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Chief Architect - Media

016720 Requisition #

The Chief Product Architect is responsible for leading a team of highly motivated domain experts that drive engineering strategy for Media Division’s content distribution and media services products. The team currently has expertise in OTT workflows, content security, content monetization, highly scalable content distribution, market place based content distribution, SSL workflows and cloud integrations.

The candidate will be comfortable working with subject matter experts. This person will add to this team with their nuanced managerial acumen, thought leadership and experience in adjacent areas of function or technologies. To that end, the team would benefit from the candidate’s experience in one or more areas of expertise in Big Data, AI and ML, public cloud security/topology and gaming technologies.

This role provides an excellent mix of managing a high performing team, driving technology strategy, leading technical collaborations with partners, innovating existing processes for better efficiencies and evangelizing existing and new products with customers. The candidate will drive alignment across products and platforms to provide holistic overview for technology solutions for our customers.

As a Chief Product Architect you will:
* Collaborate with Product Management organization in defining, executing. measuring and maintaining existing and new products.
* Guide technology strategy, architecture and recommendations for technology investment plans 

* Provide hands on expertise on architectural analysis and design spanning our products
* Partner with various business stakeholders and technology leaders to translate customer needs into technical solutions and system designs
* Understand organizational goals, competitive landscape and technology trends to provide recommendations and decisions directly aligned to the organization's strategy and financial goals 

* Maintain leadership in the development of standards and architectural governance
* Ideates best practices to support scalability, skills transfer and organizational change management across teams
* Be a change agent that helps bring in large scale deployment exercises in a repetitive and consistent fashion
* Ensure that technology architecture and technical strategies remain current with the business goals, and directs the development of architecture activities and projects, while aligning with current and long-term business and technology goals
* Provide direction for Proof-of-Concepts to validate new technologies and product concepts.

About the Team
In Media division, you will help us design, build and evangelize flagship products that deliver the highest quality viewing experience, OTT video, software updates, games, social media, news and other content in a seamless, fast and scalable fashion. We pride ourselves on solving intricate problems to provide massive scale to our platform, distribute real time streams to millions of concurrent users at the same quality as expected from traditional broadcast, secure connectivity to every device and embedded offerings for cloud workflows.

Required Education and Experience
* 15 years of relevant experience and a Bachelors degree or
* 12 years of relevant experience and a Masters degree or
* 8 years of relevant experience and a PhD

Required Skills
* 15+ years of industry experience
* 8+ years of systems architecture experience
* 5+ years of experience leading engineering or architecture teams

Desired Skills:
* Previous role in a Director/Senior Director or similar position in software and architecture experience designing scalable systems
* Demonstrable track record of either leading, or being a significant contributor to architectural functions within leading technology companies
* Shown ability to both lead and facilitate a high performing team
* Experience in doing build/buy/partner analysis, preferably someone who had successfully helped with M&A due diligence with successful acquisitions
* Low level system software experience
* Able to domestic and international travel (approximately 10%)

About Akamai Technologies

Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world's largest companies. Akamai's intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multi-cloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps and experiences closer to users than anyone - and attacks and threats far away. Akamai's portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service, analytics and 24/7/365 monitoring. To learn how Akamai is shaping the future of digital transformation, visit and follow @AkamaiCareers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Akamai is a growing, and evolving, company with offices and operations around the world. As such, we strive to foster inclusive and representative workplaces where all employees are wholly welcome, and enabled to share and benefit from each other’s diverse contributions, as one global team. Our commitment to diversity reaches beyond our corporate offices, to our business partners and suppliers who share the same principles, and whose employees we value as integral to the Akamai business family. Learn more at

Akamai Technologies is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. If you'd like more information about EEO rights under United States law, please click here

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