Discovery Communications

Development Manager - Digital

3 months ago
Requisition ID
Career Category
IT & Technical Operations
Company Employee Full-Time

Position Summary

Discovery Digital are excited to be recruiting the new opportunity of Development Manager. The individual will have overall responsibility for the day-to-day technical production of all our new Digital OTT products (D-Play) across Europe, ensuring that products are delivered on time, within budget and meeting quality specifications set out by the business.


The Development Manager involves planning, organising, resourcing and managing a team of varying sizes (15-20 individuals) in collaboration with Technical Project Managers. The successful candidate will be responsible for keeping the relevant key stakeholders informed of all areas of the product. (Product, Platform, Front End apps and Web)



    • The primary function of the Development Manager is to ensure that software development is and remains under control and on track at all times.  
    • Collaborates with both Product and commercial teams as well as wider Discovery technology teams.
    • A proven track record is expected to demonstrate strong leadership, planning and organisation, decision-making and communication skills.
    • Working with key stakeholders to deliver a high- quality technical product on time and to budget.
    • Ability to seek out and assimilate information, building plans, understanding impediments and identifying solutions, actioning & flagging them accordingly.
    • Maintain effective communications with team members, key stakeholders, senior management throughout the duration of the project, in addition to managing the team leads of sub-areas of the project.
    • Develop and clearly communicate project goals and expectations to the team leads and team through frequent performance and progress feedback meetings. Ensure the team follows as directed by assigning work and ensuring clear communication of deadlines to team leads, and that all staff understand the task (what’s to be achieved), leaving no ambiguity.
    • Follow up with team leads on a regular basis monitoring progress and performance. Assimilate information to enable key decision-making and information dissemination to the team.
    • Whilst the responsibility of project schedule lies with delivery teams and PM’s, it is the Development Managers responsibility to ensure that the schedule of the project/s are assigned and if there are potential changes, risks or impacts that these are communicated in a timely manner.
    • Effectively track the project and at any time be prepared to report on project/s status to senior management, and ensuring proactive, timely reporting if not on target.
    • Working with any external partners to ensure timely delivery of assets / source code, and that the quality expectations are being met at all times with relevant steer being given as appropriate.
    • The Development Manager is responsible for the effective day-to-day running of the team and maintaining a team mentality of high-performance.
    • Practice team development through effective open communication, reinforcing the professional growth of the team members, and establishing clearly defined goals and program objectives.
    • Ensure that new team members (both new employees and project transfers) are made welcome and are successfully integrated into the team.



  • Exceptional leadership in project management, evangeliser, and enforcer of the standards and guidelines of our Development Process. A proven motivator and team leader, with the ability to drive teams forward while maintaining strong morale, focus and efficiency.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and listening skills. An eye for detail and proven organisational skills.
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced and fast-changing environment. To track overall budget and spending to ensure control of development costs.
  • Able to balance technical solutions with time, cost and human factors; and to devote the necessary time to planning, directing and controlling team activities.
  • Extensive, practical project management experience, managing budgets and spending with experience of controlling development costs, whilst ensuring quality is achieved and deadlines hit.
  • Experience of working with multiple stakeholders (internal and external) with different goals, objectives and aspirations.
  • Excellent technical awareness and skills, including working knowledge of
    • Backend: PHP Frameworks,  Zend, Cake. GitHub
    • Client side: Javascript, Ajax, Bootstrap, CSS/HTML and JSON
    • Technologies and Products : OTT players, BrightCove, Wordpress, Freewheel, Adobe Experience manager, Adobe Analytics.



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