This is a full-time position in NY City. Note that visa sponsorship / transfers are not available.
Relocation assistance will be seriously considered for qualified applicants.

Please apply to rbonczek@nichetech.com

NOTES
• Must have a fairly strong iPhone and Blackberry applications development background in the recent past (not just small applications)although the Blackberry experience can be lighter than with iPhone.
• Your background should include the use of Symbian or Android.
• Although this position will not be coding, it will be managing groups of outside developers with various vendor affiliates, so you need a strong background in this area.
• A strong understanding of the development process such that you are able to intuit how long a project should take and can back it up. This position is not, repeat not, a product development position. Also calls for strong documentation skills and able to stay on top of every project.

OVERVIEW
• This position is within the client’s Interactive Technology Group which encompasses Web properties, B2B sites, and new business development centered on new and emerging technology platforms (mobile and wireless, IP-delivered / broadband video,interactive television / OCAP / EBIF, etc.).
• This is a group whose purpose is to work with business partners to identify new and exciting distribution platforms, and to architect and deliver compelling solutions to enable the continued growth of the client’s brands.
• This position manages a group of 2-10 application development staff (Software Engineers, Project Leaders and Business Analysts), and external consultants or vendors focused on developing applications in the mobile and wireless space.
• As the Interactive Technology Group focuses heavily on new business development, successful candidates must be flexible enough to grasp new platforms and paradigms very quickly, and should be prepared to think “out of the box” when necessary. Successful candidates must also be able to work effectively in both structured projects/teams and non-structured, “Skunk Works” style R&D while contributing constructive solutions and guidance.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Matrixed IT staff management, including staff development, performance evaluations, resource allocation and project scheduling.
• Managing application development vendors through all phases of the project life cycle.
• Ensuring project success by creating and reviewing project plans, timelines, estimates, and requirements documents, and guiding staff to improvement and greater accuracy in these areas
• Act as project manager of software development projects with responsibility for project planning and control.
• Regular project status reporting to Project Steering Committee.
• Overseeing the team’s project portfolio planning and prioritization.
• Establishing relationships with staff augmentation vendors for scalable, multi-sourced resources.

REQUIREMENTS
• Must have prior experience in managing large software development projects <b>and</b> designing and developing applications for smart phone mobile devices (such as iPhone, Andriod, and Symbian).
• Experience in Web and other interactive technology development is a plus. Past hands-on technical experience (Java application development, database development, etc.) is a plus, but is not required.
• Prior experience in managing large software development projects and designing and developing applications for smartphone mobile devices (such as iPhone, Android, and Symbian).
• 3+ years experience in smartphone mobile application development
• 4+ years experience managing direct reports, project staff and consultants.
• 5+ years of Internet / new media development experience with technologies such as Java, J2EE, Oracle, Weblogic, ASP, .Net, Perl, PHP, SQL, Ajax, Flash/Flex, Ruby-on-Rails, etc.
• Experience in requirements gathering, use case development, determining business process flow and task mapping
• A thorough understanding of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and Rapid Application Development (RAD) are critical
• BSC/BS/BA in Computer Science or a related field.
• Ability to multi-task and be detail oriented.
• Outstanding inter-personal and communication skills in order to interface with various departments and management levels, make presentations to an internal audience, interact positively with upper management, and effectively manage a staff of 5+ direct reports.
• Excellent customer focus and awareness of the importance of the customer in a service organization.
• Excellent problem solving skills, and the ability to interact with all levels of technical and non-technical staff.
• Experience in creating documentation of technical systems, training users in complex topics, and operational procedures.

Strong attention to detail.