VP, Engineering
SmarterTravel - Charlestown, MA
VP, Engineering
        Job Summary: Smarter Travel Media, a Boston-based subsidiary of TripAdvisor, Inc. , is looking for an online technology and business leader who will establish STM’s technical vision and lead all product development. This role is key to our success as we aggressively continue to disrupt the online hotel booking market as well as the online travel search market. This technologist will play an integral role in the company’s strategic direction, development, and future growth. He/she will work closely with Smarter Travel Media senior executives reporting directly to STM’s General Manager. He/she will drive the technical map and the strategic vision for the Company, accelerate product innovation, and build and lead a world-class software development organization. In guiding the development of the next generation of platforms, he/she must focus on delivering product platforms that emphasize reliability, scalability, availability, and integration within the STM portfolio of products which include: Tingo.com, Sniqueaway.com, Bookingbuddy.com, Airfarewatchdog.com, Onetime.com and Smartertravel.com. He/she will also reinforce a culture of excellence in execution for Smarter Travel Media. He/she will define realistic targets and milestones, focus the engineering team, establish a high level of team participation and interaction, serve as mentor and coach, and implement world class design methodologies and processes that support product delivery including software development, release management, product testing, and product documentation. Specific Responsibilities include: • Lead, manage, and grow a 30+ member technical team including software engineers, QA, systems administrators, and business intelligence engineers who work across multiple platforms, products and technologies. • Manage and promote a highly agile development environment with release schedules ranging from daily to once per week working within both high growth/highly scalable e-commerce sites using Java/Tomcat as the underlying technology and scalable media sites in a LAMP environment. • Manage all software activities necessary to take design specifications from architecture to general production delivery. • Develop schedules, budgets, risk management plans, quality goals, and lead the team to successfully delivery of them. • Identify and drive improvements in the development process that facilitates quality, customer experience, schedule, and cost improvements. • Think strategically and operate tactically to drive and deliver on the technical vision. • Play a key overall company leadership role as part of the senior leadership team of STM. Qualifications Required: • A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Computer Science • A minimum of ten (10) years prior related management experience • Strong experience with agile software development techniques, developer driven testing, and highly automated test environments. • Experience with the design and development of e-commerce and media web sites. • Experience with a wide range of technologies including Java, Tomcat, PHP, MySQL, Apache, Ajax, JSON, and other web technologies. • Experience with large data sets using Hadoop and other NoSQL technologies • Exceptional problem solving skills with an eye towards delivering solutions quickly. • Strong understanding of object oriented design patterns and how they are used in software design • Previous experience leading the technical function for an online consumer brand • Exceptional leadership and mentoring skills • A demonstrated business mind-set and general management orientation • The capacity to set a strong vision for technology • Strong execution/implementation skills • Ability to communicate and work successfully across functions • Excellent decision making abilities • Experience successfully developing and mentoring engineers

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