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Vice President - Software Engineering

Company: PRA Group, Inc.
Location: Norfolk
Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

We invite you to explore a future with us at PRA Group, a diverse and growing company that has a tangible impact on the global economy.

Position Summary:

The VP of Software Engineering will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the application organization (including staffing, budgeting and other relevant management functions) and is required to hold all application delivery teams accountable for optimizing the cost, risk and value of applications throughout their life cycle. The VP of Software Engineering will oversee all activities that optimize the value, cost and risk of applications:

Provide leadership, vision and direction to the applications organization to ensure it will contribute to the company achieving its goals.

Develop productive relationships with business leaders across the organization to influence how applications can enable new sources of value.

Works hand in hand with business stakeholders to understand opportunities and how best to realize them

Define and enhance methodologies and practices for the application life cycle management in line with best practice and practical experience of continuous improvement.

Ensure that applications processes (including those of external service providers) are conducted in line with corporate social responsibility, environmental and technical policies and applicable standards and legislation.

Manage application group personnel, developing their skills and capabilities to meet the needs of the organization, as well as building on existing recruiting capabilities to address new needs and skills gaps.

Implement and manage application life cycle management status reporting, metrics and benchmarks.

Manage relationships with major vendors and service providers to ensure they cost-effectively meet the needs of the organization.

Conduct regular surveys of stakeholder satisfaction with applications, publish the results and, where necessary, implement action plans to improve satisfaction. Recruit, develop and retain high caliber software development talent, especially for key leadership positions, and develop a succession plan.

Implement and champion a robust professional development program, and continuously upskill team members to keep them current.

Evaluate team members performance, provide candid feedback and high impact coaching that enables (and motivates) them to achieve departmental as well as enterprise goals.

Build a culture of innovation and engagement, focusing on strengthening the organization’s employer brand to position PRA Group as an IT employer of choice.

Application Governance, Strategy and Delivery

Overseeing the assessment of the technical and business fitness of the application portfolio and their associated costs and risks.

Foster a strong customer service mind-set throughout the software engineering team, while championing thought leadership and partnership with the business.

Partner with business leaders to create robust solution roadmaps that are integrated with architecture and operations.

Partners with the PMO on application governance process to gain consensus on a prioritized set of measurable business outcomes that applications must support.

Working with stakeholders and the PMO to define a prioritized set of business outcomes and application work to accomplish those outcomes within the limitations of the application budget.

Working with stakeholders to accomplish this engineering work in a way that delivers business value (moves the needle) and technical fitness of the application

Overseeing the application organization's successful delivery of these business outcomes in partnership with business colleagues.

Overseeing benefits realization to ensure that business outcomes are achieved.

Overseeing support activities in conjunction with infrastructure and operations to ensure the applications perform well in production.

Overseeing development of processes and tools in conjunction with infrastructure and operations to automate the handoff of code releases from development to operations (DevOps)

Working with the chief information security officer (CISO) to ensure that the organization's applications are effectively secured and that risks are mitigated.

Prepare software development status scorecards and keep management, and other stakeholders informed of project status and related issues.

Education, Skills and Qualifications

An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in computer science, engineering, finance, business management or a related field. Graduate degree preferred.

Strong communication skills with a proven ability to understand key concepts and communicate effectively with technical staff, business stakeholders and senior management.

Proven ability to communicate technical concepts to nontechnical people to enhance understanding and drive decisions that lead to positive outcomes.

Proven ability to collaborate, build relationships and influence individuals at all levels in a matrix-management environment (as well as external vendors and service providers) to ensure that segregation and overlapping roles are identified and coordinated.

Strong organizational skills, the ability to perform under pressure and management of multiple priorities with competing demands for resources.

Strong analytical, data-processing and problem-solving skills.

Proficiency in process formulation and improvement.

Lean IT, SAFe agile development, and DevOps principles and frameworks

Financial accounting and reporting practices applicable to applications, costs and risks.

IT contracts and their likely cost implications.

Engagement with procurement and legal contract advisors for additional information.

IT applications, operations, service and support organizations.

Development and implementation of processes and policies.

Optional: working knowledge of GDPR, CCPA, GLBA, PCI and other financial services regulation


A minimum of 10 years in software engineering, project management, process development and resource management.

Has successfully led development and delivery of multiple complex business technology solutions into production that have achieved or surpassed business goals.

Experience developing and supporting mission critical applications optimized to run in the cloud or virtualized environments.

Deep knowledge of system architecture, technical design, and system and software development technology.

Expertise with managing application development at scale, employing SDLC methodologies including Agile and Scrum.

Has knowledge of emerging trends and developments in PaaS, SaaS, iOS/Android app API, cloud, AI, machine learning and other digital technologies.

Must be able to eventually relocate to the Virginia Beach / Norfolk, Virginia area.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, sex, gender, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, citizenship, or any other classes recognized by state or local law or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. We are a drug free workplace.

Posted 30+ Days Ago

Full time


About Us As a global leader in acquiring and collecting nonperforming loans, PRA Group returns capital to banks and other creditors to help expand financial services for consumers in the Americas and Europe. With more than 4,500 employees worldwide, PRA Group companies collaborate with customers to help them resolve their debt. For more information, please visit .

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