I am the director of technology in a small financial consulting firm that has a single software product. We have a technology team of 6 people.
Defender of the Faith.
Development Team Leader or Manager, Project Manager, Software Architect; my boss called me "Chief Developer".
You might want to try "Project Lead/Senior Programmer" and offer to give the employee management training. Helping to pay for part of a employee's initiative to learn about management (such as night schools) will pave the way to more formal management titles.
Don't give him any kind of title at all, therein lies the most kudos.
Yet another way to look at it, if the engineer is any good, a title is not going to hold him back. A good company would have recognize any skills this personnel has and promoted him to the right responsibility. Your team is only 6 people, so there's little room for promotion, I suppose all you can do is award senior positions through wages or compensation until the time comes when your company is large enough to use his experience and people skills.
How about "partner", and offer him an ownership stake in the firm.
Does that new title come with a raise?
Yes, it does come with a raise.
Principal Engineer or Principal Software Engineer
Bad Ass MoFo
"After that, you can change your name from Kickin' Wing to Kickin' ass! I would!"
Why don't you ask him what he thinks would be appropriate? Get him involved. Maybe he has a particular title in mind.
Technical Manager or Development Manager would work nicely.
Exulted Grand Poobah is as good as any.
Beware of title inflation. I recently heard that CIBC, a large Canadian bank with perhaps 45,000 employees, has over 2,000 VPs.
Minor monotheistic Deity ?
Project Leader, or Project Lead Engineer, if he has an engineering degree.
I always asked for the title of janitor. I never liked the idea of being considered a manager of anything.
Come up with a few that are okay with you, and ask him which he prefers. If he doesn't care, pick whichever you like. From what you describe of his duties, Project Lead, Sr. Developer, Principal Engineer would be alright, with Project Lead at the top of my list.
Should be working
How about "The Man" ?
The only title I really ever cared about was "being paid more than last year"
"Otherwise, I generally make up my own."
Jack of all
Reasons for a new job title: new job title
Looks like this guy is "Technical Lead" and "Product Architect" all rolled into one. Any of these would go !
Why don't you ask _him_ what title he would prefer?
The best part of having a wacky job title is watching HR people's heads explode when you move on.
Aaron F Stanton
Vice-president of Software Lubrication
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