Technical Director-Retail Engineering
Inspire Brands

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Posted in Retail
18 days ago

Job Info

Lead the technical delivery of highly scalable and performant restaurant/retail technology, in collaboration with cross functional business and technology teams. The role will lead a team of software engineers and developers in an Agile environment to build cloud, on-premise, and hybrid retail solutions with features that support product and brand roadmaps, and personalized customer experiences.

This position can be located in our Oklahoma City Support Center or Atlanta Support Center.


  • Research, select, develop, deploy, communicate and maintain in-store technology and related solutions for all restaurants. Solutions noted also include all business partner relationships, their service level monitoring and budgetary commitments.

  • Serve as the subject matter expertise relates to all facets of point of sale, peripheral, back office solutions, above store reporting and system interface while demonstrating experience in improving restaurant operations introducing new and creative application of technology.

  • Oversee the engineering execution (backlog grooming, work estimation, engineering best practices, coding, and delivery) of strategic guest experience initiatives.

  • Develop and lead a team of highly skilled business, technology and staff members tasked with supporting strategic initiatives as well as promoting new process and procedures that enhance the return on investment made in our in-store technologies. Individual development plans for direct reports and key staff are required as a living document.

  • Direct and manage implementation partners (onshore and offshore) for all engineering activities.

  • Manage department G&A budget to include all staff, service and business partner expenses within established guidelines and budgets.

  • Maintain current knowledge base related to all regulated and internal compliance requirements. In addition, provide IT management forward looking plans for maintaining compliance across all spectrums of in-store technology after coordinating with department peers.

  • Deliver solutions in an Agile environment; implement and leverage best practices and proven methodologies (e.g., Scrum and Kanban) to deliver iterative and frequent capabilities, features, and releases.

  • Provide critical linkage amongst restaurant, operations, architecture, infrastructure, product, and marketing teams to identify and prioritize the product features aimed to deliver the highest value experience and return on investment.

  • Effectively manage Projects and Programs: manage assigned projects and programs either directly or by overseeing project leaders and program managers. Review and approve project team structure, staffing, project plans, project budget. Deliver regular status reporting to IT management. Act as liaison with vendors of contract services to project teams.

  • Provide training and development opportunities, including stretch assignments, for team members and give honest and open feedback to aid in the development of talent

  • Perform other job-related duties as may be assigned or required.


  • 4 year degree in Computer Science, Information Management, or related preferred


  • 8+ years of experience in the areas of retail solutions engineering in a high-traffic and transaction environment

  • 8+ years of experience working in a large-scale, global company known for its digital presence, preferably a Fortune 500 company


  • Cloud Computing: Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), or Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

  • Database: Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server, Casandra, or comparable

  • Languages: Java, Golang, .NET, Scala, or comparable

  • Rich Application: JavaScript, AJAX, Node.js, AngularJS, React JS, React Native, jQuery

  • Agile Tools: Atlassian Jira & Confluence, Teams and/or Slack

  • Exceptional communication skills including written, verbal and presentations

  • Deep software engineering and technical experience; leading highly technical teams and platforms in web, mobile, and/or ecommerce

  • Demonstrated experience implementing and delivering in an Agile environment

  • Ability to perform a variety of responsibilities at the strategic and operational level

  • Demonstrated success in management of key creative projects through external agency / managed service vendor

  • Experience working in a large-scale, global organization with a reputable digital presence

  • Proven expertise in contract negotiation, formalization and ongoing vendor management

  • Ability to attract, energize and develop team members through incentives and timely feedback

  • Leader of leaders; Experience leading leaders, who in turn lead their teams

  • Knowledge and experience collaborating with cross functional stakeholders to transfer strategy to practical application

At SONIC, we encourage and attract wildly creative people. Bold, unique personalities whose passion for what they do shows in the food, the experience and the culture of our brand. Sound like you? Join us as we deliver delightful and delicious moments to our guests!

Inspire Brands is a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes more than 11,200 Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings, SONIC Drive-In, Rusty Taco and Jimmy John's locations worldwide.

We're made up of some of the world's most iconic restaurant brands, but we're much more than just a restaurant company. We're a team of hundreds of thousands who individually and collectively are changing the way people eat, drink and gather around the table. We know that food is much more than a staple-it's an experience. At Inspire, that's our purpose: to ignite and nourish flavorful experiences.


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