Sr Manager Software Engineering Operations

Cox Automotive - Mission, KS3.5


Vin Solutions, a Cox Automotive brand, is seeking a Sr Manager, Software Engineering for a position in Mission, KS.
VinSolutions builds the Connect CRM, which integrates dealership processes and tools to deliver a single view of the customer. With customizable processes and powerful automation, Connect CRM streamlines the car-buying process and gives dealers more time to make their customer connections count. Our motto at Vin is to “make every connection count.”
We are seeking a results-oriented Senior Manager of Engineering Operations for our Kansas City office. This position will work alongside the AVP of Engineering, interact with leaders across Cox Automotive and be directly responsible for leading strategic initiatives intended to build a high performing software development organization.
This senior manager level role, reporting to the AVP of Engineering for CRM platform, will drive improvements in engineering excellence, finance and resource management, internal communications, and will manage strategic initiatives. The Senior Manager of Engineering Operations will significantly impact the overall success of the organization by focusing on areas such as creating process baselines to measure improvement, gathering and developing key performance indicators, developing initiatives to improve coding and testing practices, developing operational models, capturing and developing strategic plans, and managing the overall operational rhythm of the business.
The ideal candidate will combine a vision of a high performing Engineering organization, a strong program management capability, and an extensive background in leading large multi-discipline organizations to create and deliver programs that result in improved operational excellence.
Your Role
Partner with the AVP of Engineering to develop critical operational initiatives
Partner with finance and facilitate the financial management process, including financial planning, cost management, and resource cost tracking
Oversee the execution of strategic initiatives and participate in the identification and implementation of continuous improvement and incremental efficiencies
Manage the internal communications strategy
Create a data-driven culture with respect to Engineering productivity and outcomes
Develop, track and report on KPIs related to maintenance, product development, platform performance and platform stability
Engage with Engineering leaders across agile teams to execute on KPIs
Manage key agile scaling initiatives across the Engineering organization


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required
Deep understanding of technology industry trends, emerging technologies, and software development best practices
Comprehensive and expert knowledge of the interactive software development process
10+ years of experience, at least 5 years managing software development teams
Strong experience managing large-scale programs
Working ability to set project schedules, deliverables, and manage budgets
Exceptional program management skills with the ability to prioritize work in a changing environment
Attention to detail, schedule awareness and ability to drive organizations to healthy and timely results
Experience managing and guiding senior leadership via influence rather than command and control techniques
Must be able to inspire and maintain a positive atmosphere of innovation and success across a diverse team of engineers
Must possess an ability to build key business relationships and contribute to the emerging technology culture within Cox Automotive
Experienced storyteller with a passion for creating and delivering innovative communication approaches to engineering audiences
Manages confidentiality without exception

About Cox Automotive

Cox Automotive Inc. makes buying, selling and owning cars easier for everyone, while also enabling mobility services. The global company’s 34,000-plus team members and family of brands, including Autotrader®, Clutch Technologies,®, Dealertrack®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital®, VinSolutions®, vAuto® and Xtime®, are passionate about helping millions of car shoppers, tens of thousands of auto dealer clients across five continents and many others throughout the automotive industry thrive for generations to come. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc., a privately-owned, Atlanta-based company with revenues exceeding $20 billion.

Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer - All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individual’s age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Organization: Cox Automotive

Primary Location: US-KS-Mission-5700 Broadmoor St

Employee Status: Regular

Job Level: Manager/Senior Manager

Shift: Day Job

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Schedule: Full-time

Unposting Date: Ongoing