Sr. Director of Software Development - Health Care and Life Sciences, R&D Division

Job Locations US-NC-Cary HQ
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Research and Development
Visa Sponsorship
Travel Requirements
Position Type

Are you a problem solver, explorer, and knowledge seeker – always asking, “What if?” If so, you may be the new team member we’re looking for. Because at SAS, your curiosity matters – whether you’re developing algorithms, creating customer experiences, or answering critical questions. Curiosity is our code, and the opportunities here are endless.


What we do 


We’re the leader in analytics. Through our software and services, we inspire customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. Our curiosity fuels innovation, pushing boundaries, challenging the status quo and changing the way we live.


What you’ll do  


As a Sr. Director of Software Development for the Health and Life Sciences R&D division at SAS, you are a person that possesses a deep Software as a Services (SaaS) knowledge. You are passionate about applying leadership and collaboration with the discipline of execution for all phases of development and test.


As SAS continues our journey toward becoming cloud native, a critical business driver is the ability to increase delivery of SAS’ existing software portfolio in a SaaS business model. This highly visible role will report to the Vice President of Health and Life Sciences and interact with senior leaders and development teams across Research and Development (R&D), and the company. This role will also include promoting, teaching, fostering and facilitating a SaaS mindset among all of R&D and the Lines of Business.


We are looking for a leader to approach this role with vision, perspective, a sense of urgency, alignment to the CTO vision and most importantly the drive to succeed, with a proven ability to deliver.

You will:

  • Create and reinforce a goal-oriented, collaborative culture amongst and across the technical business units.
  • Control, plan, and direct the activities for a R&D division or multiple departments ensuring alignment with division and corporate goals.
  • Provide product direction leadership through collaboration with Product Management, Marketing, Sales, Customers, and others within and outside SAS.
  • Adeptly manage the heavily matrixed environment with a focus on collaboration and prioritization.
  • Create and support a culture that is focused on critical thinking; prioritize the development of business acumen and its applicability to help customers achieve business value. 
  • Monitor and ensure products/projects adhere to established R&D practices, procedures and schedules.
  • Provide technical leadership as appropriate to the division/department.
  • Initiate and enable cross-divisional collaboration to improve overall effectiveness of the R&D organization.
  • Represent the company and provide product presentations within or outside the company.
  • Proactively identify and navigate potential issues in order to meet deadlines and schedules.

What we’re looking for


  • You’re curious, passionate, authentic, and accountable. These are our values and influence everything we do.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 15+ years of related programming or testing experience.
  • 8+ years of experience managing large teams of technical staff at all levels.
  • Experience with cloud providers.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and executing products and tools.
  • Demonstrated leadership, especially a matrix environment and change agent skill sets.
  • Ability to bring form and structure to the ambiguous.
  • Extremely strong analytical, presentation, advanced abilities in business modeling and excellent communication skills.
  • Proven ability to interface, influence and manage with all levels of organization.


The nice to haves  

  • Strong understanding of SAS products, tools, platform and infrastructure.
  • Experience with specific Health and Life Sciences technical solutions.
  • Strong understanding of SaaS.


Other knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • A leader of strong intellect and personal presence who inspires confidence in people at all levels.
  • Self-directed; able to spearhead initiatives, translate plans into specific actions across a team, and execute with urgency. 
  • High degree of leadership, independent negotiation, and decision-making skills. 
  • Entrepreneurial with a can-do / hands-on mentality.
  • Excellent listener who absorbs and respects the opinions of others but is decisive and able to influence. 
  • A collaborative leader who empowers others.
  • One who is accountable and in turn, holds people accountable.
  • A change agent – leading the Team to the desired state through understanding. 
  • A coach and developer of people. 
  • Leads by example and can generate respect and loyalty from peers, superiors and subordinates, as well as external links.
  • Emotionally intelligent, resilient, and mature.
  • Impeccable ethics and a high-level of integrity.

Additional information


SAS is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Read more: Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law. Also view the supplement EEO is the Law, and the Pay Transparency notice.   


Equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered in place of the above qualifications. The level of this position will be determined based on the applicant's education, skills and experience. Resumes may be considered in the order they are received. SAS employees performing certain job functions may require access to technology or software subject to export or import regulations. To comply with these regulations, SAS may obtain nationality or citizenship information from applicants for employment. SAS collects this information solely for trade law compliance purposes and does not use it to discriminate unfairly in the hiring process. 


In order to work at SAS, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If there is a medical or religious reason preventing you from receiving an available COVID-19 vaccination, and you are selected as a candidate for consideration, we have an accommodations process in place to evaluate those requests.


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