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Index Exchange // global advertising marketplace
Engineering, Full Time    Kitchener-Waterloo    Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2021
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Index Exchange funds the open web.  Content & journalism across the internet is funded through advertising, & we are the engine that helps to make that happen transparently, safely & efficiently. Handling hundreds of billions of auctions per day within milliseconds requires an intense understanding of the exchange & the ecosystem that we live in.  Were looking for a Director of Engineering who can bring their depth & breadth of experience to help us continue to scale while maintaining high standards for efficiency & technical excellence.

This is a senior leadership position that requires strong technical context, a foundation in organizational design & process, but more than anything, leadership fundamentals that allow you to coach, guide & develop your leaders & your organization.  In this role youll empower your team to embrace end to end ownership of your products & systems, & work to define a clear vision & strategy for your team to execute on.

A successful leader in this role will develop a strong partnership with Product & Engineering leaders, work to establish a mutual roadmap that carves a path which delivers technical excellence & strong business outcomes.  They are experimental, data driven, know when to take risks & when to build a solid foundation.

We are a global technology company that connects the largest publishers & marketers across the globe through programmatic advertising. We ensure publishers are able to secure their bottom line so they can provide content to consumers & bring news & information to society at large. Our mission is to democratize digital advertising, all while helping marketers reach the audiences that matter most to them across digital channels. For over 20 years, IX has been known as the change agents of digital advertising innovators who help shape how our industry reacts to new challenges & shifts in the market. As a result, weve been able to partner with some of the most prominent players in the media industry including Hearst, Disney, & Meredith Corporation among many others.

Heres What We Want:

Leadership: We need someone who can help us grow.  That means hiring the right people, helping people grow both technically & personally, helping teams improve the way they work, creating a stronger & stronger sense of ownership at the individual & team level, mentoring more junior leaders & identifying & developing new leaders. We need you to have proven leadership ability & experience leading & managing multiple cross-functional teams & both individual contributors & first-line managers.

Technical: Youll have a passion for technology, experience developing systems at scale, on multiple tech stacks & love launching as much as you love delivering results. You also have experience driving the adoption of technical best practices & leading by example.

Communication: As a leader you need to provide consistent & steady feedback to your team both positive & constructively critical. You are transparent with your team, & work to keep stakeholders informed of progress & issues.

Agile Environment: You have experience with Agile environments of all flavours, understand practices associated with different methodologies & when to use them.  Understanding the spirit of Agile, youll work with teams & stakeholders to find ways to solve problems, experiment, learn & iterate on solutions without getting stuck on specific practices.

Community: While you will have direct ownership & accountability over your product area, youll be expected to have an impact on Engineering & IX as a whole.  Take a moment to share your experiences at a community Agora, contribute towards improving our best practices, or mentor an engineer from another team.  We strongly believe in supporting each other to make for a better Index Exchange.

Heres What You Have:

  • A Bachelors or Masters degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or equivalent
  • Experience in Ad Tech an asset
  • Experience with high volume, low latency distributed systems an asset
  • A solid understanding of DevOps, Agile & broad engineering best practices
  • The ability to work virtually in the near term.  The ability to work out of our Toronto, Montreal, Kitchener or Boston offices in the future.

Why Youll Love Working Here:

  • A bright & inviting shared office space in Downtown Kitchener-Waterloo easily accessible by public transit or bike*
  • Our teams are built around cooperation, teamwork, & respect
  • We don't have a dress code & offer flexible work hours
  • Annual celebrations (Holiday Party, All Hands, Hack Days) & milestone outings
  • 100% coverage for health & dental benefits, 12 incidental sick days per year, 5% RRSP matching, & monthly gym subsidy.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Index Exchange is an equal opportunity employer who recognizes the value of every person in creating success for our customers, business partners, shareholders, employees & communities. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, developing & promoting employees without discrimination. Index Exchange believes equal opportunity & inclusion are essential to motivate, empower & recognize the best in everyone.

Index Exchange is committed to working with & providing access & reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Please let us know if youd like to request a reasonable accommodation.

ACCESSIBILITY FOR APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES Index Exchange is committed to working with & providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 & the Ontario Human Rights Code, Index Exchange* will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment & selection process to applicants with disabilities. If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please email or call 416.785.5908 ensure to provide your name, the best way to contact you, a detailed description of the nature of any accommodation that you may require (including any materials or processes that can be used to ensure your equal participation).

*Considering COVID-19, until further notice, everyone is required to Work from Home. When offices re-open, you will be required to follow the mandate of your local office.

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