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FREEMAN Director - Application Development in Denver, Colorado

About Us

We are a global company of thinkers, designers, and doers. Freeman partners with our clients to build a connection with their customers by creating brand experiences that are seamless, innovative, and immersive. From strategy, creative, and digital to logistics and event technology, our teams place the client at the center, helping them connect to people in meaningful and personal ways. What makes us unique is our collaborative culture, intuitive knowledge, global perspective, and personalized approach developed from our 90-year legacy as an industry leader. Freeman connects people to a universe of opportunities that create a spark, build understanding, and inspire action.

Summary

The Director – Application Development provides leadership and direction for development and maintenance of selected customer facing digital and data products that support live events. This role effectively manages internal and external development resources. The Director – Application Development supports sales and product teams through sales process and definition of product roadmap. This position collaborates with IT and other support functions for Information Security and selection of third party development providers.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Build and direct a cohesive team of internal and external personnel to effectively develop across a broad range of technologies – mostly cloud support (AWS)

  • Support ongoing maintenance and development of customized customer facing products that support live events

  • Engage outside providers – both offshore and onshore – to identify the optimal development approach based on cost, quality, speed, and other factors

  • Collaborate with product owners on technical feasibility and implementation approaches to maximize value

  • Work with sales and customers to respond to RFP’s, demos, and evaluate technical fit

  • Coordinate development costs with multiple business units to ensure profitability

  • Collaborate with IT group to adopt standards, in particular information security

  • Evaluate potential technical partners supporting future product growth

  • Prioritize and manage development activities, ensuring that projects are completed on time / budget, and with superior quality

  • Provide technical expertise, support, and guidance in planning and implementing

  • Develop cutting edge solutions that support the company’s strategies and provide a high degree of end user satisfaction

  • Develop and effectively manage budgets and ensure budget adherence

  • Mentor staff to improve skills, provide career growth, and ensure succession plans

  • Provide accurate cost and schedule projections of needed software, hardware and personnel resources, thereby increasing efficiency and decreasing costs for the company

  • Identify tools, processes and techniques to improve efficiency and quality of the group

  • Effectively negotiate with outside vendors and consultants as required

  • Continuously evaluate staff positions, responsibilities and individuals for appropriate performance, skills, potential for improvement and growth. Manage merit increases and annual bonuses for direct reports

  • Develop detailed plan for staffing changes, training, enrichment and personal development

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in computer systems or related field

  • (10) ten years or more of application development management experience

  • Expert knowledge in cloud based (AWS) technologies, architecture, and standards

  • Experience with building and managing department budgets and forecasts

Diversity Commitment

At Freeman, our commitment to diversity and inclusion is helping us to create not only a great place to work, but also an environment where our employees, our customers and our communities around the world can reach their goals and connect with each other. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status and other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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