VP of Engineering

Vendasta Technologies, Saskatoon SK

Career Description

Vendasta is seeking a technical expert to lead our development function to new heights! As VP of Engineering, you will be responsible for building and maintaining a talented group of full-stack Software Developers, consistently focused on delivering world-class SaaS through the Vendasta Platform. The VP of Engineering will work cross-divisionally to harness and lead Vendasta’s nearly 20 teams of Software Developers, with a focus on establishing purpose and clarity, leading and motivating change, growing others, and driving technical innovation.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned leader, able to mentor high-performing teams to accelerate professional growth and goal accomplishment; an expert in all things development, able to lead by example & navigate the development team through complex stories towards simple & elegant solutions; a strategic advisor, able to understand the complex challenges of a dynamic, SaaS business environment and drive change effectively.



Strategy & Growth

  • Lead in overall development strategy for Vendasta by maintaining industry knowledge and keeping informed regarding the latest trends and advancements in technology that could impact the company overall and provide a competitive advantage
  • Work in collaboration with CTO to define technology vision & strategy and work with Engineering Managers and Team Leads to implement effectively among teams

  • Deliver growth through development strategy and technology solutions by continually seeking new ways to improve processes and implement solutions

  • Be an expert within advanced domains of development and represent Vendasta as a spokesperson for technology-related matters within internal forums and at external events (conferences, etc.)

  • Review, iterate on, and implement any necessary changes to service-level objectives, working collaboratively with key stakeholders to define measurable and achievable service level agreements (SLAs)

  • Maximize Vendasta’s SRED claim and provide any necessary supporting documentation or additional grants or proposals

    Functional Management

  • Attract and recruit talent across the development function, continually preparing and planning for continuous improvement of technology, people, culture, and process

  • Build and lead a high-performing team of Software Developers dedicated to achieving Vendasta’s overall goals through constant innovation, drive, and agility

  • Conduct weekly one-on-one meetings with Engineering Management to communicate functional goals, follow-up on progress, as well as encourage and assist with professional development among teams

  • Provide support to Engineering Managers and Team Leads in regards to developing leadership capabilities, maintaining employee engagement, and encouraging employee growth

  • Foster an environment that drives innovation and challenges employees to explore and new ideas and technologies that aim to grow the business; encourage experimentation and continual improvement through regular

  • Hackathons, knowledge sharing, professional development time, and technical debt reduction

  • Build strong cross-functional partnerships with engineering, design, marketing, distribution, and service fulfillment at multiple levels within the company

Skills & Qualifications

Strategy & Growth

  • 10+ years of development experience—preferably with 5+ years of increasing leadership responsibilities and management of teams of 50+
  • 5+ years experience in SaaS and Agile methodologies
  • Bachelors of Science in Computer Science or related field
  • Exposure to modern development methodologies and programming languages
  • Demonstrated experience balancing technology initiatives with business objectives
  • Highly-effective relationship builder & manager with demonstrated proficiency in collaborating successfully with various internal and external groups
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work cross-functionally in a fast-paced, high-productivity environment
  • Public presentation experience—successfully making both business and technical cases to public, industry, and Executive audience

Functional Management

  • Demonstrated ability to build up, lead, and grow a large team to success—with proven ability to lead through influence, excellence, and example
  • A strong background in building teams by developing leaders and managers and recruiting outstanding talent
  • A history of motivating and influencing highly-skilled professionals to achieve major organizational goals
  • Ability to navigate ambiguity, develop plans, and successfully execute over multiple quarters

Why Vendasta

Vendasta is a software company that is driving local economies. Headquartered in downtown Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, we build a platform that helps B2B companies sell digital solutions to local businesses. Through our partners around the world, we’re helping more than 1 million local businesses thrive and succeed—and we have fun doing it.

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