Senior Director of Architecture
Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a world leader in gaming entertainment offering the industry's broadest and most integrated portfolio of game content, advanced systems, cutting-edge platforms and professional services.?Scientific Games’ digital arm - SG Digital is a trusted partner to the world's most powerful iGaming,?iLottery?and Sports Betting brands. From our world leading sports betting technology to our in-house game studios and broad partner network of?third party?suppliers, we offer customers the widest portfolio of content available across our?OpenSports?and?OpenGaming?platforms.?
At SG Digital we have 1,600+ employees (including 900+ engineers and developers) and over 200 customers. We currently provide our technology to customers across the globe. Our head office is in London with over 20 offices across the globe spanning EMEA, APAC, and North America.
Leading the charge in the sports betting arena, SG Digital’s?OpenSports?product suite offers end-to-end sportsbook solutions to partners of all sizes in regulated jurisdictions. Covering every aspect of sports betting,?OpenSports?allows operators to pick and choose the tech pieces they need to build a long-term viable product.??
The?Senior Director of?Architecture?is a key team member of the SGD Sportsbook Leadership team reporting into the SVP of Sportsbook and Platforms.?The role?will work across all teams, ensuring both that a well-defined, consistent and coherent?architectural & technology?(A&T) strategy is implemented across all Sportsbook deliverables, and also that new technologies and?architectural principles are utilised appropriately and with rigour, whilst delivering the stability and performance that the SGD platforms have become synonymous with over time. As the Senior Director, Architecure, you will have an in-depth appreciation and high-level understanding of Software Development, cloud infrastructure, software design patterns, understanding of a distributed application architecture and of software quality assurance principles. You will need to be very dynamic, resilient and thrive in working in a fast-paced environment.
Line management of a team of?Architects and Technologists focused on the Sportsbook Technology programme;
Definition of the overall A&T strategy for the Sportsbook Technology deliverables;
Act as an authority on industry best practise and general trends for the A&T adopted by the Sportsbook Technology team.
Supporting the quality of the implementation and deployment of development work, including the definition of achievable KPIs and SLAs;
Define the systems architectural strategy
Supporting the?Sportsbook Technology?leadership team in the planning, implementation and evolution of technical processes and feedback to the wider company;
Work with QA and Engineering management to drive through best practice, techniques and technology both on the team and around the company, notably around CI/CD and test tooling;
Where required, provision of 3rd line support and supporting production deployments;
Supporting the recruitment of technical staff onto the Sportsbook Technology team;
Motivating and driving the team with technical leadership and vision;
Driving architectural ownership of components and end-to-end solutions throughout the Sportsbook platform.
If you are the right candidate for us, you will be able to demonstrate:
Extensive demonstrable commercial experience engaged in software development?in a hands-on engineering role, plus experience in a leadership role in an?Enterprise?Architecture?team (or similar);
TOGAF or similar architectural governance experience/certification
Very good managerial and leadership skills, able to inspire, motivate and lead?personal development plans?for employees as well as driving change and handling difficult and complex project development activities both internally and externally;
Experience in contributing to and?influencing company strategic planning?or responsibility for departmental strategy;
Proven communication and presentation skills
Dealing with change on a daily basis; must be comfortable both with external factors driving this change as well as internals;
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills;
Should be opinionated, especially about technology.
Technical skills of relevance:
Extensive hands-on experience in designing and developing large-scale, loosely coupled, distributed systems;
Significant hands-on experience in designing applications using the actor model;
Significant hands-on experience in designing systems using?Akka, Kafka and Cassandra;
Extensive experience of?Java?technologies and frameworks (Java EE, Spring Boot etc.)
Excellent knowledge of Relational Databases, SQL and ORM technologies (JPA2, Hibernate etc.);
Excellent knowledge of NoSQL Databases (Cassandra, Mongo etc.);
Experience of developing and deploying distributed eCommerce (or similar) platforms in the cloud, using at least one major cloud provider (e.g. AWS or Google Cloud);
Experience in?designing web applications?using at least one popular web framework (JSF, Drupal, GWT, Spring MVC etc.);
Extensive experience is the use of Docker, Ansible, Maven, Jenkins, Sonar and Git (BitBucket)
Some hands-on engineering experience in developing microservices using at least one popular framework (Netflix OSS, Spring Cloud, Play etc.);
Some experience in Domain Driven Design, event-sourcing and CQRS;
Some experience with TDD and / or BDD;
Secondary expertise in Python (maybe PHP) and PostgreSQL or MySQL would be beneficial.
Domain knowledge is?essential, however, working on a major eCommerce programme or any significant widely distributed, high-volume transactional system?would be a distinct advantage.
The role can be based at either SGD’s office in Chiswick, United Kingdom or office in Athens, Greece. Frequent travel will be required, sometimes at short notice, both to SGD’s development offices and also to SGD’s sportsbook customer base.
The Senior Director, Architecure will frequently be required to make themselves available out of normal office hours for meetings with remote development teams and SGD’s non-European operators.
Online / Working From Home operating model, especially as the company and industry navigates the COVID-19 pandemic.