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API Platform Analyst/Engineer

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Date: Apr 6, 2018

Location: Ipswich, MA, US, 01938

Company: EBSCO Industries Inc

EBSCO Information Services (EIS) provides a complete and optimized research solution comprised of e-journals, e-books, and research databases — all combined with the most powerful discovery service to support the information needs and maximize the research experience of our end-users. Headquartered in Ipswich, MA, EIS employs more than 3,300 people worldwide. We are the leader in our field due to our cutting-edge technology, forward-thinking philosophy, and top-notch workforce. EIS, a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., based in Birmingham, AL, is ranked in the top 200 of the nation’s largest, privately held corporations according to Forbes magazine. EBSCO is a company that will motivate you, inspire you, and allow you to grow. We are looking for the best. If you are too, we encourage you to explore our unique opportunities.



The API Platform Product Analyst/Engineer plays a pivotal content creation and analysis role for the API Long Range Plan. The individual in this role is central to the creation, implementation and continuous development of an API platform strategy that involves the transition from a proprietary, legacy 3-tired content driven application suite to a cloud based platform, based on Authentication Netflix OSS with Java and Spring cloud, using AWS as the public cloud provider. We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, agile team environment, likes to be challenged and values the opportunity to make a difference. 


A key member of the newly created Platform Leadership team, as a first-class citizen of the enterprise, the API Platform Analyst will collaborate with; Product and Content Management; Technology and the CTO organization; Customer Satisfaction and Support and; Sales to develop best practices in the development of API capabilities for all EIS solutions. Numerous platform specific ARTs (Agile Release Trains) will be the implementation to “live” customer benefit engine for the platform requirements and associated work-product. The objective is to envision next generation offerings, create high fidelity requirements and drive implementation for all products/ systems/ services for EIS’s client and client sites. These offerings allow users access to our current and next generation applications in a manner that are manifest as configurable digital systems through web or application interfaces that meet client needs based on individual site preferences.  The API Platform Analysts/Engineer possesses a unique blend of business and technical savvy; proven leadership skills and experience, a big picture vision, and the drive to make vision a reality.


Primary Responsibilities:


• Serves as the company product and solution subject matter expert in API’s

• Collaborates with key stakeholders to develop platform and product strategy and the creation of an API roadmap, identifying key milestones and transition plan over the course of 36 months

• Works with Technology to develop best practices in the creating of internal and external facing API’s

• Analyzes potential partner relationships API’s, such as third parties actively integrating their SW/HW/COTS solutions with our platform

• Works with LSE’s (Library Service Engineers) and other key stakeholders to determine the kinds of functionality they need EIS to expose

• Develops hands-on, in-depth knowledge of competitive products and maintain technical analysis of competitive strengths and weaknesses

• Specifies market requirements for current and future products by conducting market research supported by on-going visits to customers and non-customers

• Collaborates with the API Platform Leader in driving a solution set across development teams (primarily product development and product marketing) through market requirements, product commercialization and positioning

• Supports the development of a company-side go-to-market plan, working with all departments to execute

• Creates general capability descriptions for the API interface and the transition from current database to AWS

• Demonstrates knowledge of the technology stack to create new products and capabilities

• Works with key stakeholders in the creation of Epics that reflect technical understanding of API services as the relate to industry trends





Role Based Competencies:


• Analytical skills: Able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it. Provides the necessary information, direction and feedback to collaborating individuals and teams throughout the process to ensure the expected outcomes are achieved.

• Proactivity/Bias for Action:  Promotes a strong sense of urgency for reaching goals and key deliverables. Acts without being told what to do.  Brings new ideas to the company.  Leads with a results-oriented mindset to meet deadlines. 

• Attitude/Approach:  Possesses a collaborative, non-threatening, and positive disposition.  Willing to change course quickly to gain a desired result. Exhibits flexibility and willingness to take on new responsibilities to assist with various ad hoc projects as needed. Is not easily discouraged. Strives to exceed expectations and “over deliver” on commitments and deliverables.

• Team-Oriented:  Understands that input from different part of the business is critical to hear and synthesize.  Able to listen, build trust/consensus (across sometimes disparate teams), and then act.  

• Attention to Detail:  Does not let important details slip through the cracks or derail a project.

• Continuous Improvement:  Continually focused on improving processes to do more with existing resources to enable team to be more effective through improved efficiency.

• Moves others to action—Translates the vision and values into day-to-day activities and behaviors; guides and motivates others to take actions that support the vision and values.

• Requirements Analysis: Gathers, organizes and evaluates any information or data needed as input from stakeholders and development team to determine requirements and specifications. 

• Intelligence: Learns quickly. Demonstrates ability to quickly and proficiently understand and absorb new information.

• Honesty/integrity:  Does what is right even when no one is watching.  Earns trust and maintains confidences.  Always behaves in a manner of the highest ethical standards.


Cultural Competencies:


1. Drive: Cares intensely about EBSCO’s success, is tenacious and will not be denied success, finishes and persists until the task is complete, gives 100%, inspires others with thirst for excellence.

2. Positive Attitude: Displays a ‘can do’ attitude, sees ‘bad news’ and problems as opportunities to improve, doesn’t tolerate negativity, doesn’t complain but provides constructive criticism, sees the glass ‘hall full.’

3. Eagerness to Understand: Learns rapidly and eagerly, seeks to understand our strategy, markets, customers and suppliers, is broadly knowledgeable about business and strategy, contributes effectively outside of specialty, contributes effectively outside area of specialty, understands how work relates to company goals to make improvements consistent with these goals, follows facts and draws logical conclusions even if those conclusions differ from the status quo.

4. Sound Judgement: Makes wise decisions despite ambiguity, identifies root causes and gets beyond treating symptoms, separates what must be done well now and what can be improved later, displays solid logic and common sense, focuses on long-term consequences and not just the short-term

5. Collaboration: Collaborates with others to help maximize work accomplished by the group, embraces individual’s different styles and finds time to help colleagues, realizes that seeking and listening to the opinion of others gains insight and builds team accountability, shares information broadly so that everyone benefits, seeks the best ideas for EBSCO regardless of their source and understands that ego is a career killer.

6. Open Communication: Communicates directly with fact-based positions while avoiding unnecessary confrontation, willing to tell people what they need to hear in a respectful way, is concise and articulate in speech and writing, treats people with respect independent of their status or views, says what you think in a professional manner, listens well to better understand.

7. Accountability: Self motivating, self-aware, self-disciplined and self-improving, proactively does what needs to be done, acknowledges problems, takes responsibility, determines what can be done to solve the problem, acts and demonstrates the ‘See It, Own It, Solve It and Do It’ characteristics described in The Oz Principle.

8. Trust & Respect: Assumes the best in people and their intent to do the right thing, communicates professionally always, treats others as though they like to be treated, experiments, takes initiative and learns from mistakes, doesn’t look to blame individuals, but rather seeks fault in the systems and processes that allow problems to occur and fixes them, gives credit to those deserving of it.


Required Qualifications:


• BA or BS in Business, Science, Engineering or related field

• 6+ years product and technical management experience

• 4+ years relevant technology experience


Preferred Qualifications:


• 2+ years’ experience in Agile methodology, enterprise agile, LESS, DA(D) or SAFe

EBSCO Industries, an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws.  EBSCO strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants, or any other covered persons because of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, training, promotion, discipline, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment.

EBSCO complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, and all applicable state or local law.

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