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Director of Technology

HZ a division of BCW LLC
Rockville, MD
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

HZ is a brand experience agency focused on creating unified, distinct and relevant branded experiences across any and every possible touchpoint.


We are a curious, passionate, tech-obsessed creative community aimed at making brands matter. We believe that strength doesn’t just come from numbers, it comes from a number of perspectives. We work to give our people the space to be themselves, because at the end of the day it’s those differences that make our work stand out and help us drive change.


WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR

In tis role, you’ll oversee the engineering team, drive the technological innovation of the agency, and own the development deliverable, which predominantly includes public facing websites and applications. You’ll act in a dual role, of leading technology innovation to support HZ’s overall business growth and at the same time being actively involved in projects. Success in this role requires you to understand the balance of technology-proficient engineering and the realities of timeline and budget-based work.

You will have strong capabilities in cutting-edge web technologies as well as being responsible for resource management, career development, project financial management, dev ops, estimating and budgeting, dev scope estimation, and product architecture.


This is a leadership position in every sense, and we need someone who can represent HZ’s culture and standards to all levels within the department and the company. In addition to the team of developers, this leader you will work closely with HZ’s Experience Design, Project & Product Management teams, Account Services, Analytics, and others across the agency to ensure that our teams are working creatively, intelligently, and efficiently toward our mission of creating technologically sound and highly effective and compelling experiences for HZ’s clients.


WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Lead digital and technology innovation at HZ based on the rapidly evolving needs of our clients

  • Provide technology leadership across a team of approximately 15 employees, the agency and our clients

  • Work closely with team across the digital practice and the rest of the agency to ensure that the department is working creatively, intelligently and efficiently toward our mission of creating technologically sound and highly effective and compelling experiences for our clients

  • Own the development and delivery of digital products based on the budget, requirements and timeline

  • Act as the technology and/or digital lead for pitches and RFP responses. Actively participate in the response, strategy development, scoping, and pitch process

  • Work to ensure the financial excellence on projects by participating in the budgeting, scoping and planning processes by ensuring project teams are resource efficiently to meet our profitability goals

  • Effectively resource team members around multiple and simultaneous active projects

  • Develop your team and promote growth opportunities within the department

  • Provide leadership, inspire your team, and proactively bring new ideas, technologies, and methodologies to the table

  • At HZ, everyone is a does, regardless of the title, success in this role requires a willingness to jump in and support as needed to get the job done


WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 10+ years of hands-on server side and client-side programming experience (full stack)

    • Experience with modern Javascript frameworks is preferred

  • At least 5 years managing, mentoring and/or leading a software engineering teams

  • Strong working knowledge with React, Javascript, HTML/CSS, Headless CMS, GraphQL, JSON REST API, Python/Django, PHP/Wordpress, MySQL/PostgreSQL, AWS, CI/CD Pipelines, Docker, Shopify

  • A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or 4-year degree in a related discipline is preferred; but not required

  • Proven track record of delivering valuable products, consistently, rapidly and effectively from early stage(finding product-market fit) to mature products

  • Experience with large-scale software deployment and operations; experience with enterprise platforms is a plus

  • Ability to provide innovative approaches that yield practical and scalable solutions

  • Hands on; always evaluating the latest software technologies and can set the vision, direction and practices for the development team

  • Ability to effectively explain highly technical concepts to clients and key decision makers


WHAT WE OFFER

What we offer full-time hires includes the full spectrum of group health coverage options (medical, dental, vision), 401(k) matching, and generous paid-time-off offerings that reflect our investment in all aspects of your overall life balance and wellness.


WHAT GUIDES US

We design brave strategies, build innovative tools and craft magnetic stories—online and off—that evolve at the speed of culture. We do work that makes us proud and makes our partners shine.

  • Co-Creation. We co-create our culture. It takes every single one of us working and sharing across teams to deliver on our mission. We actively seek, hire, develop and retain diverse thinkers and makers. We know that our differences make our system strong, and our work extraordinary.

  • Hunger to Learn. We recognize, embrace and lean into our growth edges in the work we do. We offer real-time constructive and supportive accountability. We celebrate our successes and regularly reflect on our progress.

  • True Partnership. Everything we do starts with strategic insight. We are agents of change.

  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility. Our dedication to progress is dependent on our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (I.D.E.A.) within our agency, our partnerships and our communities. Our I.D.E.A. Council is responsible for guiding, promoting and celebrating cultural literacy and increasing employee engagement.


ABOUT US

We joined the WPP network as part of BCW Group in 2018, bringing our nimble creative approach to some of the world’s most beloved brands. Headquartered in the Washington, DC, metro area since 1987, we have team members across the country with expertise spanning brand identity, campaigns, digital experiences and content. Our clients include Volkswagen, Dollar General, Kawasaki, AvalonBay, Organic Valley, Johnson & Johnson and others.


HZ is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or physical or mental disability. Our organization participates in E-Verify, an Internet-based system that compares information from employees’ Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification to data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm eligibility. We believe in creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, and strive to recruit a diverse slate of candidates to help us achieve that goal.



HZ a division of BCW LLC

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Rockville, MD
20850 USA

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