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Mgr Software Engineering

Date: Mar 3, 2023

Location: Pune, MH, IN

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 18315

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“Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a high-purpose, high-performing, leading K-12 EdTech company, powered by values and culture that support continuous learning and rapid innovation. Known for serving more than 50 million students and 4 million educators in 150+ countries, we provide learning to countless students and teachers, transforming lives, supporting communities, and making our society more open, just, and inclusive for all. HMH Technology India Pvt. Ltd. is our technology and innovation arm in India, focused on developing products and solutions using cutting-edge technology in order to better serve education globally. We aim to help employees grow as people, not just as professionals. We do work that matters and are in a unique position to support and empower people’s lives.”




Software Engineering Manager


About HMH:

HMH is a learning technology company committed to delivering connected solutions that engage learners, empower educators, and improve student outcomes. As a leading provider of K–12 core curriculum, supplemental and intervention solutions and professional learning services, HMH partners with educators and school districts to uncover solutions that unlock students' potential and extend teachers' capabilities. HMH serves more than 50 million students and 4 million educators in 150 countries.


About the role:

As a Software Engineering Manager, you will lead one or more teams of software engineers working within an international Technology Solutions Group that has teams across the United States, Europe and Canada. Using your strong technical background and leadership skills, you will foster a productive engineering culture and provide technical leadership, motivation and guidance to your teams. You will be accountable for quality of development efforts, performing code reviews, promoting engineering best practices, as well as working with Architecture and Product teams to determine the best technical solutions. You will partner with Product Owners to define the roadmap and the overall strategy and vision for your area of the business. You will be a key guide to engineers for their career development, yearly goal-setting and performance management, and ensure the teams are aware of the expectations of their role, and of the team generally.  You will support the recruiting processes for your teams.


Leading Teams & Strategic Planning

  • You will be responsible for leading teams to design and deliver major software components, and collaborate with other managers and functions in the process.
  • As a leader you will translate HMH’s strategic vision and strategy into action, helping your teams understand their role in realizing this vision.
  • You will be adept at building collaborative, motivated, interdependent teams who will work with product, design and architecture teams in the delivery of software products.
  • You can demonstrate effective communication within the Engineering group, and across business functions.
  • You are adept at coaching and performance management of team members and ensure a focus on personal & career development. You play a leading role in attracting, hiring and retaining talent.


Engineering Expertise

  • You will use your engineering knowledge to identify and solve problems and to foresee potential issues and risks. You will manage risks and ensure effective escalation of issues which impact other teams.
  • You will promote a creative culture that stimulates innovative approaches to solving problems. You encourage proactive, open communication and collaboration within your teams and between other teams and groups.         
  • Quality is non-negotiable in delivery. You will ensure high quality standards and practices are followed in your team(s) and the end product is robust, high-availability best-in-class software applications.


How We Work (Competencies):

  • A focus on customers – our goal is to make products which delight our customers
  • Foster engagement – you will be responsible for building engaged, motivated teams
  • Value differences – we rely on a cross-collaborative culture where diverse opinions and ideas are encouraged
  • Drive results – when our teams know what to do, you will ensure our end goals are met
  • Instill Trust – build your teams’ network within our Technology Solutions Group


Technology Stack at HMH:

We give you the best tools and latest technologies to keep you learning and growing. Here’s a small sample of our tech stack;

  • Methodology                                      - Scrum, Lean and Agile
  • Microservices                                      - Java, Spring Boot, Maven, NodeJS,
  • Cloud/Container technologies            - AWS, Docker and Kubernetes
  • Development tools                             - GitHub, Jira, Confluence, Datadog
  • Database technologies                       - PostgreSQL, GraphQL, MySQL, Elastic Search and Redis
  • Operating frameworks                        - Apache Kafka
  • CI/CD                                                   - Jenkins, Concourse
  • QE tools                                               - jUnit / xUnit,  Mockito / Moq, Supertest, Ava
  • Web technologies                               - ReactJS, ECMAScript6, Node/NPM, Jenkins, GIT
     You can find out more on our HMH Engineering Blog.


Skills & Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience in Software Engineering
  • 3 to 5 years' end-to-end people management experience
  • Experience working with a team on a large project in an Agile environment
  • Experience working with JVM-based languages such as Java
  • Experience with test-driven development, building test plans, unit tests, and automated testing frameworks
  • Experience in analyzing and scaling large systems, web development, Javascript frameworks (e.g., ReactJS), or DevOps/infrastructure tasks
  • Experience in Spring Boot, web services, building APIs and services using REST, SOAP, etc.
  • Knowledge of container technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes
  • Proficient with code versioning tools such as CVS, SVN and Git
  • Experience in  cloud technologies (AWS/Azure) and systems like Apache Kafka, Apache Spark, Amazon Kinesis, etc.
  • Have SQL and No-SQL database experience (Postgres/MySql/Oracle and MongoDB / CosmosDB /RavenDB or CouchDB, etc)
  • Think in CI/CD and DevOps mindset/culture
  • Preferably experience with serverless (Functions/Lambda or containers)


Required Education:

  •  A BS/MS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a STEM field



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