Job Description

Us

Join a dynamic company known for the leading restaurant discovery app and website, with a great history and huge aspirations in both technology and product. This role will oversee all development teams, both app development as well as web, network operations and database management, that are at the core of our company’s products. Our mission is to help our millions of users in multiple countries discover great, new, trendy, quality and best value restaurants easing the age-old dilemma to decide where to eat. We are serious about creating and maintaining a company culture that is both innovative and fun and that’s where you come in as a leader of one of the largest groups.

The Role

Be a key member of the team that will take Urbanspoon forward into the next generation of technology, transforming the way our users experience dining on the mobile and desktop web experience. For our mobile applications, drive implementation and maintenance of key technology layers in a cohesive architecture that enables rapid innovation of the customer experience to delight our users and grow our business.

This role is part of the leadership team of the Urbanspoon business and reports to the General Manager.  

You

  • Show passion for delighting Urbanspoon users with an awesome, consistent experience
  • Have a passion for leading others, helping them blossom and become more successful
  • Be a change agent, empowering your team to embrace change and constantly iterate and improve, to move the product roadmap forward and meet our overall objectives.
  • Be adept at making decisions and providing clear leadership for your team even when there is missing information
  • Provide transparency and clarity on priorities and objectives, both for the team as a whole and for individuals in key functions
  • Work for the good of Urbanspoon and not just your own team
  • Lead by example, be hungry and curious, and seek out knowledge and diverse opinions to help you grow and provide better decisions

Skills & Requirements

Your Task

  • Establish and improve upon a scalable, reliable & economical architecture, design and implementation for our core technologies
  • Ensure that all areas of development interface well with other groups, mainly the product team, with strong communications and collaboration
  • Lead development team(s) to produce high-quality, well-designed technology solutions that meet Product’s functional and non-functional requirements and ship codes and final product features on time:
  • Using Agile, scrum-based, development methodology to rapidly innovate solutions, while building long-term value
  • Negotiate with your peers to ensure that dependencies are under control
  • Ensure that you are aware of, and escalate, issues that need to be addressed
  • Attract and retain top talent to Urbanspoon
  • Require high-standards from your team and ensure they are appropriately rewarded
  • Build up the morale of the team by being an excellent manager
  • Plan and budget for the headcount, capital and expense needed to sustain Urbanspoon’s technology footprint and add new features required to support new products.
  • Work with other senior leaders and the General Manager of Urbanspoon, as well as our parent company Ask.com, to build a solid inclusive integrated technology roadmap
  • Demonstrated track-record of senior leadership of large development teams working in modern web technologies using Agile techniques is required
  • Experience with Rails development
  • Experience with iOS and Android development
  • Knowledge of test-plan generation and coverage analysis is desirable
  • Experience establishing strong reliable QA process
  • Understanding of storage techniques including Hadoop/HDFS, MySQL
  • Experience designing high-volume environments with both online and offline components is required
  • Success in reforming legacy systems while continuing to serve customers desirable
  • Cross-functional collaboration with both product and user operations team is required
  • Knowledge of what it takes to make systems scale and be highly-reliable, and then tuning them to optimal price/performance for high-volume web serving is essential

Your Skills

  • Demonstrated track-record of senior leadership of large development teams working in modern web technologies using Agile techniques is required
  • Experience with Rails development
  • Experience with iOS and Android development
  • Knowledge of test-plan generation and coverage analysis is desirable
  • Experience establishing strong reliable QA process
  • Understanding of storage techniques including Hadoop/HDFS, MySQL
  • Experience designing high-volume environments with both online and offline components is required
  • Success in reforming legacy systems while continuing to serve customers desirable
  • Cross-functional collaboration with both product and user operations team is required
  • Knowledge of what it takes to make systems scale and be highly-reliable, and then tuning them to optimal price/performance for high-volume web serving is essential

About Urbanspoon

About Urbanspoon

Urbanspoon is a leading online local restaurant guide, aggregating restaurant reviews from across the Web including newspapers, professional food critics, bloggers and diners. Urbanspoon is a subsidiary of Ask.com (http://www.ask.com), an IAC (NASDAQ: IACI) operating company, and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington

How to apply

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Or e-mail at: tony.le@urbanspoon.com

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We have great benefits

Medical, Dental and Vision CoverageVacation? Take What You Need (We Don't Track It)Laptops Standard so you can work anywhere!Corporate Fitness DiscountFree Snacks, Drinks, Coffee401(k) Matching PlanFlexible SchedulesCommuter and Parking ReimbursementDress Code: Comfort RulesCelebrations - We love to party! Activities, holidays, tuesday...

Who you’ll work with

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Chachi Kruel
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Fred Mailhot
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Hitesh Shah
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Mike Caprio - Co-Organizer, Mentor
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Ramkumar
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Hal Eisen
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Tim Villanueva

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