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Program Manager II

Discovery Inc
Sterling, VA 20164
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Discovery Inc

Location: Sterling, Virginia, United States,
Req ID: 12296


As television and media habits change, our mission remains true to the principles that founded Discovery every day we seek to ignite peoples curiosity to engage, entertain and enlighten the world around them through amazing viewing experiences.

The Direct to Consumer Group is a technology company within the Discovery brand. We are building a global streaming video platform (OTT), and a suite of applications to support all of our networks brands globally. We are building modern container-based micro-services operated on AWS. Our platform covers everything from search, catalogue, video transcoding, personalization, to global subscriptions, and really much more. We build user experiences ranging from classic lean-back viewing to interactive learning applications. We build for connected TVs, web, mobile phones, tablets, and consoles for a large footprint of Discovery owned networks (Discovery, Food Network, Golf TV, MotorTrend, Eurosport, Discovery Play, and many more) This is a growing, global engineering group crucial to Discoverys future.

We are hiring Program Managers to join our team. We focus on supporting Enterprise systems to manage, curate, and deliver video, image and recipe assets to partners and Discoverys Direct to Consumer platforms. The ideal candidate has a track record of having built multiple high-performance, stable, scalable systems that have been successfully shipped to customers in production. Your work and your approach to work are exemplary: you drive best practices and set standards for your team. You are a key influencer in your teams strategy and contribute significantly to team planning. You show good judgement making trade-offs between immediate and long-term business needs. You are a collaborative partner that makes other team members around you more productive, by sharing your knowledge, and helping to tie-break key technical decisions. You provide mentoring to others.


1. Partner with Product and key stakeholders at different Discovery brands to understand their current platform needs and anticipate future platform needs. You will need to gather and synthesize requirements from many different brands across a diverse set of geographies, time zones, and use cases into a consistent re-usable platform design that can serve them all.
2. In concert with Product, create and review detailed functional designs that unambiguously specify behaviors and interfaces, provide test examples, enumerate and describe all edge conditions, and define operational success criteria, which will then be used by engineering for technical designs and implementation.
3. Make sure your designs fit into the larger DTC platform, collaborating with other teams on consistency and cross-team integrations, leveraging existing patterns and strategies, and staying up to date on high-level roadmaps and challenges across the teams.
4. Work with product and engineering to translate business requirements and functional designs into user stories, provide insights on the functional repercussions of particular technical choices and challenges technical choices when necessary, adapt functional designs to fit schedule constraints, and manage and prioritize the story backlog
5. Always be shipping: you will drive all processes around delivering the right software on time and on budget. You will participate in daily scrums and meta-scrums, proactively anticipate bottlenecks or resource contention, unblock development, triage issues, modify or rescope stories to reduce risk, and accept stories when they are done.
6. Regularly engage stakeholders and external teams to communicate the status of various in-flight development, and anticipate the result of schedule changes to other teams
7. Participate in the review of data quality and production support cases and working with development teams to identify root cause and resolution.
8. Act as the subject-matter expert for their functional area.
9. Contribute to and review documentation for application and system APIs for their functional area.
10. Contribute to creating training materials and conducting training for end users.
11. Contribute to successful software releases for their functional area.
12. Build trusting professional relationships with product and business stakeholders for their functional area.


* At least 5 years program management and/or business analysis experience in an agile software product development environment including direct experience in operational cloud computing applications.
* Strong sense of responsibility and ownership for the success of projects from inception to rollout and maintenance.
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
* Ability and confidence to work closely with customers in collaborative scenarios.
* A BS degree in computer science or a related field is required.
* Ability to communicate effectively to technical staff and business stakeholders.
* Working knowledge of relational databases and SQL is highly desired.
* Certified Product Owner and/or Scrum Master highly desired.
* Must have the legal right to work in the United States



Posted: 2021-09-03 Expires: 2021-10-04
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