Unspecified: VP of Technology and Product Development

The People Bank is helping an unspecified company look for a VP of Technology and Product Development:

TPB Office is currently recruiting for our client in the GTA who is seeking a VP of Technology and Product Development. This person is a key member of the executive team and will have tremendous impact as our client continue to scale the organization and expand into the U.S. You will be responsible for all facets of technology and product development in the company. Your immediate focus and key contribution will be in leading the software team in the development of enhancements and integrating new functionality for our enterprise class software. 

You will be responsible for:

•Managing and accelerating the continual enhancements and development of our existing application AND leading the development to modularize and productize the application for further integration and licensing opportunities.
•Working as part of the executive team to establish a product vision, prioritize business objectives and requirements and establish accurate, comprehensive development requirements and planning to meet those objectives.
•Communicating and educating all stakeholders in the functionality, benefits and possibilities of our products and services and keeping them ahead of the competition. 
•Adhering to industry recognized processes and development guidelines to ensure first-rate product quality and stability and a timely delivery.

The Good
Sounds like a pretty senior role, and if this company is expanding into the US, it could be at an inflection point in terms of growth (at least, if it’s the kind of business that can survive a downturn). The technology sounds like it could be interesting, although there’s not a lot to go on.

The Bad
I’m a little wary of their desired skills — .NET, OLAP, Video, SaaS, Chat, SOA, Agile, VoIP.  Often companies that are looking for such a broad range of skills have unrealistic expectations, either about you or about the product they’d like to build.  That my not be true here, but the tone occasionally gives me that vibe.

Although Agile rates a mention, it’s only a mention.  Is this lip-service or is the company really agile at its core?

What’s the company, the compensation, the location?  What product(s) do they have?  What team’s already in place?  What’s the management team like?  What are these supposed expansion plans?  What would be on your plate in the first year?

Your mileage may vary when it comes to what is presumably not a very hands-on tech role.  Then again, if you really wanted hands-on, why would you be reading this far into a ‘VP’ posting?

They’d like a .NET background, and your mileage may vary when it comes to arguing that the technology specifics are less important in a less hands-on role.

In Summary
If you’ve got the experience and the interet to be a VP, and a background in .NET, Video, OLAP, SaaS and others, this could be your gig.  Inquire to find out more, like the company in question.


One Response to Unspecified: VP of Technology and Product Development

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