Vice President, Technology

Technology · Toronto, Ontario
Department Technology
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Executive

BlueDot continues to grow and as a result we are looking for a VP, Technology to lead, plan, build, maintain and grow BlueDot’s platform technology ecosystem right-sized to product, market and client needs while ensuring the highest standards of performance, reliability, extensibility, security, and quality. This role sits on the senior leadership team and reports directly to the CEO.

Remote role: anywhere in Canada.


Who we are:  


BlueDot protects people around the world from infectious diseases using human and artificial intelligence. Our software-as-a-service solution combines medical and public health expertise with advanced data analytics to track, contextualize, and mitigate infectious disease risks. Our global early warning system combines more than 100 datasets with proprietary algorithms to deliver critical insights on the spread of infectious diseases. In December 2019, we flagged an undiagnosed respiratory syndrome in Wuhan, China. In January 2020, we published the world's first scientific paper on COVID-19, accurately predicting its global spread. Our team understands the complexity of the challenge in front of us – and that the urgency to solve the problem has never been greater.   


Our culture:  


We are a Certified B Corp, have a Glassdoor rating of 4.7, are Diversio certified, a 2020 LinkedIn Top Start-Up and have been recognized as a Top 50 Best Place to Work in Canada, Best Place to Work for Women, Best in Technology, Best for Youth, and Best Start-Up!  


Driven by a Purpose Bigger than Ourselves 

United by a common purpose to create a healthier, safer, and more secure world, free from the impacts of dangerous infectious diseases, we understand the complexity of the challenge in front of us, and that it is so much bigger than any one of us. Together, we are motivated to positively impact lives around the world, to do no harm, and to elevate each other through respect and encouragement. Building careers through collaborative discovery and learning, our people tackle complex challenges with diverse expertise not assembled elsewhere.  We promote personal fulfillment in the workplace by removing barriers, politics and exclusion, believing in the philosophy that by creating a positive environment we all have the opportunity do the most meaningful work of our lives. 

Our values:  


Our values are not just words on a wall. They are our compass and they guide us in our work, in the decisions we make and in how we treat each other:  


  • Be the Change  
  • Think Without Borders  
  • Lift Others Up  


What you will do in more detail:  


Software Engineering and Quality Assurance Excellence

  • In collaboration with Product and Scrum Coach, establish baseline metrics (Velocity, Capacity, Quality etc.) and Agile workflow achieving team buy-in to a continuous improvement model.
  • Ensure regular and automated monthly executive reporting 
  • Introduce, educate, coach and mentor leads on best practices for quality built-in approaches including TDD (test-driven development), unit testing, and code management. 


Globally Scalable and Secure Cloud Platform

  • Draft, socialize and receive SLT endorsement of a platform technology short/mid/long-term strategy and roadmap, aligned to product roadmap, necessary innovations and capabilities (i.e. data systems, APIs, data science and cognitive services delivery, SaaS and mobile applications), and company growth targets.
  • Lead the cloud migration initiative from architecture strategy through to implementation, migration and roll-out; set clear performance targets across all product and data service areas.
  • Complete a security audit and close all Critical, Major and Minor issues


Build an Exceptional Team with Objective-Driven Leadership

  • Assess and evaluate team/skills composition against the product goals and roadmap ensuring immediate gaps are addressed (software, platform architecture and development operations, security, quality assurance, data engineering/science) by the end of first quarter and “A” contributors and appropriate leads in all subject-matter areas.
  • Build a “deputy” philosophy within the team ensuring career path definition and growth objectives for all team members and a de-risked responsibility/accountability matrix for all skill areas.
  • Introduce, mentor, and actively coach all team leads and establish a culture of outcome-based objective-setting for all team members.


What you bring to BlueDot: 

  • Passionate for wanting to help make the world healthier, safer, and more prosperous, align with our vision and our values
  • 15+ years experience and a Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline
  • 10+ years in a senior software platform technology/global SaaS leadership role (Director or higher) managing and coaching multi-disciplinary teams across Infrastructure/Dev Ops, Software Engineering, and Data Engineering.
  • Proven experience of strategic and implementation leadership with Public/Private Cloud, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Data-as-a-Service, API service models, AI infrastructure and cognitive services infrastructure/frameworks.
  • Proven track record of building data-rich/heavy enterprise transaction-based systems with focus on security, reliability, scalability and performance.
  • Proven experience leading and driving cloud infrastructure systems quality metrics and outcomes. Examples of employing a data-driven approach to monitoring, maintaining, supporting, and addressing infrastructure performance and availably a must.
  • Extensive experience and proven outcomes implementing and scaling Cloud-native architectures for micro services, ML/NLP, and migration strategy from on-premises architecture.
  • Extensive experience establishing and scaling infrastructure for AI/cognitive services offerings atop a data ingestion-rich ecosystem. Must have experience supporting Data Science and Data Engineering practices with scalable cloud infrastructure and computational processing solutions.
  • Domain expertise with DevOps, CI/CD, automation, Big Data and containerization technologies.
  • Agile/Lean certification and experience leading teams in an Agile setting.
  • Experience evaluating, selecting and managing 3rd party technology vendors, technology budgets and investment plans.
  • Experience managing senior executive expectations, developing evolving roadmaps and building business perspective through a technology lens.
  • Collaborative approach with peers and an ability to translate business needs to technology requirements.

What we offer our team:  


  • Meaningful work that truly has purpose  
  • As a smaller, agile team, we offer roles with impact  
  • Your contributions are integral, your voice will be heard  
  • A competitive comprehensive compensation package  
  • Outstanding health, vision and dental benefits   
  • Employee and Family Assistance Plan  
  • A health and wellness spending account   
  • Generous vacation and other PTO  
  • A home office setup allowance   


We are working fully remotely due to COVID-19 until at least January 2022 – post pandemic we will continue with our remote first culture with the opportunity for a hybrid/flexible office space in downtown Toronto accessible to our team but without the requirement to work from the office.  


Together let’s create a healthier, safer, and more prosperous world.   


For more information, visit us at:  


BlueDot recognizes that challenges remain in achieving the full participation of equity-seeking groups (including women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/racialized groups, and members of LGBTQI2S) in tech careers and is committed to identifying and eliminating barriers that may exist within its own hiring process, programs, and practices. 


BlueDot is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. If you are contacted for a job opportunity, please let us know how we can best meet your needs and advise us of any accommodations required to ensure fair and equitable access throughout the recruitment and selection process. 


We thank and appreciate all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please no agency calls.  

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  • Location
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Executive