Sr. Manager, Software Engineering at Sphera

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Software Engineering Team Lead


  • Lead a development team to ensure high quality and timely delivery of projects.
  • Promote Agile Scrum practices and values and play the Scrum Master role.
  • Participate in the Agile software development (Scrum/Kanban) from concept, design, to full-stack code and test
  • Lead the Continuous Improvement philosophy for the development.
  • Actively participate in the software solution development and guide the system architecture roadmap and the key technical decisions.
  • Ensure feature ease-of-use, ease-of-support, robustness, scalability and security are always key ingredients to the recommended design solutions
  • Coach the team members in applying the best practices and methodologies in software development.
  • Lead the implementation of procedures and methodologies to improve the quality of the software (unit testing, Continuous Integration, Automated Testing).
  • Take an active role in project planning (estimations, timelines, and milestones) and progress tracking.
  • Work closely with stakeholders to ensure all interdependencies and impediments are understood
  • Collaborate with product owners to define/refine requirements, break down into development tasks, estimate effort, and plan milestones & deliverables
  • Facilitate discussions, decision making, and conflict resolution
  • Responsible for the overall efficiency of the team.
  • Identify opportunities to: innovate, improve software architecture and cloud infrastructure, and/or offer new ideas.
  • Advocate for simplicity, reliability, manageability, scalability, extensibility, reusability and performance
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as necessary.


Required Education:

  • BS in Computer Science, or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) major or equivalent experience.


Required Experience:

  • 7+ years of experience in software development using various technologies, frameworks and tools
  • 3+ years of experience in leading teams and managing the delivery of software development projects.
  • Experience in people management and the ability to lead and influence others
  • Working knowledge of TFS (Team Foundation Server).
  • Experience in: .Net Framework, ASP.Net, VB.Net, C#, Web Services (WCF/Web API), JavaScript, JQuery, HTML, CSS, SQL Server, Visual Studio, TFS
  • Experience developing secure code meeting OWASP standards
  • Experience working in a continuous integration and deployment development environment,
  • Experience practicing Scrum/Kanban and can adapt to Scrum values



  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proven time management, organizational and follow-up skills to meet deadlines
  • Abilities to lead and motivate a team.
  • Strong facilitation and coaching skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proven time management, organizational and follow-up skills to meet deadlines
  • Abilities to effectively work and collaborate with remote colleagues.
  • Quality-oriented with a passion for customer satisfaction
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong work ethic and professionalism
  • Good communication skills
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • .NETLanguages
    • C#Languages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • jQuery UILibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ASP.NETFrameworks
    • VB.NETFrameworks
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • OracleDatabases


We are located right off of the Randolph/Wabash L stop in the Prudential Plaza with fantastic views of the Lake Michigan & Millennium Park.

An Insider's view of Sphera

What’s the vibe like in the office?

One of my favorite parts of working at Sphera is the relaxed, friendly environment. The people here are just good people. Colleagues, including executives, are friendly and approachable. There’s no drama or cliques and everyone is easy to chit chat with. If you’re a nice person and you like to end everyday knowing you’ve done a good job, you’ll fit


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What does your typical day look like?

Each day I respond to design questions, consult on small self-contained design tasks with small deliverables, collaborate with other teams to ensure internal UX consistency, and make large strides on the main deliverables that will bring Sphera to the forefront of UX excellence in the EHS sector.


UX Designer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

We start each new product/significant feature with story mapping. The Product Owner knows what needs to be delivered, but the magic is unlocking our collective creativity in how we deliver it. This is where our teams really shine and drive innovation into our roadmap.


Chief Product Officer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Our Team tries to collaborate by aligning on goals and share with the other dev teams to initiate the support from collaborators. We regularly share the summary of our work to create a place where others can easily find this information.


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What are Sphera Perks + Benefits

Sphera Benefits Overview

Sphera colleagues enjoy expansive company benefits that include Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k with a match, Paid Time Off, and much more.

Chicago-based employees enjoy a number of building amenities including free gym membership in the building, shuttle service to and from Union/Ogilvie stations, and plenty of restaurants and bars to chose from. Oh, and amazing views of Lake Michigan, Millennium and Grant Park(s)!

Volunteer in local community
We have three Sphera community days - Sustainability, Quality & Safety where we go out into our local communities and volunteer for a cause that is aligned with our mission.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Our FSA provides the ability for colleagues to contribute up to $2,650 annually to pay for out-of-pocket medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision care expenses.
Disability Insurance
Short-Term and Long-Term disability benefits include 60% coverage with applicable premiums and maximum payouts.
Dental Benefits
Dental coverage includes 100% coverage of the cost of preventative services including oral exams, cleanings, and x-rays with nominal monthly premiums.
Vision Benefits
Vision Benefits include comprehensive coverage for exams, lenses, frames, and contacts.
Health Insurance Benefits
Medical insurance for Sphera employees is provided through Cigna and features multiple plan options depending on individual/family coverage preferences.
Life Insurance
We offer company-paid life insurance with a payout of 1.5x annual salary for non-commission and 2x payout for commission employees. There is supplementary life insurance available as well.
Pet Insurance
Our Pet Insurance plan covers illness or injury as long as they are not pre-existing conditions. There is a nominal monthly cost to the employee.
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
We have an onsite gym in our Chicago location with membership at no cost to our employees.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Sphera's 401(k) plan includes a number of different retirement strategy options to choose from.
401(K) Matching
Our 401k plan matches 100% up to 3% of employee contributions. In addition, we match .5% up to 6% of an employee's contribution. So if you contribute 6% your match would be 4.5%.
Performance Bonus
There is a wide variety of annual or periodic incentives above and beyond annual salary.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Family Medical Leave
We offer up to 12 weeks of family medical leave and all benefits are maintained throughout that period.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Our PTO plan includes 18 days of paid time off not including holidays.
Paid Holidays
Our annual schedule includes 9 paid holidays.
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
We dress for our day at Sphera. Most days you will find colleagues in jeans but may spruce things up a bit if customers or vendors are in town...or if you just feel like it.
Commuter Benefits
We offer discounts for train, bus, and parking!
Company Outings
We actively support our mission through our three annual Community Days where all colleagues become more educated on Sustainability, Safety, and Quality.
Stocked Kitchen
The kitchen at Sphera headquarters is stocked with coffee, soft drinks, beer, wine, snacks, filtered water, and more!
Happy Hours
Happy hours occur at the office or out on the just depends.
Fitness Subsidies
There is a gym in the building and available for all employees at no cost.
Professional Development Benefits
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