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Zebra Technologies Senior Manager Systems Engineering in Chicago, Illinois


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This role leads solution engineering teams within the Enterprise Software business unit. Responsibilities include overseeing the evaluation, design, development and support consistent with customer, product, operational, and regulatory requirements. Collaborates to define the system architecture, and ensures the integrity of the design. Has overall responsibility for executing and delivering a solution, including configuration, automation, security and driving continuous improvement. Understands DevOps and can deliver CI/CD, automation scripts, performance tests, and monitoring tools capable of operating solutions with minimal manual maintenance. Evaluates work upon completion to ensure objectives have been met and drives functional excellence initiatives. Ensures that the team meets the critical success factors and ongoing customer success management. Works effectivity in a fast-paced, global environment supporting high-demand solutions.


  • Directs the day-to-day activities of a global engineering solutions team, consisting of software developers, test automation, and DevOps.

  • Leads solutions projects, consisting of cloud-based software and edge-based hardware

  • Work directly with Sr. Leaders at Fortune 100 customers to ensure joint success on projects

  • Creates detailed project plans, including timelines, budgets, manpower and potential trade-offs

  • Hire, train and mentor first-line functional managers and engineers

  • Collaborates with customers, product managers, program managers to ensure the successful delivery of committed plans

  • Drives functional excellence initiatives that improve efficiencies, reduce costs and cycle time, and increase customer satisfaction

  • Provides technical leadership and drives strategic initiatives, including pan-Zebra

  • Leverage of nearshoring and offshoring as needed


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in an appropriate computer science or engineering discipline preferred

  • 8+ years’ experience with a focus on cloud software, site reliability engineering, and/or enterprise architecture

  • Excellent leadership skills with 5+ years’ experience leading engineers and technical managers

  • Proven experience of executing and delivering a product or solution through the full development cycle – from concept, through release, to support.

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to distill complex technical subjects in order to present updates to executive leaders

  • Strong analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving skills

  • Working knowledge of cloud technologies, including Google Cloud Platform, Kafka, DevOps, Docker, Kubernetes, Apigee, etc.

  • Proven experience establishing and managing off-shore and near-shore engineering teams a plus

  • Working knowledge of the Agile Scrum development model a plus

  • Working knowledge of development, scripting, and using monitoring tools for cloud development a plus

  • Experience operating a high-availability cloud-based solution a plus

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Location US-IL-Chicago | US-IL-Chicago

Job ID 89939

Function Engineering

Position Level Senior Advisor/Principal/Senior Manager