Job Title question : Mgmt is trying to retitle my position



  •  Management here wants to re-title my position, for two reasons 1) since I'm doing quite a bit of different work than was originally planned and 2) so they know what to post incase they need to replace me in the future.

    They want my input. After a quick glance over my skill set and job duties, what would we need to describe this position as?

    I'll just list things I'm at least proficient in, I will not list things I have a passing knowledge of.

    About me :

    ~10 years software development.

    Languages : C, C++, Perl, PHP, C#, TCL, Unix shell scripting, SQL (TSQL, PLSQL)

    Systems : MS-Dos, Windows 3.1 to 7 for client, NT 4 to 2008 for server, OS/2, IBM MVS & z/OS, Linux ( multiple distros), AIX

    Current position:

    I do all sorts of in-house software. The range is single user apps to large systems spanning multiple OS's.

    One of the larger projects I've designed and coded is about 100k lines of C#, and a database where I have been the sole designer and maintainer.

    I have near total freedom to design as I see fit, restraints are usually budgetary.

    Skills required to replace me in my current role:

    Windows and Unix admin, Database design, .NET up to 3.5 (C#, ASP.NET), C++, Perl, good skills in designing large and efficient data processing systems.

    Given this small level of information what would you see this as being titled? (is more information required to render a decision?)

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  •  Senior Software Engineer



  • @tster said:

     Senior Software Engineer

    Ditto.



  • @tster said:

    Senior Software Engineer

     

    That was the same thing that entered my mind immediately, and then I glanced down at your post. :D



  • Senior WTFer.

     

    There is just no way that without peer-reviewed project AND implementation that software can be wtf-free (or in EU-approved limits) ;)



  • @Gerino said:

    Senior WTFer.

     

    There is just no way that without peer-reviewed project AND implementation that software can be wtf-free (or in EU-approved limits) ;)

     

     

    I think I might just suggest that one.




  • @Abbacabba said:

    @Gerino said:

    Senior WTFer.

     

    There is just no way that without peer-reviewed project AND implementation that software can be wtf-free (or in EU-approved limits) ;)

     

     

    I think I might just suggest that one.



    One particular one I've seen is Senior Geriantoligist (OR however you spell Gerr-Eee-An-Tolo-gist). You could always submit the title "Senior Internal Lead Software Developer" just to make one that sounds REALLY big and REALLY long and moderately impressive.



  • @Abbacabba said:

     Management here wants to re-title my position, for two reasons 1) since I'm doing quite a bit of different work than was originally planned and 2) so they know what to post incase they need to replace me in the future.

    Mmmm... I smell a rat.

    Good luck finding your new job



  •  How about Resident Gynecologist? That job title has the best perks.



  •  You might even want to go with something like Software Architect, if you do a lot of the design, especially if you do the design using UML, flowcharts, requirements documents, etc. But Senior Software Engineer seems to be ok too.



  • Senior Software Engineer,
    Head of Development
    Senior Developer
    Senior Code Geek



  • @RogerWilco said:

     You might even want to go with something like Software Architect, if you do a lot of the design, especially if you do the design using UML, flowcharts, requirements documents, etc. But Senior Software Engineer seems to be ok too.

     

    I hate people who call themselves "Architects."  Most of them are terrible at designing software and rely on the title to keep themselves away from code.



  • @tster said:

    I hate people who call themselves "Architects."  Most of them are terrible at designing software and rely on the title to keep themselves away from code.

    +1

    It's a pretentious title. You're not an actual architect.



  • @dhromed said:

    @tster said:

    I hate people who call themselves "Architects."  Most of them are terrible at designing software and rely on the title to keep themselves away from code.

    +1

    It's a pretentious title. You're not an actual architect.

    Be careful with those blanket statements. About 10 years ago I got my actual Architect degree and today I'm working towards that Software Architect role in my company.



  • @dhromed said:

    @tster said:

    I hate people who call themselves "Architects."  Most of them are terrible at designing software and rely on the title to keep themselves away from code.

    +1

    It's a pretentious title. You're not an actual architect.

    Engineer is a pretentious title. You don't drive trains.

    (hint: more than one definition! :-P) http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=architect



  • Make sure that your new title sounds better than your existing one. That way you can list it as a promotion on your resume after they replace you.



  • It is standard practice at work that everyone has a "signature" that is appended to the bottom of all email.  The general format is:

    Your Name
    Your Title
    Your Mailing Address (we have offices and factories all over the world)
    Your Office phone number
    Your cell phone number


    For reasons too complicated to explain here, I have no title.  So in the title area I occasionally include things like "I have no title", "Computer advice and Psychotherapy" or "Manager of Stuff that nobody else wants to do".

     



  • Acquaintance of mine, before he got his life in order, was "Vegetable Manager" at some supermarket.

    You should put that.



  • @dhromed said:

    Acquaintance of mine, before he got his life in order, was "Vegetable Manager" at some supermarket.

    What is he now, Vice President of Produce Operations?



  •  I don't know. Something away from the terrible lands of retail food.



  • I go for Senior Software Engineer. I've read several job descriptions similar to yours and they all have that as their job title.



  • "LOL I can send you teh codez" <-- my job title.



  • How about Senior RetroNobulator?



  • @El_Heffe said:

    "Computer advice and Psychotherapy"
     

     Haha sounds like my job. Except it also needs 'General fix it person when everyone else breaks it'.


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