Technical Lead

United Kingdom, Manchester /
Technology /
Company Overview

Fanatics is the global leader in licensed sports merchandise and changing the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel and jerseys. Through an innovative, tech-infused approach to making and selling fan gear in today's on-demand culture, Fanatics operates more than 300 online and offline stores, including the e-commerce business for all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA), major media brands (NBC Sports, CBS Sports, FOX Sports) and more than 200 collegiate and professional team properties, which include several of the biggest global soccer clubs (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City). Fanatics offers the largest collection of timeless and timely merchandise whether shopping online, on your phone, in stores, in stadiums or on-site at the world's biggest sporting events.

About the Team

Fanatics is first and foremost a technology company. We are powered by cutting-edge tech created by our small agile teams using the latest tools and technologies under our highly analytical, forward thinking, and open-minded leadership. As the global leader in licensed sports merchandise, we challenge ourselves by improving our new fully responsive NodeJS cloud commerce platform, Elasticsearch engine, and deep data science capabilities while building the best-in-class retail manufacturing and supply chain technologies. Our tech teams work together to revolutionize data science and engineering initiatives, provide highly scalable real-time and streaming platforms, and create secure e-commerce and in-stadium fan experience products. Our own e-commerce platform transacts in over 190 countries, 17 languages, and 14 currencies. Our motto is “#GSD”—get stuff done—and we do just that. If you want to be at the nexus of sports, commerce, and technology, come be a part of our industry-leading team here at Fanatics Tech.

Product Overview

At Fanatics we have built a truly global ecommerce business but we are not stopping there. 
As well as selling products on our own sites we want to sell our products through retail and marketplace partner sites. This gives huge potential for growth for the company in markets far and wide.
The marketplaces teams are responsible for integrating with market leading partners (Ebay, Nike, Walmart, and plenty more) both in the US around increasingly around the globe. 
Fundamental to this is ensuring the smooth receipt of orders from a big range partner systems. We are building a new team to oversee and optimize this platform. 
It will involve being the face of Fanatics and leading integrations with some of the biggest retailers globally and defining and building architecture and technical strategy to support this.

Position Overview

Build, run and improve a team of talented software engineers to deliver software systems, features and tools which enable the smooth running of the Fanatics business, platforms and operations. Work on the full lifecycle of applications from gathering/understanding requirements, analysis, design, development through testing, deployment and monitoring; maintaining the stability of the platform whilst delivering business value.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Leads in discussions with product and other partners to define, prioritize and breakdown high level requirements into deliverable user stories based around the value delivered.
    • Uses experience and knowledge to work with teams to define technical standards and work to ensure this high benchmark is being met.
    • Demonstrates a high level of hands on development of new features and problem solving to improve functionality of Fanatics products, systems, and platforms.
    • Works across teams to mentor and coach engineers to bring out the best of them from a technical and delivery perspective.
    • Uses breadth and depth of experience to design/architect extensible forward-looking systems.
    • Manages risk using appropriate techniques to ensure delivery whilst maintain stability of the platform.
    • Owns products and problems from initial inception through to delivery, monitoring and support.
    • Provides input and assistance to Quality Engineers; to ensure the delivery of well tested and high-quality solutions.
    • Acts as a strong voice in agile practices / ceremonies in the team with a shared work ethic to breakdown and deliver work.
    • Investigates new technologies and their application to solve business challenges.
    • Uses guided and self-development to be constantly improving skills and knowledge.
    • Helps engineering managers to assess skills and gaps across team members and work with them to address them.

The Ideal Hire:

    • Is a good communicator and facilitator who can lead/guide group of engineers to the correct solution.
    • Likes to work in a collaborative way to engage those around them and avoid becoming a bottleneck.
    • Has a keen interest in improving themselves and others around them through self-learning, coaching and mentoring.
    • Is able to quickly learn and work with new languages and technologies.
    • Has an open attitude to sharing ideas, knowledge and information to both technical and non-technical people.
    • Is comfortable acting as a senior representative of the teams in a global technology business.

Required Experience and Attributes:

    • A highly skilled engineer with years of experience of working with .Net or GO or other high-level language.
    • Comfortable coaching techniques and principles such as TDD, BDD, Clean Code and SOLID, Design Patterns.
    • Ability to architect/design systems at a high level and take this all the way to delivery.
    • Strong skills in cloud technologies (AWS preferable), Containers, CI/CD tools and automated testing.
    • A good understanding of agile development processes (Lean/SCRUM/Kanban) and how to apply them.
    • Ability to coach others to increase skills (both technical and not).
    • Strong communication skills with power to engage with different audiences.
    • Familiarity with domain driven design, microservices, event driven systems and other techniques to create distributed software architectures choosing the right tool for the job.

Desired Experience:

    • Experience in operating 24x7 operational systems and maintaining up time.
    • Experience across several different programming languages.
The job duties list is not exclusive nor exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope /level of the role.

Tryouts are open at Fanatics! Our team is passionate, talented, unified, and charged with creating the fan experience of tomorrow. The ball is in your court now.

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