Polaris Alpha

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Vice President of Engineering

Vice President of Engineering

Req # 
Position Type 
Full Time
FLSA Status 
Management - Other
Security Clearance 
Preferred Top Secret/SCI
Colorado Springs, CO

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In addition to a competitive salary, ISS – Polaris Alpha offers excellent benefits to full-time employees:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision premiums are paid 100% by ISS for employee and their family
  • Life and AD&D insurance premiums are paid 100%, by ISS for employee at 3x annual salary
  • 401k plan, ISS matches up to 3% of employee contributions and participants are 100% vested in plan from date of enrollment
  • 4+ weeks of PTO and 8 Paid Holidays observed
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Relocation may be considered

Benefits are subject to change

Job Description

Polaris Alpha is a highly technical industry leader uniquely positioned to address customers’ most complex challenges across the full spectrum of air, land, sea, cyber and space domains. Polaris Alpha provides cutting edge solutions development based on the latest advances in open software design and integration. The company is best known for not only understanding our customer’s needs, but also consistently exceeding their expectations. Polaris Alpha develops sophisticated data visualization, event analysis, pattern detection, mission planning and mobile software using net centric and enterprise architectures.

This position is part of the KAIS Business Unit with a primary focus on the delivery of software systems focused on reporting, data analysis and visualization. The chosen applicant will manage the successful customer deliveries of WebTAS Enterprise, CIDNE, Topic Builder, Runway, IMM, and SATA, as well as successfully execute Internal Research and Development tasking. You will have the opportunity to develop and deliver real-world, cutting edge software systems which are changing how the DOD is doing business. The person in this position will also be involved in helping the KAIS leadership work grow the business by supporting proposals, white papers, data calls, etc. The candidate must take personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work, manage their own time and priorities to efficiently and effectively achieve goals, identify opportunities for process or quality improvements, and build and maintain constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect. Candidate must also have strong customer and communication skills, along with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Engineering field with a minimum of 16 years technical experience.
• Strong Technical leadership skills
• Technical personnel management (hiring, onboarding, direct management, technical and managerial mentoring)
• Technical planning & process management
• Foster strong technical culture & standards (agile, test-driven, dev-ops mindsets & practices)
• Collecting cross-functional requirements and maintaining technical roadmap that runs parallel to product roadmap
• Develop & communicate multi-departmental technical strategies
• Experience with Agile development
• Strong familiarity with System Engineering principals
• Evaluate technological alternatives empirically, and make major technological decisions
• Plan and implement automation of development process automation (deployment, testing)
• Formalize process of evaluating candidate engineers, as well as a training program for newly hired engineers
• Continue to enhance a strong culture of engineering excellence, empiricism, and open communication
• High level of self-motivation, desire to deliver stellar solutions and willingness to work in a distributed team environment
• Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
• Ability to multi-task in a dynamic environment with changing priorities
• Strong communication skills
• US citizen
• Ability to obtain a DoD Top Secret/SCI security clearance

Desired Skills

• Experience with DOD Intelligence systems and domains
• Familiarity with AWS concepts Familiarity with modern DevOPS approaches
• Experience with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFE)
• Experience working and leading Government proposal efforts
• Familiarity with application containerization and open cloud-based architecture and computing.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to sit, walk and stand; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone; use hands to operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms; and lift up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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