Senior Manager Application Development

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Toronto

First Derivative

Who are we?

First Derivatives (FD) is a leading software and services company, with world-leading intellectual property in ultra-high-performance analytics (KX) across industries, and extensive domain expertise and capabilities in capital markets systems and technology (managed services and consulting).

Senior Manager Application Development

Key Capabilities / Experience:

This role will carry out some or all the following activities:

· Engages with senior business stakeholders, senior technology stakeholders, project and Program managers as well as product owners.

· Facilitates the team to self-organize, enabling continuous improvement of change and run activities, aligned to the product roadmap and customer expectations.

· Responsible for the coaching and leadership responsibilities that enable agile delivery, including facilitating team meetings such as retrospectives, reviews and planning events.

· Works within most critical and complex technology projects – likely to span across multiple business units and / or geographies Identifies and removes or mitigates obstacles blocking the team’s progress.

· Shields the team from unnecessary interruptions.

· Ensures best practice agile and DevOps adoption.

· Establishes an ethos of continuous improvement within teams.

· Assures delivery through the entire life cycle of the project of user requirements through to working software in the hands of users.

· Provides expertise in agile engineering practices (eg Scrum, Kanban, Lean, SAFe).

· Supports and guides the Product Owner to create / evolve product roadmap, creation of epics and writing of user stories and managing the product backlog.

· Drives the agile team performance and outcome metrics as required.

Technical Skills

· Able to confidently own the end-to-end creation and implementation of software solutions.

· Agile methodologies including Scrum and Kanban.

· Experience using and applying lean principles of software development.

· Agile at Scale methodologies such as SAFe, Spotify, LeSS, Scrum at Scale.

· Agile management tooling such as JIRA.

· Typically, with a development and/or data engineering background.

· Experience working within and leading agile software delivery teams.

· Able to create and deliver a roadmap covering both technical and non-technical stakeholders and including functional and non-functional requirements as well as non-technical streams of work (such as target operating model and change management)

KX technology is designed to capture and analyze data to make real-time decisions in a world where data volumes generated by markets and machines are increasing exponentially, and existing technologies fail due to technological or commercial limitations.

KX is widely adopted throughout the financial industry, and is poised for accelerated growth across high-tech manufacturing, automotive, oil and gas, utilities and telecommunications.

Managed Services and Consulting

FD provides a range of services worldwide to its clients in the capital markets sector, including many of the world’s leading banks, focused on supporting mission-critical systems as well as helping them to achieve and maintain regulatory compliance.

FD provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


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