AKQA: Technical Manager

Posted by | February 23, 2011 | Web Professional Jobs Blog

Location: New York, NY 10014

URL: www.akqa

AKQA is a global interactive agency that uses innovative ideas and technology to deliver results for the world’s leading brands.  For more than a decade, AKQA has been recognized as a pioneer and innovator, providing marketing, digital product design and e-commerce solutions to clients.  Our global staff of close to 1000 people is located in seven offices including San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C., London, Amsterdam, Shanghai and Berlin.
AKQA’s objective has never been to be “bigger” than anyone else.  Just better.  Whether it’s the ideas we generate or our world-class implementations, this objective makes us focus on what’s important: the quality of our solutions.  We want the best talent of the most rewarding and challenging jobs anywhere.
AKQA delivers projects using cross function teams of Strategy, Creative and Technology. A Technical Manager leads a technology team for multiple clients.  This covers the full lifecycle of a services based engagement, from defining and selling the technical approach through implementation, QA and post-implementation support.  This is a central role leading the delivery of major digital assets for some of the world’s leading brands and building technical relationships with clients.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Client Facing Focus
A Technical Manager must have exceptional communication and presentation skills with the ability to translate complex technical approaches to marketing clients while communicating as an IT professional to our clients’ IT and Technical Architecture teams.  Experience pitching ideas and generating new business within existing client accounts is desirable.
Collaborative Working Style
An additional focus of the role is to work with our Creative and Strategy leads to formulate and execute ideas in a highly innovative market.  In this environment, a Technical Manager needs to highlight technology enabled ideas and identify ways to achieve the creative vision in a pragmatic and effective way.
Software Development Experience
The candidate will come from an IT development or architecture background.  The role requires strong knowledge of Internet Systems Architecture, as well as approaches to Content Management and e-Commerce.  The role requires hands-on involvement in implementation.
A Technical Manager works with project and client teams to estimate and structure a development approach that will enable the development team to execute end-to-end projects, assuring delivery on time, on budget and with the highest level of quality.  They will need to liaise closely with the clients’ IT teams to analyze and meet their requirements.
Required Experience
· IT related degree and 6+ years experience – Agency or Consultancy experience is a plus
· Experience leading technical teams of 2-12 people
  o Strong evidence of ability to direct, coordinate, motivate and inspire others to accomplish work
  o Ability to assign and delegate work to others
  o Ability to instruct and monitor the work of others
· Excellent presentation and communication skills
· Excellent organizational skills with the ability to effectively multi-task across clients/projects
· Detailed knowledge of Software Development life-cycles, including agile methods
· Ability to be hands-on in the development of Internet Systems
· A development background with technical skills in UML, Java, database design, SQL and XML
· Experience implementing Content Management and E-Commerce systems
· Strong knowledge of front-end web development technologies including XHTML, CSS, JavaScript and AJAX
· Familiar with server-side design considerations specific to AJAX or Flash at the presentation layer
AKQA is an equal opportunity employer and all employment decisions are made on the basis of valid job qualifications regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, physical handicap or veteran status.

To apply: Please send your resume as a Word Document or PDF attachment: NYJobs@akqa.com

When responding to this ad, type “Technical Manager” and your name on the subject line.

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