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Manager, Software Engineering - Ad Exchange



Software Engineering
Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2024

About Sovrn

Every interesting company solves important problems for other people. Sovrn is a Software and Data business that helps Open Web businesses be and remain independent. We help them understand their business better, operate more efficiently, and make & keep more money.

  • We believe in the freedom and free-flow of information.
  • We believe the Open Web is the largest source of this information.
  • We believe in helping Open Web businesses be and remain Independent.

Through Software products and Data solutions we help our customers:

  • Understand their business better, so they can make better decisions
  • Operate their business more efficiently, so they can invest in what matters most
  • Make (and Keep) more money, so they control their own destiny

About the Job

For our Ad Exchange, we are seeking a highly skilled Engineering Manager with a strong background in building scalable cloud-based applications, and experience utilizing machine learning to enhance programmatic advertising performance. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in leading engineering teams to deliver high-quality software solutions that drive significant customer and business impact.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Coach, develop, and lead a full stack engineering team working on high volume, business critical Ad Exchange.
  • Experience with the digital advertising ecosystem, including SSPs, Ad Exchanges, DSPs, and related technologies is required.
  • Architect and implement scalable, high-performance software solutions in the cloud (AWS), ensuring reliability, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.
  • Drive the adoption of machine learning algorithms and data-driven techniques to improve programmatic advertising yield and efficiency.
  • Collaborate with product managers, data scientists, and other stakeholders to define product vision and roadmap, aligning development efforts with business goals and customer needs.
  • Foster a culture of innovation, technical excellence, and continuous improvement within the engineering team.
  • Manage the entire software development lifecycle, from planning and prioritization to testing and release.
  • Provide strategic direction, development oversight, and performance accountability for Sovrn’s Ad Exchange.
  • Ensure compliance with industry standards and regulations, maintaining high levels of security and data privacy.
  • Monitor system performance, anticipate potential issues, and implement proactive solutions to ensure optimal uptime and user experience.
  • Manage key engineering metrics such as development cycle time, team velocity, software quality, and team morale.
  • 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.

A successful candidate will have:

  • 5+ years of experience in software engineering, with at least 2 years in a leadership role.
  • Strong expertise in cloud computing platforms, preferably AWS or GCP, including experience with infrastructure as code, automated deployment, and cloud-native services.
  • Experience with developing or delivering web services and applications.
  • Proven ability to manage and resolve complex technical issues.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and deploying machine learning models to solve business problems, particularly in the context of programmatic advertising or digital marketing.
  • Proficient in software development best practices and agile methodologies.
  • Excellent problem-solving, analytical, and technical skills.
  • Strong communication and leadership abilities, with a track record of mentoring and developing engineering talent.
  • Experience with the digital advertising ecosystem, including SSPs, Ad Exchanges, DSPs, and related technologies is required.
  • Experience building, operating, and scaling high performance, highly transactional systems
  • Experience building and operating SaaS web applications.
  • Passion and drive to help the team improve and deliver great products.
  • Active listening and respect for others opinions and ideas.
  • Experience working closely with Product Management and Creative teams to design new features and empower the engineering teams to develop them.
  • Experience working with remote engineering teams geographically distributed across the world.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field recommended.

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.

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 a base of $165,000 to $180,000, and eligibility for commissions compensation. 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.

Recruitment Agencies

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.