Wieden+Kennedy: Creative Technology Lead

Posted by | July 10, 2012 | Web Pro Job Tips

Location: Po

URL: http://www.wk.com

General Position Summary

Wieden+Kennedy believes that each team member makes
a significant contribution to our success. 
That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities
outlined in a job description. 
Therefore, this job description is designed to outline primary duties,
qualifications and job scope, but not limit the employee or the organization to
just the work identified. It is our expectation that each team member will
offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of
our endeavors and to pursue individual career growth.
 
The Lead
Technical Engineer drives and develops the technical architecture, technical
client relationships and development life cycle of digital work. This position
establishes standards and best practices for the digital group. This position
is responsible for representing technology through all phases of a project and
for ensuring that all technology deliverables are of the highest quality.  

Major
Responsibilities/Primary Functions

Has direct responsibility for
application development and integrations overseeing a staff that includes programmer-analysts
and designers (UEX)

Establishes and
modifies procedures for defining development practices, documenting the overall
architecture, and maintaining quality and accuracy in the development process; establishes methods for effective code review, site
building and quality assurance. Ensures adoption of same by the team
Applies best practices for efficient and effective digital publishing and
application development; looks for
opportunities to streamline and fully utilize current and new technology
solutions
Educates agency about new or
innovative technologies available to meet business needs
Works closely with the digital manager and executive producers to ensure
projects are delivered on time, to a strong level of quality and with
expectations of high load tolerance and uptime; maintains
an inclusive process that empowers entire digital team to contribute to
final results
Identifies areas that
require attention and works with the Digital Manager to ensure time and
resources are dedicated to continually improving our situation and reducing
areas of concern
Provides leadership
and professional development of team members
Ensures accurate and
updated documentation for the systems and software under the team’s control
Instills a culture of
accountability and reliability among members of the team
Works with all groups
in the digital department to solve the problems and accomplish the objectives
of user communities in a timely fashion; effectively communicates the status of
key initiatives and proactively manages customer expectations
Keeps the digital
manager and executive producers fully informed on problems and progress; closes
loops within and outside the department as problems are addressed and progress
is made; works with vendors to achieve results
Stays current on
relevant technology and conducts necessary research and development testing to
assess emerging technology options.
Stays on top of
digital systems and applications issues and helps pursue resolution. In crisis,
assists the operations tech lead in pulling together resources to explore
alternatives in keeping with conditions and the expectation of 24×7 site
availability.
Is responsive to the
needs of the business communities with a focus on providing the utmost customer
service
Manage projects as
assigned
 
Qualifications, Distinguishing Characteristics and
Special Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Digital Media or closely related
subject preferred
 
4-5 years experience with major development
platforms (e.g. Java, LAMP, Python/Django, .NET, Flash/Flex, Oracle, MySQL),
n-tier architecture and services-oriented architectures
Direct experience with CMS applications and workflows (e.g.
TeamSite, Drupal)
Strong experience with common front end tools (e.g. Flash, HTML,
CSS, DHTML, JavaScript)
 
Strong experience with backend technologies (e.g. PHP, Python,
AP, VBScript, ASP.Net, Perl)
 
Strong experience with server technologies, (e.g. UNIX,
Windows Server)
Experience with mobile site and application development
Experience with jQuery
Knowledge of web analytics (e.g. Omniture, WebTrends, Google Analytics)
Agency and team management experience required
Creative problem solving skills, written and verbal communications skills
required
Experience
in successfully managing simultaneous projects
Thorough understanding of basic application architectures and
principles of web production and development
 
Experience creating and consuming web services
 
Experience with methods of information architecture in
website/application design
 
Understanding of web analytics and experience with analytic
platforms (e.g. WebTrends, Omniture, Google Analytics)
 
Experience with vendors, including web hosting companies and
technology consultants
 
Must be able to use appropriate terminologies and
language to accurately convey changes or direction in concept or design,
including to and from non-technical staff
 
Deadline-oriented and understands the need to
balance the digital team’s procedures with agency’s needs and abilities
 
Ability to work on multiple projects and
prioritize and delegate tasks for each
 
Ability to interact and collaborate with other
departments within the agency to solve problems
 
A demonstrated track record of gaining trust and respect by
consistently demonstrating sound creative, strategic, and analytical thinking
skills, while maintaining composure in stressful situations
 
Exceptional initiative and attention to detail
 
Some evening
and weekend work required as necessary
 
 
 

To apply: http://www.wk.com/jobs/portland/technology

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