LINGUIST List 13.572

Fri Mar 1 2002

Jobs: Computational Ling: Manager, CA USA

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  1. Jana Johnson, Computational Ling: Manager at Bowne Global Solutions, CA USA

Message 1: Computational Ling: Manager at Bowne Global Solutions, CA USA

Date: 1 Mar 2002 00:14:19 -0000
From: Jana Johnson <>
Subject: Computational Ling: Manager at Bowne Global Solutions, CA USA

Rank of Job: 1st level management
Areas Required: Linguistics Manager, MT
Other Desired Areas: 
University or Organization: Bowne Global Solutions, Inc.
Department: HR
State or Province: CA
Country: USA
Final Date of Application: 06/15/02
Contact: Jana Johnson

Address for Applications:
5095 Murphy Canyon Rd, suite 300
San Diego
CA 92123

Position Purpose and Responsibilities


The Linguistics Manager, MT position is a first level management
position. Manages a small- to medium-sized group of software linguists
(<15) in the development of one or more products and/or technologies
in a company product line. Occasionally contributes as a member of the
group on development tasks, but is otherwise focused on management

Performs project planning, task assignment, monitoring and reporting.
Provides technical and organizational guidance to group members.
Works with senior management to set and achieve departmental, product
and process goals. Accepts ownership of the linguistic development for
one or more products and/or products within a product line. Documents
and communicates requirements. Contributes to overall product
strategies. Assesses effectiveness of team members and performs
personnel reviews; sets career and training goals for team members.

Position Scope

Freedom to Act	
Manages towards objectives while respecting the guidelines and
procedures established by the department and the company. Has some
budgetary discretion. Establishes project requirements,
specifications and solutions, working with the group. Innovation is
allowed and expected.

Commitments to schedules and quality standards are expected. Progress
against commitments is monitored by higher level management. Failure
to meet commitments can have a significant impact on corporate goals.

Communicates schedules and status to management and peers at regularly
scheduled status meetings. Works with peers in meeting the
organization's objectives and priorities. Works with Product
Management, Marketing and Sales in understanding product requirements.
Represents the organization to customers, vendors and professional
organizations. Is responsible for holding regularly scheduled staff
meetings for group to keep them apprised of issues, monitoring status
and addressing employee concerns.

Planning Participation
Participates in product planning sessions (review and definition).
Develops project plans and assigns resources. Monitors progress
against plan. Contributes to budget planning.

Responsible for technical decisions, as constrained by scope of
group's project(s). Responsible for coordination of technical issues
among peer project groups.

Specific Abilities and Problem Complexity
Is able to solve a variety of problems of large scope and complexity
in the realm of the assigned projects. Technical problem solving and
organizational ability and problem solving are equally important for
this position. Needs to be able to facilitate resolution of problems
using the resources in the group or with the assistance of senior
technical members of the organization.

Personnel Responsibility
Ensures that each group member is appropriately assigned and
supervised. Conducts timely reviews of group members. Monitors
progress and acts to resolve problems. Assesses group and personal
training needs and facilitates engaging appropriate training
personnel. Sets promotional goals and monitors progress toward those

Business Analysis
Tracks computational linguistic technology and proposes ways for the
company to leverage emerging trends. Works with customers to identify
feature/performance requirements. Analyzes both project/product and
business implications and risks across the organization and recommends
appropriate solutions. Understands long-term vs. short-term
development trade-offs and advises management appropriately.
Maximizes reuse of technology, algorithms, data, tools, and processes.

Required Knowledge and Experience

Understanding of linguistic and computational linguistic fields,
phenomena, and techniques. Understanding of the development
disciplines of the projects being supervised. Demonstrates ability to
work with other people as a major contributor on a team. Demonstrates
knowledge of linguistic software development principles.

MA in Computational Linguistics or equivalent plus 6 years of related
software development experience and 2 years of management experience.
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