Product Director, Software Engineering Platform Product Line

Full Time

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Job Information

Job Title: Product Director, Software Engineering Platform Product Line

Salary Range: Min:$119,101 Mid:$148,876 Max:178,651

Hay Points: 994

Dept/Div: IT/IT Product Management

Supervisor: Deputy Chief, Agile & Citizen Product Group

Location: 2 Broadway New York, NY 10004

Hours of Work: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (7.5 hours/day)

In order to protect our employees and continue to provide safe and reliable service to our communities, as of November 14, 2021 we are requiring all new MTA hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their start date, with appropriate, narrow exceptions for religious and medical reasons. "Fully vaccinated" means you must have both doses of a 2-dose vaccine and two weeks have elapsed since the second dose, or have received 1 dose of a 1-dose vaccine and two weeks have elapsed since the dose. Proof of your vaccination status in the form of a CDC vaccine card must be submitted prior to your start date.


The Product Director is responsible for developing and maintaining a product line of MTA applications and/or infrastructure and in essence owns the product life cycle for many such products.

The Product Director Software Engineering Platform Product Line is responsible for establishing the application development standards, secure coding techniques, and design patterns and methodologies for all development platforms. Currently, the Enterprise Product team maintains applications on more than 25 development platforms (.NET, .net core, React Native, Azure, Azure Webapps & Serverless functions, AWS, C#, C++, Java, Cobol AS400, Crystal Reports, Angular Node JS, Wordpress, Visual Basic, Python, Oracle PeopleSoft PeopleCode, MS Dynamics, focus (Micro and WebFocus), Oracle forms, Drupal (PhP), PL/SQL, etc.). Our goal is to consolidate, modernize and standardize on as few platforms as possible, taking into account newer technology in the cloud (Azure, AWS, Google and Oracle).

The Product Director will be responsible for leading a team of Product Managers (L-4 Level Managers) that each are responsible for one or more application-based and/or infrastructure-based products in addition to developers that will develop documentation standards, establish code repositories and libraries, translate standard reference architectures to application design and secure coding patterns on various development platforms and establish the software development center of excellence. This position will also be responsible for establishing roadmaps for software development platforms and to develop application development standards for those new platforms in an agile environment.

The Product Director is responsible for management, staffing and supervision of the assigned products within the assigned product lines.

This position also entails developing and maintaining highly effective, secure, and innovative information systems to support the MTA's goals and priorities.


Enterprise Product Planning
  • Lead a team of product managers responsible for creating transformation roadmaps with long and short-term plans for new and improved processes and policies. Manage product managers in the development of backlog management and user-story build-out
  • Lead others that will consist of one or more agile coaches, data analytic researchers and other digital transformation personnel

  • Provide leadership in development of inter-team communication and cohesiveness; sustain culture and supporting staff during organizational growth/changes.
  • Provide direction on evaluation, selection, implementation and maintenance of information systems, ensuring appropriate investment in strategic and operational systems.

Human Resource Management

  • Attract, develop, coach and retain high-performance team members, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility, span of control and performance in conjunction with the IT Workforce Planning & Workload Management office.
  • Build Product manager expertise and competence to meet evolving demands within the Enterprise Product Management unit.

Financial Management
  • Demonstrate consistent understanding of funding, communications and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the program goals.
  • Maintain contact with key IT suppliers and collaborates through IT Business Management Services to identify procurement contracts to support program related activities.

Strategy & Planning
  • Assesses and makes recommendations on the improvement and re-engineering within division and work with the stakeholders at the agencies at keeping the total cost of ownership down.
  • Promote the use of employee self -service and mobile connectivity within products to reduce the reliance of paper.
  • Automation of business process creating in-line forms and approvals, reducing the reliance on manual approves that could be untimely.

Acquisition & Deployment
  • Coordinates and facilitates consultation with stakeholders to define business and systems requirements for new technology implementations, developing business case and cost justifications for such initiatives.
  • Provides direction on evaluation, selection, implementation and maintenance of information systems, ensuring appropriate investment in strategic and operational systems.
  • Advises MTA IT management in the changing trends and emerging technology and their potential use within the MTA.
  • Directs the development of the analysis required to determine if Information Technology projects should follow a "Build" (develop with in-house staff) or "Buy" (cloud or packaged solution) methodology.
  • Directs the development and implementation of new modules within assigned products.
  • Advises on the selection, prioritization, development and implementation on products as they relate to the selection, acquisition, development, and installation of MTA IT applications and infrastructure.

Management and Oversight
  • Participates in overall business planning bringing a current knowledge and future vision of technology and systems as related to the company's goals.
  • Responsible for monitoring various product progress on Information Technology deliverables insuring that the IT needs of the MTA are met on time and within budget, including identifying weekly, monthly and annual performance targets to show progress on IT product projects.
  • Ensure continuous delivery of product services through oversight of service level agreements with end users and monitoring of product performance.
  • Responsible for the recruitment, development, motivation, training and retention of a diverse and high performing multi-level IT team professionals, conforming to budgetary objectives and Human Resources policy and programs in conjunction with the IT Workforce Planning & Workload Management office.
  • Develop business case justifications and cost/benefit analyses for IT spending and initiatives keeping customizations to a minimum and total cost of ownership down.


  • Advanced knowledge of information, mobile, Voice, Cloud, and Application Development technologies and/or Infrastructure technologies
  • Successful track record in design of software systems to meet the current and future needs of a complex transportation organization OR
  • Successful track record in design and implementation of IT Infrastructure and related hardware and software technologies to meet the current and future needs of a complex transportation organization
  • Experience in the areas of strategic planning, business planning, data analysis, data reporting, and statistical process control a plus
  • Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements pertaining to areas supervised a plus
  • Excellent verbal/written communications skills
  • Organizational skill, to manage a complex organization within a complex organization
  • Financial/budgeting planning and management experience a plus
  • Ability to fit in with the constant shifting needs and demands of the business Departments
  • 5+ years' experience on a combination of multiple development platforms (Java, PhP, Python, C#, .Net core, Node.js, React, etc.)
  • Experience in Git (or similar version control) platform
  • Strong application architecture experience
  • DevOps and CI/CD experience a strong plus
  • Secure coding experience using shift-left methodologies a strong plus
  • 5+ years' experience in Cloud Application Design
  • Experience in microservices and containerization (Docker, Kubernetes, etc.)
  • Certifications in cloud architecture, development platforms are a strong plus

Education and Experience

A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Business Administration, Engineering, Finance, Information Services (or the equivalent of education and progressive responsible experience). Plus a minimum of 12 years of Information Technology experience with at least 6 years of progressive IT managerial experience.

Other Information

As an employee of MTA Headquarters you may be required to complete an annual financial disclosure statement with the State of New York, if your position earns more than $101,379 (this figure is subject to change) per year or if the position is designated as a policy maker.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including with respect to veteran status and individuals with disabilities.

The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, including military service members, to apply.
Dice Id : 10516689
Position Id : 99231
Originally Posted : 4 months ago
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