Assistant Director, Application Technology

Date: Jul 1, 2022

Location: Columbus, OH, US, 43202

Company: American Chemical Society

At CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, they are a collective team of scientists, technologists and business leaders who continuously and passionately pursue new knowledge in their quest to fuel scientific discovery and empower innovation.


Dedicated to the ACS vision of improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry, the CAS team of highly trained scientists finds, collects, and organizes all publicly disclosed substance information, creating the world’s most reliable collection of content that is vital to innovation worldwide. CAS provides a suite of solutions relied on by researchers, patent professionals and decision-makers around the world that advance the scientific enterprise by enabling discovery and facilitating workflows.


CAS uses intuitive technology, unparalleled scientific content, and unmatched human expertise to help companies create groundbreaking innovations that benefit the world. They manage the largest curated reservoir of scientific knowledge, and for 114 years, have helped innovators mine, assess and apply that information to keep businesses thriving. The CAS team is global, diverse, endlessly curious and strives to make scientific insights accessible to innovators worldwide. Simply put, CAS is a scientific information solution provider that drives innovation and discovery.


This is an opportunity to join “the Google of Chemistry” in a newly established position. As CAS continues to grow, they recognize the need to restructure their technology functions to continue its business trajectory.


This new position leads the SciFinder Discovery Platform and Life Sciences teams from a leadership and people perspective. In the past, these functional areas operated as individual delivery units. This position brings all SciFinder and Life Sciences related products together with the goal of creating synergy, optimizing operations, reducing friction, and streamlining communication. This position is highly collaborative in nature. This person will work with other CAS business divisions to understand priorities, position Technology to best address these priorities and commitments, and serve as the primary escalation point. This position will report to the Senior Director and be instrumental in providing leadership, making staffing decisions, overseeing product technology roadmap execution and achievement of deliverables.



The Assistant Director of Application Technology is responsible for the operations of SciFinder Discovery Platform and Life Sciences products that leverage CAS scientific content.They will actively partner with the Senior Director, Application Technology, to provide a cohesive operational approach to the suite of products.


Expectations of the Assistant Director of Application Technology will include:

  • Own Technology execution and business commitments for SciFinder Discovery Platform and Life Sciences application portfolios
  • Be a consistent thread and a single point of contact for all business partners. Establish cooperative relationships across business and technology functions with respect to systems, projects, processes, and teams
  • Communicate effectively with business partners
  • Empower, enable, and partner with Technical Managers and Product Technical Leads to help them accomplish their goals
  • Partner with Senior Director Application Technology on operations direction and execution considering operational excellence, continuous improvement, and creativity to maximize team impact
  • Identify opportunities to improve reliability, efficiency, and quality to meet business needs
  • Work closely with other members of the technology management team to assure alignment of technology activities with business commitments
  • Report team plans, projects, performance, and related matters to executive leadership team
  • Assist technology and finance in developing cost allocation and budgeting
  • Provide cross-functional coordination of resources to deliver against the technology project portfolio
  • Oversee related vendor contracts and hold vendors accountable to meet their obligations
  • Successfully translate corporate objectives into team and individual goals
  • Evaluate impact of business and technology trends on strategic direction of assigned products
  • Build and oversee a department of 2-5 direct reports and 50 staff consisting of full-time employees and contractors
  • Additional leadership responsibilities include quarterly evaluations, hiring and mentoring staff, and providing both training and career growth opportunities for direct reports



  • Provide a fresh perspective and new leadership thought process to the existing SciFinder Discovery Platform and Life Sciences
  • Assimilate into company culture, establish relationships, and build credibility within the technology organization and key business areas
  • Align SciFinder Discovery Platform and Life Sciences delivery strategy, identify friction areas and develop an action plan



The Assistant Director of Application Technology must be an innovative leader capable of driving large-scale transformational change. S/He must be able to effectively motivate, challenge and inspire individual staff commitment, while identifying strengths and areas of need. Other professional experiences include:


  • Requires 15 years of highly relevant experience, advanced business knowledge and general management and leadership capability to lead business or functional teams related to developing critical customer-facing, technology applications. S/He should possess broader practical experience across multiple professional disciplines within the organization, combining theory, past practical experience and the organization’s business practices.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a technology management position. Prior experience leading managers with direct reports is a plus
  • Publishing industry experience preferred
  • Substantive experience leading application technology and delivery to include:
    • Managing large, complex ecosystems
    • Experience with customer focused delivery
    • Experience with cloud computing and multi-tiered application architecture
  • Experience with customer facing product development, excellent collaborative skills, and strong analytical reasoning
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task, and work under shifting deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience managing distributed, onshore, and offshore teams
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact across the organization and work with staff at all levels
  • Solid leadership skills with the ability to influence others
  • Develop plans and deliver results in a fast-changing business environment
  • Ability to express ideas effectively in both verbal and written formats
  • Passion for quality and customer experience/success
  • Ability to be assertive to drive issues through to resolution, while maintaining professionalism in all communications
  • Experience in vendor relationship & negotiating skills



Bachelor's degree in computer science, management information systems or related field or equivalent, relevant experience. Advanced degree preferred. Six Sigma and Project Management Professional certifications preferred.


CAS offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, including a generous vacation plan, medical, dental, vision insurance plans, and employee savings and retirement plans. Candidates for this position must be authorized to work in the United States and not require work authorization sponsorship by our company for this position now or in the future. EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran

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