Director, Software Development role at SAS in Cary

SAS in Cary is hiring a Director, Software Development

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We’re the leader in analytics. Through our software and services, we inspire customers around the world to transform data into intelligence – and questions into answers.We’re also a debt-free multi-billion-dollar organization on our path to IPO-readiness. If you’re looking for a dynamic, fulfilling career coupled with flexibility and world-class employee experience, you’ll find it here.

About the job

Making developers and data scientists more productive has always been at the core of what we do. It’s what the market and our customers expect of us. Making SAS analytics available as software-as-a-service is yet another frontier ensuring we continue to rise to the demands of that market and those customers. Last year at SAS Explore, we announced two exciting new products at the intersection of these expectations, SAS Viya Workbench and SAS App Factory. Both products aim to make data engineers, data scientists and app developers more productive.

As the Director of the Software-as-a-Service division, you'll report directly to the SVP of R&D Platform Engineering. You’ll be leading the teams responsible for delivering these exciting new products and other offerings in the future. SAS’s expectations for this part of our portfolio and this role are high. It will be a fast-paced and demanding job. You’ll be expected to jump in with both feet and to lead with a sense of urgency. You’ll be leading a small, but rapidly expanding division full of wickedly talented individuals. Corralling and channeling these personalities will take the right person. You must deliver while not stifling innovation. We want someone that is passionate about leadership, analytics and software-as-a-service.

Specifically, we’re looking for someone to help us:

  • Understand both the specific value SAS analytics can provide as software-as-a-service and the operational demands and rigor required to be successful in this space.
  • Execute aggressive timelines to ensure we meet our internal goals and objectives.
  • Balance delivering high-quality software while establishing and nurturing culture within a new organization.

As the Software-as-a-Service Director, you will:

  • Develop strategic priorities for the Software-as-a-Service division.
  • Create and reinforce a goal-oriented, collaborative, and people-first culture across the division. · Provide product direction and leadership through collaboration with other division leaders, product management, marketing, sales, product experience, our customers, and others within and outside SAS.
  • Create and support a culture that is focused on critical thinking; prioritize the development of business acumen and its applicability to help customers achieve business value.
  • Monitor and ensure that products/projects adhere to established R&D practices, standards, procedures and schedules.
  • Provide technical leadership as appropriate to the Software-as-a-Service division.
  • Initiate and enable cross-divisional collaboration to improve the overall effectiveness of the R&D Platform Engineering organization.
  • Engage and collaborate with the R&D Platform Engineering architecture team to evolve our software into a next-generation cloud-native platform.
  • Represent the company and the Software-as-a-Service portfolio within or outside the company.
  • Proactively identify and navigate potential issues and resolve blockers to meet deadlines and schedules.

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in quantitative field.

  • 12+ years of related software development experience.

  • 5+ years of experience managing technical staff of all levels of experience.

  • Demonstrated success refining product requirements while leading an organization to develop and deliver products and tools that meet those requirements.

  • Ability to bring form and structure to the ambiguous.

  • Extremely strong analytical, presentation and communication skills.

  • Proven ability to interface with, influence and manage all levels of the organization.

  • You are curious, passionate, authentic and accountable. These are our values and influence everything we do.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Strong intellect and personal presence which inspires confidence in people at all levels.
  • Self-directed, able to spearhead initiatives, translate plans into specific actions across a team and execute with urgency.
  • High degree of leadership, independent negotiation and decision-making skills.
  • Entrepreneurial attitude with a can-do/hands-on mentality.
  • An excellent listener who absorbs and respects the opinions of others but is decisive and able to influence.
  • A collaborative leader who empowers others.
  • Accountable and holds people accountable.
  • A change agent – leading the team to the desired state through understanding.
  • A coach, mentor and developer of people.
  • Experience leading agile development teams and motivating agile transformation.
  • Willingness to embrace the open-source ecosystem as a pillar of our development culture.
  • Lead by example and generate respect and loyalty from peers, superiors, subordinates and external parties.
  • Emotionally intelligent, resilient and mature.
  • Impeccable ethics and a high-level of integrity.

**World-class benefits **

Highlights include...

  • Comprehensive medical, prescription, dental and vision plans.
  • Medical plan options include…
  • PPO with low annual deductible and copays.
  • HDHP combined with a health savings account with a contribution from SAS (no access to on-site health care center).
  • Onsite Health Care Center (HQ) that’s free to employees and family members enrolled in the PPO plan. There’s a pharmacy too! Not local to HQ? The pharmacy will ship prescriptions for no additional charge!
  • An industry-leading 401k plan.
  • Generous time away including vacation time, a variety of paid holidays, and our much-loved U.S. Winter Wellness Break between December 25 and January 1.
  • Volunteer Time Off, parental leave and unlimited paid sick days.
  • Generous childcare benefits for all full-time employees

To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, and should not require, now or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status. SAS is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Read more: Know Your Rights. Also view the Pay Transparency notice.

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