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VP, Engineering - Advertising



Marketing & Communications
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 11, 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

As the VP of Engineering for Sovrn's Advertising Exchange, you will lead a team of skilled engineers in both technical expertise and team management. Your primary focus will be on prioritizing short and long-term development goals, optimizing technical operations for efficiency, and driving the evolution of our exchange platform. Embracing a DevOps philosophy, you will oversee a cross-functional team responsible for development, coding, and infrastructure operations. Collaboration with the VP of Exchange Product is crucial to ensure alignment between product and engineering teams, transparent communication, and on-time delivery of key initiatives.

What You'll Be Doing:

  • Lead and manage in-house and outsourced engineering teams
  • Recruit, onboard, and mentor a diverse group of engineers
  • Provide strategic input based on your deep understanding of the ad-tech market to influence prioritization and seize market opportunities
  • Collaborate with product leadership to shape the product roadmap tactically and strategically
  • Monitor and enhance key engineering metrics
  • Foster a culture of strong engineering design, delivery, and quality
  • Identify and prioritize technical debt for retirement
  • Stay informed about emerging technologies and trends in ad-tech
  • Collaborate with other engineering leaders to enhance overall development processes

About You:

  • You thrive on demonstrating value through increased revenue, reduced costs, smoother operations, and high on-time delivery rates
  • You are an empathetic leader, skilled communicator, and adept at managing competing priorities
  • You enjoy innovating in collaboration with others and building relationships across diverse teams
  • You possess strong technical skills in high transactional and distributed systems
  • You have experience in programmatic advertising and cloud operations, particularly with GCP and/or AWS
  • You excel in coaching and mentoring team members
  • Bonus points for experience with Java or other JVM languages, Kafka, NoSQL data stores, and a desire to be an industry thought leader

A successful candidate will have:

  • 10+ years of software development experience
  • 7+ years of adtech-specific development experience, ideally in an SSP/Exchange role
  • 5+ years of engineering management experience, including teams of 10 or more
  • Proficiency in programmatic advertising technologies (e.g., Prebid.js, oRTB)
  • Experience with Kanban, Scrum, and Agile development processes
  • Demonstrated success in driving operational maturity and incident management workflows

Location: New York City, New York #LI-Hybrid

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

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.