84.51° Overview:

84.51° is a retail data science, insights and media company. We help the Kroger company, consumer packaged goods companies, agencies, publishers and affiliated partners create more personalized and valuable experiences for shoppers across the path to purchase.

Powered by cutting edge science, we leverage 1st party retail data from nearly 1 of 2 US households and 2BN+ transactions to fuel a more customer-centric journey utilizing 84.51° Insights, 84.51° Loyalty Marketing and our retail media advertising solution, Kroger Precision Marketing.

Join us at 84.51°!

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VP, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
CINCINNATI, OHIO; CHICAGO, IL; Remote 

SUMMARY:

At 84.51°, people are the key to everything.  If you are energetic, motivated, and naturally curious, and enjoy working in a collaborative environment, we invite you to join us.

We analyze. We challenge. We connect. We are innovators. The things we are achieving are revolutionizing the retail industry. By transforming data into knowledge, we are giving our partners a deep understanding of who the customer is and what they are about.

Throughout 84.51º, change is embraced, explored, and enhanced. We challenge the status quo. We’re always learning more. Always doing more. Always with a purpose. We believe in making people’s lives easier and more satisfying. That’s why we’re always battling complacency, challenging our partners to view decisions as opportunities to surprise and delight their customers. By equipping our partners with a sustainable customer engagement model, we enable them to create lasting change.

We are dedicated to always doing what’s right and never compromising on our values. That’s why we have created a culture where every opinion is respected, and contrary thinking is encouraged.

Making life more rewarding for our community and our associates is an essential part of the process. Our team is known for their enthusiasm, camaraderie, and sense of fun. We work hard and we play just as hard. That’s why we engage in a range of official and unofficial activities to get together, serve the community, and have fun.

We continually seek people who make us better. To continue to grow, we need more great people who want to join us in doing cool, industry-changing, brain-stimulating work. 

The VP, Software Engineering will work on everything from customer-facing web and mobile applications using cutting-edge open-source frameworks, to highly available RESTful APIs, to back-end Java based systems using the hottest techniques in Big Data. You'll bring solid experience in emerging and traditional technologies such as: Java, GO, Python, React, REST, JSON, PySpark NoSQL databases, relational databases, Databricks, Snowflake, and Azure/Cloud Infrastructure to name a few. This role will be responsible for partnering with 84.51° teams to lead all strategic, tactical, and operational aspects of building solutions to support the 84.51° strategy. 

ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Lead and grow multiple teams of product-focused Software engineers and Solutions Architects, deepening their experience in designing cloud native solutions, distributed microservices, and full stack.
  • Mentor and guide the professional and technical development of engineers on team.
  • Stay on top of tech trends, experiment with and learn new technologies, participate in internal & external technology communities, and mentor other members of the engineering community.
  • Work with product managers to understand desired application capabilities and testing scenarios - Continuously improve software engineering practices.
  • Work within and across Agile teams to design, develop, test, implement, and support technical solutions across a full-stack development tools and technologies.
  • Lead the craftsmanship, availability, resilience, and scalability of solutions
  • Encourage innovation, implementation of cutting-edge technologies, inclusion, outside-of-the-box thinking, teamwork, self-organization, and diversity
  • Break existing monolithic applications into composable reusable capability and service architectures

QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE

  • Demonstrated conceptual thinking skills, complemented by a strong quantitative orientation.
  • Natural networker across teams and with external partners.
  • Strong business judgment, leadership, and integrity: A tenacious decision maker, able to bring a healthy, aggressive, yet responsible approach to solving business problems.
  • Solid people leadership experience: ability to build and leverage the capabilities of a high-performing team, as well as business partners across the enterprise.
  • Demonstrated experience fostering innovation, driving critical decisions, holding business partners accountable, and being able to consistently deliver results.
  • Strong executive communication skills: Impeccable written and oral communication credentials, coupled with strategic influencing skills and the ability to drive agreement through intellect, interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Influence, drive and execute an agenda in an uncertain and fluid technical environment.
  • Successful track record of thriving in a fast paced, entrepreneurial, and dynamic environment.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s Degree and relevant certifications in technology and/or project management.
  • 12+ years’ experience with Technology solutions in the following areas: Cloud Infrastructure, Container Platforms & Serverless, high-availability deployment patterns (blue/green, canary, etc.), real-time monitoring and logging in cloud environments
  • 10+ years’ experience in Software Engineering, Application Architecture or Infrastructure Solution design
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in application design, CI/CD, development in a cloud environment
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Agile Delivery practices

 

PREVIOUS JOB EXPERIENCE

  • Previous experience being part of a Technology Leadership team and reporting into CIO/CTO.
  • Previous experience managing large technology budgets ($10M+)
  • Demonstrated experience leading large (30+ FTEs) technology teams that included Cloud & DevOps Engineers.

 

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Together, we are stronger and can achieve more

At 84.51°, we believe a diverse and inclusive work environment is essential to the work we do as a data science company. Just as no two Kroger customers are alike, no two 84.51° associates are alike. We understand the importance of fostering an inclusive culture: to encourage our associates to bring their authentic selves to work – embracing who they are and celebrating what they can become.

We continually strive to ensure 84.51° is a place where all people feel like they belong, are respected and valued regardless of who they are, where they are from and what experiences they’ve had. By meeting our 3-year D&I roadmap goals and commitments, we will continue our journey towards becoming a destination for diverse, driven, and authentic minds.

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