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Employee Type - Full-Time EmployeeExperience - Not SpecifiedIndustries - Information Technology


CBC Digital Products is the country’s biggest digital startup, taking on the challenges of innovating how media is made, sent and received. We are also part of Canada’s oldest and truest broadcasting company. We are trying new things. We are growing. As an entity of our own. As a voice for our country. As a team.

Digital is a part of our present and all of our future. CBC’s strategy is focused on becoming a digital-first organization that provides a digital platform for storytellers. Our mission is to engage our audience with stories they care about.

The opportunity

Reporting to the Senior Director, Digital Products, we have an opening for a Director, Software Development, Digital Products who can inspire our software development team. The right candidate has led software development managers and has experience with team building best practices from hiring to skills development; from making mentorship connections to building out training plans and career paths. With a focus on employee success and people management, this is an opportunity to be part of an organization committed to investing in their senior management team of 10 and greater through the increased rollout of our values, capabilities development and performance management activities. It’s a rare opportunity to step into an established national corporation and build out a strategic plan to grow and support an Agile team of 75+ Developers, Architects, Team Leads, and QA Analysts. This is a critical position that will empower our teams, influence our direction and directly impact our ability to scale. If you're passionate about Canada and you love technology, learning, and bringing out the best in others, you’ll love working at CBC.

Who you are

You are a People and Technology Manager who has learned that product success can only happen when leaders focus on continually improving people and the context in which they work. You’ve been taught and mentored by inspiring leaders, and you’ve applied what you learned in leading software teams. You believe in empowering your teams and staff with the tools, skills, learning opportunities, process and support they need to do their best work. You thrive in an environment where you can influence, build, execute and implement changes for the better of the individuals, the group, and the company. You are passionate about building products that will make a difference, and you are eager to tackle the complexity and layers of every challenge that presents itself be it relationships, compensation, or methodology.

You have:

  • Led the improvement and transformation of a technical team in an Agile environment.
  • A proven history of creating a context - and a culture - where people can do their best work.
  • Contributed to and implemented a people-focused strategy.

What’s in it for you?

Career growth. We’re building digital teams who are able to apply the latest technologies on the newest platforms. To achieve that goal, we need engaged people managers to grow happy, challenged, innovative and fully resourced teams. We need to implement a highly scalable people growth and effectiveness strategy. The people you will work with are highly collaborative, are focused on learning, and seek to improve our processes and our products.

Belonging. CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian institution. By joining and helping to build our dynamic Digital team, you will be exposed to the best of all worlds. Corporate. Public. Startup. You will be leading a team that is dedicated to listening to the needs of their people, offering mentorship, support and career guidance. The work you do will position CBC as an innovative employer of choice in the digital media space; one that can effectively compete with the best technology companies for audiences and talent. With a built-in, dedicated audience, of millions of Canadians seeking information and entertainment on a National level, the influence you have on your team will impact an entire country from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Cutting edge tech. This is a level of exposure and scale that few other roles provide. We are passionate about our purpose and it means something to us to be part of the technology providing digital access to the Olympics, the Federal election, and world-changing events like The Tragically Hip’s final live performance. 

You’ll be successful as Director, Software Development, Digital Products when you’ve helped:

  • Position CBC Digital Products as a recognized digital employer of choice.
  • Improve talent retention and attraction at the CBC.
  • Created an increasingly engaging environment for CBC’s digital talent to do their best work.
  • Build an alignment between individual, team and group performance objectives
  • Diversify the team to successfully align capacity and capabilities to execute the CBC’s three year strategy.

Why join us?

CBC/Radio-Canada reflects Canadian identity and promotes democracy. Our digital team’s values - collaboration, learning, and continuous improvement - embody who we are as a people-focused, digital-forward employer. We offer a rare-in-tech work-life balance with flexible schedules, and an excellent benefits package; we want you to be happy in and out of the office.

Collaboration. We follow lean startup principles and use an Agile approach. Our dedicated people managers work closely with every individual to ensure we are leveraging their strengths, championing their ideas and supporting their pursuit of new skills and career progression.

Learning. From simply buying a book or recommending a course to one-on-ones, our leadership team is focused on creating an atmosphere where people feel fulfilled. Our team members are given opportunities to learn and work cross-functionally across multiple projects.

Continuous improvement. What can you innovate in 8 hours a week? Our Digital department at CBC recognizes just how smart, creative and inventive our team members are. From prototyping new UI/UX to setting up dev environments to experiment on and learning new programming languages to creating improved search functions for our media. Wherever your interests lie, your 20% time is yours to allocate in a productive and professionally gratifying way.

What you bring as our new Director, Software Development, Digital Products:

  • The education. You have a post-secondary degree in a related field. Bilingualism in French and English and general media industry knowledge are nice to have skills.
  • The passion. You have a passion for people and building teams. You understand and appreciate digital content and technology. You have experience with best practices in setting up mentorship, training, building out career paths, hiring for team fit, and skills development.
  • The relationship building. You can motivate, inspire and grow a team and its members. You can nurture strong two-way relationships across product teams, peers and executives. You have a deep understanding of how to inspire and guide the work of digital teams. You are an advocate for the Agile methodology.
  • The corporate savvy. You can navigate and push the boundaries of a national organization. You understand how to work within the processes and use the significant budget as well as existing resources, tools and personnel to your advantage. You can adapt your approach to work through the layers of corporate culture effectively.
  • The hands-on expertise. You have a history of engineering at scale and building stable, available, secure infrastructure that supports continuous releasing; you have proven success aligning technical work across an organization.
  • The strength in leadership. You are a leader in an agile organization; you have a history of coaching, mentoring and empowering people and teams. You can foster and inspire a culture of collaboration; embracing the perspectives of others. You know how to engage stakeholders and gain buy-in for your vision.
  • The insights and the strategy. You are a strategic thinker with the patience to consider all options before jumping into a decision. You are motivated by building robust, reliable processes and solutions that support and empower your team.
  • The intellectual curiosity. You are continuously researching, learning and innovating; you can influence the teams around you to adapt quickly and to embrace the new while accepting the ambiguous. 

To apply:

Think this job as Director, Software Development, Digital Products, is meant for you but worried you don’t have it all? At CBC we know that not everyone takes the same path when it comes to building their skills. You can read about the various backgrounds the talented people that make up our team bring to us here.

Hands-on experience, intelligence, innovation, a passion for learning and a team-focused approach can combine to form the best set of qualifications. If you feel you meet all or most of the qualifications we are seeking; and you are excited by the possibility of growing our company, take a chance and click on the link to apply.

In becoming the leader in expressing Canadian culture and enriching democratic life, we need to be as diverse in every way as the country we serve, both within our workforce and on air. As an employer, we value equal opportunity and nurture an inclusive workplace where our individual differences are not only recognized and valued, but also extend to and pervade all the services we provide as Canada's public broadcaster.

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