Cook Compression
  • 21-Apr-2017 to 20-Mar-2018 (CST)
  • IT
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Full Time


The Applications Manager role is to plan, coordinate, and supervise all activities related to the design, development, quality assurance, and implementation of organizational information systems and software applications. The Applications Manager is also responsible for maintaining, supporting, and upgrading existing systems and applications. This individual will apply proven communication skills, problem-solving skills, and knowledge of best practices to guide his/her development team on issues related to the design, development, and deployment of mission-critical information and software systems.


Operational Management

  • Manage and provide direction for the applications team in support of business operations.
  • Provide technical leadership to project managers and programmers working on development project teams.
  • Direct, organize, and lead projects in the implementation and use of new operational support applications, BI software tools and systems.
  • Design, develop, and install enhancements and upgrades to systems and application software.
  • Liaise with network administrators and software engineers to assist with quality assurance, program logic, and data processing.
  • Cultivate, disseminate, and enforce functional policies, procedures, and quality assurance best practices.
  • Where necessary, prepare, establish, and monitor budgets.

Strategy & Planning

  • Lead pre-testing phase of development by evaluating proposals to identify potential problem areas, and make the appropriate recommendations.
  • Ensure that development projects meet business requirements and goals, fulfill end-user requirements, and identify and resolve systems issues.
  • Prepares and presents project proposals to management and user departments.
  • Establishes programming standards and program documentation requirements.
  • Review and analyze existing application effectiveness and efficiency, and then develop strategies for improving or leveraging these systems.

Acquisition & Deployment

  • Manage the ERP and related systems, and/or enhancements to existing applications throughout the enterprise.
  • Research and make recommendations on software products and services in support of procurement and development efforts.
  • Coordinate feasibility studies for software and system products under consideration for purchase, and give advice based on findings.
  • Ensure that any new software integration into company systems meets functional requirements, system compliance, and interface specifications.
  • Collaborate with analysts, designers, and system owners in the testing of new software programs and applications.


  • Strong knowledge of system and software quality assurance best practices and methodologies.
  • Knowledge of Oracle and SQL
  • Strong understanding of relational database structures, theories, principles, and practices.
  • Good project management skills and/or substantial exposure to project-based work structures, project lifecycle models, etc.
  • Knowledge of database design and file management techniques.
  • Excellent understanding of the organization's goals and objectives.
  • Knowledge of applicable data privacy practices and laws.
  • Strong customer-service orientation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent listening and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate ideas in both technical and user-friendly language.
  • Ability to conduct research into application development issues and products.
  • Highly self-motivated and directed.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.


Education and Experience:

  • Four-year college diploma or university degree in computer systems design or computer science, and/or 10 years equivalent work experience.
  • 5 years direct experience in software development and/or programming design and systems management.
  • Proven experience in overseeing the direction, development, and implementation of software solutions.
  • Direct, hands-on experience with automated software and system management tools.
  • Experience with tier-one applications, databases, and data warehouses, such as Oracle, MS SQL Server, Crystal and so on.
  • Experience with data processing flowcharting techniques.
  • Manufacturing experience a plus.
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