Chief Engineer

Fuelnow Network Houston , TX 77001

Posted 1 week ago

Chief Engineer

FuelNOW is disrupting fuel logistics within the fuel downstream industry ... and we're doing it with vigor! We're fueling the power of technology in the industry's next generation of how fuel is delivered.

As part of the FuelNOW organization, the Chief Engineer plays an integral role in ensuring FuelNOW's products are built with excellence, predictability, and transparency as new, powerful features are delivered to the market. The ideal Chief Engineer will bring a unique blend of hands-on high-energy, business sense and acumen, technological expertise, leadership, culture-building skills, and strategic vision. This position is vital to our growth strategy, setting the course for FuelNOWs technology strategy and how it impacts the fuel logistics industry. First-class relationship building skills and a keen sense of how technology translates into business value are a must.

The Chief Engineer will be the bridge that links the product planning world with the technical implementations delivered to FuelNOWs connected ecosystem.

Primary Responsibilities.

Build and maintain the Technology Roadmap:

  • Make the strategic technology decisions and plan how they will be executed over time.
  • Align the Technology Roadmap with the Product Plan and Release Plan.
  • Ensure the Technology Roadmap supports the Business Plan of senior leadership, maximizing efficiency and value to the business.
  • Hire the best team possible
  • Hire the best team, not a collection of the best individuals.
  • Create a team skilled at mentoring and being mentored.
  • Ensure each team member exemplifies the team culture and agile spirit.
  • Ensure the team is equipped and well motivated to execute the Release Plan in the context of the Technology Roadmap.
  • Lead the team in building excellent products using superior software craftsmanship
  • Build using skills honed by the learnings of industry leaders, making their craft your teams: Clean Code, Clean Architecture, SOLID, et al.
  • Strive for simplicity and maintaining a code base that has a low total cost of ownership that remains low over time, as the system grows.
  • Protect agility while opposing over-engineering, and premature optimization (YAGNI).
  • Create and feed a culture in line with the Agile Manifesto, faithful to the Agile Principles. You will value:
  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan
  • Build trusting relationships with the Head of Product, the senior leadership team, and key stakeholders:
  • Ensure engineering resources are spent only to enable the senior leaders business plan and the Head of Products Product Strategy.
  • Continually show traceability from Release Plan milestones to work in progress.
  • Be comprehensively transparent in everything.
  • Collaborate relentlessly with your partners.
  • Ensure the safe, reliable operations of critical systems
  • Engineer systems for operations and DevOps.
  • Create a DevOps environment that ensures stability, SLAs, flexibility, and transparency.
  • Make technology a competitive advantage for FuelNOW
  • The Technology Roadmap and implemented software should be innovated and distruptive.
  • Technology debt should be kept low so as to build momentum in technological capability and agility.
  • Ensure FuelNOWs technology ecosystem opens strategic doors, and does not close them.
  • What You Bring To The Table.

    Skills and Proven Abilities:

  • Strategic Vision: Natural ability to see the big picture, and to derive a concrete plan to shape the future. Comprehend the many dimensions of how various technology set combinations can achieve market disruption and create momentum in the ever-changing state of tech industry. Be able to confidently turn that understanding into a feasible plan to enable the execution of the Business and Product Plans.
  • Results Driven: Proven results on delivering/exceeding goals on time, with an attention to detail. Experience managing and prioritizing multiple goals and technological constraints simultaneously.
  • Relationship Management: Aptitude to build strong relationships and bonds with management, director, and executive-levels, both on the business side as well as tech. Experience effectively setting and managing key stakeholder expectations.
  • Communication

    Exemplary written and oral communication skills. Solid proficiency with Word, Excel and PowerPoint/Keynote for partner-ready reports and presentations. Stellar diplomacy: you are a straightforward and empathetic communicator.
  • Influence

    Experience and great skill in leading through influence. A great listener and collaborator, you are a force for unity.
  • Requirements

    • BS/MS in Computer Science or a related technical field
    • 10 years experience architecting, developing, and launching software products and/or services
    • 5 years experience managing successful engineering teams including hiring/termination and performance management
    • High proficiency and technical leadership in the latest, proven architectural techniques and agile methods.
    • Ability to handle multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment
    • Deep understanding of how culture and team dynamics create exceptional teams

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