The IT Applications Manager is to coordinate the development, modification, installation and issue resolution of IBM iSeries/AS400 and network applications. This individual will apply proven communication skills, problem-solving skills, and knowledge of best practices to guide his/her development team on issues related to the design, development, and deployment of mission-critical information and software systems. This position is responsible for the direction and development of two direct reports.
Prioritize, schedule and oversee the processing of user requests and optimize available IT application development resources (with an emphasis on on-time completion, minimizing lead times and sustaining a high level of quality while supporting Strategy Deployment Priorities.
Continually improve employee productivity through the use of internal (coaching & accountability), external (professional training) activities and application development tools.
Assist users in the selection of application software.
Provide leadership/guidance on various project teams to evaluate/design and implement new applications and modifications.
Lead pre-testing phase of development by evaluating proposals in order to identify potential problem areas, and make the appropriate recommendations.
Collaborate with analysts, designers, and system owners in the testing of new software programs and applications.
Approve purchases of IBM iSeries/AS400, Windows/web and mobile applications (review for compatibility with hardware platforms, other applications and integration capabilities).
Oversee the installation and support for all applications.
Ensure that development projects meet business requirements and goals, fulfill end-user requirements, and follow our Project Request/application development methodology.
Provide user support for all applications.
Manage software application licenses.
Keep up to date on the latest technology and applications to provide the users with the best solutions in fulfilling their business needs.
Ensure that any new software integration into company systems meets functional requirements, system compliance with Crane Internal Control standards, and interface specifications.
Where necessary, prepare, establish, and monitor budgets.
Skills and Qualifications
Good management skills, including the ability to maximize productivity
Strong customer-service orientation
Excellent listening and interpersonal skills
Excellent problem solving skills and ability to conduct research into application development issues and products.
Ability to manage the intellectual capital development of direct reports
Excellent organizational and project management skills
Experience in overseeing the direction, development, and implementation of software solutions
Strong knowledge of system and software quality assurance best practices and methodologies
Experience with Microsoft VS Team Foundation Server
Experience with Business Intelligence solutions (specifically Microsoft PowerBI)
Knowledge of RPG programming in an iSeries environment preferred
Knowledge of IBM Power/AS400 (iSeries) query and programming tools, such as Sequel (ViewPoint) and Abstract preferred
Knowledge of IBM Power/AS400 (iSeries) commands, operations and administration using IBM Navigator preferred
Knowledge of application development methods/tools, such as C# (MVC), Visual Studio, TSQL, Stored Procedures, and other similar tools preferred
- Knowledge of database design and file management techniques