VP Platforms & Engineering

Innovative Berlin based Internet company is looking for a: 

VP Platforms & Engineering (m/f) 

Our client is a pioneer when it comes to innovative solutions. With its data-driven platform, the Berlin based company has been successfully bringing advertisers and media together since 2008.Our client employs over 185 people and offers its solutions on five continents. 

 

You are a passionate mentor managing and motivating a team of >45 international developers, data engineers and platforms managers. As a valued part of our clients Leadership team, you are working closely with all key stakeholders to drive forward the company in a phase of strong international growth and expansion into multiple new markets. You have valuable experience in a fast-paced environment by leading complex projects and teams using agile methods. You will be responsible for establishing the company’s technical vision and strategy. The position is based in Berlin. 

 

Your responsibilities: 

* Leading the technology vision & strategy to allow our client to deliver on its aggressive revenue growth targets, especially internationally. 

* Roll-out in new markets regardless of each market specificities when it comes to: 

* Direct publisher inventory secured by our client vs inventory purchased on open exchanges 

* Fully integrated tech stack vs component stack including third parties like AppNexus 

* Dedicated operational headcounts vs shared resources with Xaxis & Light Reaction 

* Market sophistication in terms of programmatic adoption and data & analytics needs 

* Representing externally at panels, meetups and global events 

* Ensuring proper resourcing and prioritization of all technical developments to ensure unique real-time recommendation technology, products, software and server infrastructure remain market leading and delight both advertisers and publishers 

* Designing the proper Build / Buy / Partner evaluation framework to help the Leadership team make the proper decisions short term and long term for every part of the technology stack. 

* Monitoring the market, identifying relevant technology trends and opportunities for innovation as well as interesting M&A targets. 

* Liaising with the relevant stakeholders at Xaxis & GroupM to ensure that we leverage efficiencies & synergies whenever possible between tech investment across our clients, Light Reaction, Xaxis & GroupM 

* Successfully complete a two way / Turbine integration 

* Put in place the proper QA processes to ensure new products, technology and market launches go smoothly 

* Providing ongoing motivation, mentorship and inspiration for the technical team. 

* Maintain a culture of excellence & innovation to attract the best & brightest in the industry. 

* Overseeing various technology project, tech & product releases and ensure things get shipped on time. 

* Communicating the company’s technology strategy to partners within Xaxis, GroupM as well as clients and other stakeholders 

* Functioning as the primary interface between tech departments and leadership team 

 

Your profile: 

* 8+ years experience in (programmatic) advertising 

* Strong presence in business panels and events representing the company 

* Previously achieved remarkable results in implementing highly scalable web technologies or data intensive systems 

* Passionate about cutting edge technologies, agile development methods (Scrum, Kanban) and Engineering Cultural 

* Excellent communication, collaboration and leadership skills 

* Excellent written and spoken English language skills 

* Ideally a University degree in natural or computer sciences or related field 

* Technical knowledge, particularly in the areas of Data Engineering (Scala, Spark, R), Frontend (Responsive Web design in HTML 5 / CSS 3), Backend (PHP), Frameworks (CakePHP, AngularJS) and different databases (MySQL and NoSQL such as Redis and Lucene) 

* Strong understanding of our key algorithms Collaborative Filtering as well as Behavioural & Semantic Targeting 

 

Our offer: 

* A committed and friendly team that is passionate about technology and media 

* Fast decision-making processes and an open company culture 

* Organizational mindfulness and a sustainable management 

* Healthy team lunch, beverages and fresh fruit daily 

* Company sports such as yoga & cross fit 

* A family-friendly company with its own company daycare 

* Company events and trips 

* Great office in the heart of Berlin-Mitte with lots of space for creative work 

* Excellent development and career opportunities 

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