Director, Mobile Platforms in Orlando Operations Center at Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Date Posted: 8/18/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Are you ready to grow your dream career while making others' vacation dreams come true? Marriott Vacations Worldwide is a world premier organization for Vacation Ownership with resorts at destinations around the globe. Join our team and help deliver unforgettable experiences that make vacation dreams come true.

As a member of the professional staff, contributes a high level of specialized knowledge and skill in a discipline (e.g. Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Operations Planning & Support, Sales & Marketing) area to support department and/or function objectives. Generally works with considerable independence, developing operating plans and related operational processes for own department and monitoring the flow of work between own department and others in alignment with broader business objectives, selecting and developing effective managers and work teams, and managing own organization through reliable systems and processes.



 

Specific Job Summary (describe the nature and purpose of the position)

Responsible for the technical design, delivery and support of Marriott Vacation Ownership's customer facing branded mobile applications. Partners with key stakeholders and leaders to define the mobile applications roadmap, corresponding projects, and execution strategy for delivering the mobile customer experience. Partners with senior IT leadership, planning & other technical teams to manage needed dependencies and integrations. This leadership role will stay current on trends and technology and provide guidance on overall mobile application strategy, experience, and design. This leader defines the requirements on backend systems and API's which power the mobile experience and works in conjunction with other teams to enable required integrations. Leads internal and external resources to develop and approve the business and functional requirements, translates the requirements into the technical designs, defines reasonable units of work to be executed upon and manages the resulting implementations.



Expected Contributions

  • Develops operating plans and workable business processes for own department in alignment with function strategy.
  • Manages larger business processes and/or projects, setting priorities and measurable objectives, monitoring and reporting on the process, progress and results. Typically influences work of cross-functional or extended teams.
  • Responds to, solves and makes decisions on business requests that have broader department impact and/or moderate risk. Presents alternative solutions to business issues by leveraging the broader organization.
  • Works to enhance the organization's capabilities through effective staffing and development of others by:

- anticipating staffing requirements by comparing business needs with strengths and weaknesses of existing staff.

- using appropriate MVW interviewing tools to hire the best managers available from inside or outside.

- setting and maintaining high standards for team and individual performance.

- providing timely coaching and feedback.

- making and rewarding distinctions in performance.

Assists more senior associates in achieving business results by:

- acting in a consultative fashion to implement programs impacting the broader organization.

- assisting in the development and communication of broader organizational goals.

- achieving results against budget within scope of responsibility.

- taking calculated risks to move the department or team forward.

- developing and using systems to organize and keep track of information.

- balancing the interests of own group with the interests of the organization.

- working with others to identify and remove barriers to success.

  • Readily critiques own behavior to acknowledge mistakes and improve future leadership performance and acts independently to improve and increase skills and knowledge.
  • Performs other duties as appropriate.

Specific Expected Contributions (including duties and responsibilities)



Responsible for leading mobile application development team and projects. Supports creation & maintenance of the mobile application roadmap for the enterprise, and contributes directly to related governance efforts.



• Gathers requirements from multiple sources, obtains and coordinates appropriate approvals, and partners with internal and external partners to execute mobile application initiatives.



• Responsible for developing and implementing mobile development processes and ensuring that the mobile team can execute according to guidelines provided.



• Supports communication and education efforts to vacation owner servicing teams to enable them to assist users



• Partners with product owners and production managers in the execution of the mobile application roadmap.



• Leads through influence and collaboration across functions, departments and geographic boundaries.



• Manages and oversees all aspects of mobile application development including strategy, UI design, release planning, and support.



• Vendor relationship management with Apple, Google, Amazon and other third-parties that power our mobile applications. Nurture partnership with said vendors to meet business objectives, overcome challenges, and manage the rapidly evolving features being made available.



 



Candidate Profile

Successful candidates should possess knowledge and experience and demonstrate strong leadership and relationship skills as follows:

Generally a professional position requiring significant knowledge and experience in one or more disciplines and/or business operations as well as associate management experience. College degree and/or relevant experience generally required.

Specific Candidate Profile (the education, experience, skills and attributes that are important for this position)

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in a relevant area preferred (Computer Science, IT, User Experience, Human Computer Interaction, Digital Marketing, Information Architecture, etc.). Relevant experience will be considered.
  • Advanced courses and/or professional certifications in software development, communication, leadership, strategy, and/or project management a plus.

Experience

  • Significant experience managing the development of customer facing mobile applications.
  • Expert level experience with mobile development technologies (Swift/Objective-C for iOS, Java/Kotlin for Android, etc.), hybrid platform development is a plus, native development experience on either iOS or Android (preferred both) is a must
  • Experience with mobile integrations to backend services, mobile analytics, in-app messaging and push notification solutions.
  • Experience in securing mobile applications including complying with standards around mobile payments
  • Experience presenting proposals to senior management to gain buy-in and encourage specific actions or strategies is required. Experience developing team vision and strategies and gaining buy-in from team members.
  • Applied understanding of User Experience Architecture, User-Centered Design Analysis and mobile application design. Good understanding front to back of a company's operational flow.
  • 5+ years of technical management/leadership experience, including direct supervisory experience and experience mentoring and developing technical professionals.
  • 5+ years managing public facing mobile applications solutions.
  • Experience in a multi-channel environment (web, mobile, agent, automated phone, etc.) and how mobile integrates into that is a plus

Skills/Attributes

  • Proven leadership skills plus excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong customer relationship management, presentation, and consulting skills.
  • Demonstrated project management and team organization skills.
  • Proven ability to collaborate and work with numerous teams at all levels, including senior level and executive leaders.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new hardware/software systems independently and adapt to a changing technical environment.
  • Expert in mobile application development and testing technologies.
  • Ability and willingness to take direction from IT and business leaders.
  • Familiar with the full software development lifecycle.

Marriott Vacations Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture.

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