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Warehouse Advanced Software Engineering Manager

FLSA Status: Exempt
Line of Business: Warehouse Technology
Additional Technology Information: 


Kroger operates 44 distribution centers nationwide. The warehouse software engineering team supports warehousing technology solutions that run within these distribution centers.

  • KEWM -Kroger Enterprise Warehouse Management
    • Web based UI for the WIN application serving as a modern point of integration via API and Rest calls to internal and external systems. Intended to eventually replace legacy WIN. Current and in-development functionality includes security/role management, pick audit accuracy, item maintenance and balance on hand.
    • Technology Stack: Java Spring Boot running in PCF with Angular front-end; using Oracle DB with connectivity to the WIN Informix DB.
  • Mainframe-Based Warehouse Management System
    • Warehouse management system used for general merchandise.
    • Technology Stack: Mainframe MVS COBOL, JCL, CICS
  • WIN - Warehouse Inventory Network
    • Enterprise warehouse management.
    • The three main functions of this application are Receiving, Inventory Tracking and Shipping.
    • WIN also manages the planning aspect of assembling store orders.
    • Technology Stack: Written in ANSI C and ksh scripting; Database: Informix with access via API and ESQL (socket connection); Client/Server Architecture; Inter-process Communications within AIX (Message "pipes" - IPCS Channels (Mailboxes); External Communications (MQ Series, Connect Direct, Sockets)


Position Summary

Direct & manage the software design, development, implementation & support of software engineering teams & lead engineering projects. Engage in technical design discussions & drive technical architecture. Manage multiple initiatives & be accountable for delivering multiple releases on schedule with the highest quality standards. Demonstrate the company's core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Job Functions

  • Partner & collaborate with engineering peers, product management, product design, & third parties (as appropriate) to prioritize deliverables providing the greatest value to our customers and business
  • Hire & manage engineers & application system analysts; assign, direct, & evaluate their work/performance by writing performance reviews & providing feedback
  • Present practical input for strategic technology decisions; synthesize complex problems & present simple, practical, reliable, & maintainable solutions
  • Drive strategic alignment of system specifications, associate requirements, & project schedules of technology services
  • Responsible for systems performance & resolution of production incidents, which may require 24hr/7day week coverage
  • Work with Product Management to prioritize, scope & plan business milestones
  • Support preparation of technology roadmap & provide input to business roadmap
  • Monitor new technologies & trends within the industry
  • Improve technology agility facilitating the use & creation of Cloud Services, REST APIs, design patterns, Behavior Driven Development (BDD), Test Driven Design (TDD), Continuous Integration (CI)/Continuous Deployment (CD), version control, proper environment releases, etc.
  • Drive root-cause analysis of critical business & production issues to prevent future occurrences as well as review/approve potential solutions
  • Establish performance standards & procedures, regulatory compliance & conduct ongoing performance audits & take action
  • Must be able to perform the essential job functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Minimum Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in computer science, information systems, or related technical field, High School Diploma or GED
  • 5+ years of experience in administrative management of technical teams and/ or extended staff
  • 2+ years of experience in eCommerce, retails systems or high transaction software solutions
  • Any extensive experience building/deploying services and/or applications using: Java, Spring/Spring Boot, REST APIs, Swagger, Node, Azure, GitHub, CI/CD, Kubernetes
  • Any direct technical experience in related disciplines
  • Any experience with web/app containers such as Apache/Tomcat, Jboss or related skill
  • Any experience/familiarity with RDBMS, NoSQL, Big Data technologies
  • Any understanding of & practice in agile software development & management
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, reporting, analytical & problem-solving skills
  • Strong leadership & negotiation skills with business & technical group
  • Desired Previous Experience/Education

  • Master's Degree in computer science, information systems, or related technical field
  • 2+ years of experience in leading engineering teams of 5+ engineers & coaching, mentoring individuals to grow their career
  • Any of experience developing and/or architecting cloud-hosted backend services with Azure and/or GCP
  • Any experience developing and/or architecting front-end experiences React, Swift (native iOS), Kotlin (native Android)
  • Position Type: Full-Time 


    Jobs at Kroger: At Kroger, we hire people who have a passion for helping others and who want to build a relationship with our Customers. No matter what stage of your career, you can build your future at Kroger. We look for people who want more, aspire to be more and work hard to achieve their goals. Our focus on keeping the Customer first is what makes us successful. As the largest traditional grocery chain in the U.S. and one of the world's largest retailers, we employee nearly half a million Associates across 35 states. We offer many opportunities not only in our stores, but in Manufacturing, Logistics, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, and many other fields.


    Company Overview: Kroger Family of Companies employs nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names.  At The Kroger Co., we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®.  We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.  Careers with The Kroger Co. and our family of companies offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, benefits and room for advancement.


     Posting Notes:  OH || Blue Ash || 11450 Grooms Road || 45242 || Kroger General Office || [[mfield2]] || Kroger Technology/Digital || Employee || Exempt || Full-Time || None 

    Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

    Job Segment: Developer, Engineer, Software Engineer, Database, Mainframe, Technology, Engineering

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