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VP of Product Engineering

VP of Product Engineering


Team Ownership

  • Direct Reports & Development Teams –
  • Director - Cars, Hotels, Xsell, Vacation Packages, .ca, uk,, International Team
  • Director - Mobile Apps – Android, iOS for COA and OT.
  • Director - Fintech teams – Fraud, Payments, Accounting,
  • AVP –
  • AVP – Dev OPS, Release
  • Director – Marketing Systems- Content Management, Email Newsletter, CRM , Loyalty, Profiles
  • Director – OPS Tech Team
  • Director – Ukraine Office
  • Customer Service Teams, QA, Design ,Architecture Group (FpNext), Database/ BI
  • Dotted Line to Director Air Systems – This role is managed by CTO


Inter-Departmental Working Relationship(s) (collaborating with):


  • Global VP of Technology – India (Air, Ops tech, mweb, apps, International)
  • VP of Technology – India (Marketing Systems, Fin Tech, Cars, XSell, Hotels, DP)
  • AVP Design
  • AVP – Data Science
  • Director – Database and BI
  • Director – COA / OT and Air Systems, Revenue Management systems
  • QA (QAand UAT  is Distributed across several teams)
  • Director – Air QA,
  • QA Manager of Hotels, Cars, XSell
  • QA Manager OPS Tech
  • QA Manager FinTech
  • QA Manager – Martech.
  • VP, AVP, Directors of Products and Automation - Brand Teams – Cheapoair,  OneTravel
  • Director of Supplier Relations, Fare and Data Analysis teams.
  • VP of IT – Infrastructure, Cloud – AWS
  • Global VP of Delivery.
  • SVP of Products


Job Description and Responsibilities (in order of Priority):


Drive Business Strategy

  • Meet Business Goals and Targets
  • Increase bookings, conversions and Top Line revenues  by developing new  products and services
  • Aligns Technology Development to meet Business Strategy/ Product Strategy /Business Goals
  • Create and manage the product roadmap working closely with the CTO/ SVP Of Products to determine priorities
  • Develop Short Term and Long Term Product Roadmap and Prioritize Projects with Business Owner  based on ROI, top line revenues and shareholder value
  • Analyze site/product analytics, customer analytics, Competitive landscape and provide key insights for driving bookings growth.
  • Instill strong Business / IT Collaboration - Interact with Brand Managers / Product Managers / BUs of different departments and meet Business expectations
  • Builds Strong Relationship with GDS/ Suppliers/ 3rd Parties and drives new product development initiatives and Beta Test with GDS/Suppliers/3rd Party for First Mover Advantage and Differentiation


Technology Management

  • Manage multiple technology teams comprised of   experienced software developers, UX and QA engineers.
  • Define technology vision and strategy and create an operational roadmap for development, designers and QA engineers
  • Create an environment that drives innovation and challenges the team to explore and experiment new ideas/ technologies to grow the business
  • Improve Developer Productivity and Lower Development Costs
  • Improve Product Quality and QA Productivity through QA Automation
  • Ensure timely, accurate, and quality execution of all deliverables 
  • Main focal point for team’s business delivery, product quality, product delivery, performance and availability goals

Technical Leadership

  • Reviews Designs and Architecture with attention to details and produces flexible and scalable software architecture and designs with effective use of OOPS, Design Patterns, Enterprise Libraries
  • Works with the Product Managers to ensure higher team productivity through proper User Story Estimation and Capacity Planning
  • Does spot checks and reviews the design and code delivered by the team
  • Ensures code quality is maintained through code analysis, code coverage and unit testing and meets tech goals and SLAs
  • Ensures that all User Stories committed in the sprint are delivered on time and not dropped or rolled over to the next sprint
  • Co-ordinates with Central QA for Load Testing / Code Profiling to meet Quality Performance Metrics
  • Ensures Team QA writes automated scripts for regression testing to achieve 100% QA automation
  • Researches New Technologies to innovate Fareportal technology and processes and run POCs
  • Provides Hands on support during emergency situations
  • Meets Technology Goals and SLAs

Project Management Responsibilities

  • Ownership of the Product delivery calendars for the brand/department/product.
  • Co-ordinates with Business Owner and evaluates the Project Requirements, Priorities  and ensures readiness of projects before development starts
  • Lead Scrum of Scrum Meetings within the Technology Unit
  • Creates Project Goals based on Business Goals
  • Clearly communicates business and project goals, objectives and shows the big picture to the development team
  • Clearly communicates the project priority, project/development  status,  release/delivery status, quality status to the Business and Development team
  • Facilitates active discussion between Tech , Product and Business about project goals and requirements for on time and quality delivery

Manage Tech Capital

  • Build a High Performing Product Technology  Team - Build strategies to source Top Talent , motivate talent and retain talent
  • Appropriately staff the departments according to current and future Product Roadmaps 
  • Manage teams by clearly outlining titles, roles and responsibilities
  • Set Goals and Targets for team members on regular basis
  • Works with the Performance Analysis Team to evaluate skills and performance of team and members  on a quarterly basis and recognize and reward high performers
  • Helps employees plan their career progression and growth in career within the company.
  • Assess Training needs and train members to come to speed.
  • Motivate team with team building exercises and professional development with HR


Vendor Management, Outsourcing And Legal

  • Evaluate technology vendors/suppliers, negotiate agreements, and establish working relationships in Travel supply chain.
  • Adept at handling NDAs, and Legal related matters
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