Software Engineering Manager


(Chicago, Illinois)
Full Time
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About kCura
Our software has more than 130,000 active users in more than 40 countries from organizations including the U.S. Department of Justice and more than 190 of the Am Law 200. We have grown significantly over the last several years and continue striving to build software that helps solve our customers’ toughest e-discovery and unstructured data challenges.
The Manager, Software Engineering is responsible for building and leading a highly effective team of software engineers, and working with departmental contacts to support the demands of the department and meet the objectives of the product development process. The engineering manager is responsible for the professional development of their reports and is the subject matter expert for the product features they are involved in.
* Acquiring and allocating resources * Managing personnel development * Managing advancement and deployment of specific disciplines and technologies * Actively participating in the engineering process * The Manager performs the following functions, in addition to others, in the administration of their position: * Allocates resources based on requests fromScrum teams * Validates resource utilization to assure efficient deployment of team members * Leads a team of software engineers and/or architects to be effective in the design and development of software applications and systems per business demands and requirements * Manages a team of individual contributors to complete necessary work as requested by Scrum teams. Assigns duties and is accountable for achievement of departmental objectives by all subordinates. Selects employees and evaluates performance. * Provides ongoing employee development to ensure efficient operation of the function. Guides development staff in promoting high performance culture and cost effectiveness across the entire team. Specific activities associated with this area of responsibility are: * Conducts one-on-one meetings weekly to understand how their direct report is doing, any problems they are encountering, any roadblocks for issues they need help with, how they are doing on their Scrum team, etc. In other words, engage the employee and see what advice, counsel help, feedback, or encouragement they need * Meets regularly with members of the Scrum teams to get feedback on the performance of their direct report and any areas for improvement * Regularly sits in on Scrum meetings to directly observe their direct reports in their working environment and provide feedback on their observations * Promotes sharing of domain expertise and knowledge across the team * Provides technical leadership and expertise about the feature set or domain supported by their team * Provides counsel to their direct reports regarding career development * Represents their direct reports in discussions about prospective moves, future assignments, career opportunities, etc. * Shares information about the company, the industry, the department, major initiatives, etc., and addresses related questions * Supports their manager by leading special projects and/or providing input regarding possible process improvements, organization changes, resource needs, etc. * Serves as technology advisor to the business on all aspects of software technology trends and novel solutions specific to their respective domain or feature set. Stay on the top of the latest technological progress and use this knowledge to ensure company products and software solutions remain marketable and competitive. * Maintains hands-on technical expertise by making technical contributions to the software design, development and integration of applications and systems through the Scrum team construct * Uses independent judgment to develop strategic vision within their specific feature set or domain * Implements operational policies and directives * May be required to handle level II technical support calls after hours a few times a year. If there is an after-hours call, it will go to the level I developer first and then if they are not able to solve it, they can reach out to the level II developer to assist.
Ideal Candidate
* Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Computer Science or related disciplines * 8+years of software development of commercial-grade systems and applications with a proven track record of building and leading successful engineering teams * Experience managing remote teams or individual staff in remote locations is a plus


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