Director, Software Development

Washington, DC
Nov 14, 2022
Mar 17, 2023
Executive, Director
Full Time
Job Description

Owned by Jeff Bezos, Arc XP ( is a state-of-the-art digital experience platform engineered to meet the demands of enterprise brands and media and entertainment companies around the world. An integrated ecosystem of cloud-based tools, Arc helps create and distribute content, drive digital commerce, and deliver powerful multi-channel experiences to both internal and external audiences.Today, Arc powers more than 1,400 sites across 23 countries, reaching over 1.5 billion unique monthly visitors.

Built 100% on AWS, the Arc platform follows a microservice architecture. All of our software teams use devops to deliver and maintain products. Our processes are lightweight, which allows our teams to innovate quickly to bring new ideas to market. New features and products are deployed to our customer base every day.

As an Engineering Director, you will manage and lead multiple teams of engineers and own the technical direction of the product. The role will focus on Arc XP's Experience Platform and Products which allow customers to design, build, and deliver website experiences at a massive scale. You will be accountable tocritical tier 1 initiatives within the organization along with laser focus on innovation and operations. You will partner with product owners,software engineers,architects, and ArcXPclients to build a world-class,bleeding-edge set of services for Arc.

  • You,enjoy leading teams to create exceptional SaaS product experiences.
  • You enjoy working with cutting edge, cloud technologies to build solutions to the most important customer businesses challenges.
  • You desire a vital role in shaping, designing, and building a design system that will power news,broadcasters, media, commerce, and marketing websites around the globe, displaying in multiple languages.
  • You want to collaborate daily with an engineering team who is as passionate about solving technical challenges as you are
  • You want to work closely with developers to help build prototypes and refine working products.
  • You pride yourself on bringing positive energy to the team and want to help attract top talent to the organization.
  • You are motivated by difficult and unique design problems and enjoy the process around presenting, receiving feedback, and iterating.
  • You have an aptitude for simplifying and communicating complex idea.
  • You enjoy mentoring engineers and helping them build technical & managerial skills to be the next leaders.

  • Lead an organization of 5+ full stack product development teams comprised of software engineers that design, implement, instrument, test, deploy and support their own code.
  • Be responsible for the overall planning, execution, and success of complex technical projects
  • Partner with product organization to maintain healthy roadmaps.
  • Partner with the VP of Technology and Product to develop strategy & executive presentations.
  • Set organization goals for technology, operations and staffing.
  • Achieve goals by coaching team members daily and conducting performance reviews following the company process.
  • Implement a technical strategy that ensures future success of your products and teams.
  • Partner with sales, account management and professional services organizations to enable healthy and productive client relationships.
  • Partner with support teams to ensure excellent production support.
  • Partner with the recruiting team to attract and retain high-quality and diverse talent.
  • Contribute to financial planning and achieve budget objectives.
  • Maintain relationships with existing vendors and identify new partnership opportunities that will help the company to grow.
  • Achieve security and regulatory compliance objectives for your products and teams.
  • Implement a technical strategy that ensures future success of your products and teams.

  • A successful candidate should have:
  • BA/BS in Computer Science or related technical field or equivalent practical experience.
  • 10+ years of architecting & building products from pre-launch through maturity with a focus onSaaS or cloud based applications
  • 5 + years experience directly managing other engineering leaders & software engineers.
  • Experience working in a global business with employees and customers in multiple time zones.
  • Strong knowledge of DevOps and cloud infrastructure services (AWS preferred)
  • Hands-on skills in one or more object-oriented programming languages (Java/J2EE preferred)
  • Knowledge of Java, React, REST,Service Oriented Architecture,Databases,Kafka andDevOpstool chains is a plus
  • Experienced in building full-stack web-based, distributed, multi-tenant, and multi-tier applications using java and javascript with emphasis on costs, time and impact.
  • Experience setting goals for engineering teams, performing coaching for improvement and performing structured performance evaluations.Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience managing budgets or a cost center.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills


Wherever you are in your life or career, The Washington Post offers comprehensive and inclusive benefits for every step of your journey:

  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Company-paid pension and 401(k) match
  • Three weeks of vacation and up to three weeks of paid sick leave
  • Nine paid holidays and two personal days
  • 20 weeks paid parental leave for any new parent
  • Robust mental health resources
  • Backup care and caregiver concierge services
  • Gender affirming services
  • Pet insurance
  • Free Post digital subscription
  • Leadership and career development program

Benefits may vary based on the job, full-time or part-time schedule, location, and collectively bargained status

The Washington Post includes salary ranges for certain positions to comply with local pay transparency laws. The salary range for this position is:
$169,100.00 - $281,900.00

The actual salary within this range will depend on individual skills, experience, and qualifications as they relate to specific job requirements. This position may be eligible for a bonus or incentive program, and a member of the Talent Acquisition team will discuss bonus payment terms and conditions during the interview process.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

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