Delta Defense, LLC, is one of the fastest-growing companies in America.
- Inc. 5000 company 5 years in a row!
- #3 Journal Sentinel Top Workplace
- #1 Milwaukee Business Journal Top Workplace
We are a fun, fast-paced and rewarding place to work and grow!
Delta Defense is the private company that provides Marketing, Operations and Customer Care for the USCCA. The USCCA provides education, training and self-defense insurance to responsible gun owners.
We are located in West Bend, Wisconsin, 30 miles north of Milwaukee. We are seeking a key player that will be an important part of our Executive Team.
The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the company. The CTO works with Executive Management to grow the company through the use of technological resources. Using an active and practical approach, the CTO will direct all employees in the IT department to attain the company’s strategic goals established in the company’s strategic plan.
- Establish the company’s technical vision and leads all aspects of the company’s technological development.
- Directs the company’s strategic direction, development and future growth.
- Works in a consultative fashion with other department heads, such as marketing, production and operations as an advisor of technologies that may improve their efficiency and effectiveness.
- Provide leadership to department heads in a fashion that supports the company’s culture, mission and values.
- Conducts research and case studies on leading edge technologies and makes determinations on the probability of implementation.
- Acts as a good steward of Delta Defense LLC’s resources and ensures control of IT and IO departmental budgets.
Education and Experience:
BS in related field and at least 10 years experience in the Information Technology arena, at least 7 years management and strategic experience in this field or MBA/MS in related field with 5 years experience, 3 of which must be managerial and strategic. Must have experience in Salesforce or similar cloud CRM.
Or, if you can prove that you have all the Ninja Skills & Abilities a Kindergarten diploma will be sufficient! (Only half-joking here…)
Ninja Skills & Abilities:
- Delta Defense Core Values fit.
- Ability to actively communicate, inspire and motivate all levels of staff.
- Ability to develop talent and manage IT staff effectively.
- Ability to think and act strategically and proactively.
- Strong writing and presentation skills.
- Strong Engineering Discipline
You must be able to apply your own practical knowledge to build better software. You shouldn’t rely on people under you or consultants for technical expertise. This will inadvertently lead to extensive ‘technical debt’.
- Experience managing people and guiding technology strategy.
The perfect Delta CTO candidate will have experience with both managing people AND guiding technical strategy.
- Must have a LARGE, quality network.
No one knows everything. The best CTO has a good network that allow them to easily fill in the gaps. This network will normally include trusted development firms, engineers and consultants who can answer niche questions.
- Detailed knowledge of our full stack.
The CTO will be doing very little programming themselves but this full stack detailed knowledge will serve to be the ultimate ‘bullshit’ detector!
- LEMP Stack → [Linux, Nginx, MySQL, and PHP]
- Primary Application Framework → [Laravel, Backbone.js, Bootstrap]
- Practical Approach
The ideal CTO will be a true ‘team player’ who will put their ego aside when necessary. Occasionally you have to temporarily sacrifice ‘good code’ to make something work now. The bottom line is that technical strategy must match business strategy. Sometimes, compromises must be made!
- Excellent Communication Skills
A CTO must be able to translate between technical and non-technical people.
- Solid Strategic Thinking
The CTO must be focused on the big picture, not individual lines of code. They should have a huge role in the overall direction of the product and the technology that’s coming out. It’s the CTO’s job to look out for new advances in technology and make sure Delta keeps up or jumps ahead.
- Knowledge of the landscape of tools.
If a CTO creates their own tool when one already exists, it means they’re uninformed and losing company money. The ideal CTO will have a vast knowledge of the current landscape of technology tools.