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Company Description

ECi Software Solutions is a software firm that provides cloud-based business software. The firm offers enterprise resource planning software, business management software, e-commerce, and other IT services. ECi Software Solutions specializes in technology and software solutions for entrepreneurs in the building & construction, manufacturing, field service, and distribution vertical markets. The company supports the entrepreneurial spirit and profitable growth of businesses. ECi Software Solutions was founded in 1999, and its headquarter is based in Fort Worth, Texas, United States. The firm provides competitive healthcare benefits and other perks to its employees.

Job Description

The Vice President R&D role is a people manager with a functional expertise in one or more R&D disciplines: Development, Architecture, Quality Assurance, cross industry and/or cross product lines.They are accountable for people, projects, products, processes and strategic direction within the R&D team. Interact internally and externally with executive level management, requiring negotiation of extremely critical matters.Sets the specific vision and strategy initiatives for the group(s)/business unit(s) for R&D.Recognized as an influential leader.Inspires action, coordinates simultaneous initiatives.
Reporting Relationships: Reports to the President-RHC. Directly reporting up to this position can be Development, Quality Assurance and Architecture.

Essential Functions:

People Management - interpersonal leadership, coaching, feedback, career development, performance assessments, objective setting, business goal alignment, hiring and disciplinary action as required

Leadership - Communication within R&D, leadership peers, as well as leadership across Business, conflict resolution, meeting management, change management, adheres to ECi Software Solutions (ECI) Leadership Standards

Methodology - Enable quality focused, predictable, and effective R&D processes (scrum, sdlc, accountability)

Project management - Accountable for deliverables, estimates, planning, follow up and tracking, metrics, effectively handling ambiguous tasks and assignments

Functional Expertise - Contribute to Individual area of expertise, project work, standards

Allocation of people and resources to projects - Review and analyze product proposals submitted, and engineering designs to determine if strategic benefits are derived and if possible, expenditures are justified for the benefits gained

Investigate root cause and implement corrective action when necessary

Demonstrate leadership skills founded on the ECI Core Values - motivating others by inspiring and creating leaders that deliver an extraordinary customer experience, recognize and reward performance within team

Be able to think beyond area of control/domain to do what is right for the broader ECI organization

Provide support and insight into significant organizational changes, including changing strategic focus, mergers and acquisitions, etc.

Strong in program management execution, results driven, and ability to hold team accountable for end results setting appropriate milestones along the way to validate progress

Requires strong critical thinking skills, planning, problem solving and interpersonal communication skills, ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

Embrace, inspire, and lead a department toward a quality culture with a focus on serving and satisfying customers, and aligning functional activities toward quality goals

Protect company proprietary and confidential information

Qualifications and Requirements

Bachelor's/Master's degree preferred in Computer Science (or related field)

10+ years of experience in full life-cycle software development

5+ years of leadership responsibility

People Management Skills - interpersonal leadership, coaching, feedback, career development, performance assessments, objective setting, business goal alignment, hiring & disciplinary action as required

Leadership Skills - Communication within Engineering and peers across Business, conflict resolution, meeting management, change management, adheres to ECI Leadership Standards

Department level business goal development and alignment to higher level goals

Ability to predict and manage (ie: make and meet commitments)

Align departments, teams and project objectives to ECI strategic goals

Stimulate department cooperation to successfully complete their goals and objectives

Foster a high-performance environment with a diverse set of resources

Promote teamwork, collaboration, continuous process improvement, and an adaptive development environment

Resolve cross department conflicts with a cool head, finesse and focus on business goals

Objective analysis and resolution of complex people/customer/and business issues

Ability to effectively convey defined vision on the department level

Special Requirements:

Occasional travel


  • Direct or coordinate an organization's financial or budget activities to fund operations, maximize investments, or increase efficiency.
  • Appoint department heads or managers and assign or delegate responsibilities to them.
  • Analyze operations to evaluate performance of a company or its staff in meeting objectives or to determine areas of potential cost reduction, program improvement, or policy change.
  • Direct, plan, or implement policies, objectives, or activities of organizations or businesses to ensure continuing operations, to maximize returns on investments, or to increase productivity.


  • Reading ComprehensionUnderstanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active ListeningGiving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • WritingCommunicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • SpeakingTalking to others to convey information effectively.


  • Administration and ManagementKnowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Economics and AccountingKnowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • Sales and MarketingKnowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Customer and Personal ServiceKnowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

ECi Software Solutions


Company - Private




$100M to $500M




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