Engineering Manager

Company Description

We spend a great deal of our time online. Whether it’s for information, commerce, or entertainment, each of us has come to depend on what we research, discover, and share. Publishers – those who create and curate content – are what makes the Internet great. Yet these publishers practice their craft largely alone, in siloes – without reference points or insightful understanding about where they sit in the grand scheme of things. To add to the challenge, once a Publisher’s content is in the wild, then the task of building engagement, growing a loyal following and enriching the engagement with that following can sometimes feel like shots in the dark or worse, a black box. Moreover, making money from their craft can be a complex task for any independent publisher who might prioritize generating content first and money second.

Sovrn believes that independent publishers are the Internet's vibrancy. As a partner and advocate to tens of thousands of independent publishers, Sovrn provides tools, technologies and services that help publishers (a) make money; (b) get distribution to grow their audience; and (c) access a massive data commons providing extraordinary insights.

The landscape of content networks, adtech vendors, and the myriad of buy-side / sell-side companies can be a complete maze for any reasonable person to decipher. Sovrn cuts through the noise and simplifies things with a basic, straightforward mission:

             Help content creators do more of what they want to do – and less of what they don’t.

Job Description

As a Software Engineering Manager, you will provide functional leadership/management for multiple vertically focused feature teams within the AdTech organization and partner with Team Leads and Product Owners to ensure successful and timely project delivery. This is a hands-on technical management position.


  • 10+ years' experience in software development environment
  • 5+ year’s experience managing/leading software development teams
  • B.S. in Computer Science, or equivalent work experience
  • Self driven with strong technical and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully managing people via project or functional leadership
  • Strong people leadership skills with strong collaboration and cross-discipline focus
  • Understanding of the software and product development process from design inputs through execution of the appropriate verification and validation tests
  • Project management experience, preferably SCRUM/Agile
  • Articulate; excellent written and verbal communication skills

Bonus Points

  • Advertising industry experience
  • Excellent downward, lateral, and upward communication skills
  • Experience managing teams that use the following technologies: Java, Javascript, PHP, Hive, Hadoop, MySQL, Kafka, Aerospike
  • Highly developed skill set in project leadership, including ability to balance risk, effectively lead diverse teams, and ownership of responsibility for outcomes

Position Reports to: Director, Engineering

Additional Information


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