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Requisition Number 18-0544
Post Date 11/19/2018
Title Platform Team Lead
Organization Name Macmillan Learning
City Austin
State TX
Description Macmillan Learning is a division of the family-owned Holtzbrinck group of companies and is one of the leading educational technology companies. Through deep partnership with the world's best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and improve outcomes. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire student curiosity and measure progress. Macmillan Learning is comprised of renowned brands including Bedford/St. Martins, W.H. Freeman, Worth Publishers, Sapling Learning, Late Nite Labs, Hayden-McNeil, and Dynamic Books. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. The successful candidate for this position will become an employee of Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group, LLC, d/b/a Macmillan Learning.
Requirements

Do you have leadership capacity that is under-utilized in your current role? Perhaps you’re a senior developer looking to make the next leap in your career? Does the thought of surrounding yourself with mission-driven colleagues get you excited? If so, let’s talk about how we can apply your skills, where your career is headed, and how that all fits with the opportunity here at Macmillan Learning.

Why?

Our iClicker team is in need of strong Engineering leadership (people, process, technology) for our back-end services and architecture.

What? 

This is a player/coach Engineering management role, leading a team of back-end developers as we continue to build out the iClicker SaaS product. Both you and your team will be spread across multiple simultaneous feature development teams.

Some key responsibilities of this role:

  • Guidance of “the craft” for iClicker back-end development (best practices, tools, design patterns).
  • Coaching, mentoring and development of your team.
  • Making direct contributions to product/feature development.
  • In partnership with Engineering and Product leadership, blending technology into our product roadmap that supports short-term needs and fuels long-term vision.
  • Helping drive innovation through new uses of technology in key areas of product development.

Where?

This role will be located in our downtown Austin office.

How?

You’re the expert here, you tell us!

Who?

We are looking for someone...

  • With the technical “chops” to quickly earn the respect of the team
  • With experience keeping back-end services working at peak performance and tackling scalability challenges
  • Who insists on understanding the “why”
  • Who respectfully challenges those around her/him for better
  • Who will foster an environment characterized by high levels of accountability
  • Whose focus on “assumption of failure” renders Chaos Monkey ineffective
  • Who loves to take the initiative, actively exploring the “decision tree”
  • Who gets equal satisfaction leveraging off-the-shelf technology as building custom

Your experience should include many of the following:

  • 8+ years in software development
  • 2+ years serving in a team leadership/mentoring capacity
  • Working with distributed/remote teams
  • Managing services deployed in AWS
  • Technology
    • Java
    • Spring
    • Message queue technology (e.g. Redis, RabbitMQ, or the like)
    • MongoDB or PostgreSQL
    • Linux
  • SOA
  • REST APIs
  • JSON data modeling
  • Git (preferably GitHub) repository use and management
  • Write unit and integration testing contributing to our CI
  • Agile development practices CI / CD

Bonus points for...

  • Jenkins pipeline builds
  • Modern CI/CD
  • Kotlin
  • Automation experience (Selenium, Cucumber, etc)
  • Experience building and supporting multi-tenant SaaS products
  • AWS Certification
  • Kubernetes
  • Experience leveraging feature flagging

What’s in it for you?

  • A company mission focused on improving student outcomes.
  • A great deal of autonomy.
  • An environment rich with challenges, creating regular opportunities for you to evolve your career and extend your impact.
  • A forward-leaning product development team.
  • Full support and backing from the leadership team.
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