Fanatics is building a leading global digital sports platform to ignite and harness the passions of fans and maximize the presence and reach for hundreds of partners globally. Optimizing these long-standing partnerships, a database of more than 80 million global consumers and 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 and hardgoods through a tech-infused approach to making and 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 and MLBPA, to build an official NFT ecosystem; Fanatics Collectibles, through Topps as a cornerstone of the business, building a new model for the collectibles and trading cards hobby with top leagues and players association partners; and Fanatics Betting & Gaming, a mobile betting, gaming and retail sportsbook platform. Fanatics’ partners include all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA) and hundreds of collegiate and professional teams, which include several of the biggest global soccer clubs.
As a market leader with more than 9,000 employees, and hundreds of partners, suppliers, and vendors worldwide, we take responsibility for driving toward more ethical and sustainable practices. We are committed to building an inclusive Fanatics community, reflecting and representing society at every level of the business, including our employees, vendors, partners and fans. Fanatics is also dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities where we all live, work, and play through strategic philanthropic initiatives.
At Fanatics, we’re a diverse, passionate group of employees aiming to ignite pride and passion in the fans we outfit, celebrate and support. We recognize that diversity helps drive and foster innovation, and through our IDEA program (inclusion, diversity, equality and advocacy) at Fanatics we provide employees with tools and resources to feel connected and engaged in who they are and 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, and executing against our In-Venue application strategy, creating processes, and building tools within Fanatics Betting and Gaming. The Director of Engineering, In-Venue is an expert technologist with experience in managing multiple teams that can influence and 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 and cashiers use.
Duties and responsibilities may include:
● Recruit and build out a best-in-class Engineering organization to build scaled distributed systems that are high quality and highly reliable. Manages multiple development teams and a platform that supports all products within the Fanatics Betting & Gaming product line.
● Responsible for Vision, Mission, Strategy, Goals and Roadmap (and execution of said roadmap) around areas of ownership
● Collaborate and coordinate complex projects across multiple 3rd party vendors
● Work closely with Marketing and Operations Stakeholders to drive the roadmap.
● Develop a deep understanding of Fanatics Betting & Gaming and the opportunities for our customers.
● Identify technology gaps and opportunities, taking ownership for the technology roadmap within the space and ensuring appropriate engineering investments in the underlying platform.
● Drive predictability and reliability through Operational Excellence, and create clear objectives and transparency through use of data and KPIs.
● Build strong relationships with internal stakeholders, inside and outside of Engineering, and collaborate with leaders to prioritize technical efforts and provide input on product features and capabilities.
● Provide leadership and technical expertise within the engineering organization. Be a mentor and role model for engineering.
● Remain current on technology and 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 and enterprise trends, with the ability to translate and leverage internal tools and systems to drive innovative solutions resulting in outstanding technologies.
● Demonstrated ability to partner closely with the engineering team and implement appropriate tools and practices that balance quality with productivity.
● Experience managing engineering departments or engineering functions, overseeing large and complex technology and processes.
● Strong executive presentation and communication skills.
● Excellent influencing and problem resolution skills.
● Global experience preferred.
● Positive and flexible attitude to work in a fast-paced environment and a willingness to embrace new initiatives.
● Strong report writing skills with the ability to gather, evaluate and analyze relevant information while structuring material in a logical and coherent manner.