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Fanatics // officially licensed sports merchandise
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Company Overview
Fanatics is building a leading global digital sports platform to ignite & harness the passions of fans & maximize the presence & reach for hundreds of partners globally. Optimizing these long-standing partnerships, a database of more than 80 million global consumers & a trusted, recognizable brand name, Fanatics is expanding beyond its position as a global leader for licensed sports merchandise to now becoming a next-gen digital sports platform, featuring an array of offerings for fans across the sports ecosystem.
The Fanatics family of companies currently includes Fanatics Commerce, a vertically-integrated licensed merchandise business that has changed the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel, jerseys, headwear & hardgoods through a tech-infused approach to making & quickly distributing fan gear in today's 24/7 mobile-first economy; Candy Digital, a digital collectibles company that is partnering with prominent sports properties, including MLB & MLBPA, to build an official NFT ecosystem; Fanatics Collectibles, through Topps as a cornerstone of the business, building a new model for the collectibles & trading cards hobby with top leagues & players association partners; & Fanatics Betting & Gaming, a mobile betting, gaming & retail sportsbook platform. Fanatics' partners include all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA) & hundreds of collegiate & professional teams, which include several of the biggest global soccer clubs.
As a market leader with more than 9,000 employees, & hundreds of partners, suppliers, & vendors worldwide, we take responsibility for driving toward more ethical & sustainable practices. We are committed to building an inclusive Fanatics community, reflecting & representing society at every level of the business, including our employees, vendors, partners & fans. Fanatics is also dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities where we all live, work, & play through strategic philanthropic initiatives.
At Fanatics, we're a diverse, passionate group of employees aiming to ignite pride & passion in the fans we outfit, celebrate & support.  We recognize that diversity helps drive & foster innovation, & through our IDEA program (inclusion, diversity, equality & advocacy) at Fanatics we provide employees with tools & resources to feel connected & engaged in who they are & what they do to support the ultimate fan experience.

The Role:
We are seeking a Principal Software Engineer to help build out our Engineering team. This role reports to our VP of Engineering & is responsible for defining, implementing, training, & executing against our engineering strategy, creating processes, & building tools within Fanatics Betting & Gaming.  This role will also span the Growth / Shared Services / Internal Tooling Verticals.  The Principal Software Engineer will be an expert technologist with experience in personalization.
Duties & responsibilities may include:
        Develop a strong understanding of Fanatics Betting & Gaming.
        Build out a best in class Engineering team, ensuring that this does not dilute ownership of quality within Engineering.
        Communicate, develop, & implement a data-driven engineering strategy, approach, & roadmap for Engineering needs
        Can oversee & drive complex architectures across multiple teams, companies & vendors.
        Build strong relationships with internal stakeholders, inside & outside of Engineering, & collaborate with leaders to gather & present testing metrics & activities.
        Provide leadership & technical expertise within the engineering team.  Be a mentor & role model for Engineering.
        Help development teams adhere to the principles, guidelines, & best practices of the engineering strategy.
        Gather & present testing metrics & activities to key stakeholders.
        Remain current on technology & trends in engineering
What skills are important to us:
        Strong technical skills, both functional & non-functional, in a continuous delivery environment.
        Deep levels of customer empathy & driving outcomes to solve internal & external user pain points
        Demonstrated ability to partner closely with the engineering team & implement appropriate tools & practices that balance quality with productivity.
        Experience managing engineering departments or engineering functions, overseeing large & complex technology & processes.
        Strong executive presentation & communication skills.
        Highly outcome oriented & data drive with deep experience in Experimentation, A/B Testing, Optimization
        Ability to deliver service & data integrations between different teams & 3rd parties.
        Experience with both modern frontend & backend technologies (distributed systems & modern web & native apps)
        Excellent influencing & problem resolution skills.
        Positive & flexible attitude to work in a fast-paced environment & a willingness to embrace new initiatives.    
        Strong report writing skills with the ability to gather, evaluate & analyze relevant information while structuring material in a logical & coherent manner.
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