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Manager, Digital Applications Development (Open to Remote)

DATE:  Sep 11, 2022
CITY:  Columbus
BRAND:  Designer Brands
REQ #:  135730
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus
DEPARTMENT:  Information Technology

The Designer Brands IT team is a fast-paced team that thrives on challenges where we put the customer first and build solutions to support that sentiment.  The IT Digital Team is growing and knows no bounds as we have pivoted to a fully distributed remote team.  We are looking to fill multiple openings with the best talent on the market and are excited about the continued evolution of the team.


We are looking for a hands-on technical leader to help manage our digital platform which includes multiple websites, mobile applications, and integration services.  The team you will join is positioned for growth and looking for a strong, in-the-trenches leader to expand the team and foster existing talent.  If your background includes technical management of cross-functional engineering teams, this role may be a good fit for you.


As a Manager, Digital Applications Development, you will lead your team through the successful delivery of solutions to address our business needs.  You and your team will build solutions that make a tangible difference in our business processes and customer value delivery.  Driven by the importance of your business partners’ requests, you will be responsible for the intake, planning, and delivery of successful outcomes.  You are encouraged to be curious, collaborate and to turn ideas into solutions that will enhance and transform our customer experience.


You will be expected to balance the ongoing maintenance of systems prioritized alongside new development.  An important role of this position is to build strong relationships with IT and business partners.  Additionally, you will perform tasks including managing team capacity, encouraging growth through recruiting, communicating work performance, coaching, mentoring and team development.


Reports To: Sr. Manager, Digital Applications Development


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in architectural discussions and decision making with other leaders.
  • Build, manage, and continuously develop a high-performing staff of engineers and analysts contributing to the overall software development.
  • Guide design, development, and integration activities.
  • Communicate status and escalate issues to leadership in a clear and concise manner.
  • Implement technical solutions conforming with IT guiding principles.
  • Accountable for applications health and performance.
  • Perform analysis to assist with making data driven decisions.
  • Responsible for end-to-end vendor management.
  • Provide direct reports with well-defined job expectations, accurate and timely performance reviews, and continuous hands-on coaching and feedback.
  • Play a key role in the definition of the Solution Delivery Methodology.
  • Mentor and provide technical oversight and guidance to team members and cross-functional partners, improving their skills, knowledge of our systems, and their ability to get things done.


Required Skills:

  • Must have a background managing web and/or app technologies such as Angular, React, Vue, Swift, and/or Kotlin.
  • Working and prioritizing across relationships with support, services, product, and engineering teams.
  • Contributing and leading SDLC practices within an Agile environment ensuring application and system quality quickly and efficiently.
  • Ability to take technical and/or business requirements and translate them into detailed blueprints to assist in creating technical requirements.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and leadership skills.
  • The role requires ability to prioritize well, communicate clearly, and have a consistent track record of identifying opportunities and creating efficiencies.
  • Understanding of a broad range of technologies, frameworks, and methodologies related to the SDLC.
  • Strong aptitude for learning new technologies and understanding how, when, and where to best utilize them.
  • Anticipate project risk and constraints and proactively work towards resolving them.



Strategic Thinking – Creates and effectively communicates long term vision. Keeps team’s work aligned to strategy. Creates and adjusts plans. Understands big picture to constructively challenge the status quo. Generates new ideas. Encourages innovation. Manages change effectively. Knows internal strengths and weaknesses.


Leading & Motivating – Models and supports Designer Brands values. Assesses, identifies, retains, and develops talent. Builds complementary teams. Motivates, supports, and challenges associates. Resolves conflict. Makes tough decisions. Provides timely feedback. Works with and through others to exceed expectations of customers (internal/external)


Managing for Results – Produces sustainable results consistently. Holds team accountable. Recognizes and resolves complex problems. Understands underlying issues and addresses root causes. Measures, analyzes quantitative information, and presents it effectively. Seeks input from others. Makes timely decisions.




  • 7+ years of experience in solution design, implementation, and delivery.
  • 3+ years of experience in a leadership role.
  • Proven experience in a leadership role either as a direct people leader or leading development teams.
  • Experience leading multiple simultaneous projects and effectively managing the work.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in Retail highly preferred



  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or other relevant technical field or equivalent work experience


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Why Choose A Career with Designer Brands?

Empowering associates and building strong teams poised to disrupt the retail and footwear landscape through positive change is at the core of who we are at Designer Brands.

  • Invested in helping our associates learn, develop, achieve and grow into strong leaders
  • Shared commitment to creating a culture fueled by engagement, excitement, optimism and fun
  • Dedicated to giving back and community involvement 

About Designer Brands:

Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. 

  • Designer Brands Inc. operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse brands and operates leased locations in the U.S through its Affiliated Business Group. 
  • Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. 












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