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Development Manager/Tech Lead

Funded Club

This is a Contract position in Vaughan, ON posted November 30, 2021.

We believe in transparency, fairness, and collaboration while we passionately work on some of the toughest use cases in OTT video; and enthusiastic about massive scale and agility. If you get excited about building the future of OTT video, and aspire to be part of a high-performing, learning-oriented, and caring culture–you have landed on the right company. This role does require that the individual hired has been vaccinated. This is a remote role but the candidate does need to reside in our around Toronto because it will required to attend planning and/or design meetings occasionally in the office. 

Primarily Focused on:

  • Leading a team of high performing engineers to build, scale, monitor, and optimize platforms, systems, and services.
  • Being a hands-on manager with an established background in developing high volume and highly available services.
  • Mentor and grow super star Software Development Employees to take on increasingly higher responsibilities. This is inclusive but not limited to: providing guidance on implementation and design best practices to other developers; participation in Agile sprint planning sessions and providing constructive feedback; Creating and enforcing development processes and standards that enhance the team’s efficiency and the quality of the software deliverables.
  • Act as a technical leader in charge defining and guiding all technical aspects of the solution.
  • Produce design artifacts such as class diagrams and sequence diagrams for browsers lib features or client solutions. Generate product documentation for releases.
  • Implement product features within a team using best practices to meet product deliverables.
  • Guide the technical activities of the team to ensure that deadlines are met, and the product roadmap is adhered to.
  • Create technical work breakdown structures and task dependencies.
  • Help the Product Management team with high-level estimation and clarification of technical implementation of features.
  • Be highly responsive to critical production issues providing timely and effective solutions.
  • Responsibility for project Risk Management, Status reporting & tracking, and Scope Management.


Experience & Technical Requirements: 

  • You have a demonstrated passion and talent for technology.
  • Your experience designing and implementing enterprise grade software is vast spanning 10 or more years.
  • You have at least 5 years of experience as an independent  Software Developer
  • Part of your previous experience includes technical leadership. 
  • We would consider your knowledge of Microservices, GoLang and/or Java to be strong. 
  • You are familiar with video encoders and codecs (H.264 and/or H.265 and/or VP9), as well as DevOps practices.
  • You are comfortable acting as the technical liaison for product development activities.
  • Ensure that software is developed with high quality and thasues raised during the software development lifecycle are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Experience with agile development methodologies and Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
  • Ability to effectively estimate and contribute to business and technology solutions.
  • Track record of developing and motivating a development team.
  • Available to work a flexible schedule.

Soft Skills:

  • Your proactive and energetic personality allows your effective communication to technical and non-technical stakeholders to translate across teams.  
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, motivational and team building skills.
  • Creative thinking, in depth problem solving and unblocking are exhilarating to you.
  • You consider yourself passionate about leading teams. 
  • Your high emotional intelligence and low ego compliment your skilled active listening skills.
  • You continually desire to stay curious, speak up, focus on impact, and be supportive. These four specific core principles are critical to your success here at Firstlight, and we understand that when you succeed–Firstlight succeeds.

Nice to Have:

  • Worked on OTT streaming application(s). 
  • Experience with FFMpeg API and command-line tools.