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Senior Director, Technology

United States - Washington - Seattle

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Senior Director, Technology – Media Solutions

As part of the Expedia Group Media Solutions Technology team, we build elite performance advertising products across our global family of brands to boost the visibility of our advertisers. You are a multifaceted, organized, self-starting technology leader and will lead an organization defining our next generation performance advertising platform. This role is responsible for all aspects of technicality, implementation, and operations of performance advertising. You will own our industry-leading TravelAds performance marketing ecosystem as well as the delivery of new, innovative visibility booster initiatives. You will apply platform thinking, building capabilities for a two-sided marketplace as well as tailored advertiser experience and the feedback loops to promote long-term marketplace health and efficiency. You will partner with other eCommerce technology leaders to define the architecture for the performance advertising auction and the integration with retail brands including how the sponsored content is delivered to our customers.

You will be at the helm of developing and deploying data-driven advertising performance product solutions. You will evolve our strategic vision; will partner with product to own our performance ad roadmap – creating solutions that are great for customers and advertisers, as well as all needed infrastructure to ensure optimal performance and scalability. As the Senior Director of Technology, you will be the senior most point of contact for the performance advertising product engineering team. The Senior Director of Technology plays a key role in building, leading and mentoring our growing engineering organization. As a key member of the technical leadership team, you will serve as a liaison to the larger EG Engineering community. The ideal candidate is one who has successfully led the development and delivery of complex products at scale; is passionate and knows how to get results; is driven to create and build; is operationally credible; possess a relentless focus on the customer; and can effectively build, inspire and lead teams.

Responsibilities

  • Hire and develop high quality engineering leaders while strengthening morale and cohesion across the teams
  • Partner with Strategy and Product teams to build the roadmap for platform evolution and product expansion
  • Provide high-level technical contributions to customer relationships and foster service-focused engineering environment
  • Collaborate with multi-functional teams to develop a comprehensive understanding of the key drivers and opportunities within the business
  • Handle priorities and clearly communicate expectations to department heads and the executive team
  • Provide comprehensive leadership collaborating with a variety of team members including working cross-functionally with the broader technology team at Expedia Group to drive common platforms and new services
  • Apply tools, methodologies and standard methodologies for the improvement of the product development process, and to facilitate simple fast and cloud-based releases
  • Ensure product architecture and implementation is maintainable and scalable to accommodate future development
  • Meet financial objectives by forecasting requirements; preparing an annual budget; scheduling expenditures; analyzing variances; initiating corrective actions

What you’ll do:

  • Hire and develop high quality engineering leaders while strengthening morale and cohesion across the teams
  • Partner with Strategy and Product teams to build the roadmap for platform evolution and product expansion
  • Provide high-level technical contributions to customer relationships and foster service-focused engineering environment
  • Collaborate with multi-functional teams to develop a comprehensive understanding of the key drivers and opportunities within the business
  • Handle priorities and clearly communicate expectations to department heads and the executive team
  • Provide comprehensive leadership collaborating with a variety of team members including working cross-functionally with the broader technology team at Expedia Group to drive common platforms and new services
  • Apply tools, methodologies and standard methodologies for the improvement of the product development process, and to facilitate simple fast and cloud-based releases
  • Ensure product architecture and implementation is maintainable and scalable to accommodate future development
  • Meet financial objectives by forecasting requirements; preparing an annual budget; scheduling expenditures; analyzing variances; initiating corrective actions

Who you are:

  • 12+ years of experience in software development with enterprise scale applications
  • Experience in ad platform or sponsored content preferred. E-Commerce background preferred.
  • Proven full stack and complex architectural experience including UI frameworks, Java, SQL and/or no-SQL databases, high-scale APIs, and big data processing
  • High degree of familiarity with Machine Learning concepts and Marketplace principles and demonstrated ability to apply these to improve business results
  • Deep knowledge of the various layers of a high-performance ecommerce technology stack
  • Led teams through fast paced development cycles; committed to automation, agile, lean-startup, continuous delivery approach
  • Demonstrated success defining and delivering against product roadmaps and establishing strong partnership with product counterparts
  • Able to work across organizational boundaries and matrixed reporting structures
  • Long-term and unwavering customer focus in order to build products which perform and can scale efficiently
  • Ability to fully understand business goals and metrics, turn data into insight, and translate requirements into actionable analysis
  • Able to present and communicate technical concepts in a clear and concise manner
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills, supported by excellent written and oral communication
  • Exhibit a strong work ethic and technical thought-leadership

People Leadership

  • Inspiring and approachable as a leader; Ability to motivate and inspire team to overcome challenges and focus on problem-solving
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, retain, engage and rotate superior talent
  • Create an environment where people can realize their full potential
  • Be humble and lead with open, candid relationships
  • Proven expertise in building, mentoring and achieving high performing teams
  • Passionate about engaging and developing talent; attract, develop, engage and retain talented individuals with a compelling, unifying vision that steers and motivates

Additional Competencies

  • Natural bar-raiser: curious and passionate, with a desire to continuously learn more, which you use to understand basic business operations and the organizational levers that drive profitable growth
  • Bias to action, being familiar with methods and approaches needed to get things done in a collaborative, lean and fast-moving environment
  • Respond effectively to complex and ambiguous problems and situations
  • Lead mostly with questions rather than opinions, thriving on the opportunity to own, innovate, create, and constantly re-evaluate
  • Comfortable making recommendations across competing and equally critical business needs
  • Simplify, clearly and succinctly convey complex information and ideas to individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Motivated by goal achievement and continuous improvement, with the enthusiasm and drive to motivate your team and the wider organization

Why join us:

Expedia Group recognizes our success is dependent on the success of our people.  We are a global travel platform, made up of the most knowledgeable, passionate, and creative people in our business.  Our brands recognize the power of travel to break down barriers and bring the world within reach – that responsibility inspires us to be the place where exceptional people want to do their best work, and to provide them the tools to do so.  

Whether you're applying to work in engineering or customer support, marketing or lodging supply, at Expedia Group we act as one team, working towards a common goal; to bring the world within reach.  We relentlessly strive for better, but not at the cost of the customer.  We act with humility and optimism, respecting ideas big and small.  We value diversity and voices of all volumes. We are a global organization but keep our feet on the ground so we can act fast and stay simple.  Our teams also have the chance to give back on a local level and make a difference through our corporate social responsibility program, Expedia Cares.

If you have a hunger to make a difference with one of the most loved brands in the world and to work in the dynamic travel industry, this is the job for you.

Our family of travel brands includes: Brand Expedia®, Hotels.com®, Expedia® Partner Solutions, Egencia®, trivago®, Vrbo®, Orbitz®, Travelocity®, Wotif®, ebookers®, CheapTickets®, Hotwire®, Expedia® Media Solutions, CarRentals.com™, Expedia Local Expert®, Expedia Cruises™ and SilverRail Technologies, Inc. For more information, visit www.expediagroup.com.

Expedia is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce.   All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. This employer participates in E-Verify. The employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.
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R-54923

Job Category
Technology Group

Job Function
Technology Management

Locations
United States - Washington - Seattle
United States - Illinois - Chicago

Job Type
Full-Time Regular

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