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About the Role

Cars Commerce builds solutions for automotive dealerships, manufacturers, and consumers. Our driving force is to deliver one platform to simplify everything about buying and selling cars.  Our platform enables dealerships and OEMs with innovative technical solutions and data-driven intelligence to better reach and influence ready-to-buy shoppers, increase inventory turn and gain market share.  To support the growth and tighter integration of our existing brands like Cars.com, Dealer Inspire, and AccuTrade we are seeking a Senior Leader for our expanding native cloud platform.

We’re looking for an experienced leader for our Director of Cloud Engineering.  This role is pivotal to leading a key part of the broader Platform strategy. Success in this role requires exceptional leadership, communication, and project management skills. You should have hands-on senior leadership experience, and a strong belief in transparency and accountability.  You have hands-on experience that has fueled your knowledge and experience on your journey into leadership. You have experience hiring and developing the skills and talents of others. You have led teams working in AWS to achieve reliable High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions. You have previous success in setting up and regulating AWS FinOps solutions. You have previous experience leading cloud infrastructure teams supporting high scale SaaS, Data Lake, and data as a service solutions. You care about what you do, and the people around you. Ownership is a key characteristic you inspire your teams to ingrain in their culture. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Computer Science, related degree, or equivalent practical experience
  • 10+ years of technical experience
  • 5+ years of progressive people management experience in cloud native technologies
  • Extensive experience working in Cloud Native environments, specifically AWS
  • Strong familiarity with AWS Well Architected Framework
  • Previous AWS Cloud architecture experience
  • Experience with multi-account systems architecture and best practices
  • Previous vendor contracts negotiation experience
  • Experience leading multiple teams, managing many levels of leaders and individual contributors
  • Experience with FinOps solutions and establishing related governance programs
  • Experience leading Cloud teams and projects in the Data space
  • Extensive experience using modern monitoring tools (Cloudwatch, DataDog, etc) and establishing metrics, monitoring, alarming, and dashboards 
  • Extensive experience managing change management practices, policies, and procedures
  • Ability to author documentation for all levels of stakeholders
  • Experience managing and establishing automated controls for 3rd party audits (SOX, SOC-II, etc)
  • Experience with Infrastructure as Code, DevOps, SRE concepts and best practices
  • Experience implementing software delivery process such as Agile across multiple teams or organizations
  • Hands-on experience with modern programming languages
  • Extensive experience building Cloud native Software solutions and platforms
  • Previous examples of success establishing incident and security response processes
  • Ability and willingness to manage ambiguity i.e., help shape solutions and prioritize deliverables to align with the Company’s vision.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong track record of delivering results and are able to effectively prioritize and manage multiple competing priorities with various business stakeholders
  • Experience leading Architecture/Principal level engineers
  • Experience working with AWS both at a technical delivery and business management level
  • Experience setting operational metrics and reporting 
  • Experience leading cloud cost optimization efforts
  • Experience leading cloud security and compliance efforts.

Responsibilities

  • Create and Communicate a Vision for how Cloud enables Product development and the Business to move quickly and efficiently
  • Lead a complex cloud infrastructure organization supporting core products, recent acquisitions, and legacy infrastructure systems
  • Lead by example to establish a culture of technical expertise and operational accountability
  • Sponsor and support cloud governance initiatives, establishing standards, cost monitoring, and security/compliance efforts
  • Identify and prioritize technical initiatives to align and integrate with business goals
  • Add transparency mechanisms for stakeholders into the priorities and activities of our Cloud organization
  • Solicit requirements from collaborators and foster excellent communication with stakeholders
  • Hire, coach, and manage diverse teams with varying skill sets and experience
  • Establish training standards and performance expectations for leaders and individual contributors
  • Be an ambassador of Cars Commerce's Core Values
  • On-call escalation participation as needed.

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