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Lead Software Engineer

Cedar Park TX Cox Automotive

The Lead Software Engineer writes and maintains code, as part of an integrated solution, to implement product capabilities and features, fix defects, improve performance and maintainability, while reducing technical debt. This all functions in alignment with product, engineering, and technology roadmaps. The lead engineer has a role in end-to-end delivery including planning, architecture, agile delivery, deployment, and 24×7 production support.

The overall goal is to improve availability, reliability, performance, and security for each solution.

The Engineer must be a student of technology and driven to become an expert on internal and external systems. They are the backbone of the team's velocity, taking defined work and driving it through to completion day-in and day-out.

Along with strong technical skills, the Engineer must have a strong desire to learn and understand business principles, concepts, and strategy. Comprehensive integrated knowledge across the "technology stack" is essential.


  • Works under general direction within a clear framework of accountability, minimal intervention is required.
  • Exercises substantial personal responsibility and autonomy.

• Plans the team's work to meet given objectives and processes

  • Influence's customers, suppliers, and partners at account level
  • Responsibility for the work of others and for the allocation of resources
  • Participates in external activities related to own specialism.

• Makes decisions which influence the success of projects and team objectives

  • Work includes a broad range of complex technical activities, in a variety of contexts.

• Investigates, defines, and resolves complex issues across various technology stacks

  • Selects appropriately from applicable standards, methods, tools, and applications.
  • Communicates clearly and can present complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Facilitates collaboration between stakeholders.
  • Plans, schedules, and monitors work to meet time and quality targets.
  • Rapidly absorbs new information and applies it effectively.
  • Maintains an awareness of developing technologies and their application.

Agile Planning

  • Works with Product Management and Agile Delivery to understand the challenges that customers and end users face in their day-to-day work and partner with them to design viable solutions.
  • Recommends viable solutions to processes, technology, and interfaces that improve the effectiveness of the team and reduce technical debt.
  • Foresees capacity requirements for component usage and identifies limitations.

• Provides input into story sizing, backlog grooming, and release planning

Product Development

  • Contributes to product and solution designs to address issues and complex problems.
  • Builds software applications across multiple platforms in response to the needs of stakeholders.
  • Understands technical architecture and writes software and automated tests that are aligned with agreed upon standards.

• Performs trouble-shooting efforts and investigations when necessary

Application Support

  • Provides ongoing support, monitoring, and maintenance of deployed products.
  • The engineer will be part of two support processes for priority production problems:
    • on-call rotation; the on-call rotation covers days, nights, and weekend support.

o on-call escalation process (if the on-call engineer requires additional support)

Advice and Guidance

  • Actively works with less experienced software engineers providing technical guidance and oversight.

• Ability to manage multiple priorities, commitments and projects and organize effectively

Emerging Technology Monitoring

• Actively participates in the engineering community, staying up to date on new software technologies and best practices and shares insights with others in the organization

System Design

  • Control system design practice within an enterprise or industry architecture.
  • Influence industry-based models for the development of new technology applications.
  • Develop effective implementation and procurement strategies, consistent with business needs.

• Ensure adherence to relevant technical strategies, policies, standards and practices

Software Development

  • Design, code, test, correct and document programs and scripts from agreed specifications, and subsequent iterations, using agreed standards and tools, to achieve a well-engineered result.

• Take part in reviews of own work and leads reviews of colleagues' work.

Systems Integration

• Establish standards and procedures across the technology service lifecycle (including the development lifecycle) in the areas of systems integration and testing and ensure that practitioners adhere to them

Detailed experience:

  • Internet-based environments, hands-on development using current Microsoft tools and technologies – C#, ASP.NET, .Net Framework and Visual Studio
  • Strong knowledge of object-oriented design concepts and design patterns required – Experience with XML/JSON, SOAP/REST, WCF and multi-tier distributed systems, GHE, TeamCity
  • 5+ years professional experience building complex, highly scalable front-end applications utilizing JavaScript.

• Strong understanding of UI, cross-browser/device compatibility, general web functions and standards

  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Self-motivated, directed, and passionate about what you do
  • Actively participate in agile team activities
  • Participate in problem solving and troubleshooting for the assigned applications, functional areas, or projects.
  • Respond quickly and effectively to production issues and taking responsibility for seeing those issues through resolution.

Working experience

  • Creating and supporting applications running in AWS
  • Coding within multiple technology stacks (e.g., Front-end: browser and device typically using common client-side technologies – React, HTML, CSS, JavaScript; Back-end: server, application, database using languages like PHP, Python, Ruby)
  • Experience profiling and tuning performance of front-end applications
  • A passion for testing utilizing Jest and React Testing Library (RTL)
  • Realizing applications from conception and design to implementation and support
  • Application lifecycle methodologies (e.g., agile, iterative)
  • Share knowledge by effectively documenting work.

• Stay current with changes in the technical area of expertise


  • Develop new, or maintain existing programs based on specifications – Develop, implement, and maintain unit tests of programs; participate in functional test planning and testing for the assigned applications, functional areas, or projects.
  • Communicate clearly, strongly, and effectively to small and large groups.
  • Follow designated best practice design and modeling.
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field or equivalent combination of industry related professional experience and education.
  • Scrum Developer Certification or equivalent

• 8+ years of working experience

To be employed in this role, you'll need to clear a pre-employment background check and drug test. Cox Automotive does not currently consider a pre-employment drug test for marijuana for this position. However, we are a drug-free workplace, so the possession, use or being under the influence of drugs illegal under federal or state law during work hours, on company property and/or in company vehicles is prohibited.

About Cox Automotive

At Cox Automotive, people of every background are driven by their passion for mobility, innovation and community. We transform the way the world buys, sells, owns and uses cars, accelerating the industry with global powerhouse brands like Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim and more. What's more, we do it all with an emphasis on employee growth and happiness. Drive your future forward and join Cox Automotive today!

About Cox

Cox empowers employees to build a better future and has been doing so for over 120 years. With exciting investments and innovations across transportation, communications, cleantech and healthcare, our family of businesses – which includes Cox Automotive and Cox Communications – is forging a better future for us all. Ready to make your mark? Join us today!

Benefits of working at Cox may include health care insurance (medical, dental, vision), retirement planning (401(k)), and paid days off (sick leave, parental leave, flexible vacation/wellness days, and/or PTO). For more details on what benefits you may be offered, visit our benefits page .

Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer – All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individual's age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law. Cox provides reasonable accommodations when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with disability, unless such accommodations would cause an undue hardship.

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