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.
We are seeking a Director of Engineering to run our In-Venue Sportsbook Vertical. This role is responsible for defining, implementing, training, & executing against our In-Venue application strategy, creating processes, & building tools within Fanatics Betting & Gaming. The Director of Engineering, In-Venue is an expert technologist with experience in managing multiple teams that can influence & defend our quality posture for our customer facing products in our In-Venue sportsbooks. This includes software needed to run the sportsbook such as the kiosk applications, cashier till, odds boards. Additionally, the back-office tools used to manage the operations of the sportsbook as well as all of the hardware the customers & cashiers use.
Duties & responsibilities may include:
Recruit & build out a best-in-class Engineering organization to build scaled distributed systems that are high quality & highly reliable. Manages multiple development teams & a platform that supports all products within the Fanatics Betting & Gaming product line.
Responsible for Vision, Mission, Strategy, Goals & Roadmap (and execution of said roadmap) around areas of ownership
Collaborate & coordinate complex projects across multiple 3rd party vendors
Work closely with Marketing & Operations Stakeholders to drive the roadmap.
Develop a deep understanding of Fanatics Betting & Gaming & the opportunities for our customers.
Identify technology gaps & opportunities, taking ownership for the technology roadmap within the space & ensuring appropriate engineering investments in the underlying platform.
Drive predictability & reliability through Operational Excellence, & create clear objectives & transparency through use of data & KPIs.
Build strong relationships with internal stakeholders, inside & outside of Engineering, & collaborate with leaders to prioritize technical efforts & provide input on product features & capabilities.
Provide leadership & technical expertise within the engineering organization. Be a mentor & role model for engineering.
Remain current on technology & trends in engineering.
What skills are important to us:
5+ years of progressive experience in engineering management (but we always value aptitude over experience)
Strong technical skills to translate business needs into engineering opportunities to drive the strategic agenda, in a continuous delivery environment.
Hold a strong understanding of the cloud in industry/user & enterprise trends, with the ability to translate & leverage internal tools & systems to drive innovative solutions resulting in outstanding technologies.
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.
Excellent influencing & problem resolution skills.
Global experience preferred.
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.