Director of Software Development

Dovetail Genomics
Job Location
Dovetail Genomics, LLC.,
2161 Delaware Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

As a Dovetail Genomics employee, you will receive Fortune 500 full-time benefits including comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage, life and disability insurance, matching 401k plan, as well as paid holidays and PTO.

Job Description

Dovetail is looking to expand our team and is in need of Director of Software Engineering.   Reporting to the SVP of R&D, this position will interface with all levels of the organization, including the executive team and the Scientific Advisory Board members.  We are seeking a positive, enthusiastic, creative, resourceful, and independent leader who thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.   The successful candidate will have the following responsibilities:  


Role & Responsibilities:

Dovetail Genomics Director of Software Engineering will be responsible for directing and leading all aspects of Software development for the company’s products and services.   Job duties include but are not limited to:


  • Work with Management team to establish and drive a winning, long-term software vision for the company
  • Build a professional, world-class software engineering capability, including establishing innovative best in class software development processes that consistently produce high-quality software products and services
  • Direct and oversee the software engineering function in developing, releasing, and maintaining software tools and infrastructure needed to support the business growth.
  • Build out the software team, and recruit the very best
  • Ensure the software team provides critical software support and leadership to R&D teams for new product development
  • Create functional strategies and specific objectives for the SW Engineering function and develop budgets/policies/procedures to support the functional infrastructure.

Desired Background and Skills includes:

  • Advanced degree in software engineering, computational biology, or similar. 
  • A minimum of 3 years hands-on software development, and 5+ years managing software teams.  Industry experience required.
  • Experienced manager, having directly developed, driven and maintained high performance teams.
  • Practical experience and/or in-depth knowledge of sequencing and genomics methods a plus
  • Demonstrated track-record of highly successful product launches, and ability to deliver on time
  • Demonstrated track-record of innovation in software product development
  • Strong strategic planning and analysis skills.  Insightful analyst & strategist with ability to plan and manage at both strategic and operational levels. 


Personal Characteristics & Cultural Fit

  • Must have a hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves mentality
  • Must be a highly motivated self-starter, show initiative/ independence, and be driven to make an important business contribution, understanding that the timely achievement of corporate goals is mandatory to his/her success.
  • Ability to flourish in a fast-paced and dynamic entrepreneurial environment.
  • Strong ability to multi-task and drive projects to completion.
  • A natural leader with high ambition and energy level.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to track, understand and take action based on tangible and actionable metrics.
  • Strong written and oral communications.  
  • Demonstrated ability to work in cross-functional teams and motivate others.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with customers and with all levels of personnel.
  • Flexibility in working hours and available for 10%+ business travel.
How to Apply

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About Our Organization

Dovetail Genomics is an early stage Santa Cruz-based start-up company developing cutting-edge genomics technologies for vastly improving genome assembly, uncovering critical structural variation information, and many other exciting applications in genomics. We are a diverse, talented, multi-disciplinary team innovating in the field of genomics, with the ultimate goal of leaving a lasting impact on the world by providing researchers and clinicians with tools for better informing biological understanding.

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