Sr. Director, Software Engineering

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Toronto

AutoTrader.ca



TRADER Corporation is a trusted Canadian leader in online media, dealer and lender services. The company is comprised of AutoTrader.ca, AutoSync and Dealertrack Canada. AutoTrader.ca (AutoHebdo.net in Quebec) offers the largest inventory of new cars and used cars inCanada, receiving over 25 million monthly visits to its marketplace. With over 3,500 subscribers and counting, AutoSync is the largest and fastest growing dealer and OEM software provider inCanada.

The platform’s suite of connected automotive software solutions brings advertising, conversion and operational support together, synchronizing the entire retail process. AutoSync’s diverse range of offerings includes: vAuto, EasyDeal, xtime, Motoinsight, Activix, TAdvantage and TRFFK. Dealertrack is Canada’s largest automotive financing portal, enhancing efficiency and profitability for all major segments of the automotive, marine, recreational vehicle, motorcycle and powersport retail industries. Over 6.5 million credit applications are submitted via the Dealertrack Canada portal each year.

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The Sr. Director, Software Engineering will be part of the Trader’s Engineering organization that runs technology strategy, innovation, product development, engineering, and operations for Trader Corporation. Trader has a rich leading portfolio of digital mobile products and other software solutions for car dealerships. This role will lead Product Development teams working closely with other Engineering teams and Trader’s business and product management teams.

You are expected to drive people, process and technology transformation driving agility, quality, predictability, and innovation to help the company establish and retain its leadership position. Will lead teams by balancing agility with discipline to deliver quality solutions to meet business needs and its customers’ needs. Will deliver results by collaborating with multiple stakeholders including Product Management, Information Technology, Sales Operations, Sales, the Executive Team, and external business partners. Most importantly, will create an inspiring environment where people can grow both their technical and leadership skills.

What you’ll do


Strategy

•Transform company vision & strategy into tactical development plans and technology operations

•Lead the company technology platforms development spanning mobile, data & AI, integration and Cloud stacks.

•Stay abreast of advances in technology and adopt technology to provide a competitive advantage to the business.

•Lead, deploy and share standards and best practices in the areas of project planning, project management, quality management, application lifecycle management, SDLC process, and tools across the organization.


•Participate in strategy sessions with leadership to prioritize efforts.


Operations

•Build exceptionally strong relationships with internal stakeholders to identify & support technology needs.

•Collaboratively work with multi-functional teams, including Product, user experience, and Service Delivery operations to understand their needs and how to best support them.


•Leverage new technologies especially data & AI to enhance our capabilities to detect and resolve customer incidents

•Execute vendor selections/relationships and contract negotiations where relevant; establish standards for performance.

Ensure maximum returns on investments.


Leadership

•Build and retain a high-performance development team by recruiting, supervising, training, and retaining all development staff in accordance with the company policies and budget requirements.


•Lead, mentor, and coach the development team in the adoption and use of best practices such as Agile development, containers, and design patterns.

•Establish standards of performance and monitor employee development.


Compliance

•Participate in the creation of an enterprise-wide information security plan that protects the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the company’s proprietary and user information.


•Participate in the development of efficient internal change control processes and configuration management.

What you bring to the table

•Bachelors or Masters degree in IT, Engineering, Computer, Data Science or related fields is required

•Minimum of 10 years experience in hands-on development with a strong technical background with direct hands-on experience in the design and development of Cloud-based software



•Strong knowledge of software development methodologies, including design, implementation, testing, and release in an agile strategic team environment.

•Proven analytical capabilities to break down complex technical tasks into executable and measurable steps to deliver predictable results.

•Experience working on large, complex projects and technology stacks.


•Excellent communication skills, independent and proven creative thinking.

•Proven ability to recruit, motivate, and mentor top talent

•Ability to establish and articulate a vision, set goals, develop and execute strategies, and track results

•Strong team leadership and management skills – the ability to plan and organize resources, gain internal alignment, and create a “one team” approach to operating.


•Strong business acumen – ability to understand the real-world implications and constraints of data and analytical approaches

•Strong relationship-building skills – the ability to develop and leverage relationships that go beyond the organizational chart to get things done.

•Excellent written and verbal communication skills

•Ability to influence executives and business group leaders to build consensus on key topics


•Strategic thinking – ability to view projects/questions and make recommendations within the context of the larger business strategy.

•Advanced analytical and synthesis skills combined with the ability to understand, extract and interpret data.

•Flexibility to manage various projects with competing deadlines and the ability to prioritize projects to meet deadlines.

What’s in it for you


-We understand that there is life at work and life outside of work. Here are a few benefits we all benefit from that support us to be our creative best.

Fitness and wellness

-We provide discounts to nation-wide gyms, onsite gyms (when we’re in the office), an Employee and Family Assistance Program, as well as a virtual wellness program.

Benefits from Day 1



-Gym discounts

-Local in-office free gyms

-Employee and Family Assistance program

-Weekly virtual wellness events


-In addition to in-house training, we provide an annual lifestyle allowance of $1500 so you can grow your skills.

-Conferences & training budget

-Regular internal training programs

Financial planning


-Let us help you invest in your future with 3% matching towards your pension and multiple forms of income protection.

Competitive salary

-Annual bonus structure

-3% CPP matching

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