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A mountain lion is on its way back to the wild on Sunday after it startled residents in a Tulare neighborhood the previous evening, officials said. The Tulare Police Department began getting calls just after 9 p.m. about a big cat spotted near Live Oak Middle School on Laspina Street. Word of the mountain lion sightings had quickly spread through the apps Ring and Nextdoor, Visalia Times-Delta reported. After a “long search,” officials found the big cat about 1/2 mile […]

L.A. Will Have to Stretch Funds to Meet Goal of Building 10,000 Houses for Homeless in 10 Years

In 2016, Los Angeles voters approved a $1.2-billion bond measure to help fund housing for homeless people, with a goal of 10,000 new units in a decade. Now, after hustling to get as many housing projects started as soon as possible, city officials are coming to the end of the money available through Proposition HHH, and it’s not certain that promise will be kept. The city has committed two-thirds of the bond to secure a little more than half the […]

Sri Lanka, Citing ‘False News Reports,’ Temporarily Blocks Social Media After Attacks

Sri Lanka placed a nationwide block on social media sites after more than 200 people died in multiple attacks on Sunday. The government, in taking the drastic step, cited “false news reports” it said were circulating online. The shutdown, which the government said would be temporary, highlights the challenges the world’s most powerful tech companies face in curbing the spread of misinformation and propaganda in the aftermath of terrorist attacks. It also raises questions of censorship and a government’s ability to turn off the […]

Biologists Find Mercury Contamination in Hundreds of Peregrine Falcons Across U.S.

A Nevada wildlife researcher has found that not even the fastest bird on Earth can escape mercury contamination. The toxic element is turning up in feathers of peregrine falcons from coast to coast, including those at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, state Department of Wildlife biologist Joe Barnes told the Las Vegas Review-Journal . Over the past decade, Barnes has tested for mercury in 700 individual peregrines in southern Nevada, Washington, Maryland and the Gulf Coast of Texas. “Every […]

1 Killed in Crash Involving 5 Off-Road Vehicles in San Luis Obispo County

Authorities say a woman was killed in a five-vehicle crash at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area on California’s central coast. The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports the crash happened Friday as a group of off-road vehicles were following each other at speeds up to 60 mph (97 kph). The woman was a passenger in the lead vehicle, which tumbled end-over-end after flying off a dune and losing control. She later died at a hospital. The newspaper says the driver and […]

SpaceX Capsule Suffers ‘Anomaly,’ Smoke Seen for Miles

Officials say SpaceX’s new capsule for astronauts suffered an “anomaly” during a routine engine test firing in Florida, causing smoke to be seen for miles. Forty-fifth Space Wing Spokesman Jim Williams tells Florida Today that the anomaly happened Saturday at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station while the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule was undergoing a “static test fire.” Williams says no one was injured and the anomaly was contained. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon successfully flew without a crew to the International Space […]

Trump Called on Spy Chiefs for Help as Russia Probe Began: Report

Two months before special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed in the spring of 2017, President Donald Trump picked up the phone and called the head of the largest U.S. intelligence agency. Trump told Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, that news stories alleging that Trump’s 2016 White House campaign had ties to Russia were false and the president asked whether Rogers could do anything to counter them. Rogers and his deputy Richard Ledgett, who was present for the […]

Avenatti Accused of Embezzling Nearly $2 Million That NBA Player Paid Ex-Girlfriend

When Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat wired $2.75 million to Michael Avenatti in January 2017, the pro basketball player intended most of the money to go to his former girlfriend, Alexis Gardner. Avenatti was Gardner’s attorney. An actress and barista, she’d hired him just a few weeks before to negotiate a settlement of a potential lawsuit against Whiteside. It’s unclear what she would have alleged. Avenatti quickly struck a $3 million deal, and the $2.75 million was Whiteside’s first […]

A 5-Year-Old Illinois Boy is Missing, and Police Don’t Think He Walked Away or Was Abducted

Police looking for a 5-year-old Illinois boy reported missing from his home say they’re putting special focus on the residence after determining it’s likely he neither was abducted nor walked away. The boy’s parents reported Andrew “AJ” Freund missing Thursday morning, telling police they last saw him around 9 p.m. the evening before, at bedtime, according to a release by the Crystal Lake Police Department. The search has included 15 police agencies, drones, and rescue canine units. Sonar teams that […]

‘Can You Bring Me Mcdonald’s?’: Michigan 5-Year-Old Calls 911 For Help With Fast Food Craving

A 5-year-old from Michigan made a memorable call to police after craving some fast food recently. According to WZZM, Iziah Hall really wanted McDonad’s, but his grandma was still sleeping. So, the boy decided to call 911 to see if they could help. Here’s how the conversation went: Dispatcher: “Kent County 911 what’s your emergency?” Iziah: “Can you bring me McDonald’s?” Dispatcher: “I’m sorry what?” Iziah: “Can you bring me McDonald’s?” Dispatcher: “No I can’t bring you McDonald’s.” From there, dispatchers reached out […]

Felicity Huffman Could Get Home Confinement Over Prison Time

When actress Felicity Huffman announced she would plead guilty to charges related to the college admissions scandal, she expressed unwavering remorse for her actions. “I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” she wrote. “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and […]

Man Injured in Suspected Gang-Related Shooting in Pomona

Authorities are investigating a possible gang-related shooting that left one man injured in Pomona early Sunday morning, the Pomona Police Department said. Officers responded to the 700 block of East Alvarado Street at around 2:45 a.m. to find a man suffering form at least one gunshot wound to his upper torso, police said. The victim, 28-year-old Joseph Padilla, was transported to a nearby hospital in stable condition, according to authorities. Police said the victim was “uncooperative with officers” and that […]

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LAPD Sending Officers to Local Places of Worship After Sri Lanka Easter Sunday Bombings Kill Hundreds

Citing an abundance of caution, Los Angeles police plan to appear at local places of worship after eight Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka killed more than 200 people, including Americans. Officers will also respond to other locations where families are gathering for the holiday. “Southern California residents are waking up this Easter Sunday morning to news of a violent terrorist attack in Sri Lanka, and while there is no nexus to Los Angeles at this time, the LAPD is […]

2 Dead After Car Slams Into Tree, Bursts Into Flames in Suspected Street Racing Crash in Santa Ana

Two people are dead after their vehicle crashed into a tree and burst into flames in a suspected street racing crash in Santa Ana, police said Sunday. At around 9:18 p.m. Saturday, authorities started receiving several calls about a car on fire in the 3200 block of South Bear Street. Officers arrived to find the vehicle fully engulfed in flames, according to Santa Ana police. After Orange County Fire Authority crews responded to the scene and extinguished the fire, the […]

2 Florida Middle School Students Plotted to Kill 9 People, Police Say

Two Florida middle school students are facing felony charges for conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping after their arrests on Wednesday, CNN affiliate WFTS reports. According to arrest records, an Avon Park Middle School teacher noticed the 14-year-old girls acting “hysterical” while looking for a folder. The teacher told authorities she heard one of the teenagers say, “I’m just going to tell them it’s a prank if they call me or if they find it.” “It doesn’t matter if they […]

5 Years Later, Some Fear O.C. Jail Snitch Scandal Will Go Unpunished

Nearly five years have passed since a lawyer representing the man who slaughtered eight people inside a Seal Beach salon first raised questions about the way investigators used informants inside Orange County’s jails. The accusation — that sheriff’s deputies planted a prolific snitch in the cell of confessed killer Scott Dekraai in the hopes of eliciting information without his lawyer present, and then covered up their unconstitutional actions — seemed outlandish at the time. But jailhouse records soon proved otherwise, […]

Gunfire Follows Traffic Stop in South L.A., Leaving Officer and Suspect Wounded

An officer remains in stable condition Sunday after gunfire that broke out during a foot pursuit in South Los Angeles left him and the suspected shooter wounded. Gang investigators with LAPD’s Newton Division tried to pull over a driver just after 9 p.m. Saturday near 51st Street and Long Beach Avenue in South L.A.’s Central-Alameda neighborhood, according to the agency. But the sole occupant of the vehicle exited and ran, and the officers gave chase for about 100 to 150 […]

‘Several’ Americans Among More Than 200 People Killed in Sri Lanka Easter Sunday Bombings

More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in eight bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels in or near Sri Lanka’s capital on Easter Sunday — the deadliest violence the South Asian island country has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade ago. Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena described the bombings as a terrorist attack by religious extremists, and police said 13 suspects were arrested, though there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Wijewardena said […]

Head of Technology/CTO

Wpromote - El Segundo, CA

Posted a month ago

About Wpromote


Here at Wpromote, one of the nation's leading digital marketing firms, we invite you to "Think Like A Challenger" and push our clients to take on the 800 lb. gorillas of their industries. Our crew of 400+ digital marketeers breathes in marketing and exhales ROI, and we challenge our clients and ourselves each and every day to surpass yesterday's expectations! Our award-winning campaigns have helped hundreds of companies from startups to Fortune 500 brands thrive. If you've heard of Forever 21, Verizon, Papyrus, TOMS, Wienerschnitzel, or Zenni Optical, you've heard of our clients. And we want you to join us in making our clients even better.


The Perks


If you're not already convinced, our amazing perks have made us one of the Best Places to Work in the US two years running according to Ad Age, and one of Los Angeles' best places to work 5 years in a row. Here's why:


  • 80% coverage of basic medical, vision, and dental insurance.

  • Traditional 401k and/or Roth 401k matching.

  • Quarterly team social events, birthday celebrations, chili cook offs, holiday half days and summer half day Fridays, and more.

  • Yoga sessions two times a week to help you de-stress and recharge. Stretch it off; it's the new norm.

  • Unlimited PTO and an innovative Work From Anywhere policy that gives our employees freedom to stretch their wings - and catch the cable guy.

  • Coffee, tea, juice, and cereal. A vending machine that has every snack imaginable.

  • Fresh fruit Mondays, Veggie Tuesdays, Yogurt Wednesdays, and Bagel Fridays!

  • Dog friendly office. Seriously.

  • Beautifully designed and modern office: standing desks, outdoor seating, courtyard, and breakout rooms.

  • Break time: ping-pong, shuffleboard, and Bocce ball. Any time is break time.

  • But wait, we have more! We have electric full body massage chairs so you can work while getting a massage.

The Role


Wpromote is one of the world's leading digital marketing firms, helping Challenger Brands profitably grow, scale and achieve amazing results. As part of our quest to up-end the marketing world, we are looking for a rockstar head of engineering and technology to spearhead our efforts to build a first-in-our-industry set of tools to make our team of 400+ marketers super-human. From paid search experts building million-keyword campaigns to keyword analysis tools used by our Content Marketing wizzes to our data scientists ingesting years of purchase data to build customer lifetime value models, we spend a lot of time doing repetitive tasks. If we can turn 10 hours of work into 1 hour through smart tools and automation, we can reinvest those 9 hours in critical thinking, hypothesis testing and analysis, and ultimately performance for our clients. If we do this across our hundreds of marketers and thousands of tasks, we can fundamentally change the digital marketing business.


If you are hands-on engineering leader with a business mind and digital marketing chops, we want to get to know you, share our vision and accomplish amazing things together.


Awards? We have them in spades; Wpromote was named Ad Age's #3 best place to work not just because of our long list of perks below:


  • 100% employee coverage of medical, vision, and dental insurance.

  • Traditional 401k and/or Roth 401k matching.

  • Unlimited PTO and a flexible Work From Anywhere policy

  • Quarterly team social events, birthday celebrations, chili cook offs, holiday half days and summer half day Fridays, and more.

  • Yoga sessions once a week and fitness studio partnerships

  • Coffee, tea, juice, and cereal. A vending machine that has every snack imaginable.

  • Dog friendly office

  • Standing desks, full body massage chairs, ping-pong, shuffleboard, and bocce ball

  • But equally, because "We make Mondays suck less." We have built a fun, supportive, and engaging culture that continues to evolve through collaboration, drive, transparency, and respect.


The Head of Technology/CTO, as a member of the executive leadership team, is responsible for establishing the company's technical vision, developing a roadmap and leading all aspects of the company's technology development. The Head of Technology/CTO plays an integral role in setting the company's strategic direction, development and future growth, positioning the company's service offering as a leader in the digital marketing space. At Wpromote, we are excited to embrace the future of digital marketing, and with it the knowledge that we will require intelligent automation solutions across all aspects of digital marketing in order to compete in a hyper-competitive and crowded marketplace.


As a Digital Marketing agency, we are focused on being on the leading edge of technology & innovation that can be driven by new solutions. This is not a client-facing role, but the ideal candidate will need to be able to effectively articulate and understand the needs of the organization in servicing our clients. Working side by side with the VP of Paid Media & VP of Digital Intelligence, this individual will be empowered to determine our future roadmap for solving challenges and growth of the engineering team respectively.


Responsibilities


  • Defines, articulates, and executes engineering, product & solution development strategy.

  • Leads a team of Engineers working in parallel with our Digital Intelligence & Data Science leadership.

  • Oversees strategy & output for the engineering team

  • Guides organization-wide technology decisions related to reporting, management and automation of digital marketing functions and proactively develop solutions that solve for future challenges facing our clients, as well as internal infrastructure solutions designed to drive efficiency & enable teams to be more productive

  • Provides thought leadership on technology across the organization and within the digital marketing industry, positioning Wpromote as a leader in technological innovation.

  • Guides Engineering product development roadmap, including the development of:

  • Reporting APIs (Bixby API): Ongoing maintenance, development & support for omni-channel reporting from Paid Media platforms (leveraging Funnel.io & BigQuery) UI (including but not limited to Google Analytics, Google Ads, Google Campaign Manager, Facebook Ads, Facebook Analytics, Bing Ads, Pinterest Ads, Criteo).

  • Platform Management APIs (Bixby API): Development of platform management & optimization solutions via Paid Media Management APIs (including but not limited to Google Analytics, Google Ads, Google Campaign Manager, Facebook Ads, Facebook Analytics, Bing Ads, Pinterest Ads, Criteo).

  • Managed Data Warehousing: Structured data storage, security & joining with multiple, disparate data sources provided as a managed service to clients.

  • Client Relationship Management Portal (Bixby CRM): A centralized database of all client information integrated with data from the Wpromote Data Warehouse (Reporting) and 3rd party data sources (including but not limited to BuiltWith, Demandbase, Axicom, Epsilon)

  • Standardizes process for vetting new technologies, identifying decision makers and measuring utilization and effectiveness of selected technologies. Understanding & outlining the use cases for building vs. buying new technologies to solve for business challenges.

  • Supports internal marketing team in continued development and optimization of the company website

  • Provides ongoing education around technical solutions within the Marketing Technology space to leadership and provide analysis of various organizations technical offerings

Requirements


Must Have


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science/Engineering , business or related field

  • 5+ years of people management experience, leading technical professionals to meet the strategic business needs of the company

  • 12+ years of professional development experience

  • Product Lifecycle Management experience

  • Possess a strong knowledge of digital marketing technology & measurement solutions

  • A Collaborative and proactive approach to problem solving; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical initiatives

  • Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution, consensus building skills

  • Excellent creative hands on problem solver; ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem

  • Full stack developer with a passion for building & growing engineering teams

  • Capable to architect a scalable, secure technology stack

  • Ability to communicate technical solutions

  • Proven track record of effectively managing budgets

Nice to Have


  • Experience with establishing SDLC with application security frameworks - i.e. OWASP

  • Eye for design

  • Experience architecting & developing for CRM platforms

  • Familiarity with Agile project management

  • Working knowledge of Salesforce and Netsuite

  • Experience working with AWS (Lamda, EC2, S3, RDS, Auto Scaling ) and G Suite

  • Bonus - knowledge and experience integrating with Asana, and/or PandaDoc

  • Experience working with analytics platforms (especially related to management & reporting APIs)

  • Direct experience developing a primary online advertising platform (Google, Facebook, Bing, Instagram, Snap, etc.) or third-party software that leverages the API for these platforms to improve performance

  • Experience working PHP, Python, MongoDB, React, Angular

  • Knowledge of trends impacting the digital marketing industry, from privacy concerns (e.g. ITP 2.1) to regulations (e.g. CCPA, GDPR) that may impact the work of the engineering team
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