Technical Director at Kin + Carta

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Kin + Carta is a digital transformation organization. As one of the key strategic pillars, Kin + Carta Connect is a full-service digital agency that strategizes, designs, builds, implements, tests, and optimizes world-class, global, and multi-channel experiences.

The Technical Director will help to build the US technical, team, capability and sales effort. The Technical Director defines and ensures a comprehensive and coherent view across Business and Systems and Technology. This role goes beyond designing IT systems and enterprise solutions to deliver business change, as such this person should have deep business and industry expertise, be familiar with industry standards, and be able to work at the boardroom and senior management level. This individual will lead operations relating to market development and/or service delivery excellence. Finally, this individual will serve as  a role model in the technology community.

This role requires the ability to conduct discovery workshops with a cross functional team to define and consolidate business needs and layout a technology roadmap aligning business goals and needs.   This individual will be adept at crafting Enterprise/ Solution architecture services to solve customer problems.  Must have strong knowledge in defining UI/UX strategy to customers.

We’re looking for an individual with initiative, drive and desire to build a strong technology practice.

Responsibilities
  • Serve as the technical team leader in the strategy, design, and delivery of cutting-edge, business solutions across client engagements and internal delivery teams
  • Translate business requirements into well-architected solutions that best leverage platforms and/or services as well as a general understanding of Content and Commerce enterprise architectures 
  • Take on accountability for technology delivery across 2-4 clients at a given time - identifying and clearing issues while also providing client and consultant guidance for future mitigation
  • Help build engineering collateral for efficient implementation of Headless CMS, Services, and Martech platform projects
  • Provide technical guidance to architects and  junior developers around best practices in development - both back-end and front-end execution
  • Enforce best practices among the development team while building applications, services and platform implementations
  • Participate in business development activities such as sales pursuits with prospects, estimate new projects and define scope
  • Help enforce and implement current continuous integration processes  and continuous delivery for development, QA and live websites
Minimum Qualifications

We want all new hires to succeed in their roles at Kin + Carta. That's why we've outlined the job requirements below. To be considered for this role, it's important that you meet all Minimum Qualifications. If you do not meet all of the Preferred Qualifications, we still encourage you to apply.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related field
  • Experience leading 5+ complex platform implementation projects from design (architecture) through implementation and delivery for consulting clients
  • 7+ years of experience in development and experience working with various CMS systems such as AEM, Episerver, Sitecore, Contentful, Acquia, Contentstack with a focus on Headless implementation
  • Should be master in Functional Architecture Design
  • Should have experience in Business Knowledge, Integration & Orchestration, Technical Solution Design, Risk & Quality Management.
  • Strong knowledge and experience in integration with headless CMS, DAM and other content technologies
  • Strong knowledge of javascript frameworks (React.js, Node.js) and static site builders (Gatsby, Next.js)
  • Strong communication skills and relationship management
  • Ability to multi-task and work on multiple projects at one time
Preferred Qualifications
  • Work independently and as a member of a team
  • Work and communicate effectively with programmers and other IT staff and non-IT functional areas
  • Lead and coach staff toward thought leadership and project excellence
  • Engage in skills assessments and promote professional development of staff
  • Candidates should be flexible / willing to work across this delivery landscape which includes and not limited to Agile Applications Development, Support and Deployment
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Being proactive and willingness to learn, develop and adapt
About Kin + Carta

Kin + Carta exists to make the world work better by delivering transformative digital growth for our clients. As a digital transformation firm, we apply creativity, data, and technology to help clients invent, market, and operate new digital products and services that turn prospects into customers, and customers into advocates. Kin + Carta seamlessly integrates the strategic consulting, software engineering, and marketing technology needed to help businesses 'Make It Happen'. 

Consultants at Kin + Carta have the opportunity to: engage with the most cutting-edge emerging technologies, solve difficult problems for some of the world’s biggest companies, and work within a breadth of industries.

Kin + Carta is headquartered in Chicago and London with offices across four continents. Our culture and shared ways of working unite us globally, but it’s our diverse specialisms, our connections, and our courage that makes our firm a recognized best place to work.

We welcome our Kin to show up as their full selves every day. Because this is so important to us, Kin + Carta is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. If you need accommodations at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know. 

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Location

For those who love an office, our space in Chicago is in a great tech-focused building right by Ogilvie and Union Station in the West Loop.

An Insider's view of Kin + Carta

What are some social events your company does?

Kin + Carta celebrates holidays with our office in Argentina - our US offices have introduced Argentina to Halloween, and the Buenos Aires office introduced the US to “Friends Day” in July. We also have a book club, a board game club, football and a Bachelor fantasy draft, co-rec sports, wine tastings and happy hours to celebrate new hires.

Andrea

Client Lead

What does your typical day look like?

My days are pretty dynamic — I could be preparing to lead a workshop, working on a product roadmap, sitting with research on customer interviews, mentoring team members, etc. A few things are constant every day, though: I get to solve interesting problems, I get to be creative, and I get to work with amazing people.

Michelle

Global Chief of Staff

What makes someone successful on your team?

To me, what makes individuals on my team successful is a recognition that there is always something new to learn and always more room for growth. An open, honest desire to not only learn from your teammates' expertise, but also to share your own, is a huge part of what makes a teammate at Kin + Carta successful.

Reid

Technical Principal

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

As a digital innovation firm, creativity is in our DNA. We hold an annual client summit to harness the creativity of our Kin. Employees self-organize around our R&D function, solving problems with emerging technologies to show off to our clients. Many of these ideas have gone on to help our clients better understand their end-user.

Kelly

CEO

What are Kin + Carta Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Annually we celebrate "Pay It FWD" — a day of volunteering where employees combine forces & give back!
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Our Diversity, Philanthropy, Wellness, and Social Committees can be joined by any member of our Kin who is interested in collaborating on events and making an impact upon our culture!
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
We offer quarterly "Overcoming Unconscious Bias" training, which creates a common language about bias and arms Kin with tactics to mitigate it across the firm.
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Anyone at Kin + Carta can create an affinity group — a safe space for the group and its allies to celebrate and reflect on shared experiences, as well as advocate for positive change across the fir
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Kin + Carta's FSA offers that employees contribute to: Flexible Spending Account, Limited Purpose Spending Account, Dependent Care FSA, Transportation, & Parking.
Disability Insurance
We offer employer-paid STD & LTD. STD has a benefit amount of 60% of your weekly earnings up to $1,500 per week. LTD has a benefit amount of 60% of your monthly earnings up to $10,000 per month.
Dental Benefits
Kin + Carta offers national PPO & HMO coverage though Delta Dental. Both plans pay provides 100% preventative care (includes oral exams, cleanings, x-rays, and fluoride treatment).
Vision Benefits
We offer national vision coverage through VSP which provides 100% coverage for annual eye exams after a $10 copay, lenses covered after a $25 copay and frames and contact lenses are covered up to $130
Health Insurance Benefits
Kin + Carta offers a national PPO and two HDHP plans through BCBS. The HDHPs have an HSA with an employer contribution up to $1,000 per year.
Life Insurance
We offer company-paid AD&D and life insurance up to $50,000. Employees have the option to elect additional Life, Critical Illness, or Accident Insurance for themself, spouse or child.
Pet Insurance
Kin + Carta offers “My Pet Protection” insurance from Nationwide which helps you provide your pets with the best care possible by reimbursing you for vet bills.
Wellness Programs
From mindfulness walk weeks to Lunch & Learns, our Wellness Committee enables a workplace that encourages environmental and social support of a healthy lifestyle.
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Kin + Carta offers company-paid Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Kin + Carta offers traditional and Roth 401(k) through Mercer Wise Retirement.
401(K) Matching
Kin + Carta offers a 4% matching contribution that is immediately vested.
Performance Bonus
Kin + Carta offers a competitive incentive program that pays out annually.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Kin + Carta offers a 12-week company-paid maternity and paternity leave.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Most of the positions available at Kin + Carta give our employees the opportunity to choose between working primarily from an office, completely virtually, or a hybrid split between the two.
Family Medical Leave
Kin + Carta offers unpaid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Our "Time Away from Work" policy gives employees unlimited PTO, empowering our Kin to take the time off they need.
Paid Volunteer Time
Employees can volunteer in their communities, using our unlimited PTO.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees can take sick days, using our unlimited PTO.
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some of our favorites include our New Hire Happy Hours, our company-wide holiday party, our annual volunteer event (Pay It FWD), and team outings!
Game Room
Kin + Carta's game room is decked out with snacks, a ping pong table, Wii games, a shuffleboard, and board games for all employees to use when they need a break.
Stocked Kitchen
Our Office Experience team helps to ensure that we always have fruit, coffee (brewed & a fancy espresso machine!), tea, snacks available, and all of the flavored LaCroix that we can handle.
Some Meals Provided
We celebrate our employee's birthdays with a monthly breakfast or lunch that the whole company is able to attend.
Happy Hours
Company-wide happy hours, as well as team happy hours are common at Kin + Carta. The themes and locations differ, but they are always a good time!
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Kin + Carta offers an annual reimbursement up to $300 for employees who are working virtually or hybrid.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
We offer a wide range of internal training programs, as well as a training budget to pursue professional development.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
All Kin are assigned a People Leader who provides 1-to-1 support, career mentoring, and leadership advocacy.
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

We have a variety of fun perks, but our favorites focus on our employee's development. We know that investing in employee growth is crucial to our success as a forward-thinking firm. All full-time employees have an annual training budget and unlimited PTO, which can be allocated to training. Employees will use this to take classes, buy materials, and go to conferences.

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