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Job #385: Programming

Job Code: #385
Title: Software Architect (Lead Developer)
Date Posted: 05/08/2014
Job Type: Direct Hire
Job Location: Lawrenceville GA

Job Description:

Position Summary:     

Working closely with the Director of Information Technology and Application Services Manager, this position designs, develops, implements, and oversees technical standards related to all application software including programming languages, interfaces, coding structures, etc.  and provides direction to other developers related to application design and overall architecture.


The Software Architect/Lead Application Developer will:  


·         Develop a deep understanding of WIKA’s technical environment related to application development including ERP, custom tools, and 3rd party applications.


·         Define architectural standards that optimize development time by effectively limiting design options.


·         Create, define and/or choose an application framework for all applications that enables scalability and extensibility of all applications.


·         Recognize and develop re-useable application modules to optimize future development activities.


·         Create and implement specific software components of a highly technical nature.


·         Understand the interactions and dependencies among components and trouble-shoot potential issues within these interactions.


·         Effectively document and communicate these concepts to developers.


·         Provide oversight and mentoring to more junior developers during design and development phases.



Company Overview:    

The company was formed in 1946 in Germany by two ex-POWs at the end of WWII to manufacture industrial instrumentation such as pressure and temperature gauges.  Today they serve a global market and have attained market leader status with literally tens of millions of products installed.  The company is still privately held by the heirs of the founders.   Today WIKA has become a symbol for sophisticated solutions in the field of pressure and measuring technology. With a 210,000 square foot facility in Lawrenceville, Georgia, WIKA Instrument Corporation has state-of-the-art manufacturing technology and highly automated proprietary production equipment.  As producer of the premium product in the market, WIKA employs the Kaizen approach to continuous improvement of it's Lean Manufacturing process. Producing over 30 million gauges, diaphragm seals, transmitters, and thermometers worldwide annually, WIKA has the most extensive product line in the industry.  

U.S. operations began in 1967 with U.S. headquarters in Lawrenceville, GA.  U.S. revenues now exceed $130M with 700 U.S. employees.  The U.S. company has been generating double digit annual organic growth for the past decade with a few small acquisitions to complement the product line.  With high product quality they have taken market share despite being higher priced.  The company has adjusted well to the global downturn by growing new markets and being the provider of premium products. This strategy has positioned the company extremely well for high profitability as the economy rebounds.

Company Culture:

WIKA's culture is somewhat unique for the U.S. because of their focus on employee happiness and work/life balance.   Excellent pay/benefits, flex hours, low-cost healthcare plans, emphasis on internal promotion and even a monthly gas allowance are a natural extension of this philosophy resulting in long term tenure being the norm rather than the exception.  People are treated as peers no matter what their position in the organization. The environment is informal but people are passionate and everyone is encouraged to innovate and speak their minds. The company products are highly engineered and that attention to detail, innovation in response to customer needs, quality control and working within tight tolerances is reflected in the culture of the company.

IT Department: 

Richard Keith is the new Director of Information Technology from a Fortune 1000 IT background brought in to put in place big company IT best practices so that IT.  Rick is upgrading all aspects of IT - people, voice/data network, ERP applications, datacenter, etc. to world class level so that IT is up to the task of serving the business as it grows so quickly.  Rick and the department have the full support of the President and CFO and the budget to do what's necessary to create a state-of-the-art environment that can do all the things the business wants and needs. 

There are 15 IT people in 2 groups - Infrastructure and Applications - with the Project Manager being the third person reporting to Rick and starting the PMO.

The technical environment is primarily Windows running on HP servers, CISCO network, NetApp SAN, SQL database, VMware for virtualization and the major application is Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP.

Why The Position Exists: 

This is a newly created position in the Information Technology group and is part of a major change in IT that began with the hiring of the new Director last year.  He is bringing big company IT best practices into a small IT organization so that it can scale up to the needs of the business which has experienced double digit growth every year but one of the past 10 years. You will be coming into an IT organization that is well-funded and which is seen as critical to company success. The group is very diverse, open to ideas and moves at a swift pace.  The Director has put together a series of infrastructure and application initiatives that need to be implemented now and he needs a strong Project Manager to take charge of those initiatives and at the same time get a PMO started. 

Title:  Information Technology Project Manager

Reports to:  Director, Information Technology

Compensation:  Base salary will be dependent on experience and local market salaries for the required skills which appear to be in the range of $100k.   

Benefits:  The company offers an impressive array of benefits including:  low cost Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, 401k, Flex Hours and a unique $3,600 commuting allowance.  This position is eligible for the company Bonus program of up to 10%. .  

Location and Travel:  This position works at the Information Technology department located in the company's U.S. headquarters in Lawrenceville, GA, a suburb northeast of downtown Atlanta near the intersection of I-85 and GA-316.  A small amount of Domestic and International travel to company locations may be required. 

Relocation Assistance:  The search for candidates for this position is focused on the metro Atlanta area and the company will provide some relocation assistance to the selected candidate looking to move close to the office location.  That does not include purchasing homes.    

Essential Job Functions:


·         Research, evaluate and recommend technical designs for acceptance into department standards

·         Document and communicate standards to all development personnel

·         Design and implement technical architectures that define and enforce development standards

·         Provide leadership and oversight during the design process of all development projects.

·         Develop assigned applications as required to meet the project priorities of the applications services department.


Knowledge, Skills, Experience, and Education Required:


·         4 year degree in computer science from an accredited university.

·         6 to 10 years of experience with application design and development in a Windows based environment using development frame works, databases, API’s, etc.

·         Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining written instructions, policies, and procedures.

·         Strong communications skills and ability to provide technical leadership to more junior development team members.

·         Demonstrated ability to perform in a team-based environment with a track-record of successful application design and delivery experiences.

·         Knowledge of Microsoft Solutions: Windows Server environment, SQL Servers, Dynamics CRM, Dynamics AX are a plus.

·         Knowledge of Microsoft Development stack: Visual Studio, TFS, Azure, Release Management, SCOM are a plus.

·         Knowledge of Web Development: .NET, MVC, C#, HTML, CSS, JSON/REST/XML/SOAP Web Services, JS, AJAX, jQuery and any JS framework (ie: Node.js, Backbone.js, AngularJS, etc).

·         Understanding of cross platform browser and mobile compatibilities (Chrome, Firefox, IE, iOS, Android) is a huge plus.

·         Experienced with Database systems: SQL, MongoDB, etc.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

PLID: 1275