Career Spotlight: Marcos Soares, Software Engineering Manager, Dealertrack
As the part of a monthly series that profiles a wide variety of jobs at Cox Automotive Canada, we sat down with Marcos Soares, Software Engineering Manager at Dealertrack Canada.
What aspect of working at Cox Automotive Canada (CAC) most appealed to you?
I think the most appealing aspect is our power to transition towards innovative technologies. Having long-standing, stable, and mature products does not stop Cox Automotive from being innovative. Our team members regularly advocate for better solutions, compatible with high-quality products. Notable examples are the platform modernization and pursuit of Cloud Computing; these are complex projects which the company is willing to invest in to provide highly accessible products to our Canadian clients.
What makes you feel that the work you do at CAC contributes to the company’s overall success?
Fortunately, the company encourages transparency. As an example, during our monthly business town hall, the impact after each software release is disclosed. Witnessing your inputs and pushing the company forward to success is exceptionally satisfying.
What skills do you find that you are bringing to your current role that you hadn’t thought you would use (until now)?
In my current role as a Software Engineering Manager at Dealertrack, my negotiation and persuasion skills certainly come into play. Working in such a competitive market drives our team to weigh the time, resources and competing business priorities carefully. To be successful in my role, I often need to negotiate these delicate variables placed in our software development formula.
In what ways does CAC inspire you to go above and beyond the call of duty?
We get a lot of recognition. You feel the recognition and appreciation of your efforts on every single completed task, even by contributing in the background helping your team achieve success. This encouragement drives me to have a greater sense of ownership and go above and beyond to meet our desired results.
What do you like most about your job?
The satisfaction I feel affecting people’s lives. I also enjoy the influence we have on our team members by positively coaching, training and sometimes even providing personal life advice.
How does your work impact CAC clients?
The results achieved by my team are tangible. Thousands of dealerships interact with our Dealertrack software on a daily basis. Each product enhancement notably affects the interaction between customers, dealerships, and lenders. Also, constant feedback is provided by multiple working interactions—either internally or externally direct with clients—providing recognition for those involved in the software development life cycle like me.
Why should someone consider joining CAC?
Presumably, professionals seeking a combination of growth opportunities, challenging work with proper recognition, benefits, and visibility. Does that sound appealing? If so, you should join the CAC family!