Senior Director, Software Engineering

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Job Description
Our Story: Litera , headquartered in Chicago, IL, is a fast-growing software company and one of the leading legal technology suppliers in the world. Serving more than 90% of the world's largest law firms, our software is used by hundreds of thousands of lawyers every day. As a company recognized as one of the best places to work, we believe professional development, rewards programs, open communication, and transparent leadership all contribute to a unique and open work environment. Our employees are driven, energetic, passionate, and have the ability to make a direct impact on the future of the company.
The Opportunity:
Litera is looking to hire a senior engineering leader to build and maintain an effective and reliable software development tea m. This is a unique opportunity for a dynamic and passionate technology leader to join a rapidly growing company and make significant contributions to the design and delivery of our products. We have high engineering standards on real-time controls software, and we want you to help make us better.
Your day-to-day
As a Senior Director of Software Engineering , you will be responsible for the direction of a Software Development team, deliver on the organizations need to evolve and maintain the software created for its customers.
What You'll Be Doing / A Day in the Life

  • Manage the people on a large engineering team to keep them aligned and focused on achieving the team's goals
  • Drive the design, strategy and execution of software development projects to support product roadmaps
  • Lead technology architecture and development as per product needs
  • Oversee the daily activities and progress of multiple SCRUM teams
  • Monitor, and continuously update, team metrics for measurement of engineering and operational excellence. Ensure a consistent, regular process for assessment of goals and improvement of deliveries

  • Lead many SCRUM teams through estimating engineering effort to build new features and fix prior mistakes
  • Collaborate with Product Managers on new products and new features
  • Implement data driven approach to execution to drive transparency and accountability across all stakeholders
  • Identify market gaps, product/client requirements or issues and work with geographically distributed cross-functional teams such as product, customer success and sales to define detailed plan and execute it with agility and speed
  • Support the ongoing engineering needs of our existing customers and prospects while balancing product goals alongside engineering driven projects

  • Create an impact on our overall software development approach, setting engineering, road maps, partnering with product management and product marketing across different geographical locations
  • Strategic thinker with abilities to create or work on 90, 120, 180 day plans designed along with leadership team for self and teams.

What You Bring

  • Bachelor's, Masters' or PhD in computer science or information technology is required

  • 15+ years of technology including 5+ years of management experience in various elements of full-stack software development front end, back end, data and insights and hands-on technical design & implementation experience preferably in SaaS products
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to formulate Product/business strategy
  • Excellent understanding of software development life cycles (SDLC) with experience guiding teams through planning, development, and rollout
  • Prior experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams of engineers simultaneously working on multiple projects
  • Strong cross-functional collaboration and influencing skills at high levels

  • Hands-on experience with a Docker / Kubernetes based microservices deployment and familiarity with DevOps CI/CD principles
  • Possess innate customer service skills including the ability to be empathetic, accurate , compassionate, responsive, resourceful, and conscientious
  • Strong relationship management, strategizing, project management, problem solving, and change management skills
  • Ability to work with local & global stakeholders in a matrix environment
  • Comfortable interacting and presenting in front of C-level executives

  • Thrive in fast-changing environments and ambiguity while being execution-oriented, hands-on, pragmatic, and focused on results
  • Motivated problem solver who can accurately document and communicate issues

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Opportunity to help create and lead a strong team of engineers and lead innovation and creation of best in class products

  • Participate in helping shape the contours of the software development and influence outcomes
  • Strong participation in engineering strategies and product deliveries
  • Work with a team that has a proven track record .
  • Our company's growth will challenge and encourage you to broaden your skills.
  • Generous allocation of paid time off, and flexible work hours.

  • Available merit-based cash bonus plan.
  • Comprehensive medical coverage and Employee Assistance Program
  • Many opportunities for rewards and recognition

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, or Washington Residents Only: The salary range for California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, or Washington residents is $150,000 to $190,000 . Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, Litera offers benefits such as a comprehensive benefits package, incentive and recognition programs, and 401k contribution (all benefits are subject to eligibility requirements).
Litera is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • C#Languages
    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PHPLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • jQuery UILibraries
    • ASP.NETFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • AccessDatabases
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • SQLiteDatabases
    • IllustratorDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • Aha!Management
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • HubSpotCRM
    • SalesforceCRM
    • HubspotEmail
    • HubspotLead Gen

An Insider's view of Litera

How does your team reward individual success?

Litera is very generous when it comes to rewards and recognition. Just one example of this is how we recognize top performers in the organization every quarter based on our Core Values. The individuals get to spin a virtual prize wheel where they can win anything from cash, surprise birthday parties, or a new pair of shoes picked out by our CEO!


Manager, Recruiting

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Our culture is heavily focused on collaboration and growth, and everyone is approachable, from the CEO right through to the developers. Though I'm in sales, I regularly speak with our customer success, product, and marketing teams.


Vice President, International Sales

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

The best part of working here has been the opportunity to grow and learn. I started when I was 23 and have had many different roles and responsibilities on my journey with the company.


Product Manager

What is your vision for the company?

At Litera, we know that a great culture emerges from the people you hire. We hire the best and brightest, and take pride in taking care of our employees who in return, take care of us and our clients.


Chief People Officer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

I'm inspired by the talented group of people I work with. One of the many benefits of working with a small company is that everyone has a direct impact on the outcome of our business. There is a sense of pride and ownership.


Business Analyst

What are Litera Perks + Benefits

Litera Benefits Overview

Litera proudly offers a comprehensive suite of benefits designed to serve the diverse needs of our unique workforce. While we are committed to enhancing and expanding our benefit offerings, the information in this document is meant to familiarize you with the benefits and programs currently in place.

Your medical, dental, vision, commuter benefit, and traditional 401k payroll deductions are through a pre-tax plan. The plan provides tax savings by reducing employee premiums from gross salary prior to calculation of federal income and Social Security taxes.

Volunteer in local community
We believe in giving back to our community. All full time employees are given one Volunteer Day Off per year that can be utilized at any point. Some employees even coordinate to participate in groups.
Partners with nonprofits
Litera partners with Cardz for Kidz, Comic Relief, Genesys Works, & more!
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Our remote work program includes working remotely on occasion as needed.
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
All hiring managers will going through certifications before hiring at Litera. In order to be a certified hiring manager, you must go through unconscious bias training.
Diversity employee resource groups
Litera's Diversity & Inclusion Champions Network has one major goal which is “to make Litera a safe space where every employee feels like they can bring their whole self to work".
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Litera has completely revamped our hiring process. You can expect: inclusive job descriptions, certified pre-employment assessments, diverse interview panels, & a shift in assessing our culture fit.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Litera employees can contribute up to $3550 annually for individuals & $7,100 for families to their FSA.
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Our dental plan covers 100% of preventative services, 80% of basic services, and 50% of major services.
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Mental health benefits
Our plan provides employees with free access confidential assistance to help you and your family meet the challenges that life, work and relationships can bring.
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Litera provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by Principal. We match 4% of contributions up to $11,400 maximum on each paycheck with immediate vesting .
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Onsite office parking
Relocation assistance
Home-office stipend for remote employees
During COVID, have provided extreme flexibility with working hours, provided all team members with a cash bonus to purchase items to enhance their “home office"
Onsite gym
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

As a global company, Litera strives to put diversity & inclusion at the forefront and make it a constant topic of conversation. Our employees come from all walks of life and we find it essential to embrace all cultures and backgrounds.

Our core values are the key driving forces behind nearly everything we do! From collaborating with one another to assisting our customers, our values are always front and center of the way we work at Litera.
Our open work setting means each team is accessible and our executives are always approachable. This focus on open communication and transparent leadership contributes to a unique and cooperative work environment.

We are extremely focused on career growth and opportunities for professional development for our employees. Our outstanding recognition program shines a spotlight on employees that go above and beyond by celebrating their hard work and wins.

Our employees are driven, energetic, passionate, and have the ability to make a direct impact within the company. We may be biased, but we believe our people are the best and brightest in the industry, and we’re always looking to expand our team!

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