Sr. Director, Research & Development role at SAS in Cary

SAS in Cary is hiring a Sr. Director, Research & Development

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About the job
As a Sr Director, Health and Life Sciences at SAS, you are a person that possesses a deep Software as a Services (SaaS) knowledge. You are passionate about applying leadership and collaboration with the discipline of execution for all phases of development and test. 
As SAS continues our journey toward becoming cloud native, a critical business driver is the ability to increase delivery of SAS’ existing software portfolio in a SaaS business model. This highly visible role will report to the Vice President of Health and Life Sciences and interact with senior leaders and development teams across Research and Development (R&D), and the company. This role will also include promoting, teaching, fostering and facilitating a SaaS mindset among all of R&D and the Lines of Business.
We are looking for a leader to approach this role with vision, perspective, a sense of urgency, alignment to the CTO vision and most importantly the drive to succeed, with a proven ability to deliver.
As a Sr Director, Health and Life Sciences, you will:

  • Create and reinforce a goal-oriented, collaborative culture amongst and across the technical business units.
  • Control, plan, and direct the activities for a R&D division or multiple departments ensuring alignment with division and corporate goals.
  • Provide product direction leadership through collaboration with Product Management, Marketing, Sales, Customers, and others within and outside SAS.
  • Adeptly manage the heavily matrixed environment with a focus on collaboration and prioritization.
  • 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 products/projects adhere to established R&D practices, procedures and schedules.
  • Provide technical leadership as appropriate to the division/department.
  • Initiate and enable Cross-divisional collaboration to improve overall effectiveness of the R&D organization.
  • Represent the company and provide product presentations within or outside the company.
  • Proactively identify and navigate potential issues in order to meet deadlines and schedules.
  • Ensure all applicable security policies and processes are followed to support the organization’s secure software development goals.
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    Required Qualifications
  • Must be based in the Raleigh, NC area.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree.
  • 15+ years of related programming or testing experience.
  • 8+ years of experience managing technical staff at all levels.
  • Extensive and hands-on experience with cloud providers.
  • Strong understanding of SaaS.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and executing products and tools.
  • Demonstrated leadership, especially a matrix environment and change agent skill sets.
  • Ability to bring form and structure to the ambiguous.
  • Extremely strong analytical, presentation, advanced abilities in business modeling and excellent communication skills.
  • Proven ability to interface, influence and manage with all levels of organization.
  • You’re curious, passionate, authentic and accountable. These are our values and influence everything we do.
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    Preferred Qualifications
  • Strong understanding of SAS products, tools, platform and infrastructure

**Other knowledge, skills, and abilities **

  • A leader of strong intellect and personal presence who 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 with a can-do / hands-on mentality.
  • Excellent listener who absorbs and respects the opinions of others but is decisive and able to influence.
  • A collaborative leader who empowers others.
  • One who is accountable and in turn, holds people accountable.
  • A change agent – leading the Team to the desired state through understanding.
  • A coach and developer of people.
  • Leads by example and can generate respect and loyalty from peers, superiors and subordinates, as well as external links.
  • 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 with a low annual deductible and copays.
  • Onsite Health Care Center (HQ) that’s free to employees and covered family members.
  • Onsite pharmacy (HQ) where a 30-day supply of any generic drug costs $5 or less. Not local? They ship for free.
  • 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.

**Diverse and Inclusive **   
At SAS, it’s not about fitting into our culture – it’s about adding to it. We believe our people make the difference. Our diverse workforce brings together unique talents and inspires teams to create amazing software that reflects the diversity of our users and customers. Our commitment to diversity is a priority to our leadership, all the way up to the top; and it’s essential to who we are. To put it plainly: you are welcome here.   
Additional Information 
SAS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, 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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