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VP - Digital Technology

at Discovery Communications, LLC

Posted: 8/3/2019
Job Reference #: 23000

Job Description

  • Posted Date3 months ago(5/10/2019 10:41 AM)
    Requisition ID
    US-NY-New York City
    Career Category
    IT & Technical Operations
    Company Employee Full-Time
  • Position Summary

    As VP of Technology in Discovery’s digital team you will lead, manage, and inspire engineering teams developing next-generation multiplatform video streaming & content solutions for our new global, factual product. You’ll help the team fulfil technical, operational, and business requirements by putting yourself in the trenches & acting as a technology partner for the P&L leaders.

    You will be a key member of a team that leverages Agile processes for product development & an organizational structure that creates a collaborative culture by leveraging cross-functional team members that have end-to-end responsibility for product delivery.


    1. Develop an Architectural blueprint that encompasses front-end JavaScript based single page applications (spa) & reactive programming, device specific applications, a cloud based Content Management System, cloud infrastructure that auto-scales and self-heals & world class QA that leverages automation & strives for zero defects.
    2. Lead Architecture & development of REST based Content Entitlement services that are consumed by a cross-section of consumer devices – iOS, TvOS, Android, Roku, PlayStation, HTC, Oculus, Google Daydream etc. – as well as websites and 3rd parties.
    3. Envision & lead development of frameworks, libraries & documentation that facilitate rapid development & reuse.
    4. Ensure Five 9’s availability of all services – infrastructure, streaming and software.
    5. Integrate ad solutions (VPAID, VAST) and strive to innovate new formats (targeted - Contextual & personal) & techniques (server side ad insertion, dynamic ad replacement) to ensure content monetization.
    6. Provide Level of Effort (LOE) for organic solutions & undertake diligence of 3rd party products / services.
    7. Champion engineering and operational excellence, establishing metrics and processes that drive velocity, adaptability & revenue.
    8. Help build, lead & mentor great software teams to deliver world-class consumer products.
    9. Drive an excellent customer experience, continually raising the bar on functionality, usability, and simplicity.


    * You measure success in terms of performance & scale of your engineering solutions and not your team size and budget.
    * You strive in a culture of innovation - willing to say yes and try out new ideas and living outside your comfort zone.
    * You are comfortable handling multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
    * Deep understanding of how culture and team dynamics create exceptional teams.

    * BS/MS in Computer Science or a related technical field.
    * 10+ years of professional experience architecting, developing, and launching software products and/or services.
    * 4+ years of experience managing successful engineering teams including hiring and performance management.
    * Expertise in problem solving and analysing global scale distributed systems.
    * High proficiency & technical leadership in JavaScript, PHP, JAVA, MySQL, Graph DB.
    * Working knowledge of caching technologies and patterns (e.g., Memcache, Redis, CDNs) and other related application scaling techniques.
    * Knowledge of Video compression, packaging and streaming technologies.
    * Must have authorization to work in the United States.

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