SDM III / Director, Web Platforms at MotorTrend Group

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Machines that Move Us.
People who Inspire Us.
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About Us
We are MotorTrend.
With a monthly reach of more than 131 million, MTG is the largest automotive media company in the world. With franchises including MotorTrend, Hot Rod, Automobile, Wheeler Dealers, Roadkill, Best Driver’s Car, and dozens of other world-class brands, we are reimagining storytelling around mobility. Our portfolio brings together Discovery’s #1 TV network for automotive super fans, with our vast automotive digital platform that includes direct-to-consumer products, websites, apps, connected TVs, social, and live events.
Our People  

The people who work at MotorTrend embody the passion of our content, and wake up every day intent on embracing, entertaining, and empowering the motoring world.
The Role
Job Summary & Responsibilities:
We are looking for a SDM III / Director, Web Platforms (full time, Salaried, regular) to join our engineering leadership team and help drive the development of our next generation of content-rich web applications. You will recruit and mentor talented engineers. You will provide oversight and direction for the development of high-traffic web applications. You will own the overall web-platform architecture and strategy for dynamic, ad-driven websites. You will enforce standards, best practices, and modern development conventions. You will work closely with stakeholders in identifying growth and performance goals while coaching and retaining talented contributors to help your team meet those goals.
Essential duties and responsibilities include but not limited to:
• Hire, coach, and retain talented software engineers and foster a positive team culture.
• Collaborate across the organization and within your teams to drive execution against goals and KPIs.
• Communicate effectively across teams and individuals to motivate towards results in a fast-paced environment.
• Establish and champion a high-quality, consumer-focused approach to software architecture and code, and enforce developer best practices.
• Monitor and analyze application behavior and performance, and take ownership to improve application performance, speed, scale, and efficiency.
• Own and manage relationships with vendors, partners, and internal stakeholders across the organization.
• Run code reviews and empower team to consistently watch metrics for improvement.
• Be a master of data pertaining to performance and how to consistently be at the top percentile of performance metrics.
• Manage external contractor relationships.
Supervisory Responsibility:
• This position may include supervising one or more employees where applicable. Supervisory responsibilities include but are not limited to:
o Provide consistent training, support, and mentorship to team.
o Review and approve individual timecards (as needed) and time-off requests to ensure optimal staffing levels.
o Effective, fair, and consistent performance management.
o Fairly and consistently ensure compliance with company policies and procedures.
• BA/BS in a Computer Science or related technical field, or equivalent professional experience.
• 8+ years’ experience architecting and building software for high-traffic, web-based applications.
• 5+ years’ experience hiring, mentoring, and managing software engineering teams, including other managers.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
• Extensive experience in a leadership role, including career guidance, smart goals, one-on-ones, and timely-feedback.
• Hands-on experience architecting and building complex consumer-facing software applications.
• Expert knowledge of distributed systems, content management systems, and caching optimization.
• Extensive knowledge and experience with multiple ad serving technologies and ad networks.
• Hands-on experience integrating and optimizing multiple caching solutions like Akamai, Cloudflare, and CloudFront.
• Hands-on experience with multiple development languages and databases like React/Redux, Javascript, NodeJS, PHP, MySQL, Postgres, and various flavors of NoSQL.
• Extensive knowledge of API and web-service integration and related technologies, like GraphQL and Rest.
• Extensive experience with end-to-end development workflows and pipelines, including Git and CI/CD with tools like Bamboo, Jenkins, and CircleCI.
• Hands-on experience with TDD/BDD and related technologies like Gherkin and Cucumber.
• Extensive experience with various AWS cloud services.
• Knowledge and experience with third-party analytics and QoE libraries like Adobe Analytics and Heartbeat.
• Extensive experience managing onsite, remote, and contract developers.
• Experience working in an Agile delivery environment (Scrum) is a must.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Physical Requirements:
• The ability to sit for prolonged period of time and view computer screen.
Work Environment:
• Work is performed in an office environment that is well lit and ventilated.
NOTE: This position description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict any other tasks that may be assigned.

We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including but not limited to all local Fair Chance Ordinances.

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Conveniently located next to the 405, LAX, Douglas Metro Green Line stop, and the beach! Many walkable food/coffee/tea, grocery, and shopping options.

An Insider's view of MotorTrend Group

What are some social events your company does?

We work hard and love to celebrate our diligence. We host wellness classes, caterings, have arcade machines and give back in our community. We go to Dodger's Stadium, K1 Speed, host movie nights, and get free access to MTG events. Summer time is the best time at MotorTrend! We have KidsDay, ice cream bars, pizza parties and end with a company BBQ.

Stephanie Rios

Human Resources Generalist

What is your vision for the company?

Every day our team wakes up ready to Embrace Entertain & Empower a motoring world. Embracing the Car-Nivore in all of us. Entertaining our 110 MM digital fans with addictive storytelling & experiences. Empowering MotorTrend families with over 70 yrs of street cred. MotorTrend is building a billion-dollar car company without building a single car.

Alex Wellen


What's something quirky about your company?

As an automotive enthusiast, working at MotorTrend is the realization of a dream. Each day brings something new, from million dollar Pagani's to LowRiders and HotRods. MotorTrend is on the cutting edge of technology implementation and we are diving the way consumers now consume content via their mobile device and television apps.

Thomas Rosquin

SEO Manager

What are MotorTrend Group Perks + Benefits

MotorTrend Group Benefits Overview

We offer comprehensive health benefits for you and your family.

Volunteer in local community
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Some Meals Provided
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Promote from within
Mentorship program
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