First Media

VP R&D (BB-77A71)

Found in: Neuvoo IL


First Media is a TOP-10 social media publisher, positioned where content and commerce meet and driving the shoppable content revolution. With more than 200 employees, 170 million fans, >1.5 billion monthly views and revenue growth rate of ~50% in the last five consecutive years and multiple FORTUNE 500 partners we lead the next leaf forward in shoppable content. We are using AI-driven algorithms and sophisticated data science tools to optimize both media buy and content creation to fortify our hyper-growth rate.  For this to continue and accelerate we need a VP R&D who is a real rock star…

The VP R&D will be reporting to the COO, playing a pivotal role in the company’s effort to  integrate technology to the core of the company’ s business and making technology the driving factor of the company’s success.

Key responsibilities:

  • End-to-End responsibility for the company's R&D vision, performance and deliverables.
  • Provide design and architecture leadership. Be both a highly technical, hands-on coder and an effective people manager.
  • Responsible for the full lifecycle of the product, from planning, to development, testing and supporting the product in production.
  • Identify, compare, select, and implement technology solutions to meet current and future needs with a focus on AI-based technologies. 
  • Innovate. As a company that is shaping the industry it’s operating in - we are required to build new concepts and unique IP continuously in order  to keep our strategic advantage over our competition. 
  • Lead a team to be positioned best in our market by hiring the right people, mentoring them and leading a culture of excellence.
  • Work closely with multiple teams in the organization, including: Media buying, Business Insights, Content and C-level management. 

Key qualifications:

  • 8+ years of experience in software R&D managerial roles. 
  • Substantial experience in managing and scaling R&D teams in startup environments.
  • Strong knowledge of agile development methods, architectural principles, coding standards, and design patterns.
  • Team player with strong leadership abilities who is passionate about empowering people.
  • Obsessed with data; analytical and rigorous, with a thorough understanding of statistics and machine learning.
  • Can-Do and a hands-on approach.
  • Experience with AI-based algorithms - a big plus.
  • Experience with content creation and media buying - a big plus.


First Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity / expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law, where applicable. Those with criminal histories will be considered in a manner consistent with applicable state and local laws.

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