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Director Value Stream Engineering

Company: Autotrader
Location: Atlanta
Posted on: January 14, 2018

Job Description:

The Director position provides leadership, coordination, and management of a multi-million dollar Cox Automotive Value Stream. This role is accountable for the value stream operations, delivery processes, and multiple Release Trains that are responsible for Cox Automotive agile product delivery. These activities include but are not limited to, quarterly planning, coordination of epic backlog creation and roadmapping, removing impediments, mitigating risk, driving continuous improvement, managing dependencies, and reporting progress across the value stream. This role facilitates decisions with executive level teams across Product, Technology, Architecture and Business leadership, creating alignment across all levels of the agile delivery framework. The Release Train Engineers will report into this role, so it is also accountable for the successful delivery of quarterly product and engineering commitments, as well as the performance of the Release Train Engineers.

  • Manage and optimize the flow of delivery through the value stream and into the respective release trains
  • Establish a cadence and facilitate quarterly and epic planning sessions
  • Facilitate value stream prioritization of epics
  • Publish epic plans for visibility and transparency
  • Assist with execution and epic completion tracking
  • Manage value stream progress and provide ongoing visibility to portfolio
  • Facilitate periodic retrospective meetings
  • Assist with priority recommendations by facilitating epic value and tradeoff discussions
  • Resolve/escalate impediments; help manage risks and dependencies across value streams and release trains
  • Facilitate discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution within the value stream team and stakeholders
  • Encourage team collaboration and influence teams to take positive action and accountability for assigned work
  • Collaborate with other value stream stakeholders to ensure strategy and execution alignment
  • Manage, coach, mentor, and motivate direct reports
  • Drive continuous improvement
  • Encourage and participate in continuous integration and communities of practice around scaled agile and Lean Engineering and Quality Practices
  • Provide input to development and refinement of the scaled agile framework


    • 7+ years of professional experience, 3+ years managing and leading employees and complex team efforts
    • 2+ years of experience leading SAFe agile teams, or equivalent program and project management experience on large complex technical projects/programs
    • Demonstrated success in managing and leading teams
    • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
    • Strong leadership, facilitation, influencing, negotiation, mentoring and personnel management skills
    • Experience with business support software applications such as MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Project, Visio, and Access) required

      About Cox Automotive

      Cox Automotive is transforming the way the world buys, sells and owns cars with industry-leading digital marketing, retail, financial and wholesale solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the overall automotive ecosystem worldwide. The Cox Automotive family includes Autotrader--,, Dealertrack--, Kelley Blue Book--, Manheim--, NextGear Capital--, vAuto--, VinSolutions--, Xtime--, incadea-- and a host of other brands. With a complete and connected view of the automotive ecosystem, Cox Automotive is a global company connecting people, cars and capabilities with services that link the automotive value chain. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. For more information about Cox Automotive, visit

      Organization: Cox Automotive

      Primary Location: US-GA-Atlanta-2002 Summit Blvd

      Employee Status: Regular

      Job Level: Director/Senior Director

      Shift: Day Job

      Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

      Schedule: Full-time

      Unposting Date: Ongoing

      Keywords: Autotrader, Atlanta, Director Value Stream Engineering, Engineering, Atlanta, Georgia

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