The Director of R&Dwill champion the strategy and have a heavy focus on generating enthusiasm for the R&D practice across the business and IT. This role will be primarily responsible for the facilitation of innovative capabilities from conception to pilot with a focus on driving value fast. The Director of R&D will work closely with the CIO and other key leaders from across the organization to align R&D activities with strategic imperatives and will be responsible for building awareness around a brand that fosters a culture of ongoing innovation, inclusivity, and transparency. Providing strategic leadership and influence at the executive level will be necessary to ideate around the technical capability and associated business use cases that are really going to make a difference to existing business lines and new business.
Other leadership responsibilities will include resource planning and development for a core team of 4 employees; including interviewing, hiring, training, managing performance, rewarding, and career planning. Responsibilities for this team include the maintenance of virtual environments, physical space, oversight for vendor management, capacity planning, knowledge base growth and development efforts. This team will facilitate the ongoing collection, prioritization, planning, development, and delivery of capabilities following the R&D team process framework. As projects arise, the Director of R&D will also be responsible for overseeing temporary project teams.
This position reports directly to Mike Nolfo, Chief Information Officer of Enterprise Holdings, and is located at our world headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. The Director of R&Dwill be a highly visible, front-facing role. The ideal candidate is a collaborative leader who is adept at building a new practice, is comfortable with rapid ideation and development, and can demonstrate success in an ambiguous environment.
Additional responsibilities will include:
Communicate the R&D process, progress and outcomes at executive strategy meetings
Provide thought leadership in emerging technologies and platforms, IT and innovation
Apply capabilities/emerging technologies using relevant industry knowledge
Build and lead integrated and high performing development teams that support a diverse environment
Foster nimble development by implementing agile methodologies and removing blockers for dev teams
Establish cross-functional relationships which allow for cohesive strategy development and alignment with IT and business initiatives
Build strong relationships between global IT teams
Effectively manage key vendor relationships
Drive innovation with an understanding enterprise-level architecture standards and principles
Analyze, influence, and translate project requirements into concepts and strategies that align with our overall technology and business vision
Conduct analysis to determine best path for solving business problems/opportunities that may include process improvement, systems enhancement, and/or user training
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