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Director Information Technology Application Development

Company: Rsm Solutions Inc
Location: Skokie
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Tom. If you have read my job descriptions before, you will know that I like to add a little humor to them from time to time....I will be doing that here as well (so, if you see something that makes you chuckle, that was the intent). If you have never heard of me or are new to my job descriptions, welcome to the dance.
I am Partner & VP at RSM Solutions Inc. About 99% of my time is spent 'customer facing'...that being said, there are no layers between me and any of my clients, and I will be far more interested in 'fit' than anything else...a 'fit' for you and a 'fit' for the client.
For this role, you will be working with one of my closest friends (we have been friends for roughly 9-10 years or so). He is the VP of IT for this firm. There are a few things you should know about him...he is fair, but direct. Honest to a fault and has more integrity than most VP's I know. He will not micro manage you and their is an expectation that you put your big boy and big girl pants on.
This is not an environment for 'social media influencers' or people with the ego the size of Montana. So, it is an environment where there isn't much in the way of drama. You will be working with a smaller team, so that experience working with a smaller team will really be something they are isn't monumentally important that you have experience with a smaller team, but that would be certainly great to see. You all know what the differences are from having a team of 25 verses having a team of 6...they are different.
There are some major tasks ahead of you in this role. Here are the major ones:

  • Implementation of a true eCommerce platform. They do have one, currently, but it is custom developed for the most part. They are, potentially, looking at Magento, for their eCommerce Platform. They are seeking someone who has experience with implementations of eCommerce Platforms, including fun stuff like credit card processing, to the architecture of those eCommerce platforms, and integration points within existing systems for this client.
  • The implementation of enterprise architectural standards. The Vp of IT for this firm is really needing someone to implement and work with enterprise architectural design standards. They are kind of in a place right now where they have to replace the entire kitchen if they want to replace the sink. So, they are looking for someone to come in and implement some of that consistency in development standards and that velocity in feature enhancements to their overall custom development space. From a custom development point of view, they have a mix of .net, ColdFusion and Access (yes, access). From an ERP point of view, they run JDE (however, JDE is not really a part of the scope of this role...EDI, MES and ERP are directed by another individual). Think of this part of the role as a real need for SOA standards.
  • The ability to work with external vendors in an effective manner. This may sound simple, but these guys have a legacy of doing a ton of its work in house. We need someone who can effectively work with external vendors. For example, the eCommerce piece...a significant portion of that project will be done in house from a design point of view...however, a portion of that implementation and integration will need to be outsourced. Another example, is the world of PIM. Today, these guys have three PIMs (yep, three...), and they were all developed in house. One of them is in .net, one is in ColdFusion and one is in Access. A portion of this project will need to be outsourced. The effective management of external vendors will be needed here...and that knowledge base of what can be done internally and what realistically needs to be outsourced is needed for this role. We are not seeking someone that outsources everything (you know the type...the kind of person that believes they have a totally open checkbook ..someone that every vendor on the planet calls 1,000 times a day), but someone who knows when to outsource and when to do things internally.
    This role IS being done onsite in Skokie, Illinois. So, nope...this role is NOT a remote role. If you are located in Houston, Texas, that would be fine as well (they have a major office in Houston). We are really only seeking candidates that already in the Greater Chicagoland or Greater Houston area.
    This company is growing by about 15% a year and currently has around $850M in annual revenues (when the Vp of IT joined the firm a number of years ago, they had about $175M in annual they are growing at a steady clip). They do have firms that do have a private equity influence...Goldman is one of them. The senior leadership of the firm handles that, but it is something I want to be sure to mention. The median in terms of annual comp for this role is $165k (if you need up to 200k for a base, that would be fine...but once we start getting over that amount for a base, things get a little dicey). There is an annual bonus of about $20k as well.
    The span of control for this position includes internal and external business applications, related database management systems (DBMS), application program interfaces (APIs), real-time messaging systems, and scheduled server-based programs. Business Applications include eCommerce order and platform management, implementation of architectural and design standards, the effective usage of outside vendors for larger scale software development projects, and the integration of Product Information Management Systems (PIMS).
    This position is responsible for hiring, developing, and managing software analysts and developers. In addition, this position is responsible for assisting with the management of all IT applications development vendor and contractor relationships.
    This position is responsible for defining and managing the delivery of all core software development and production support processes aligned with CMMI standards, including: software project management, software design, software development and testing, production deployment, production support and maintenance, performance analysis and tuning, and defect resolution.
    Position Responsibilities:
  • Work with users at all levels to define requirements for both new and existing software applications. This will include budgeting, planning, and directing the development team.
  • Manage custom and packaged software applications, eCommerce application, Product Information Management systems, messaging and other tools, database systems, and web and BI services.
  • Assist with the creation of IT policies and procedures, ensure all team members comply with published policies and procedure.
  • Assist with IT governance activity and long-range planning, ensure all projects comply with stated governance guidelines, standards, and goals.
  • Define and manage application development and support processes, aligning them with CMMI and ITIL standards.
  • Be available for and participate in after-hours emergency production support requests.
  • Assist with the definition and management of business continuity plans.
  • Ensure all applications systems are highly available, redundant, and backed up to secondary locations on a defined schedule.
  • Ensure all software changes are properly documented and archived separately, and all software changes can be rolled back upon request.
  • Ensure all applications and business information are properly secured and monitored for appropriate use.
  • Assist with the management of IT vendor relationships, contracts, and agreements.
  • Maintain proficiency in all technology that is contained within the scope of the Applications Development team.
  • Pizza delivery on an as needed basis (a little Lou Malnati's does help with production).
    Requirements & Experience:
    • 7 years of experience as an applications development manager in a mid-size or larger company in the manufacturing or distribution industry. Demonstrable experience building IT budgets and managing spend activity to stay within budget constraints, especially in the area of eCommerce applications.
    • Experience with implementations of eCommerce systems (such as Magento, for example), including shopping carts, working with external partners for delivery and warehousing, credit card processing, and the architectural and integration efforts involved in integrating an eCommerce system within the enterprise.
    • Experience working with and determining the future of Product Information Management Systems (PIMS). This should include integration of PIMS and perhaps replacement of several PIMS into one PIMS.
    • Proficient in the architecture, custom development, and management of enterprise software products. This should include Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) experience.
    • Experience developing and leading applications development teams of 3 to 10 members, covering the entire lifecycle of design through daily production support. This should include a focus on staff retention. We will want to know how you have retained staff throughout your managerial career.
    • Proficient in custom web-based applications design, development and solution management. This should include demonstrated experience in enterprise architecture design standards.
    • Demonstrable experience and understanding of: CMMI knowledge base and processes, enterprise and applications architecture and design, performance analysis and tuning techniques, software development design patterns and frameworks, application administration, database design and administration, vendor selection and management, project management, and systems analysis.
    • Must exhibit proficient skills in software development management activities, including creation of high-level and detailed-level solution designs, detailed design reviews, code reviews, and assisting with debugging and performance tuning Jobble

Keywords: Rsm Solutions Inc, Skokie , Director Information Technology Application Development, IT / Software / Systems , Skokie, Illinois

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