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Vice President, Application Development and Data Services

Company: Boston Properties, Inc
Location: Boston
Posted on: June 11, 2024

Job Description:

Primary Purpose of Position:
The position is responsible for the technology and data platform that enables critical business applications, systems and related services. This role interacts with the Information Security, Infrastructure Services and 3rd party providers. The position closely partners with IT Services and business leads to plan, execute and align service levels in support of corporate objectives. The position manages and develops talent, capabilities and capacity to execute projects and support including third party service providers.
BXP maintains a robust portfolio of business applications and systems supporting both its enterprise and building operations across the United States. Join and lead a highly collaborative team that values customer service, drives business impact and facilitates the work of its corporate and real estate disciplines for a dynamic public company. The role owns the governance of data standards and platforms for core business applications including but not limited to: Oracle JD Edwards, Procore, Argus, internal data warehouses and other platforms, and ensures -the implementation of appropriate security and integrity standards and controls.
Essential Functions:
Planning and Analysis


  • Plan, staff, and manage systems development, maintenance, and enhancement projects. -
  • Provide direction for IS initiatives that support the business objectives and requirements of BXP. -
  • Collaborate with business unit managers, IS team members, and outside consultants to assess feasibility, determine costs versus benefits, prioritize projects, and develop and implement systems plans that address the information requirements of the business
  • Partner with senior IS management to develop annual investment plan for applications and systems.
  • Initiate discovery work, assess requirements and evaluate risk in developing business cases for application and system investments. -Manage decision process on purchase versus build.
  • Maintain corporate data model representing various data sources. - Work with internal departments to coordinate standardization of corporate databases.

    Project Management

    • Direct the management of projects with regional offices and departments and facilitate the work of cross-functional teams. -
    • Ensure the implementation of project management standards.

      Application Development and Ownership

      • In partnership with the VP of Applications, assess and expand our current data integrations to reflect the changing needs of our business partners.
      • Participate in the development, release, and maintenance of company business applications. -
      • Analyze requirements for new applications, draft system specifications and ensure proper review cycles.
      • Manage external partner relationships to ensure that projects are delivered on budget and in a timely manner.
      • Assess and work with other areas of BXP to enable additional SaaS and AI platforms as necessary.

        Maintenance and Support

        • Direct the maintenance and support of applications/systems. - Work with staff, vendors, and contractors to ensure adequate technical and product-level support.
        • Implement controls and security strategies to safeguard corporate data. -
        • Develop operating procedures and routines for integrity testing.

          Internal Operations

          • Provide technical direction and develop controls, budgets and measurements to monitor progress.
          • Staff an organization in support of technical and business needs. - Coordinate staff development to ensure adequate technical training.
          • Perform active account management with primary service providers and vendors. -
          • Coordinate project planning and implementation activities with Network Services, Technical Support Services and regional IS teams. -Integrate activities with other business units to ensure the successful implementation and support of project efforts.
          • Conduct both one-on-one instruction and group training sessions.
          • Special projects as assigned.

            -Requirements and Qualifications:

            • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related discipline required; Master's degree or MBA is highly desirable.
            • A minimum of 12+ years of progressively responsible experience in developing applications and implementing systems for an organization of similar scope and financial complexity.
            • Knowledge of real estate business, finance, and accounting practices.
            • Possess a strong working knowledge of Microsoft technologies and Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, Yardi, MRI or other ERP platform
            • Strong knowledge of SQL servers, databases, and associated database languages
            • Strong knowledge of database design and management tool sets
            • Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills; ability to communicate and persuade at all management levels and thrive in a cross-functional environment.
            • Vendor management and negotiations experience in development of effective partnerships with vendors.
            • Excellent knowledge and understanding of business and business processes; strong business planning skills.
            • Excellent oral and written communication skills; an ability to present and discuss technical information in a way that establishes rapport, persuades others, and gains understanding.
            • Excellent project management skills; experience in organizing, planning, and executing projects from vision through implementation, involving internal staff, contractors, and vendors; ability to analyze project needs and determine resources needed to meet objectives.
            • Ability to demonstrate multi-task management skills.
            • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and conceptual skills.
            • Ability to effectively adapt to rapidly changing technology and apply it to business needs.
            • Dynamic leadership that can develop and energize multidiscipline, high-performance work teams to learn and apply new skills/techniques to business needs. -
            • Be able to travel and to work flexible schedules outside normal business hours when required.

              Physical Requirements:

              • Involves work of a general office nature usually performed sitting such as operation of a computer.
              • Involves work of a general office nature usually performed standing such as operation of a fax and printer.
              • Involves movement between departments to facilitate work.
              • Involves lifting to installing and relocate computers and monitors. - Must be able to lift 30lbs. -

                Internal and External Contacts:

                • This position regularly interacts in both verbal and written form with employees and contractors of BXP.

                  Reporting Structure:
                  This position reports to the SVP, Chief Information who provides supervision and guidance, and coordinates, evaluates and monitors work performance on a periodic basis. -
                  BXP is an Equal Opportunity Employer encouraging diversity in the workplace. - All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected characteristic.
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