Software Engineering Director
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
Are you a self- motivated, go-getter that likes to have fun?
If so, you are in the right place.
Who we are:
Hallmark Labs (a subsidiary of Hallmark), based in Santa Monica, CA, is currently the parent company of two digital subscription services: Hallmark Movies Now and HallmarkeCards.com. And soon we will be launching our Print-On-Demand iOS App, Out Of The Box. We focus on leveraging Hallmark's experience with creating meaningful connections with great sentiments, but pushing it into the digital age at a rapid pace and with the cutting-edge technology.
Of course we have the normal perks for a company in Santa Monica: drinks, snacks, writable walls, collaboration spaces, casual dress, weekly catered lunches, ample parking - but we know that is not what you really care about. We are a small and growing company with a talented and driven group of software professionals focused on building great things together, all while having fun!
What we need:
We are searching for a seasoned Director of Software Engineering to lead a passionate and engaged team 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.
Oversee Engineering, Platform, Mobile and Database teams.
Reporting to the Chief Technology Officer to improve software processes and team culture, budget planning, and roadmap execution planning, converting ideas and vision into executable tasks and general technology strategy.
Work closely with Product 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 three functional products.
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.
Set clear expectations and create a positive work environment based on accountability, in collaboration with the engineering and management teams.
Actively participate in code and design reviews.
Provide a comprehensive onboarding process for new engineers to indoctrinate them into the company development culture.
Manage escalations, production issues, and new product deployments to customers.
Interview, hire, and onboard new developers 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 getting stuff done. You might have worked at large top name companies but you prefer small (but rapidly growing) nimble companies with tight knit cross-functional teams that focus on quickly getting stellar products to market. 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.
Bachelors or 4+ years professional work experience
5+ years of software development management experience including 1+ year 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 of experience leading native mobile development
Bachelors degree in Computer Science or related fields
Have delivered numerous products through the entire product lifecycle
Experience working with contemporary technology stacks
Previous hands-on coding experience in Java, C#, Ruby, Python Clojure, Elixir or Golang
Familiarity with SQL and NoSQL databases, and understanding of database design
Have hosted applications in Amazon Web Services or other cloud service
Experience with Reactive Architecture, Domain Driven Design and Microservices
Experience with Linux, Golang, Apache Kafka, Docker
Background in eCommerce
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.
To be considered an applicant 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.
LIVE WELL:Excellent medical benefits
401(k) match up to 5%
Life insurance policy for every employee, at no cost
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!
Massage chairs and bicycles
Onsite free parking
Flexible work hours/work from home
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.