Director, Cloud Engineering

BlackLine in Woodland Hills, CA

  • Industry: Information Technology - Software Engineer, Developer, And Programmer
  • Type: Full Time
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The Director of Cloud Engineering is at the core of preparing for the continued exponential growth of Blackline’s SaaS product and other programs in the Technical Operations group that powers all of Blackline. We are looking for a strong leader to lead our newly formed Cloud Engineering team that will enable BlackLine to deliver a safe and secure cloud platform for our software engineers and our clients. The person in this role will build a team of talented engineers with deep knowledge of multiple public clouds, cloud native computing technologies, building of new abstractions and service layers, and establishing best practices, standards, and governance.

We’re looking for someone with strong communication skills who is experienced at leading software development teams. We follow agile methodologies and look to be innovative, productive and collaborative. You’ll work with engineering, operations, and security teams across the company on their cloud plans.

Responsibilities:

Builds new abstractions and service layers on top of the native cloud functionality to enhance security, enforce standardization and enable engineer productivity
Provides subject matter expertise to other groups on cloud native capabilities, in house abstractions and tools
Commits to road maps for in house PaaS solutions with specific capabilities and timelines, with a proven track record for timely, cost-effective and quality deliverables
Partners with internal organization and vendors to develop multi-year roadmaps influencing the direction and evolution of the operating environment and support protocols
Establishes and maintains Key Performance Indicators for the overall health of the service and build tools to exercise and evaluate if these KPI’s are being met
Works cross-functionally with other teams to surface common pain points, architect solutions, establish conventions, and evangelize application development and operations best practices
Transforms discoveries into requests to others or action items for you and your team
Hires, mentors and grows a team of passionate engineers who work well across the company and are subject matter experts in cloud platforms and native technologies
Works within the team on priorities and help specifying the deliverables around governance software, best practices, examples
Helps drive excitement and adoption of public cloud the company by leading communication plans, training, and information sharing
Advocates for change across the organization. Ensures the implementation of change with appropriate communications, goals, resources, metrics, and reviews
Engages with cloud providers for support and connections to their product teams (roadmaps, etc)
Defines individual performance objectives and development plans and ensure alignment with individual growth and organizational objectives.

Qualifications:
Scrum and agile enthusiast with a realistic understanding of how to customize processes to optimize quality and delivery of software to stakeholders
Hands on enough to contribute to technical conversations, decisions, strategies, and review code
Familiarity with a broad mix of technologies including but not limited to C#, .Net, Javascript, React.JS, MySQL, SQL Server, Windows, Linux, and a range of open source libraries
Experienced in quality practices, techniques, and tools at all layers of the stack
Experience with high availability, high-scale, performance systems preferred
An ability to balance the urgent needs along with long term strategy
Strong ownership, pride of work, and ability to take things across the finish line. Someone can see around corners and who finishes well
Strong organization and project management skills
Empathy for working with support teams to identify and remedy pain points
Someone energized by a fast-paced, iterative approach
Hands-on problem-solving skills, technical leadership and mentoring qualities
Expertise in using and managing cloud platforms and cloud native tools
Strong written and oral communication skills
Lead by example, care for your team, and establish credibility with the quality of the teams technical execution
Proven ability to work across a wide organization to achieve results based on technical vision
Cross-system and full-stack architecture experience and awareness
Strong intra team and cross functional collaboration skills
Strong quantitative and qualitative reasoning skills
Strong interpersonal, presentation and communication skills
Strong organizational skills and detail oriented

Education/Experience:
10+ years industry experience and 5+ years in a software development managerial role
A minimum of two years direct experience building or operating cloud native applications using Kubernetes and Docker
A minimum of 5 years of experience with a significant subset of the following technologies:  HTML, CSS, XML, SOAP, Ajax, JavaScript, IIS, MSSQL, MySQL, Go, Jenkins, Chef, PowerShell, WMI, Java, Apache, Tomcat, SSL
Capable of technical deep-dives into code, networking, operating systems and storage, yet verbally and cognitively agile enough to hold your own in a strategy discussion with leadership team
BS/MS in Computer Science, Engineering, or equivalent
Ability to communicate well with both business owners and technical staff, at the appropriate level for both.

Preferred:
Prior C#, ASP.NET, Ruby, Go or Java development experience, preferably in an agile SaaS environment.
Significant experience with open source platforms and technologies.
Experience with software development processes and methodologies.
Track record of architecting, developing, implementing robust, distributed online solutions.
ITIL knowledge is a plus.

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