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VP (Head of), Technology (Application Engineering) (2020-8829)

Camas, WA, United States
Information Technology


Job Description


It’s an exciting time to be in our IT department; we’re investing heavily in the future of our firm’s technology. Our business is growing internationally, which emphasizes the need to build an unparalleled technology team that drives future global growth and scale through strategic solutions and continuous innovation. We play a foundational role in supporting our firm’s diverse businesses, and we’re excited to continue solidifying that foundation as we add more talented technologists to our team.

The Opportunity:


The VP (Head of), Technology (Application Engineering) is a senior technology management role. This position can sit in our Camas, WA, (near Portland, OR) office, our San Mateo, CA, (near San Francisco, CA) office, our Plano, TX, (near Dallas, TX) office, or our new Tampa, FL, office. This will be a direct hire opportunity.


Foundational to the position is serving as the primary creator and provider of methodologies, frameworks and solutions for DevOps, automated CICD and QA, logging and KPI tracking, technology health, API & microservices enablement, and software development tool sets. As such, the role requires excellent communication and partnership skills, the need to co-create vision and strategy that enable the wider enterprise and technology organization, and the ability to instill confidence in others. You will be responsible for the production support, delivery, and strategy required to deliver technical capabilities including in-house and vendor systems regardless of the hosting strategy. 


You will be expected to provide leadership for 7-15 staff and contractors in addition to consultants and vendors as needed. 

The Day-to-Day:


  • Own all aspects of shared technology frameworks and tools used by Fisher technology. 
  • Develop technology strategy and roadmaps for capabilities in conjunction with enterprise groups, vendors and other internal technology partners.
  • Deliver prioritized projects and programs as mutually-agreed upon (time, budget, scope).
  • Keep abreast of technology trends and industry solutions that impact the partner businesses and Fisher technology at large.
  • Actively partner with and manage vendors who provide technology services and solutions.
  • Measure, communicate and deliver on application stability, monitoring and production support.
  • Develop ecosystem scorecards, SLA’s and KPI’s in conjunction with the enterprise and other technology partners to evaluate success and determine areas for improvement and areas of opportunity.
  • Contribute to technology risk evaluation including the management of obsolescence and technology debt.
  • Ensure compliance with internal policies and procedures as well as external legal requirements.
  • Develop and manage budgets/resources as requested.
  • Work with peers and management on the development of mission, standards, services, goals and objectives.
  • Recruit, coach and build high-performing teams.


Your Qualifications:


  • Must have a minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience managing and building effective, high-performing IT teams and leadership.
  • Proven experience building and supporting CICD automated pipelines with on-prem, cloud and hybrid infrastructures in an agile, DevOps context.
  • Ability to form and lead centers of excellence that enable and partner with other technology and business teams.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills with demonstrated evidence of constructive interpersonal interactions with both individual contributors and senior executives inside and outside of technology.
  • Experience leading technology transformation initiatives.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education/experience.


Why Fisher Investments:


Fisher Investments is a different kind of investment firm. We don’t come from Wall Street, nor do we believe we fit in with most of the finance industry, and we’re proud of that. We work for a bigger purpose: bettering the investment universe. From unmatched service to innovative perspectives on investing, it’s the people that make the Fisher purpose possible. After all, it’s our people that enable us to offer the level of service that we do. And we invest in them accordingly, offering exceptional benefits like:

  • 100% coverage of premiums for health, vision and dental insurance
  • A 50% 401(k) match, up to the IRS maximum
  • 20 days of PTO*, plus 9 paid holidays
  • 8 week paid Primary Caregiver Parental Leave
  • And much, much more


We also provide a cumulative, continuous learning and development framework customized for every employee. This emphasis on personal and professional growth has yielded an award-winning work environment; we’re Great Place to Work Certified, and The Oregonian named us as a Top Workplace.


But in the end, it’s not the perks that keep people here. They stay because they believe in our mission of service—our employees want to make a difference in an industry that can do better.


* California employees accrue up to 17 days of PTO and 3 days of sick time per year.



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