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Sr Director- Product Development in Los Angeles, CA at NEC America

Date Posted: 2/12/2018

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With more than 117 years of technology innovation, a global team of 100,000, and 64,000+ technology patents, NEC is in the business of providing solutions that focus on safety, security, operational efficiency - enabling people to live brighter, more enriched lives. We call this orchestrating a brighter world.

Public safety is one of our core pillars and as recognized leaders in Biometric technologies we boast an array of award winning solutions which support Law Enforcement, Citizen Services & Immigration, Commercial Markets, and Public facilities Management. We are experiencing significant growth and expect to soar to new heights with the addition of key talent like you.

We are currently looking for an experienced innovative product development executive with experience in biometrics based product development for global federal, state/city, enterprise and critical infrastructure markets. This is an opportunity to innovate, lead a team of talented software engineers to architect, design, and develop new biometrics enabled solutions to enhance public safety and convenience. NEC Advanced Recognition Systems is a client centric organization requiring a great deal of flexibility in understanding public safety and enterprise customer requirements. As an innovation leader, you should understand market requirements, use cutting edge technologies to develop competitive products that meet and exceed customer expectations. 

As Director of Product Development, you will provide strong, day-to-day leadership, development support, and guidance to the product development organization. You will interact with senior management, sales teams, product management and marketing teams to develop cutting edge products.    


  • Be an innovation leader in developing cutting edge products for public safety and enterprise markets
  • Manage our product development teams in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Washington DC.
  • Understand market requirements, technology trends, interact with senior management, product stakeholders to plan and develop products
  • Understand, analyze, and resolve issues that impact development success including development processes, staffing, technical strategies, and solutions.
  • Provide technical vision to the product development organization, balanced with the delivery of product enhancements to maintain a client centric environment while improving overall code reuse, supportability, and efficiency.
  • Develop process to sustain existing products, work closely with product management to define roadmaps, and plan new product development
  • Successfully negotiate strategic decisions and other issues which affect the business internally and externally.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to all level of staff in the product development organization.
  • Demonstrate leadership and vision in determining and driving strategy decisions, process changes, business initiatives, daily execution disciplines, management and measure of metrics and KPIs to drive productivity, etc.
  • Be a recognized expert, and exercises wide latitude in, determining own objectives and best approaches to solving critical problems and fulfilling business needs.
  • Be seen as a leader and subject matter expert by others in the product development organization both in terms of full stack and full process.

Qualifications and REQUIREMENTS

  • 15+ years of progressive management experience in a software development environment.
  • 10+ years of progressive product development experience leading teams of developers  
  • Prior experience in agile processes to deliver cutting edge products to market
  • Experience in MBIS, AFIS or related products and technology or experience in related companies is preferred.
  • Experience in biometrics technologies like fingerprint, face and iris solution development is preferred.
  • Expertise in gathering requirements and documenting user needs, modeling requirements through user stories and other means, and expertise with agile estimating and planning.
  • Interface with key project stakeholders like management, cross functional team leadership, offshore and onsite teams, R&D, customers and project managers is required.
  • Must be a comfortable communicating and presenting with all levels within the company with a business-first and technically competent argument.
  • Technical experience developing application on full stack of Java/J2EE, .NET, C++,C#, Jboss, JBPM, Apache, Oracle, MS SQL, and related technologies is important.
  • Bachelor’s degree or Masters degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field from an accredited college or university.


Headquartered in Irving, Texas, NEC is a leading provider of innovative IT, biometrics, network, and communications products and solutions for service carriers and Fortune 1000 and SMB businesses across multiple vertical industries, including healthcare, government, education, and hospitality. NEC delivers one of the industry's broadest portfolios of technology solutions and professional services, including unified communications, wireless, voice and data, managed services, server and storage infrastructure, optical network systems, microwave radio communications, and biometric security. NEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global technology leader with a presence in over 44 countries and more than $37.5 billion in revenue. For more information, please visit

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