• Software Development, MGR

    Job Locations US-MN-Eagan
    FLSA Status
    Exempt
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Mission

    Software Development Manager

    Who We Are
    For over 25 years, Explore Information Services, a Solera company, has been a leading provider of risk management information to insurance companies, government agencies and commercial fleets. Our leading-edge digital solutions provide a unique window into the human aspects of risk mitigation. Whether we are monitoring driver behavior, identifying location-based risk, or improving fleet asset performance, Explore is focused on disrupting our industry with innovative, data-driven solutions. More than two-thirds of the top 100 insurers rely on Explore products to identify risk, reduce expenses, and achieve a competitive advantage. Our dedicated team members drive performance and innovation that raises the bar for best-in-class technology.
    Founded and continuously led by inventor and entrepreneur Tony Aquila, Solera is a global leader in digital technologies that connect and secure life's most important assets: our cars, homes and identities. Since its inception in 2005 as a garage-based startup, Solera has grown aggressively with over 50 acquisitions across its platforms. The company's current product solutions include Audatex, Autodata, AutoPoint, CAP/HPI, Colimbra, Digidentity, Enservio, Explore, Hollander, Identifix, Inpart, LYNX and TitleTec, as well as the company's flagship Digital Garage application. Today, Solera processes over 300 million transactions annually for approximately 235,000 partners and customers in over 80 countries. Unified by a strong culture that values uncommon entrepreneurial thinking and continuous "do-it-different" innovation, Solera's global workforce of 6,700+ associates come from diverse forward-thinking industries that include automotive technology, artificial intelligence, software development, data sciences, cybersecurity, cognitive design, and digital identity protection. For more information, please visit solera.com.

    The Solera Way
    Solera’s uncommon culture is based on three simple principles: Think 80/20 (Focus), Act 30/30 (Efficiency), and Live 90/10 (Accountability). We define our mindset using Our 3H’s: Humility, a Hunger to succeed, and a desire to Hunt for opportunities to win. Teams engage with each other modulating between their intellect (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ) using our 3Fs: Facts, Finesse, and Force. Solera has become a global technology leader that is constantly growing in the double digits. The principles, drills, and values associated with the Solera Way have been fundamental to Solera’s success and our ability to grow, continuously change, and innovate.

    Are You Uncommon?
    Explore is on the hunt for an experienced Software Development Manager to lead and manage our talented team of software engineers.
    Someone who is highly motivated that is wired with a team-first attitude, has no problem rolling up their sleeves to execute their missions, and can modulate between leading and following as needed. You will serve as the Software Development Manager and be a key member of our IT leadership team.

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    What You’ll Be Doing
    We believe in providing clarity and focus to what our employees are responsible for – their mission. The missions for this role are:

    1. Hire the right development talent for our team and work with our Application Principals (Technical Product Owners) to evaluate the performance of individual team members. Facilitate the appropriate coaching and mentoring to optimize each team member’s contributions.
    2. Continuously drive technical and process improvements. Collaborate with our Application Principals and Systems Architect to ensure optimal leverage of existing software and effective integration with common systems. Work with these leaders to recommend policies, processes and procedures to constantly improve operation of the software development team.
    3. Create and modify software programs throughout various phases of the development lifecycle including design, coding/configuration, test, installation and maintenance. (IE: You will maintain some level of hands-on development responsibility, in addition to your team leadership.)
    4. Active research and learning about new technologies to ensure the ongoing relevancy of modernity of our development practices. Distribute applicable knowledge to the development team. 

     

     

    Additional responsibilities of the role include:

    • Maintain and champion a team culture, help employees thrive in an inclusive and collaborative environment.
    • Attend code walkthroughs and provide constructive feedback to foster ongoing growth.
    • Participate in employee reviews and contribute input for the promotion/merit process.
    • Implement KPIs to measure success across the development team.
    • Participate in strategy and long range planning processes within areas of responsibility in support of business and IT strategies.
    • Identify training needs, gather relevant information for approvals and make necessary arrangements for attending participants.
    • Identify hiring needs and execute the recruitment process to interview and on-board new members.
    • Effectively communicate and collaborate with a variety of different audiences.

    Qualifications

    Are You Qualified?

    • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or, equivalent of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
    • Minimum 8+ years of software development experience with at least 3+ years of team leadership responsibilities.
    • Proven ability to coach and lead developers to optimize performance and maintain positive morale.
    • Experience in improving operating performance of existing systems and development practices.
    • In-depth understanding of technology and IT tools and methods applicable to the applications development area.
    • Experience in the application security and OWASP principles.
    • Solid understanding of different formal methodologies processes and practices.
    • Demonstrated ability to understand business processes and to design solutions that most efficiently address business needs.
    • Strong business and technical vision 

    Our Primary Technologies:

    • Microsoft .NET using C# and Visual Studio
    • Microsoft SQL Server  Microsoft Web Technologies (including Web Forms, Web API, MVC, WCF)
    • Unit testing technologies such as NUnit and Mocking

    Other technologies where experience or familiarity is helpful

    • Web Service Technologies (SOAP, REST)
    • Advanced parsing of various data exchange formats (XML, JSON, fixed width, delimited, etc.)
    • JavaScript, CSS, HTML5, AJAX, and other responsive web design technologies
    • SQL Skills including T-SQL, Stored Procedures, Database Design and Query Optimization/Performance
    • Message Queuing


    Our Space

    We believe that offices should be destinations where people want to be… places where people want to work, play and, collaborate. That is why we spend a lot of time on enhancing our workspaces. Solera’s work environments are intersections of the old and the new… of the past, present, and future. They are spaces designed to stimulate creative thinking, innovation, and cross-functional collaboration.

    We also embrace wellness. Whether it is our onsite or offsite workout centers, nutritional meals and beverages, or endless snacks for focus and energy. This wellness plan is our commitment to healthy living, which spans across our office environments.

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