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  Director, Engineering
Industry: Digital Job Posted: 4/7/2017
Location: West Region Job Status: Full Time
Experience Level: TBD

Job Description:

The CBS Television Distribution group at CBS Interactive creates video-based desktop, mobile, and app experiences for our syndicated television brands, including: Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Rachael Ray, Doctor Phil, and The Doctors. The team works across broadcast and digital to deliver premium video, social, and mobile experiences.

As we expand our business, we need a development visionary that can help lead the way. Our ideal Director of Development isnít afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. You understand what it takes to build products that keep fans coming back for more. Your mind shifts seamlessly between web, mobile, apps, and devices. You weave social into the fabric of your solutions. Your head is in the cloud, your arms are around distributed frameworks, and your toes tap to an agile beat. Your personality leads you to obsess over details until you get a deliverable just right. Your passion inspires your co-workers and pushes their limits to deliver excellence. You love the idea of working on a distributed team of ninjas to create new businesses.


Manage CMS platform development to deliver new functionalities according to the underlying business objectives

Responsible for customizing and configuring the content management system (CMS) and supporting the content creation/editorial publishing workflow, including video CMS.

Attract and retain top engineering talent

Work closely with the Product team to implement new features and functionality that enhance the user experience

Manage internal development resources and third-party vendors through the product lifecycle from design to development, testing, release and support

In a fast-moving and dynamic space, generate and evangelize new ideas based on technology trends and advancements in video, social, and mobile

Lead migration from server-based to cloud-based architecture

Rebuild existing integrated systems with distributed micro-service systems

Coordinate with CBSi central teams to reconcile work for shared resources. This includes, but is not limited to, systems engineering, infrastructure, and database operations personnel.

Identify, evaluate and benchmark potential technology vendors

Manage technical details of video delivery and distribution, including integration into websites, mobile apps, emerging platforms and partner sites

Facilitate product integrations with shared CBSi technology platforms, such as user data capture (social and behavioral) to improve ad products

Aid in our transition to a more agile development process


5+ years as a hands-on engineer solving hard scaling problems horizontally

3 years leading and building a team of engineers

Thorough knowledge of the Open Source content management platforms and deep familiarity with Drupal/Wordpress

Expert in PHP, MySQL, UI Frameworks and development tools

Good understanding of data caching strategies and working knowledge of Akamai tools

Deep familiarity with integration of video into desktop and mobile experiences

Experience integrating ad serving products and analytics/reporting tools into desktop and mobile experiences

Ability to work in a cross-functional team alongside other developers contributing to the same code base library

Experience working with both Agile and Waterfall development processes

Very strong interpersonal skills; must be able to demonstrate an ability to work well with other non-technical members of the product team

Must successfully pass a background check


Knowledge of advertising concepts (traditional and/or online)

Deep experience with video

Knowledge of online publishing environments

Familiarity with AGILE product development lifecycle

In addition, CBS will be guided by applicable federal, state and local laws when considering for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories.



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