Deildarstjóri hugbúnaðarþróunar / Software development manager

Valka ehf 5. Nov 2020 Fullt starf

Valka is looking for a proven leader to develop and grow the team responsible for the powerful software that is at the heart of our industry-leading automation solutions for seafood processing.

This includes a comprehensive software suite to monitor and manage seafood factories as well as automation software ranging from PLCs to neural network image analysis.

Our ambition is to play a leading role in the digital transformation of the seafood industry by providing innovative methods to store, connect, analyze and enhance production data.

This will require an interdisciplinary approach – leading the team of software developers while interacting with seafood specialists, mechanical designers, salespeople, service specialists and others.

You should be an excellent communicator and be comfortable working with customers both internally and externally.

The primary objectives of this role include:

  • Lead all aspects of software development activities for complex automation solutions from planning, budgeting, execution and delivery.

  • In collaboration with cross-functional team leadership plan, develop and grow an effective organization.

  • Drive and influence strategies and processes for planning, developing, releasing, and maintaining user interface (node.js, vue.js, php) and automation software (C, C++, Rust, etc.)

  • Work closely with Software Product Manager to define software product features and road maps.

  • Coach and mentor Software Engineering group leaders.

  • Develop, grow, and mentor software engineering teams. Collaborate with HR to identify, attract and hire world-class engineering and design talent. In collaboration with the Product Development Director and Development team leaders, formulate and refine the software strategic roadmap.

  • Work continually on improving the reliability and customer experience of Valka’s software products.

  • Identify and facilitate evaluation of new software technologies in support of our corporate goals and strategic roadmap.

  • Facilitate refinement of the software architecture for modularity and extensibility.

  • Manage in-house and external development resources for maximum effectiveness.

  • Define and measure system and software performance; identify and execute on improvement opportunities.

  • Promote evaluation and improvements of database design, data analysis, algorithm construction, machine learning, artificial intelligence and computer vision initiatives, and overall technology strategy.

  • Work towards a cloud-based solution backed by modern DevOps infrastructure.

  • Serve as a key member and cross-functional leader to the development team.

  • Provide guidance and oversight for engineering teams to solve multi-disciplinary challenges.

  • Provide guidance on designing software architectures for scalability, reliability and performance in a regulated environment


Demonstrated success managing a software engineering team through periods of rapid growth.

Track record of delivering software solutions for factory-scale automation systems.

3+ years’ experience managing and leading software teams.

5+ years’ experience developing large scale, high reliability software for food processing or similar equipment.

Experience with Linux-based software development and database systems.

Strong background in programming languages (C, C#, C++, Javascript)

Knowledge of emerging technologies, frameworks and trends in AI and machine learning

Familiarity with real time systems and concurrency

Technical depth and domain expertise with cloud operations, site reliability, GCP or AWS or Azure operations

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

Ability to communicate complex technical issues simply and convincingly to a wide range of audiences.

Further information

Leifur Geir Hafsteinsson, Director of Human Resources

About Valka

Valka is a fast growing, international, hi-tech company in the automated fish-processing industry. Founded in 2003, our sole focus has been on developing innovative and progressive solutions with the aim of maximizing raw material yield, product quality and price, while minimizing waste.

Valka’s continued success as an industry leader in its field is built on the innovation, knowledge and skills of our outstanding employees. We are highly committed to creating and maintaining a modern, progressive and cohesive workplace, in which employees are able to do outstanding work in a stimulating, supportive and friendly environment.

We are constantly searching for exceptional people in the fields of computer science, engineering, mechanics and electricity to join us in our quest for excellence. We put the utmost emphasis on a culture of equality and especially encourage women to apply with us.

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