Director, Platform Engineering

Ref#: 29706
CBS Business Unit: CBS Interactive
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Job Location: Burbank, CA, US

About Us:

CBS Interactive is the premier online content network for information and online operations of CBS Corporation as well as some of the top native digital brands in the entertainment industry. Our brands dive deep into the things people care about across entertainment, technology, news, games, business and sports. With over 1 billion users visiting our properties every quarter, we are a global top 10 web property and one of the largest premium content networks online. 

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Division Overview:
Based in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Louisville, Kentucky, our small, but enthusiastic, media brand teams work within the portfolio of CBS Interactive to deliver highly engaging and innovative consumer facing products across the landscape of digital platforms including Desktop, Mobile, and Connected Devices. Our diverse blend includes TVGuide, Download, Chowhound, Metacritic,, Metrolyrics and

Role Details:
As a Director of Platform Engineering, on a growing and geographically diverse development team, you employ your deep coding and technical leadership skills in this critical role, providing architectural direction building RESTful APIs and Services driving a variety of media brand sites, mobile apps, connected devices, responsive publishing platforms and third-party syndication/integration efforts. This is a fantastic opportunity to help solve complex but interesting scalability, performance and availability challenges for products consumed by millions of users each day! You will have the opportunity to work with a suite of great technologies and in a highly collaborative environment. This is a hands-on leadership role.

Your Day-to-Day:
  • Provide technical/software development leadership and architectural guidance.
  • Be a hands-on technical leader across multiple AGILE teams.
  • Work closely with Product Managers and Technical Teams to understand the needs of tens of millions of users.
  • Define outstanding digital solutions for new and existing systems; designing RESTful APIs, test platforms and ensuring systems are robust.
  • Work in a fast-paced AGILE environment. This should be second nature (TDD, SCRUM, Kanban, etc.) with evolutionary architecture and prototyping, experience with various databases and configuration/deployment/testing solutions.
  • Lead the rapid development of user-driven prototypes to identify technical options and inform architectural approaches.
  • Work with other Technical Architects as you build a continuous delivery and improvement cycle, learning from the wider web development community and sharing knowledge of tools and techniques with technical and non-technical team members across the organization.
  • Perform hands-on participation in team coding, developing interfaces for web applications, services and future technology.
  • Review developers' code, provide feedback, and develop team knowledge.
  • Collaborate with technical and business resources, gathering and documenting requirements and formulating action plans.
  • Provide direction for other technical resources, including leadership on multiple large projects.
  • Present designs and plans to executive management.
  • Choose the best technology for specific efforts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate possesses the highest level of experience in application development, software engineering, and application architecture. We are ideally looking for these skills and experiences:

  • BS/MS in Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent experience
  • Deep and broad software development experience
  • Wide experience in many languages and technologies
  • 7-10 years of team leadership and managing engineering teams in a fast-paced, AGILE environment.
  • Excellence in problem solving, strategic thinking, and working in a team-oriented environment
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to excel in a team oriented environment
  • Experience mentoring developers
  • Experience developing and using web based APIs
  • Experience with open source solutions, using and deploying on cloud based platforms
  • Experience of defining end-to-end architectural solutions with large-scale enterprise, ideally involving online digital services.
  • Deep understanding of current web technologies and trends, including Ruby, Java, PHP, Linux, RESTful APIs, Relational & NoSQL Datastores(MySQL, MongoDB), among others.

You might also have:
  • Good understanding of server and cloud computing technologies from providers such as AWS and Rackspace
  • Experience with Git/GitHub or similar DVCS
  • Experience in building very high traffic web assets
  • Any experience using Node.js, GOLang, Scala, Jenkins, Selenium, Python, Chef and Puppet Technologies. 

EEO Statement:

CBS Interactive is an Equal Opportunity Employer. CBS Interactive provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or status as a veteran. CBS Interactive complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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