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Working As A Senior Development Manager

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $136,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Development Manager Do

Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

Duties

Computer and information systems managers typically do the following:

  • Analyze their organization’s computer needs and recommend possible upgrades for top executives to consider
  • Plan and direct the installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software
  • Ensure the security of an organization’s network and electronic documents
  • Assess the costs and benefits of new projects and justify funding on projects to top executives
  • Learn about new technology and look for ways to upgrade their organization’s computer systems
  • Determine short- and long-term personnel needs for their department
  • Plan and direct the work of other IT professionals, including computer systems analysts, software developers, information security analysts, and computer support specialists
  • Negotiate with vendors to get the highest level of service for their organization’s technology

Few managers carry out all of these duties. There are various types of computer and information systems managers, and the specific duties of each are determined by the size and structure of the firm. Smaller firms may not employ every type of manager.

The following are examples of types of computer and information systems managers:

Chief information officers (CIOs) are responsible for the overall technology strategy of their organizations. They help determine the technology or information goals of an organization and then oversee implementation of technology to meet those goals.

CIOs may focus on a specific area, such as electronic data processing or information systems, but CIOs tend to focus more on long-term or big picture issues. At small organizations a CIO has more direct control over the IT department, and at larger organizations other managers under the CIO may handle the day-to-day activities of the IT department.

CIOs who do not have technical expertise and who focus solely on a company’s business aspects are included in a separate profile on top executives.

Chief technology officers (CTOs) evaluate new technology and determine how it can help their organization. When both CIOs and CTOs are present, the CTO usually has more technical expertise.

The CTO is responsible for designing and recommending the appropriate technology solutions to support the policies and directives issued by the CIO. CTOs also work with different departments to implement the organization’s technology plans.

The CTO usually reports directly to the CIO and may be responsible for overseeing the development of new technologies or other research and development activities. When a company does not have a CIO, the CTO determines the overall technology strategy for the firm and presents it to top executives.

IT directors, including management information systems (MIS) directors, are in charge of their organizations’ information technology (IT) departments, and they directly supervise other employees. IT directors help to determine the business requirements for IT systems, and they implement the policies that have been chosen by top executives. IT directors often have a direct role in hiring members of the IT department. It is their job to ensure the availability of data and network services by coordinating IT activities. IT directors also oversee the financial aspects of their department, such as budgeting.  

IT security managers oversee their organizations’ network and data security. They work with top executives to plan security policies and promote a culture of information security throughout the organization. They develop programs to keep employees aware of security threats. These managers must keep up to date on IT security measures. They also supervise investigations if there is a security violation.

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How To Become A Senior Development Manager

Typically, a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science, plus related work experience, is required. Many computer and information systems managers also have a graduate degree.

Education

Computer and information systems managers normally must have a bachelor’s degree in a computer- or information science–related field. Such a degree usually takes 4 years to complete and includes courses in computer programming, software development, and mathematics. Management information systems (MIS) programs usually include business classes as well as computer-related ones.

Many organizations require their computer and information systems managers to have a graduate degree as well. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is common and takes 2 years beyond the undergraduate level to complete. Many people pursuing an MBA take classes while working, an option that can increase the time required to complete that degree.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most jobs for computer and information systems managers require several years of experience in a related information technology (IT) job. Lower level management positions may require only a few years of experience. Directors are more likely to need 5 to 10 years of related work experience. A chief technology officer (CTO), who oversees the technology plan for a large organization, may need more than 15 years of experience in the IT field before being considered for a job.

The number of years of experience required varies with the organization. Generally, smaller or newer companies do not require as much experience as larger or more established ones.

Computer systems are used throughout the economy, and IT employees may gain experience in a variety of industries. However, an applicant’s work experience should be in the same industry they are applying to work in. For example, an IT security manager should have previously worked in information security. A hospital IT director should have experience in the healthcare field.

Advancement

Most computer and information systems managers start out as lower level managers and advance to higher positions within the IT department. IT directors or project managers can advance to become CTOs. A CTO or other manager who is especially business minded can advance to become a chief information officer (CIO), the person in charge of all IT-related decisions in an organization. CIOs can advance to become top executives in an organization.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. IT managers must be able to analyze problems and consider and select the best ways to solve them.

Business skills. IT managers must develop and implement strategic plans to reach the goals of their organizations.

Communication skills. IT managers must be able to explain their work to top executives and give clear instructions to their subordinates.

Decisionmaking skills. Some IT managers must make important decisions about how to allocate resources in order to reach their organizations’ goals.

Leadership skills. IT managers must be able to lead and motivate IT teams or departments so that workers are efficient and effective.

Organizational skills. Some IT managers must coordinate the work of several different IT departments to make the organization run efficiently.

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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Senior Development Manager
Manager 6.1%
Consultant 5.6%
Developer 3.0%
Director 3.0%
Programmer 2.6%
Top Careers After Senior Development Manager
Consultant 7.9%
Director 7.8%
Principal 2.8%
Manager 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$136,000
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$106,000
Min 10%
$136,000
Median 50%
$136,000
Median 50%
$136,000
Median 50%
$136,000
Median 50%
$136,000
Median 50%
$136,000
Median 50%
$136,000
Median 50%
$174,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
eBay
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
Massachusetts
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Senior Development Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Development Manager in the United States is $136,352 per year or $66 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $106,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $174,000.

Real Senior Development Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Development, SR. Manager Samsung Research America, Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 09, 2016 $215,000
Development Senior Manager Sap Labs, LLC Palo Alto, CA Apr 30, 2015 $209,102 -
$229,500
SR. Manager, Software Development Primary Data, Inc. Los Altos, CA Nov 19, 2016 $200,000
Senior Manager, Development Sears Holdings Management Corporation Redwood City, CA Jun 26, 2015 $188,822
Senior Manager, Software Development Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Mar 20, 2015 $183,000
SR. Manager, Software Development EBAY Enterprise, Inc. King of Prussia, PA Aug 19, 2016 $180,069
Vice President, Senior Principal Development Manager Nomura Securities International, Inc. New York, NY Apr 20, 2016 $175,000 -
$195,000
Senior Manager, Platform Development Flightsafety International, Inc. Moonachie, NJ Jun 06, 2016 $175,000
Senior Manager Software Development Godaddy.com, LLC Kirkland, WA Nov 01, 2016 $175,000
Senior Manager, Web Development Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 30, 2015 $170,560
Senior Manager, Software Development Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 27, 2016 $170,468
Senior Development Manager Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Nov 16, 2015 $170,000
Development & Delivery Senior Manager Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Jun 20, 2016 $165,000
Senior Development Manager-Scheduling Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 19, 2015 $165,000 -
$185,000
Senior Manager, Development Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Apr 04, 2015 $155,911
Senior Manager, Web Development Lookout, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 01, 2016 $155,000
Senior Manager, Development ERP T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jul 20, 2016 $155,000
Senior Development Manager Intuit San Diego, CA Jan 07, 2016 $154,500
SR. Manager, Development Symantec Corporation Columbia, MD Sep 12, 2016 $151,719
Senior Manager, Talent Development Salesforce.com Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 19, 2015 $150,717
SR Manager Software Development Mediaocean, LLC New York, NY Feb 20, 2015 $150,500
Senior Manager Software Development Sabre GLBL Inc. Southlake, TX May 10, 2016 $133,453 -
$186,800
Senior Manager Software Development Sabre GLBL Inc. Southlake, TX Sep 17, 2015 $133,453 -
$172,600
Senior Developer/Esb Development MGR Equinox Holdings, Inc. New York, NY Jan 16, 2015 $133,000
SR Manager, ERP Development, Basis and Security Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Jul 01, 2015 $132,954
Senior Manager, Software Development IMS Health Incorporated Warren, NJ Sep 30, 2016 $132,678
Senior Manager for Development United Board for Christian Higher Ed In Asia New York, NY Jan 12, 2016 $131,830
Senior Manager SAP Development (Abap) Johnson Controls, Inc. West Allis, WI Jun 11, 2015 $131,373 -
$138,100
Senior Manager, Device Development Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Philadelphia, PA Jun 06, 2016 $130,279 -
$175,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Development Manager

  1. Web Application
  2. New Product Development
  3. Software Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed numerous web applications for CitiDirect including account creation and management, and reporting.
  • Researched, studied and analyzed market trends and conditions for new product development and determined potential sales of products.
  • Manage software development teams to support company projects and report status to executive stakeholders.
  • Positioned organization for success by developing strategic plans and coordinating with senior executives to ensure these improvements were feasible organization wide.
  • Developed innovative project management tool to enhance project development status updates; supported layout design and data calculations.

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Senior Development Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

63.3%

Female

25.3%

Unknown

11.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Asian

12.0%

Black or African American

10.8%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.7%

French

17.0%

Chinese

5.7%

German

5.7%

Arabic

5.7%

Portuguese

4.5%

Mandarin

4.5%

Polish

4.5%

Italian

4.5%

Japanese

3.4%

Russian

2.3%

Cantonese

2.3%

Swedish

1.1%

Hungarian

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Finnish

1.1%

Ukrainian

1.1%

Czech

1.1%

Slovak

1.1%

Sanskrit

1.1%
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Senior Development Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.3%

New York University

7.9%

Texas A&M University

7.6%

University of Texas at Austin

6.1%

George Washington University

5.8%

University of Washington

5.2%

Brigham Young University

4.6%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

University of Southern California

4.6%

Northeastern University

4.6%

Northwestern University

4.3%

Purdue University

4.3%

Arizona State University

4.0%

Ohio State University

4.0%

Stanford University

4.0%

More Tech Institute

4.0%

University of California - Berkeley

3.6%

San Francisco State University

3.6%

Columbia University

3.6%

Florida State University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

25.2%

Computer Science

18.7%

Electrical Engineering

6.2%

Management

6.0%

Marketing

4.7%

Finance

4.4%

Communication

3.8%

Computer Engineering

3.4%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Human Resources Management

2.8%

Psychology

2.6%

Project Management

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Counseling Psychology

2.3%

Political Science

2.3%

Information Technology

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Management Information Systems

1.8%

English

1.8%

Economics

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.6%

Masters

38.3%

Other

10.0%

Doctorate

5.2%

Associate

2.6%

Certificate

2.5%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.0%
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