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Director of Engineering

Company: Discovery Communications, Inc.
Location: Sammamish
Posted on: September 17, 2020

Job Description:

Company: Discovery Communications, LLC

Location: Bellevue

Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

Posted Date 2 days ago (6/15/2020 1:48 PM)

Requisition ID 26716

Location US-WA-Bellevue

Career Category Direct to Consumer (Tech)

Type Company Employee Full-Time

Position Summary About Discovery

Discovery, Inc. is the global leader in real life entertainment.We serve passionate fans with content that inspires, informs, andentertains, providing leadership across deeply loved and trustedbrands, such as Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, HGTV, FoodNetwork, and Travel Channel. Available in 220 countries andterritories and 50 languages, Discovery reaches viewers on allscreens and services, from free-to-air and pay-TV channels, todigital products and streaming services, to social and mobile-firstcontent and formats. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours oforiginal programming each year.

About Us

Discovery's Digital group is a well-funded start-up withinDiscovery, Inc. We are fast, nimble, and have fun developing new,innovative, and immersive digital products and content for iconicbrands. We are working at the crossroads of technology,entertainment, and every day utility. As content creators acrossthe digital ecosystem, we continuously leverage our technology tocreate immersive viewing and interactive experiences. We tellengaging stories to millions of viewers across the Internet everyday and bring new interactive experiences to life to not onlyentertain but improve the lives of our customers.

Position Summary

We are hiring a Director of Engineering in Bellevue, Washingtonto be the leader for the cross-platform player technology team.This team will be part of the Discovery global platform teamdeveloping a Direct to Consumer platform for customers acrossDiscovery’s wide array of direct-to-consumer products, acrossentertainment, food, home, auto, nature, and science. The diversityof users spread across 220 countries within the Discovery portfolioprovides a unique challenge to help develop a truly global crossplatform video player platform. The Director of Engineering will bean experienced engineering leader with extensive backgroundenabling teams & building solutions that delight the consumer.He/she will be the champion for consumer experience when it comesto video playback & player features and be a leader in advancingthe use of innovative technologies to solve consumer desires & painpoints & delight them in the act of video consumption.

This senior leader will partner closely with product teams,product management, Ad tech teams and design teams to build andmaintain a scalable cross device player platform and collaboratewith product teams to innovate on product specific or geographyspecific features. This senior leader will have strong attention todetail, in-depth analytical knowledge and understand & follow agilemethods; adapt to dynamic & changing environment and communicatewith simplicity & in timely manner. You will workcross-functionally with Product Managers, Engineers and Businessstakeholders to identify new opportunities, influence and alignpriorities and execute against roadmap to meet and exceedgoals.

An ideal candidate will be a creative thinker, result-driven andpassionate about consumer video experiences & drive innovation andproduce delightful experiences for our customers. This person willadvocate for data-driven decision making, have an insatiablecuriosity, love to invent and innovate to solve difficult problems,and obsess about their customers. The candidate will have a strongpoint of view but remain open-minded should evidence leadelsewhere. This senior leader takes end-to-end ownership of theirwork and consistently delivers results in a fast-paced environmentand envisions new models that help technology and business teamsbecome more efficient.

Responsibilities 1. Collaborate with product, design andtechnology teams to develop video playback experiences that delightusers across a wide spectrum of device platforms in use today &coming tomorrow.

2. Play a leading role in defining video playback experiencesfor digital products, balancing the technical performance of theproduct; establish best practices for enhancing QoE and partnerwith product management to implement and enhance analytics, Ad, QoE& other SDK’s as part of the player platform.

3. Be the expert on existing/emerging video player technologiesand techniques to enhance product roadmap and drive customerdelight. Have excellent understanding of device platformcapabilities & limitations and experience delivering excellentvideo quality.

4. Communicate effectively and in timely manner across differentlevels ranging from engineers to executives, and enabledecision-making through use of data, intuition & analyticalmethods.

5. Proactively identify risks and issues and drive effectiveresolution by engaging different teams across the organization,actively manage dependencies and mitigate resource constraints.

6. You influence teams and groups outside your widerorganization with your deep insight and strategic thinking.

7. You have demonstrated the ability to make great hiringdecisions as is evidenced by the performance of engineers andmanagers on your team, and you are able to retain and develop thebest engineers and managers.

8. Collaborate with product managers, designers, engineers, onuser stories, prioritization, and sprint planning, demos, andretrospectives to develop model-based solutions for productinitiatives and launches.

9. Support the hiring and development of other engineeringleaders, developers and other technical professionals, helping themenhance their skills, while supporting a fun and engagingculture.

Requirements * Minimum of 10+ years of proven experience inengineering leadership in technology environment.

* Strong understanding of video technologies with specificexperience in video player development.

* Experience in codecs, streaming technologies and/or Ad techstrongly desired

* Proven experience embracing open source or native platformcapabilities in developing solutions that delight customers

* Drive incremental improvements in ambiguous situations and ina fast paced and matrixed organization.

* Strong written and verbal communication skills. Caneffectively communicate vision and plan with audience.

* Experience in working across product, engineering, andanalytics teams to evaluate new ideas, discuss technical concepts,create scalable designs, implement new models, and make tradeoffsto remove roadblocks.

* Master’s degree in computer science or technical field(engineering, electrical, statistics, etc.) is required.

* Must have the legal right to work in the United States

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Discovery Communications, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.Discovery is committed to being an employer of choice, not just agood place to work, but a great and inclusive place to work. Tothat end, we strive to recruit and maintain a workforce thatmeaningfully represents the diverse and culturally rich communitiesthat we serve. Qualified applicants will receive consideration foremployment without regard to their race, color, religion, nationalorigin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteranstatus or disabled status or, genetic information.

We will consider for employment all qualified applicants,including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistentwith the requirements of applicable state and local laws, includingbut not limited to all local Fair Chance Ordinances. EEO is theLaw

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