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Director, Technology



Software Engineering, IT
Ontario, Canada · Remote
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2024
Who we are:
BlueDot protects people around the world from infectious diseases using human and artificial intelligence. Our AI-powered platform combines human expertise with advanced data analytics to track, contextualize, and mitigate infectious disease risks. Our global disease surveillance engine delivers critical early warning and insights on emerging and existing infectious diseases risks — earning us a Governor’s General Innovation award in 2018.
In December 2019, we flagged an undiagnosed respiratory syndrome in Wuhan, China. In January 2020, we published one of the world's first scientific paper on COVID-19, accurately predicting its global spread. Today, the need to better protect lives and livelihoods from infectious diseases is equally urgent for private sector leaders as it is for public officials. Our team understands the complexity of the challenge in front of us – and that the importance of solving the problem has never been greater. At BlueDot, you’ll have the opportunity to help grow a solution to global scale.
We are a Certified B Corp, Diversio certified, and previously recognized as a Best Workplace for Technology, Women and for Giving Back by Great Place to Work. In 2023, BlueDot ranked no. 25 on Globe & Mail's Top Growing Companies and as one of Canada's most impactful companies by Power 50.
Our values:
Our values are not just words on a wall. They are our compass, and they guide us in our work, in the decisions we make, and in how we treat each other:
- Be the Change
- Think Without Borders
- Lift Others Up
Our Innovation team is looking to add a Director, Technology who has a passion for leadership and a technical background, to be the face of the Technology Team. You will be in a pivotal role in guiding technological solutions that can be applied to our early warning system for infectious diseases.
As the Director, Technology, you will utilise strategic planning skills to develop, manage, and support all aspects of software development, data management, platform, and infrastructure. You will guide and coordinate several direct reports in software development, data systems development, and DevOps, as they work in agile, cross-functional teams. You are responsible for supporting technology team members to discuss, design, implement, test, and deploy data and software systems that contribute to a comprehensive company roadmap. You will own and manage the Technology team budget, data vendors relationships, and 3rd party services that support the Technology team.
As a member of the Innovation leadership team, you will work closely with other leadership in Epidemiology and Product to collaborate on strategic decision making on the technical components that support the overall company roadmap. Reporting to the CEO, you will be a key member of a team responsible for delivering reliable services to our customers.

What you will do in more detail:

  • Guide and coach a group of direct reports across software, data systems, and platform development as an effective and collaborative team
  • Grow and maintain close strategic and priority alignment with your product and epidemiology peers by contributing to the long-term vision of the company’s technology platform including but limited to automation, scalability, and extensibility
  • Support product discovery of customer and market opportunities by working with your team to validate technology advancements/approaches, vendors, and data partners
  • Oversee and lead the company's cybersecurity initiatives, ensuring robust protection across BlueDot’s infrastructure and aligning on strategies to proactively address emerging security challenges and safeguard sensitive data and systems
  • Own, with your team, the performance, scalability, and security of BlueDot’s platform and infrastructure to ensure the reliability of BlueDot’s products, including the facilitation and support of BlueDot’s incident response process
  • Align product deliverables to technical implementation that will include; development and maintenance of data pipelines, customer facing API’s and data interfaces, and science-based model development and delivery
  • Champion effective Agile practices and facilitate where required to build the team’s capabilities and support prioritization
  • Lead and manage technology vendor and service relationships to ensure highly effective outcomes that improve efficiency, impact, and value for BlueDot
  • Be responsible for disseminating critical knowledge, changes, and developments originating from the Technology team decisions to all BlueDot or relevant members of the broader company
  • Collaborate with the Head of Finance to impact and support the Technology team budget as it relates to infrastructure, services, and hosting costs, resources and costs to support the Technology team spend
  • Maintain visibility of priorities, opportunities, risks, impacts, and outcomes for the CEO

What you bring to BlueDot:

  • 8+ years of experience as a technical contributor in a dynamic environment, including start-ups, through the continuous delivery and support of software and data solutions following Agile methodologies
  • 5+ years as part of a strategic decision-making team with experience in the technical aspects of product development and delivery on key business objectives
  • 3+ years as a people leader overseeing a technical team with a broad range of talents, including software development, data engineering, and operations
  • Degree/diploma in Software Engineering or Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • Extensive experience supporting technical development in key domains, including cloud infrastructure, software development, data management systems, and ML Ops to support model driven outputs
  • Proven track record of delivering complex technical initiatives in highly dynamic organizations; with a preference for those with experience in health technology or similar industry
  • Passion for inspiring, mentoring, and motivating a team to achieve a culture of growth and individualized career success
  • Demonstrated success building and sustaining a high performing team capable of driving technical development efforts while continuing to fulfill business commitments
  • Experience driving adoption of technology through education, training, and other organizational change management strategies
  • Strong track record of managing external vendors and service providers

What we offer our team:

  • Meaningful work that truly has purpose
  • As a smaller, agile team, we offer roles with impact
  • Your contributions are integral, your voice will be heard
  • A competitive comprehensive compensation package
  • Outstanding health, vision, and dental benefits from day one
  • Employee and Family Assistance Plan
  • Health and wellness spending account
  • Generous vacation and other PTO
BlueDot is a remote-first culture that also provides a flexible, hybrid office space in downtown Toronto on the waterfront. As our teams reside across Canada, we do not have set mandatory in-house working hours/days; instead, we encourage everyone to work the way that suits them best! Occasionally BlueDot will host special events/workshops in the office and will support distance travel so all can join.
Together let's create a healthier, safer, and more prosperous world.
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BlueDot recognizes that challenges remain in achieving the full participation of equity-seeking groups (including women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/racialized groups, and members of LGBTQI2S) in tech careers and is committed to identifying and eliminating barriers that may exist within its own hiring process, programs, and practices.
BlueDot is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. If you are contacted for a job opportunity, please let us know how we can best meet your needs and advise us of any accommodations required to ensure fair and equitable access throughout the recruitment and selection process.
We thank and appreciate all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please no agency calls.