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Director of Software Development

Reports to: President

Lead the future of intranet software. Shape the future of work.

ThoughtFarmer is looking for a Director of Software Development to lead the team responsible for building, shipping, and operating our software products. You’ll be the driving force behind our technology strategy, ensuring we deliver exceptional value to our customers.

What’s ThoughtFarmer?

ThoughtFarmer helps employees at organizations around the world share knowledge, stay informed, and feel connected through our award-winning intranet platform. We’re on a mission to make every company the best place to work.

What we’re looking for from our Director of Software Development

You’re a strategic thinker, a collaborative leader, and a technical expert. You have a passion for building high-performing teams and a proven track record of delivering innovative software solutions. You’re customer-centric and driven to make a lasting impact through the delivery of awesome software. And, like us, you’re kind, passionate about great work, always looking to grow your skills, customer-centric, and a team player.

Responsibilities

Drive strategic growth and alignment

  • As part of the leadership team, you will provide strategic direction for the software development lifecycle, aligning with business objectives and goals.
  • Represent engineering in senior stakeholder discussions, communicating technical concepts effectively.
  • Optimize budgets and resources for maximum efficiency.
  • Monitor and track key performance indicators for the engineering organization.

Build transformative software solutions

  • Collaborate with product, design, sales, marketing, and customer success teams for seamless integration and delivery.
  • Oversee the development process from requirements gathering to maintenance.
  • Manage and mitigate risks throughout the development lifecycle.
  • Lead Quality Assurance with a focus on automation and early issue detection.

Foster a culture of innovation and technical excellence

  • Define and implement software development strategy, roadmap, and architecture ensuring scalability and security.
  • Champion innovation and evaluate emerging technologies.
  • Implement Agile methodologies and DevOps practices.

Lead and inspire a high-performing engineering team

  • Attract, recruit, and retain top engineering talent. Support career development through coaching and feedback.
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement in development efficiency and quality.

Must-have requirements

  • 10+ years of software development experience, with at least 3 years in a leadership role.
  • Proven ability to build and lead high-performing teams.
  • Proven ability to attract and retain top engineering talent.
  • Exceptional communication, collaboration, and leadership skills.
  • Experience managing budgets and resources effectively.
  • Solid understanding of software development methodologies and best practices—including Agile methodologies and DevOps principles.
  • Experience designing and implementing systems that provide long term strategic business value
  • Post-secondary degree in computer science, engineering, or equivalent experience.

Bonus points (optional)

  • Experience with Enterprise/B2B SaaS applications using C#/.NET and AWS cloud technologies.
  • Experience building and scaling software development organizations.
  • Active participation in open-source projects or technical communities.
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills.

We’re a hybrid workplace

ThoughtFarmer embraces a hybrid work model, allowing our team members to balance the flexibility of working from home with the benefits of in-person collaboration. For this Director-level role, we require one day per month of in-office work, making it ideal for candidates based in the Metro Vancouver area.

All staff—remote or local—enjoy a quarterly home office allowance that they can use to buy whatever they need to be productive outside the office.

How to apply

Send a cover letter and your resume to careers@thoughtfarmer.com. To help make the process smoother for everyone, please include the job title and your name in the subject line.

Only candidates that meet the minimum requirements will be considered. No phone calls please. Applicants must reside in Canada and be eligible to work in Canada. High-five if you read and adhere to the small print.