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Technical Lead

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Vitamin T is currently in search of a Technical Lead for our client in Metro Detroit. This is a long term role!

*Must be eligible to work in the US

Position Server Side Technical Lead 

Reporting to Technical Manager 

Location Dearborn 

Working with Wider Account Management Team / Creative Team / 

Production Management / Commercial 

Management / Internal Specialist Departments / Digital 

Technology Team 

We are is a global, independent experience agency. We are a dynamic organisation. Our people are drawn 

from many disciplines to deliver an award winning service to our clients. We passionately believe in the creative 

power of the mind and the transformational value of experiences. We create effective engagement through 

experiences, helping to build relationships between people, brands, products and services. We are constantly 

evolving in response to our clients ever changing needs. We transform business through creativity. 

The Team 

The Ford team in our Dearborn office comprises a team of digital specialists, production managers, account 

managers, 2D graphical and 3D designers who deliver auto show exhibitions and experiences.

The central digital technology team consists of multi discipline developers and technical leads who work together 

to create exciting and innovative technology solutions across the business. 

The role will be based in our Dearborn office with a focus on North America however, given the international 

nature of our business, may require travel to Europe, Asia and the Americas for periods of up to 3 weeks. 

Ford Technical Lead 

The Ford team is looking for a technical lead to help manage and develop digital technology 

solutions across a variety of exciting experiences. You will be key in scoping, designing and documenting 

software while working across the Ford and central digital technology teams. You will lead the technical delivery 

of projects as well as going on site to install and manage the support of the software. 

We are looking for a passionate individual that has a deep understanding of digital technical with a focus on 

producing successful digital products. The eligible candidate should have a desire to constantly innovate to 

produce new and exciting digital solutions. 

Key attributes: 

● Excitement for technology, constantly striving to be ahead of the curve 

● Good knowledge of server side technologies 

● Good knowledge of continuous integration and deployment technologies 

● Highly organised, with exceptional attention to detail 

● Calm under pressure 

● Approachable 

● Multi­tasker, with effective time management skills 

● High level of understanding of software production processes 


· Leading the production of interactive applications 

· Costing, scoping, designing and planning software for any technology 

· Reporting the production status to the Ford Technical Manager on a regular basis 

· Ensure coding and documentation standards are met and the deployment pipeline is used continuously 

through development and always on deployment 

· Ensure release management processes are adhered to 

· Work with and improve processes which help to ensure technical delivery, stability and maintainability 

within each project 

· Work with project management staff to ensure they are informed of development progress 

· Ensure all software is tested before release and quality assurance is met 

· Provide on­site technical leadership, coordinating the installation of software with the hardware team and 

debugging problems to resolve 

· Be able to delve into any coding language to fix issues and recompile software under pressure 

· Work with the Ford Global Technical Director and central digital team to improve all aspects of our digital departments 

Experience and skills required: 

· Proven architecture and development skills in developing software systems ranging in scale 

· Proven commercial experience in managing digital technology staff 

· Solid experience in a software or digital agency 

· Commercial experience as a lead developer 

· Exposure to multiple software delivery methodologies and the ability to draw on all of them based on the 


· Demonstrable experience in an agency creative process and comfortable being an interface between 

Creative and Technical teams 

· Commercial experience working in a high pace working environment and have learned how to adapt 

quickly to change 

· Experience and understanding of good design principles and ability to adhere to complex design specs 

· Previous exposure to enterprise level architecture 

· an demonstrate the ability to think “big picture”, even on smaller projects 

· Working with the development team to ensure work is completed to specification and to a high quality 

· Ability to manage multiple projects at one time 

· Solutions­focused attitude 

Technical Skill Set: 

Strong knowledge of: 

· Python, CouchDB, HTML5/CSS3, Javascript 

With knowledge of: 

· MySQL, Linux/Ubuntu administration, Ansible, Chef, AWS 

Other desired experience includes: 

· Django, Jenkins, C++, .git 

And an understand of: 

· Design Patterns 

· Bitbucket 



· 3rd party code integration using API’s and SDK’s 

· Authentication models like OAuth 2.0 

· Wire­framing / business analysis 

· Unit testing / Text Script Creation / Test automation 

· Continuous integration (i.e. Jenkins) 

· Continuous deployment 

· Shell scripting 

· Database design (CouchDB, SQL, MySQL, etc.) 

Role breakdown 

30% ­ Management of production and development 

50% ­ Development, DevOps, System Administration 

10% ­ Research and innovation 

10% ­ Risk management, support & quality assurance 

Core Values 

Our core values and beliefs help to set us apart from other creative agencies. They represent what we 

stand for and what we want to be known for. We are: 


We breathe life into ideas, creating exciting opportunities 


We demonstrate a deep understanding in all we do 


We work together, delivering positive results 


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