Director of Software Engineering - Search Systems
Ask.com - Oakland, CA

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You will be challenged with leading a team of talented engineers tasked with building next generation search systems. These mission critical systems leverage highly distributed techniques to deliver and scale quality content to users of Ask.com.

This highly visible role will be responsible for managing the architecture, integration and deployment of high-performance software development. This vital position will also be responsible for the optimizing the performance of multiple high-growth teams within our organization.

Primary Responsibilities

Software Product Development

Lead, architect and manage strategy, roadmap and development of a collection of high performance engineering teams.

Leverage and optimize existing technologies (for core competencies) and best-of-breed external products and services (for efficiency).

Deliver innovative solutions based on addressing complex problems within the business that are both future-facing and retrospective.

Lead, coach and passionately teach best practice skills and habits in furtherance of a coherent and transparent product-oriented roadmap whereby software developers and the business clearly understand the "why" and the "what" that must be built.

Staff Development & Management

Manage the career development of direct reports. This includes mentoring Junior and Senior Software Engineers that are both management track or programming track focused. It also includes championing standard Agile and pragmatic practices across all of the development teams.

Manage the assignment of software engineers to internal client teams as needed, balancing FTEs with contractors and outsourced project developers, and with an eye on long-term continuity for any given team.

Required Experience

Experience and passion for managing teams

Emphasis on distributed systems and systems development

Experience and passion for open source software (Lucene, SOLR, Hadoop, Hbase)

Great project management skills

Excellent technical and programming skills (Java)

B.S./M.S. in Computer Science

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Ask and you shall receive, especially when it comes to the Internet. Ask.com (formerly Ask Jeeves) operates an online question-and-answer...