Software Development Director
Redwood City , California
February 08, 2017
Department Description

Led by the Chief Corporate Architect, the Corporate Architecture Group (CAG) focuses on technological issues across product group boundaries. Its charter also includes information security, Linux, user interface policy, accessibility, and technical standards coordination.

Engaging in standards setting before releasing its first product, open standards are in Oracle's DNA. Today, standards are an important differentiator for Oracle versus key competitors. Open standards and their benefits to customers and partners are also a critical component of our product strategies.

Reporting to the Vice President, Chief Standards Officer, the Standards Strategy and Architecture (SSA) group within CAG coordinates Company participation in technical Standards Setting Organizations (SSOs) across all business units and geographies, defines policies pertaining to external standards setting activities, assists business units in engaging in SSOs (including both formal standards bodies and consortia), and represents Oracle interests on standards related matters to US and other governments. The manager of the Java Community Process (JCP) and the JCP Program Management Office (PMO) that provides secretariat services for the process by which Java developers throughout the world evolve the Java standard also are in the SSA group.

Brief Posting Description

Oracle representatives participate in an increasing number and diversity of technical working groups and standards setting organizations (SSOs). To fully realize the desired benefits from our involvement in external standards and consortia forums we must also:

- Establish and maintain mechanisms for identifying, communicating with, responding to, and coordinating the activities of Oracle representatives in external technical SSOs, and
- Make the story of our standards participation more visible both inside and outside the business especially to governments,
- Take the initiative from our competitors in setting agendas in regional standards setting organizations and directly influencing regional standardization policy activities.

To ensure that Oracle is successful in and recognized for its standardization leadership, and that we are not disadvantaged in national, regional, international and global standardization forums, we are seeking a Director/Senior Director Standards Strategy and Policy to:

- Work with the Vice President, Chief Standards Officer, and Standards Strategy and Architecture staff to maintain, enhance and carryout standardization coordination policies and procedures.
- Identify and craft policy positions on key long-term technology issues related to standardization, interoperability, and openness (i.e. transparency, open standards and open source,)
- Lead the world-wide standards policy team.
- Ensure Oracle's technology and standards policy positions are reflected in the strategies and policies of key governmental institutions with IT policy mandates, at global (the UN, OECD and World Bank), regional (the EU, Mercosur, and ASEAN) and national levels (Prime Minister/ President's office, IT ministries, national standards agencies and bodies (AFNOR, ANSI, BSI, DIN, SAC).
- Seek approval from senior management for proposed standards policy positions,
- Develop and execute programs to communicate approved standards policy positions and promote Oracle's perspective on standardization both within and outside the Company in all geographies,
- Represent the Company at administrative and policy levels in external forums whose activities cross business-unit boundaries
- Serve as a resource on standardization issues for Company executives as well as Oracle participants in external SSOs.
- Initiate infrastructure and organizational enhancements to better orchestrate Oracle's participation in standards SSOs and facilitate communication among Oracle participants in external standards and consortia forums.

Preferred Qualifications

Understanding of external technical standards setting organizations as witnessed by 5 years experience working in an external technical standards setting environment and/or multi-party technical negotiation

- 5 years experience working with, serving and/or influencing government agencies
- Familiarity with Oracle's CAG/SSA & Public Sector goals and strategies.
- Ability to reduce complex technology terms and concepts into readily understandable concepts
- Ability to work independently and without supervision
- Understanding of the rapidly evolving computer software and hardware industry
- M.S./Ph.D. in with 2 years relevant experience or B.A./B.S. plus five years pertinent experience

Desired Skills

- Knowledge of Oracle products, organization and internal IT infrastructure
- Detail oriented, organized and driven to follow-through and complete tasks
- Ability to interface with external and internal customers in a fast-paced environment
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Fluency in English plus one or more other languages;
- Accomplished public speaker
- Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
- Established relationships with key policy makers in one or more key regions.
Manage a team that designs, develops, troubleshoots and debugs software programs for databases, applications, tools, networks etc.

As a director of the software engineering division, you will apply your extensive knowledge of software architecture to manage software development tasks associated with developing, debugging or designing software applications, operating systems and databases according to provided design specifications. Build enhancements within an existing software architecture and envision future improvements to the architecture.

Assists in the development of short, medium, and long term plans to achieve strategic objectives. Regularly interacts across functional areas with senior management or executives to ensure unit objectives are met. Ability to influence thinking or gain acceptance of others in sensitive situations. Demonstrated leadership and people management skills. Strong communication skills, analytical skills, thorough understanding of product development. BS or MS degree or equivalent experience relevant to functional area. 7 years of software engineering or related experience.

Oracle is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and protected veterans status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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