Director of Engineering at CPI, the OpenFox Company (West Suburbs, IL)

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We are looking for an innovative problem solver that loves to lead by example and inspire team performance. Your success will be driven by your technical expertise, hands-on approach to management, and commitment to excellence.

You will own the architecture, strategy, and planning for our mission-critical, industry-leading OpenFox Message Switch platform. This platform is the industry leader over the country. It is the chosen platform in 31 states and eight federal agencies. If selected for this role, you will have a unique opportunity to drive the future of the country’s best platform for delivering real-time information into the hands of our nation’s law enforcement.

In addition to managing your team, mentoring, and managing their daily activities, you will ensure that your team builds high-quality software while meeting the growing needs of our organization.

This is a salary position.  CPI is an equal opportunity employer.

Success in this Role Includes:

  • Managing the day-to-day activities and tasks of the team
  • Leading and coaching the team through high-stress situations
    • Improve the quality of production cut overs and support scenarios
  • Leveraging your technical expertise to:
    • Actively contribute accurate technical designs in our statement of work, request for proposal, design/discovery, and project initiatives
    • Lead and ensure completeness of knowledge transfer and cross-training of team members
    • Lead modernization of our development processes (i.e., migration to GIT, build system improvement, and code organization)
  • Coach the team to alignment with our core values and adoption of new processes
  • Assuming other responsibilities as required for the role

Qualities of a Successful Candidate

  • Excited and energized at digging into existing code base to learn our system, its peculiarities, and to implement improvements
  • Experience in managing teams through high-stress production cutovers and support scenarios for real-time, mission-critical systems
  • A hands-on manager who will be there with the team and coach the staff through the challenges they face

Technical Requirements

  • Expertise in C development on Unix environments (AIX & Linux)
  • Unix administration
  • GIT or equivalent distributed source control

Experience Requirements

  • 10+ years of relevant experience
  • Maintaining, troubleshooting and setup of systems with 24x7 availability requirements

Job Requirements

  • Report daily to corporate headquarters in Bolingbrook IL
    • Regular work hours of 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Travel up to 25% of time
  • You must clear criminal and other background checks for access to criminal justice information for each CPI customer at this time and in the future

Job Goals & Deliverables

  • 2 months
    • Learn the technical architecture of our system
    • Observe all team cutovers and critical support situations
    • Observe current development processes
  • 4 months
    • Learn functional processing of major system components (i.e., software modules)
    • Initiate a knowledge transfer/cross-training program
    • Begin implementing development process improvement
  • 6 months
    • Contribute accurate technical designs in a statement of work, request for proposal, design/discovery, and project initiatives without reliance on senior technical staff
    • The team consistently demonstrates behavior that is aligned with our culture and core values
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We are located in a brand new facility with easy access to Interstate 55 & Highway 53 surrounded by tons of great lunch, coffee, & Happy Hour spots.

An Insider's view of CPI, the OpenFox Company

What’s the vibe like in the office?

A happy environment with a great culture where I am continuously challenged as the company grows, yet I still enjoy a healthy work-life balance. It is easy working for amazing leaders who care deeply about the company and the employees. That trickles down throughout the company to create a great team culture.


Corporate Controller

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

Working with multiple states means working with 2 technology platforms (Oracle & SQL Server) and of late the Standardization across these 2 platforms is what makes the job challenging and interesting.


Sr. Software Engineer

What are some things you learned at the company?

I have a greater understanding of law enforcement and the work that goes on behind the scenes to keep officers and civilians safe.


Project Manager

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

All directors and the executive team have an open door policy. Anyone can bring ideas, issues, suggestions or just talk to company management. Everyone at CPI has a shared calendar and can be invited to join meetings regardless of position or who scheduled them. When meetings cannot be face-to-face, we utilize google hangouts.


National Sales Manager

What are some social events your company does?

We do a lot of optional events on and offsite. We do just about anything on-site from BBQs to bubble hockey & bags tournaments. Offsite, we have happy hours, holiday parties, and some really fun recreational events during our "user's conference" like bowling, bocce, & Top Golf.


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What are CPI, the OpenFox Company Perks + Benefits

CPI, the OpenFox Company Benefits Overview

CPI has an immense number of perks. A few of them are generous paid time off, competitive 401K plans, profit sharing, expense accounts, and a complete benefits package including great health, dental, and vision plans in which the company pays the premiums 100%.

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Wellness Committee Quarterly Lunch Committee
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
CPI employees can contribute up to $3500 for individual and $7000 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
CPI covers $100% of dental premiums
Vision Benefits
CPI covers $100% of vision premiums with $120 for glasses and contact lenses.
Health Insurance Benefits
CPI pays 100% of the premiums for both employee & family and offers a PPO & HSA option.
Life Insurance
CPI provides full-time employees with a Life benefit equal to $25,000, and pays the full cost of this benefit. You can purchase coverage for yourself up to 5x your salary and up to $250,000 for spouse
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
CPI's team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga, In-office fitness classes.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Employees are eligible to start to defer in the plan on the first day of the Quarter after 2 Months of Service. Employees may rollover a prior employer’s qualified 401(k) plan or a qualified IRA
401(K) Matching
CPI will provide a Safe Harbor Non-Elective Contribution equal to 3% of your pay
Company Equity
CPI offers stock options through its employee profit sharing program, including vesting over a 5 year period.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
CPI provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
CPI has a set hybrid work policy.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive 5 days per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Video Games, Arcade machine with thousands of titles, and Bubble Hockey!
Some Meals Provided
Employees get a free quarterly lunch
Happy Hours
Free on-site parking.
Fitness Subsidies
CPI reimburses employees in a step counting program.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
CPI offers employees professional development opportunities.
Lunch and learns
CPI hosts lunch and learn meetings weekly.
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