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Director Of Software Engineering - Network Optimization

Wabtec US Rail, Inc. - Melbourne, VIC

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Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Drawing on nearly four centuries of collective experience across Wabtec, GE Transportation and Faiveley Transport, the company has unmatched digital expertise, technological innovation, and world-class manufacturing and services, enabling the digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems. Wabtec is focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world. Visit the company's new website at:http://www.WabtecCorp.com.

It's not just about your career... or your job title...it's about who you are and the impact you are going to make on the world. Do you want to go into uncharted waters...do things that haven't been done to make yours and someone else's life better? Wabtec has been doing that for decades and we will continue to do so! Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, Wabtec delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.


At Wabtec's Network and Logistics unit, our vision is that we improve the global quality of life by accelerating the movement of freight and commuters in the most safe, efficient, and sustainable way. Our global team is comprised of a diverse background of problem solvers that have a passion for technology and changing how the rail industry experiences software.

Wabtec'sPrecision Dispatch System (PDS) is an advanced software solution that provides real-time train dispatching functions that direct and control the movement of trains over a railroad network. The legacy system is being converted from a monolithic implementation to a cloud native and horizontally scalingplatform with high availability aspects.

We are looking for a leader to enable and execute state-of-the-art software delivery of our next generation PDS application, while building a high performance and learning mindset culture.

Job Description

As Director of Software Engineering, you will apply your knowledge of management, software development methodologies, best practices, and proven processes to deliver a quality software product on budget, within planned schedule with superb quality.

You will provide strong technical leadership and people management for a set of software teams that consists of both permanent employees and contractors located in Melbourne, FL, Fort Worth, Tx, Montreal, CA and India. This position reports to the VP of Software Engineering - Network Operations.


  • Demonstrate very strong technical leadership and people management skills including solid communication and analytical skills with a thorough understanding of product development and successful problem definition, decomposition, estimation, and resolution
  • Responsible for building a world-class software development team to support the system integration of the platform
  • Design and execute a well thought out strategy for PDS next generation team.
  • Deliver application and services to validate and ensure the platform meets all operational standards
  • Influence decision making through an active partnership with cross-functional teams
  • Manage strategic business partnerships and relationships through Technical, Financial, Contractual, and Relationship Management, including customer interfacing.
  • Coach, mentor, and lead a diverse group of lean/agile software engineers
  • Work with product management to understand market needs & vision; quickly translate that vision into demonstrable software
  • Work with product owners and architects to develop software development plans
  • Work directly with customers to understand business and technical needs
  • Drive increased efficiency across the teams, eliminating duplication, leveraging product and technology reuse
  • Support process improvements which guide the development, sustaining & support activities
  • Work cross-functionally with other business departments to align activities and deliverables
  • Drive world-class quality in the development and support of products
  • Keep project data relating to tracking and financials current
  • Deliver resource strategy and plans, including use of 3rd parties/partners, etc., in support of development and support activities
  • Plan and manage budgets related to the scope of the team
  • Communicate effectively both within the immediate team and Wabtec leadership. Ensure team receives consistent messages and has a clear understanding of business direction, strategy, and results
  • Build a world-class software development team to consistently deliver complex software platforms and research projects of varying size and duration.
  • Lead and focus on a platform integration team of developers to implement, automate, and validate the next generation PDS.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or in "STEM" Majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
  • Minimum of 10+ years of experience in the software domain or a Master's Degree with 7 years of experience
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in an engineering leadership/management role

Desired Characteristics
  • Hands-on experience with cloud native technologies, deployment, and customer engagement.
  • Experience in Red Hat technologies such as Quarkus, JBoss, Red Hat SSO, RHEL.
  • Experience with distributed SQL systems, messages systems such as AMQP, Kafka and cache systems such as Redis.
  • Proven experience in delivering Highly Available 5-9s application for a mission critical system.
  • Advanced understanding of Kubernetes, software design patterns for HA and versioned microservices
  • Ability to understand the technology stack and its impact on the final product.
  • Experience with Rally, Jira, or other defect/work tracking tools. Capable of generating Agile metrics reports (burn-up, burn-down, velocity, etc.) and interpreting the results for larger audiences.
  • Superior knowledge of the Software Development Life Cycle and strong collaboration history with Quality Engineering and Dev Ops teams.
  • Experience delivering large-scale secure, stable, scalable, and observable cloud based micro service-based solutions
  • Ability to influence from both a strategic and technical standpoint across the function and business
  • Experience with software practices for safety critical systems
  • Strong Knowledge of professional software engineering best practices including coding standards, code reviews, SCM, CI, build processes, testing, and operations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to represent and advocate complex technical concepts

Additional Eligibility Qualifications
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job
  • Must be willing to travel 15 %
  • Must be willing to work out of an office located in Melbourne, FL preferred

Wabtec Corporation is committed to taking on the world's toughest challenges. In order to fulfill that commitment we rely on a culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to employ the world's brightest minds to help us create a limitless source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles...people like you! Wabtec Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, or protected Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.