Director, Engineering

Ref#: 27085
CBS Business Unit: CBS Interactive
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Job Location: Burbank, CA, US

About Us:
CBS Interactive is a premier online content network for information and online operations of CBS Corporation as well as some of the top native digital brands in the industry. Our websites dive deep into the things that people care about: business, entertainment, games, news, sports and technology. With more than 290 million unique visitors each month, CBS Interactive is a global top 10 web property and one of the largest premium content networks.
The CBS Television Distribution group at CBS Interactive creates video-based desktop, mobile, and app experiences for our syndicated television brands, including: Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Rachael Ray, Doctor Phil, and The Doctors. The team works across broadcast and digital to deliver premium video, social, and mobile experiences.

As we expand our business, we need a development visionary that can help lead the way. Our ideal Director of Development isn’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. You understand what it takes to build products that keep fans coming back for more. Your mind shifts seamlessly between web, mobile, apps, and devices. You weave social into the fabric of your solutions. Your head is in the cloud, your arms are around distributed frameworks, and your toes tap to an agile beat.  Your personality leads you to obsess over details until you get a deliverable just right. Your passion inspires your co-workers and pushes their limits to deliver excellence. You love the idea of working on a distributed team of ninjas to create new businesses.                                                

Manage CMS platform development to deliver new functionalities according to the underlying business objectives
Responsible for customizing and configuring the content management system (CMS) and supporting the content creation/editorial publishing workflow, including video CMS.
Attract and retain top engineering talent
Work closely with the Product team to implement new features and functionality that enhance the user experience
Manage internal development resources and third-party vendors through the product lifecycle from design to development, testing, release and support
In a fast-moving and dynamic space, generate and evangelize new ideas based on technology trends and advancements in video, social, and mobile
Lead migration from server-based to cloud-based architecture
Rebuild existing integrated systems with distributed micro-service systems
Coordinate with CBSi central teams to reconcile work for shared resources. This includes, but is not limited to, systems engineering, infrastructure, and database operations personnel.
Identify, evaluate and benchmark potential technology vendors
Manage technical details of video delivery and distribution, including integration into websites, mobile apps, emerging platforms and partner sites
Facilitate product integrations with shared CBSi technology platforms, such as user data capture (social and behavioral) to improve ad products
Aid in our transition to a more agile development process
5+ years as a hands-on engineer solving hard scaling problems horizontally
3 years leading and building a team of engineers
Thorough knowledge of the Open Source content management platforms and deep familiarity with Drupal/Wordpress
Expert in PHP, MySQL, UI Frameworks and development tools
Good understanding of data caching strategies and working knowledge of Akamai tools
Deep familiarity with integration of video into desktop and mobile experiences
Experience integrating ad serving products and analytics/reporting tools into desktop and mobile experiences
Ability to work in a cross-functional team alongside other developers contributing to the same code base library
Experience working with both Agile and Waterfall development processes
Very strong interpersonal skills; must be able to demonstrate an ability to work well with other non-technical members of the product team
Must successfully pass a background check

Knowledge of advertising concepts (traditional and/or online)
Deep experience with video
Knowledge of online publishing environments
Familiarity with AGILE product development lifecycle

In addition, CBS will be guided by applicable federal, state and local laws when considering for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories.

EEO Statement:
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled
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