Engineering Manager, Ad Server


Santa Monica, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Software
  • Post Date: 02/23/2021
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  • Company Address: 1314 7th St. Floor 5, Santa Monica, CA, 90401

About GumGum

GumGum is an artificial intelligence company with deep expertise in computer vision and natural language processing. Its mission is to solve hard problems across media by teaching machines to see and understand the world. Since 2008, the company has applied its patented capabilities to serving media-related industries, including advertising and professional sports.

Job Description

Our Advertising division houses an engineering team consisting of more than 50 engineers, covering a diverse skill set from computer vision scientists to React developers. The Advertising division is the data engine room of GumGum. The team generates more than 50 TB of new data every day, while receiving more than 20 million requests per minute! Our engineers and scientists work on technologies such as Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Spark, Kafka, AWS, Big data and React. As part of their role, we encourage team members to present in meetups and to attend conferences. We also encourage them to submit patches to open source projects. 

The Manager for the Ad Server team is responsible for the technical operations of our Ad Server technology. The Ad Server software receives 30 million requests per minute and is a highly distributed java web service. This role works with product owners and the engineering team to deliver on priorities for the Advertising business division. Our team currently uses technologies such as Java, Spring, MySQL, Kafka, Dynamodb, ScyllaDb, Redis etc.
The role works with highly engaged internal customers to make a significant impact on a key revenue stream for the business.


Ad Server Technical Execution

  • Design high volume, high traffic web services written in Java
  • Engage in technical architecture discussions, solve ambiguous problems, and execute on a solution with a team of engineers across ad server, data, and web engineering
  • This role is expected to contribute code to the codebase.
  • Mentor junior engineers in technical application, review pull requests and designs created by junior engineers.
  • Come up with algorithms to optimize KPIs such as viewability, CTR, Revenue, costs etc. 

People Leadership

  • Manage a diverse team of 4 engineers, both remote and in our Santa Monica office, who work on both backend and frontend components of our applications
  • Conduct 1:1s, performance reviews, documentation, and hiring
  • Evolve our hiring process, on-boarding and training, and leveling up guide
  • Advocate for and grow our team’s processes and best practices
  • Encourage technical and professional development, and for team members to write blog posts, give presentations, and talk about GumGum’s technology outside of GumGum

Product Development and Project Management

  • Collaborate with Product and internal stakeholders to identify, prioritize and develop new features and improvements for our products, as well as provide support for any stakeholder issues
  • Oversee day-to-day activities and deliverables and lead cross functional projects
  • Work with other Engineering teams, ensuring requirements are considered and met for cross team projects


  • No formal education requirement.


  • 1-2 years of experience managing a technology team, either as a Technical Lead or Engineering Manager
  • 5 years of experience as a developer with understanding of programming languages, preferably Java and Spring Framework
  • Experience working with AWS and distributed systems such as Kafka, DynamoDb or equivalent
  • A history of successfully shipping products into production
  • Experience coaching and mentoring team members


  • Excellent communication skills and demonstrated ability to work with cross-functional teams

Personal Attributes

  • Organized self-starter with proactive attitude
  • Critical thinker, able to break down complex problems and work with ambiguity

Benefits & Perks

  • Competitive health, vision and dental benefits
  • Healthcare and dependent care FSA
  • Stock incentive program 
  • Paid parental leave
  • Discounted Pet Health Program
  • Flexible time off and work schedule
  • Commuter perks
  • Stocked kitchen 
  • Dog-friendly HQ office - we love our fur babies!
  • Incredible work/life balance with a collaborative and friendly work space
  • GumGum Gives Back volunteering opportunities

Career & Development Focus 

  • Ongoing learning and development for education opportunities such as webinars, books, classes, relevant conferences and events
  • Opportunities to pursue business related side projects and yearly Hackathon
  • Highly encouraged to contribute to open source software, including our own open source software
  • Environment of learning from peers, including meetups, presentations and blog posts
  • Opportunity to work with cutting edge technology
  • Life Skills sessions - geared towards the whole life/ health / person
  • Leadership Bites Dinner Series - connecting current and future GumGum leaders over great food and meaningful conversation
  • Women of GumGum - a community of women across our global organization aimed at empowering one another

*Please note that we are not currently accepting candidates from recruiting agencies or 3rd parties.*

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This company does NOT accept candidates from outside recruiting firms. Agency contacts are not welcome.