will report to the VP of Application Development decision makers across the business to identify, recommend, develop, implement, and support cost-effective technology solutions for all aspects of the ISC America organization.
Local candidates only - no relocation provided.

Strategy & Planning
Formulate and deploy short and long-term strategic direction and roadmap for all software applications with the IT management team, and by collaborating with the business to understand current and future needs and direction
Maintains strong business relationships and works collaboratively with all business unit leaders, ensuring alignment between business objectives and systems priorities.
Manage all Application operational and strategic planning, including business requirements, project planning, organizing and negotiating the allocation of resources.

Operational Management

Directs and drives the Application teams (internal and external) to deliver solutions that meet business requirements, are well architected, well documented and tested.
Provides coaching, mentoring, and leadership to the team. Develop and grows the existing application systems organization into a highly functioning, efficient, and effective team.
Identifies departmental priorities and deploys resources to best meet the company needs, taking responsibility for team deliverables, and assisting in the overall planning and implementation of the project portfolio.
Determine and manage short- and long-term Application priorities, goals, results, and objectives. Work closely with the business to understand, define and prioritize business needs. In conjunction with IT VP of Application development, identifies need and justification for resources to continue to support business objectives.
Responsible for managing 3rd party Application Managed Services provider, project schedules, technical risks, problem solving, issues management and milestone tracking
Provides vision and supports actions to ensure innovation and competitiveness in terms of products, services, technologies, processes, etc.
Analyze business changes that affect current systems solutions. Lead system analysts to design appropriate enhancements to support such changes. Responsibilities include estimating scope and cost of effort, working with business relationship managers to assign priorities, assigning resources, tracking progress to completion, managing testing and quality, planning for transition to production status.
Establish and maintain regular in-person and written communications with the organization's executives, department heads, and end users regarding pertinent IT activities.
Manages the Application Services budget and results based on the business plan defined.
Support negotiation and administration of vendor, outsourcer, and consultant contracts and service agreements.
Grow and develop individuals and the team, ensuring the attraction, development and retention of top talent.
Ensures application development processes comply with Sarbanes-Oxley, as well as other regulatory, trade compliance and business requirements.
Have and maintain a detailed overall knowledge of their respective specific capabilities and functions, system architecture, and required technical infrastructure.

Your skills and experience


Formal Education & Certification
Bachelor's degree in computer science, business management or related discipline and 10 years related work experience.
Knowledge & Experience
A minimum of 10 years relevant professional IT applications development experience.
8+ Years as at management level - experience leading a team of Analysts, Developers and Quality Assurance Analysts.
An effective leader and mentor, capable of building the function to meet the business needs for IT support; with experience managing internal and external resources and projects on a global scale.
Provides technical guidance and mentoring to application development teams throughout all the phases of the SDLC
Experience with J2SE 5,6,7,8 / J2EE 5,6,7
Java/J2EE Framework development and design experience using JSF, Prime Faces, GWT, Spring, EJB, JNDI, JMS, XML, XSLT, JDBC, Junit, JQuery, JavaScript, AJAX
Experience with Agile development methodology, scaled scrum and/or extreme programming
Capable of establishing excellent relationships with the business unit managers, utilizing business case development skills to establish priorities.
Effective negotiating skills.
Experience in process management, governance and IT methodologies.
Track record in leading the successful development of in-house, out-sourced and blended solutions in a structured project management environment.
Proven understanding of relevant IT best practice methods
Personal Attributes
Superb leadership, communication, interpersonal skills, and global awareness
The ability to create an atmosphere blending drive, energy, creativity, pragmatism, results orientation, teamwork and fun; focused on the company's success first and foremost.
Demonstrated customer sensitivity and focus on total customer satisfaction.
Ability to operate successfully in a rapidly changing environment.
Highly intelligent and resourceful, with a mindset that balances both strategy and innovation, with direct and successful execution.
Focused on managing and measuring work, setting high expectations for him/herself and the organization.
Highly credible with ability to engage others in both strategic and technical matters.
Ability to successfully navigate a matrix management environment.
Demonstrates managerial courage, making timely and good quality decisions.
Applies strong ethics and values in everyday business decisions.
Proven ability to develop direct reports and others.
Maintains a reputation of integrity and trust.

Good reasons to join

We offer competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits package, employee discounts, tuition reimbursement, excellent training programs and a highly dynamic global work environment.


Kuehne + Nagel Inc - New York - Head Office
10 Exchange Place
Jersey City, NJ 07302-3920

About Kuehne + Nagel

With over 70,000 employees at some 1,300 locations in over 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the world's leading logistics companies. Its strong market position lies in the seafreight, airfreight, contract logistics and overland businesses, with a clear focus on providing IT-based integrated logistics solutions. Further information can be found at www.kuehne-nagel.com

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