About the Team

The Advertising team is a fully integrated team with product management, delivery management, QA, and engineering. We build software products that enable publishers to monetize the content they create and share. We exist in open market conditions so time to market and value add are key differentiators. Since we need to stay quick and nimble, our team is made up of people who love to learn and love to act on and share their newfound knowledge.

About the Job

As the Director, Software Engineering for the Advertising team, you will lead the engineering and operational aspects for our Advertising products. You are responsible for providing technical thought leadership, interpreting and influencing business strategy, and managing requirements for developing these products. You’ll be responsible for clarifying deliverables, identifying bottlenecks in the process and eliminating roadblocks for your team so they can achieve more than they thought was possible. We believe in dedication, passion and personality.  We are seeking a leader who can manage diverse, talented, and motivated engineers while balancing personnel challenges with business requirements. 

What you’ll be doing:

  • Coach, develop, and lead multiple full-stack engineering teams working on high volume, highly available, business-critical systems
  • Partner with product managers to develop short-term and long-term product vision and roadmap
  • Understand and communicate the business domain, and how it affects requirement and implementation details
  • Manage key engineering metrics such as development cycle time, team velocity, software quality, and team morale 
  • Oversee the department operating budget to ensure business goals are met with the greatest efficiency
  • Empower engineering teams and leaders to drive standards, ensure code quality and foster a culture of strong engineering design, delivery and quality
  • Spot, attract, and retain top-tier engineering talent
  • Provide strategic direction, development oversight, and performance accountability for Sovrn’s Advertising systems
  • Collaborate with Sovrn executives, geographically distributed, world-class engineers, data scientists, and product managers to define the long-term strategy of our Advertising business.
  • Ensuring you have the right team structure and development processes that drive consistent engineering practices while providing technical leadership and mentorship on complex and high-priority technology projects.
  • Take calculated risks and make quick decisions
  • Work with other engineering leaders to continuously improve the overall development processes.
  • Break down a full project plan into incremental deliveries, and track the team’s work against those steps.

About You

You are an empathic leader, excellent communicator, strong on program management and organizing a diverse team. You are engaging and possess strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to foster great collaboration. You’re comfortable working with a wide variety of people, and respect the perspectives of those that disagree with you. Above all, you love learning, and sharing what you know.

A successful candidate will have: 

  • Engineering management and mentorship of 1 - 2 full-stack, agile engineering teams
  • Experience building and leading, full-stack engineering teams
  • Experience with developing or delivering web services and applications
  • Proven ability to manage and resolve complex technical issues
  • Experience with Scrum and Agile development processes
  • Excel in a fast-paced agile development environment
  • Passion and drive to help the team improve and deliver great products.
  • Active listening and respect for others opinions and ideas.
  • You are technical enough to understand the products and what the team is doing.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, or a related field; or equivalent experience.
  • Experience working closely with Product Management and Creative teams to design new features and empower the engineering teams to develop them.
  • Responsible for hiring, on-boarding and mentoring a diverse team of engineers.
  • Experience in architecting and operating a suite of software products, maturing DevOps constructs for automation, and ensuring production reliability.  

Nice to Have:

  • Experience with Docker, Kubernetes, AWS, or another cloud platform.
  • Experience working with remote engineering teams geographically distributed across the world
  • Software development experience working with a static typed language such as Java or C++
  • Experience building, operating, and scaling high performance, highly transactional systems
  • Experience building and operating SaaS web applications

Position Reports to: VP, Applications Engineering

Location: Boulder, Colorado

We understand that no candidate is perfectly qualified for any job. Experience comes in different forms; many skills are transferable; and passion goes a long way. Even more important than your resume is a clear demonstration of accountability impact, and the ability to thrive in a fluid and collaborative environment. We expect you to learn new things in this role, and we encourage you to apply if your experience is close to what we're looking for.

About Sovrn

Publishers create the content the world depends on for education, entertainment, and commerce. Sovrn provides products and services to tens of thousands of online publishers to help them grow, operate their business, understand their readership, and manage consumer data. Sovrn is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado with offices in San Francisco, New York, and London. 

With 10,000 customers deploying one or more products across 30,000 websites, Sovrn reaches 200M consumers across more than 3.5B pageviews everyday. Sovrn has been a leader in online publisher technology since its founding, and has been recognized by IAB, JICWEBS, and TAG for its role in combating advertising fraud and promoting pro-transparency initiatives. Sovrn is dedicated to helping content creators do more of what they love, and less of what they don’t.

Sovrn Core Values: Candid, Customer Empathy, Learning, Scrappy, Second Order Thinking

Compensation and Benefits

In accordance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, the approximate compensation range for this role in Boulder, Colorado is $180,000 to $220,000, including base salary and any related bonuses or commissions. Final compensation for this role will be determined by various factors such as a candidate's relevant work experience, skills, certifications and geographic location. Sovrn offers a full slate of benefits from competitive salaries, stock options, medical, dental and vision coverage, short and long term disability, life insurance,11 paid holidays, flexible vacation, commuter benefits, a 401(k) plan and match, and a paid parental leave program.

Equal Opportunity Employer 

Sovrn is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, parental or pregnancy status, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodations will be made to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and will be provided as requested by candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. 

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Sovrn does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias or Sovrn employees. Sovrn is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

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