EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (PIX11) — The New York Giants on Friday announced Joe Schoen was the team’s new general manager after interviewing with several candidates since last week.

The NFL team announced the news on Twitter. “Welcome to Big Blue, Joe,” the tweet read.

“It is an honor to accept the position of general manager of the New York Giants,” Schoen, 42, said in a statement Friday.

Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch made the announcement Friday, a little more than a week after a starting a search in which they interviewed nine candidates in the first round and gave three a second interview.

“Throughout our search, Joe impressed us with his ability to communicate a progressive and comprehensive vision for our team,” Mara said. “His philosophy and collaborative approach to building a roster and coaching staff align with what we were looking for in a general manager.”

Schoen had been with the Buffalo Bills as their assistant general manager for the past five seasons.

He got the nod over San Francisco 49ers assistant general manager Adam Peters and Kansas City’s executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles.

Schoen’s first job will be to find a coach to replace Joe Judge, who was fired last week after posting a 10-23 in two seasons. Interviews will probably start next week.

“Now, the work begins. My immediate focus is to hire a head coach, with who I will work in lockstep with to create a collaborative environment for our football operations. We will cast a wide net, it can be former head coaches, first-time head coaches but, more importantly, it has to be a person who possesses the ability to lead an organization and the ability to motivate and develop players. On the personnel side, we will begin to evaluate our roster and prepare for the draft and free agency. Our goal is to build a roster that will be competitive, have depth, and most importantly, win football games.”

Schoen is only the Giants’ fifth general manager since 1979 when Pro Football Hall of Famer George Young was hired, the team said.

Dave Gettleman was with the team as general manager for the past four seasons until announcing his retirement earlier in January.

Schoen has 20 years of scouting and executive experience in the NFL, including the past five with the Bills. He spent most of the previous decade with the Miami Dolphins’ front office.

Schoen’s first NFL job was as a ticket office intern with the Carolina Panthers in 2000. He spent seven seasons (2001-07) working for the Panthers under current Bills general manager Brandon Beane.