VP, Engineering & Data Science at SparkCognition

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The VP, Technology role is a key member of the executive team, responsible for establishing and shaping the technical strategy while leading and building our Software Engineering, Security, Data Science, and DevSecOps teams to execute in alignment with the company’s goals and objectives. An ideal candidate will have the potential to oversee a period of significant growth and specialization for the team. The teams’ mission is solving a broad range of real-world, customer problems using state-of-the-art Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence technologies. The challenges span across automated model building, cyber security, industrial IoT, and natural language processing. You will lead the technical direction of the company, ensuring it is aligned with the vision of the President, and provide leadership in developing technical strategies and input into the long-range business and product planning from a technical perspective. This role will collaborate closely with the Executive Technical Team at our parent company, SparkCognition, Inc.

Responsibilities 

  • Make informed, high quality decisions about the product strategy and work closely with Operations to shape our AI driven Government solution offerings
  • Retain, attract, and lead a diverse, inclusive, and increasingly distributed engineering team that can meet and exceed company goals in service of our mission.
  • Collaborate with Product Managers, Designers, and other stakeholders to continuously deliver value to our customers
  • Champion engineering and operational excellence, with a mindset for raising the bar with continuous improvement
  • Manage complex technical projects and drive them to outcomes in a highly collaborative environment
  • Keep senior management informed of progress and any obstacles impeding the successful implementation of product roadmaps and other departmental activities thru online tracking systems, status reports, presentations, etc. 
  • Recruit, develop, and motivate multiple high performing teams of engineers and data scientists.
  • Responsible for the long-range direction of program engineering/technology strategy.
  • Direct the strategic design, acquisition, management, and implementation of program-wide technology and products.
  • Provide a clear vision of where the SGS solutions and technology will be over the next 12, 18, and 24 months

Required Qualifications 

  • Masters’ in Computer Science, Statistics, Physics, Data Science, Engineering or related field
  • 7+ years in an Engineering or Data Science leadership role, preferably working on a Big Data and/or SaaS product directly with the US Government
  • Experience with distributed computing, such as Hadoop, Spark, or an MPP environment
  • Deep understanding of the product life cycle as it relates to startup software development
  • Demonstrated success in working with Product and Sales teams to provide capacity planning for the business
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to summarize technically complex information for a non-technical audience
  • Strong can-do attitude, thrives in a dynamic, fast paced environment
  • Must be a hands-on leader who will roll up their sleeves when needed and jump in to help others
  • Ability to obtain a US security clearance and be a U.S. Citizen

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Computer Science, Statistics, Physics, Data Science, Engineering or related field
  • Strong understanding of the Government customer base and architecture infrastructure
  • Projects a professional image and strong business acumen during customer interactions
  • Knowledge of natural language processing, IOT and edge computing
  • Experience with developing application on full stack of HTTP, JSON, REST, Angular JS, Java/C#, Python, SQL and no-SQL databases
  • Expertise in R, Python or similar Machine Learning languages/packages
  • Experience with Machine Learning, NLP, Big Data Analytics, and Graphing techniques a plus
  • TS/SCI security clearance

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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Location

Our office is located near the Domain and the Arboretum in Northwest Austin. Plenty of restaurants, shopping centers, gyms, and grocery stores nearby.

What are SparkCognition Perks + Benefits

SparkCognition Benefits Overview

SparkCognition offers a combination of benefits + perks that align with our brand and culture. This includes: competitive medical benefits, HSA contribution, employer paid STD & Life Insurance, 401k match, 4+ weeks of PTO, and parental leave. In addition we strive for our team to be active in our communities and to focus on leading supportive and healthy lifestyles. As we are in a high-growth stage, we offer support and encouragement for employees' career development, including mentorship opportunities, online course subscriptions, and more.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
SparkCognition participates in local volunteer activities, most notably with Austin Sunshine Camps.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
SparkCognition has a cross-departmental Culture Committee that ensures the company represents our values and mission. They plan events, launch initiatives, and represent the employees of the company.
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
SparkCognition offers group-term life insurance with a potential payout of 2X an employee's annual salary for the duration of employment.
Wellness Programs
SparkCognition's current health and wellness program provides a Lifetime gym stipend to all employees of SparkCognition.
Mental Health Benefits
SparkCognition offers a unique service called First Stop Health. This is a company that puts mental health resources front and center for our employees.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
SparkCognition's 401(k) retirement plan matches 50% of an employee's contribution up to 6% of their annual base salary, with a 3-year vesting schedule for matched contributions.
Company Equity
SparkCognition offers stock options for all employees as a part of the incentive package, including vesting over a four-year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We offer up to 10 weeks of parental leave.
Flexible Work Schedule
SparkCognition offers flexible schedules, allowing each employee to work with their team to determine hours.
Remote Work Program
Our post-pandemic return to office policy will allow employees and their managers to work together and determine if their role will be fully remote, a hybrid work model, or fully in-office.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
No matter what time of the year a new employee joins, we believe strongly in rest & relaxation and encourage employees to utilize flexible PTO.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Free Daily Meals
Catered Friday lunches and Taco Tuesdays!
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Parking
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

At SparkCognition, we're been focused on adding and improving perks and benefits. Some of these include offering prorated PTO throughout the year, 401k matching, a cell phone subsidy for all employees, parental leave (up to 10 weeks), and a choice between Mac or PC work laptops. Additionally as we look to return to the office, we are offering all employees a hybrid or fully remote work model, and we are actively hiring remote employees nationwide.

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