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VP, Engineering

| Chicago

Sphera, the former Operational Excellence and Risk Management business of IHS Inc. is a leading global provider of enterprise software and services that enables companies to manage and optimize their environmental, health, safety and sustainability processes. Our software allows customers to automate processes, monitor emissions, ensure regulatory compliance, and track chemical inventory throughout a manufacturing cycle. We were recently spun off by IHS and acquired by Genstar Capital, essentially positioning us as a start-up tech company with $100 million in annual revenue and over 3000 customers in 70+ countries.

 

At Sphera, it is more than just a job.  If you are looking to help change the world and challenge status quo while growing your career, you might find some interesting opportunities to pursue whether for you or to refer a colleague.

 

The VP of Engineering in collaboration with the CTO and the senior Product Management leadership team—is responsible for leading all aspects of the company’s engineering processes and the evolution of the software architecture for all of Sphera’s products.  The VP of Engineering reports to the CTO.

 





Responsibilities:

 



The Team 

 

Lead, Manage, and Grow the Engineering Team

Manage a top-flight technology team of over 150 (and growing) software professionals that is responsible for the design, development, and ongoing maintenance of Sphera’s entire product portfolio.



Recruit and Develop the Best Engineering Talent

Work closely with our HR organization to continually enhance our recruiting, onboarding, and training programs to support the continued rapid growth of our engineering organization.

  

 

Our Products and Architecture 



Ship High Quality Software

Work closely with our Product Management organization in defining and delivering frequent and high-quality releases. 



Lead the Progression of Sphera’s Technology Platform

Work collaboratively with the CTO in establishing the vision for Sphera’s software architecture to support the demands of today’s applications and future products.  Lead the team to execute on this vision. 



 

The Department and the Way Software is Built at Sphera 



Lead the Evolution of the Operational Model for the Department

Evolve the department’s standards, policies, procedures, key performance indicators, and organizational structure to support department activity and growth.



Lead the Advancement of our Software Development Lifecycle

Advance and evolve our agile development process and tooling to help our teams stay productive, happy, motivated, and accountable to engineering goals. 

 

Manage Department Finances 

 


Work closely with our Finance team to develop and monitor departmental budgets and financial forecasts.  Be mindful of company funds, but not be afraid to invest in people and technology to evolve the department. 

 

  

 

Qualifications:

 



Experience 

 

15+ years of experience in software development

Experience working in a fast-paced growing software company  Experience managing engineering teams larger than 100 software engineers  Extensive experience with multiple agile frameworks like XP, LEAN, SCRUM, and KANBAN  M&A experience preferred

  

 

Attributes 

 

Energetic, Aspirational and Driven

Must be an outstanding, inspirational leader with the ability to set high but reachable goals, clearly communicate those goals to employees, and then infuse the team with a sense of purpose and urgency in attainment of those goals. Bright, engaging, and driven with ‘start up’ energy and passion.



A Great Coach, Mentor, and Team Builder

A servant leader with a proven ability to mentor direct reports and can subsequently build and manage a continuously growing/evolving team.  Builds an environment where top talent wants to work.  A secure and humble leader who surrounds themselves with strongest professionals – hires people who are smarter than him/herself. 



Empathetic and Open

Shows empathy for employees, customers, and his\her team, and has proven to be able to adapt, build on strengths around them, and relate to others and their environment to accomplish goals and traverse adverse situations.



Organized, Disciplined, and Process Oriented

An experienced, organized, and efficient leader with the ability to define priorities and focus on areas that add value. Is adept at designing the processes necessary to get things done; knows how to organize people and activities; understands how to separate and combine tasks into efficient work flow; can see opportunities for collaboration and integration; most importantly can simplify complex processes.



An Excellent Communicator

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with all kinds of people at all levels inside and outside the organization. Ability to work through conflict, gain trust, and persuasively influence outcomes.



Gets Things Done with an Eye to the Future

Ability to address tactical issues in the short-term while maintaining strategic vision for the long term.



Committed to the Organization

A devoted and passionate leader with the ability to build real value for the business, its employees, and the customers it serves.

Sphera is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics.

 

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • .NETLanguages
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    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • jQuery UILibraries
    • ReactLibraries
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    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
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Location

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

Ellen

Social Marketing Specialist

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.

Edward

UX Designer

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We’re in the early stages of building out new office space in Chicago. Part of our design includes an Innovation Lab. We want to make some of the latest technologies available to our engineers, as well as some dedicated time, so they can develop prototype solutions that enable our clients in ways that no one is thinking of yet.

Perry

Chief Technology 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.

Babitha

Quality Analyst

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)!

Culture
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
401(K)
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 town...it 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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