At KinderCare Education, we make it our passion to nurture a sense of discovery, joy, and wonder in every child, every day, at every one of our centers. As the nation’s leading private provider in accredited early childhood education, we’re committed to delivering the highest-quality child care and educational opportunities for families and the dedicated professionals who serve them.
We see the greatness in each child, and we believe teachers can change the world. Every day, our more than 33,000 employees create a world of learning, joy, and adventure for more than 158,000 children. Whether you’re in one of our centers or providing support from our headquarters in Portland, Oregon, being a part of the KinderCare family means that you care deeply about positively impacting the lives of children and families through the power of education.
KinderCare Education has three brands to meet the needs of busy families wherever they need us\:
We’re in neighborhoods with our KinderCare Learning Centers that offer early childhood education and care for children 6 weeks to 12 years old
We’re at offices with KinderCare Education at Work , our suite of family-focused benefits for organizations to offer to their employees, including on-site and near-site early learning centers, Back-up Care for last-minute child care and Care Select
And we’re at schools with our Champions before and after school programs
The Director, Digital Engineering is a critical leader supporting KinderCare’s digital transformation. This position serves a pivotal technical and leadership role within the digital transformation effort that we’re embarking upon. A successful leader in this role will be responsible for leading internal and external teams to d
esign, develop and support technical solutions based on business needs and standard architecture organized around the Scale Agile Framework Development and Continuous Integration methodologies that deliver business value. The team’s overarching priority is to maximize the benefits of digital engineering across the lifecycle of a project from concept through design, manufacture, assembly and operation.
This position requires a blend of advanced digital expertise, strong partnership with Marketing teams, and an advanced appreciation for driving business results through technology to build new responsive Web and mobile solutions/platforms. The position requires a fundamental understanding of Marketing Automation to integrate and optimize marketing channels, drive Search Engine Optimization, customer segmentation, campaign management, and other analytics.
Key responsibilities include\:
Lead the Digital Engineering team to execute innovative designs in application development
Contribute creatively to the design and development process
Outstanding technical leadership; able to coordinate and direct all phases of product-based efforts while developing and guiding the teams.
Work with Product Owners, Business Owners, and SCRUM Masters to ensure Product Development Streams are properly resourced from an engineering perspective.
Lead both internal and external engineering teams in multiple time zones.
Make technical recommendations related to macro and micro architecture. Conduct code reviews and technical reviews of documentation to ensure code is optimized for performance, speed, and accuracy. Ensure highest product quality by working closely with Quality Assurance team specifically on automated testing efforts. Execute on governance and performance optimization strategies.
Deliver bespoke applications that utilize advanced techniques and is portable across platforms / devices
Research emerging technologies and work with Senior Leadership to make recommendations to the business with the goal of applying these technologies to current and future projects
Contribute to various advanced technology initiatives from time to time.
Responsible for leading internal and external teams to build, maintain, and enhance KinderCare’s web presence; includes new site design, optimization, and a variety of family facing functionality to support our enrollment goals
Incredibly strong partnership with Marketing resources to bring their vision alive through technology
Strong understanding of KinderCare’s family enrollment and retention goals and how to translate that into relevant technology
Provide direction and managerial support to a web development team of internal and external resources
Work closely with other IT and business leaders to consider all connections between applications, infrastructure, operations and data management
Communicate effectively with the application team, peers, managers, and stakeholders
Provide timely support on production applications issues
Key desired skills and experience\:
10 years of related experience required, including 5 years of web development, and 3-5 years of supervisory experience
Demonstrated expertise in strong relationship building and communication skills
Proven track record of successfully leading and managing employees, managing performance, setting goals for team/individuals and mentoring
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science preferred Solid understanding in Service-Oriented Architecture and Distributed Architecture and knowledge of Microservices Architecture and Containerization methods
Experience in delivering public cloud, preferably AWS solutions
Experience with Scale Agile Framework methodology
Assisted in integration architecture, designing and development of various distributed applications
Experience in interacting with business development group for product requirements
Experience in handling production support issues, providing time estimates and resolutions
Experience in guiding development team to follow standards and procedures.
Contribution to various Open source Projects
Strong desire and experience in evaluating Open Source Frameworks
Experience in integrating different applications based on the design
Extensive experience in Requirement Analysis and Design
Quick learner with great desire to master new technologies
Strong experience in developing integrations for other divisions to leverage and take advantage of TPaaS services capabilities avoiding reimplementation of the same
Extensive expertise in .Net, Java, Python, WSO2 Identity Server, API Manager, ESB, NoSQL\: MongoDB, Redis, Web-services\: CXF, REST, JMS, JMX, SNMP
Extensive experience in Marketing automation including driving SEO, channel and campaign management, social media platforms, and other performance analytics
Good Analytical, Presentation and Communication skills
Position requires a high degree of adaptability. Incumbent will be faced with a variety of issues on a day to day basis and will be expected to respond to these issues appropriately while dealing with multiple priorities and task assignments.
KinderCare Education is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.