Director of Software Engineering

| Santa Monica

 

Hallmark Labs is a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Inc based in Santa Monica, California.
We currently operate two digital subscription services, Hallmark Movies Now and
Hallmark eCards, as well as ongoing initiatives in personalized, print-on-demand
greeting cards. We are a diverse team of innovators, creators and influencers
leveraging Hallmark’s deep experience in creating meaningful connections and
progressing it into the digital age with cutting-edge technology.
Are you great at what you do and passionate about your work? Are you honest and
accountable?
Are you a self- motivated, go-getter that likes to have fun?
If so, you are in the right place.

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Director of Software Engineering
We are searching for a seasoned Director of Software Engineering to lead multiple passionate, engaged and rapidly growing teams in our Santa Monica office. This is an opportunity to fine tune and improve existing core platforms and digital products while simultaneously driving innovation under the strength of the Hallmark brand.
Responsibilities: 

  • Lead the SVOD, Platform, and Database Engineering teams. Including daily interaction, regular ‘hands-on’ guidance for engineers and helping maintain alignment to priorities.
  • Reporting to the VP of Engineering to continuously improve software processes and team culture, budget and roadmap planning. Converting ideas and vision into executable tasks and overarching technology strategy. 
  • Protect, maintain and develop the team culture. Including ad hoc coaching and mentoring, regular and structured one-to-ones and performance management. Act as both a cultural custodian and ambassador, both internally and externally.
  • Work closely with Product and Project Management to set the technical direction for the business and develop the engineering roadmap. 
  • Estimate work effort and allocate engineering resources, enabling multiple simultaneous sprints across both established and emerging products in our portfolio. 
  • Drive rapid prototyping cycles from technical requirements, software designs, programming, debugging, and optimization. 
  • Provide technical leadership and guidance to both your team members and your project peers.
  • Manage key stakeholder relations and communication, both internal and external.
  • Actively participate in code and design reviews. 
  • Provide a comprehensive onboarding process for new engineering hires to set them up for success and continue to add to the organizational culture.
  • Manage escalations, production issues, and new product deployments to customers. 
  • Interview, hire, onboard and mentor new hires to the team.

Who we think would be a fit:
We are looking for someone who not only loves leading great teams to build great software but is also passionate about achieving and promoting excellence. You may have worked at large top name companies but prefer small (but rapidly growing) nimble companies with tight knit cross-functional teams that focus on quality, velocity and innovation. You have the skills and experience, but you still love to learn - and you want to work with super talented folks to build great products and teams who create them.

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field of study OR an additional 4+ years professional work experience in lieu of.
  • 5+ years of software development management experience, including 1+ yrs in a Director-level role.
  • 3+ years of Agile software development using Scrum.
  • 3+ years of experience leading the development of cloud-based software applications.
  • 2+ years’ experience delivering microservices architecture and developing REST APIs.
     

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrable experience delivering numerous products through the entire product lifecycle 
  • 2+ years’ experience working on video streaming (SVOD OTT) software products.
  • Previous hands-on coding experience in Object Oriented languages in Golang, Java, C#, Ruby, Python etc.
  • Data focused background, familiarity with MySQL and understanding of database design 
  • Experience with Reactive Architecture, Domain Driven Design and Microservices 
  • Experience with Linux, Golang, Apache Kafka, Docker 

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position you must show how you meet the Basic Qualifications of the job in a resume or document you upload, or by completing the work experience and education application fields. Accepted file types are Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX), PDF, HTML, or TXT. Individual file size attachment limit is 10 MB.


In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Hallmark Cards, Inc. and its subsidiary companies will hire only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Hallmark does not generally provide sponsorship for employment. Employment by Hallmark is contingent upon the signing of the Employment Agreement, signing of an agreement to arbitrate in connection with the Hallmark Dispute Resolution Program, completing Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, education verification and satisfactory reference and background checks.




LIVE WELL:
Excellent medical benefits
401(k) match up to 5%
Life insurance policy for every employee, at no cost
Fitness reimbursement
Cell phone and home internet reimbursement
Carpool and parking pass cash-out program
Generous maternity/paternity leave
Employee assistance programs


REFUEL:
Fully stocked kitchen with fresh fruit and delicious snacks and beverages
Monthly catered lunches
Soft serve machine 24/7
Great eateries close by, oh, and we’re near the beach!


WORK HAPPY:
Massage chairs and bicycles
Onsite free parking
Company events
Flexible PTO
Flexible work hours/work from home
Professional development
Education reimbursement

Hallmark Labs is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, pregnancy, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other legally-protected status. Principals only please.


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Location

3130 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90403

An Insider's view of Hallmark Labs

What’s the vibe like in the office?

We keep it very down to earth here at Hallmark Labs; we know how to balance our work and our personal lives. And we certainly take time to celebrate our employees: we are in the celebrations business, after all. Our ability to step back once in a while to value our shared experiences make us unique.

Gareth Linnard

Talent Acquisition and Retention Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

I think we're pretty good as a team at finding common ground and communicating our opinions. Everyone on the team comes with a unique background, so naturally we will have different takes for every problem. I think everyone respects each other enough to say their piece and know that eventually we will come to an agreement.

Andrey Zeynalyan

DevOps Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

I’ve had the opportunity to attend conferences, leadership trainings and workshops to develop my technical skills, build my network, and develop professionally. I also get to provide this for my team and send them to trainings and other opportunities every chance I get. I feel lucky to work for a company that promotes my professional development.

Brandon Neal

DevOps Manager

What is your vision for the company?

For everyone at the company, I want to challenge them to be better professionals and make them feel they are learning and contributing every day, but they should also feel proud that their investment of time, effort and intellect helps millions of consumers live a more meaningful and connected life.

Albert Lai

Senior Vice President and General Manager

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

As a leader, I believe it is my responsibility to ensure that everyone on my team is enabled and supported. I take great care to clearly communicate not just the “what” and “how,” but the “why,” which I believe is the most important aspect in what we do.

Jeff Allen

Vice President of Operations

What are Hallmark Labs Perks + Benefits

Hallmark Labs Benefits Overview

LIVE WELL:
Excellent medical benefits
401(k) match up to 5%
Life insurance policy for every employee, at no cost
Fitness reimbursement
Cell phone and home internet reimbursement
Carpool and parking pass cash-out program
Generous maternity/paternity leave
Employee assistance programs

REFUEL:
Fully stocked kitchen with fresh fruit and delicious snacks and beverages
Monthly catered lunches
Soft serve machine 24/7
Great eateries close by, oh, and we’re near the beach!

WORK HAPPY:
Massage chairs and bicycles
Onsite free parking
Company events
Flexible PTO
Flexible work hours/work from home
Professional development
Education reimbursement

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Flexible PTO
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
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