Vice President - Applications
The IT organization of Mimecast is responsible for the life cycle planning of business applications through the phases of strategize, architect, select, deploy, operate, evolve, and retire. The VP - Applications manages the application group that has specific responsibility for building or configuring, maintaining or enhancing, and eventually decommissioning applications through their life cycle.
The VP- Applications will oversee all activities that optimize the value, cost and risk of applications:
Provide leadership, vision and direction to the applications organization to ensure it will contribute to the company achieving its goals.
Work with CIO and other IT leaders to develop overall IT strategy in the context of the business strategy.
Develop productive relationships with business leaders across the organization to influence how applications can enable new sources of value.
Define and enhance methodologies and practices for the application life cycle management in line with best practice and practical experience of continuous improvement.
Ensure that applications processes (including those of external service providers) are conducted in line with corporate social responsibility, environmental and technical policies and applicable standards and legislation.
Manage application group personnel, developing their skills and capabilities to meet the needs of the organization, as well as building on existing recruiting capabilities to address new needs and skills gaps.
Implement and manage application life cycle management status reporting, metrics and benchmarks.
Manage relationships with major vendors and service providers to ensure they cost-effectively meet the needs of the organization.
Conduct regular surveys of stakeholder satisfaction with applications, publish the results and, where necessary, implement action plans to improve satisfaction.
The VP - Applications primary responsibility is to ensure the applications cost-effectively meet the needs of the business as a whole by:
Overseeing the assessment of the technical and business fitness of the application portfolio and their associated costs and risks.
Facilitating the application governance process to gain consensus on a prioritized set of measurable business outcomes that applications must support.
Working with stakeholders and the application governance council to define a prioritized set of business outcomes and application work to accomplish those outcomes within the limitations of the application budget.
Working with stakeholders to accomplish this application work in a way that improves the business and technical fitness of the application portfolio and minimizes its ongoing support costs.
Overseeing the application organization's successful delivery of these business outcomes in partnership with business colleagues.
Overseeing benefits realization to ensure that business outcomes are achieved.
Overseeing support activities in conjunction with infrastructure and operations to ensure the applications perform well in production.
Overseeing development of processes and tools in conjunction with infrastructure and operations to automate the handoff of code releases from development to operations (DevOps).
Working with the chief information security officer (CISO) to ensure that the organization's applications are effectively secured and that risks are mitigated.
The VP - Applications will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the application organization (including staffing, budgeting and other relevant management functions) and is required to hold all application delivery teams accountable for optimizing the cost, risk and value of applications throughout their life cycle.
12+ years of experience in Software design/development, software as a service (SaaS), data management/governance, business intelligence, security and/or business process analysis.
Managing a team of at least <<insert number>> members in application development, implementation or management.
Experience managing an organization primarily using agile development methodologies.
5+ years of demonstrated leadership experience building cross-organizational consensus with exposure to technology providers and/or business clients.
5+ years of demonstrated experience managing a high-performing, cohesive team.
3+ years of demonstrated experience in liaising with middle and senior management.
Strong communication skills with a proven ability to understand key concepts and communicate effectively with technical staff, business stakeholders and senior management.
Proven ability to communicate technical concepts to nontechnical people to enhance understanding and drive decisions that lead to positive outcomes.
Proven ability to collaborate, build relationships and influence individuals at all levels in a matrix-management environment (as well as external vendors and service providers) to ensure that segregation and overlapping roles are identified and coordinated.
Strong organizational skills, the ability to perform under pressure and management of multiple priorities with competing demands for resources.
Strong analytical, data-processing and problem-solving skills.
Proficiency in process formulation and improvement.
Financial accounting and reporting practices applicable to applications, costs and risks.
IT contracts and their likely cost implications.
Engagement with procurement and legal contract advisors for additional information.
IT applications, operations, service and support organizations.
Data processing, analysis and quality management tools.
Development and implementation of processes and policies.
Lean IT, agile development, and DevOps principles and frameworks.
Cybersecurity experience a plus.
We offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including private healthcare, dental and life coverage. Mimecast is an entrepreneurial and high growth company which will provide the right candidate with a wealth of career development opportunities. All Mimecasters strive on being high performers, problem solvers, and team players with passion and integrity.
Mimecast is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that values the strength that diversity brings to the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status. EEO is the Law.