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Manager, Digital Applications Development

CITY:  Columbus

Brand: Designer Brands
Req #: 91632 
Location Name: Home Office, Columbus 
Department: Information Technology


The Manager, Digital Applications Development will serve as the manager of the digital applications development team within the Digital IT team. This role will be responsible for leading a group of web and mobile developers focused on delivering high quality solutions for our customers. Must be able to work competently in a collaborative, Agile development style setting to support our developers efforts.  The candidate will also be involved in architecting solutions with the team. Our ideal candidate thrives in a fast-paced environment, is eager to tackle complex problems and .


Reports to: Director, Digital Commerce Application Development


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Managing a group of front end engineers, both mobile and web, internal and staff aug
  • Accountability for the end-to-end technical delivery of responsible platforms
  • Engaging in product development and creation of solutions. This includes task planning as well as demonstrated technical abilities
  • Partner with other IT managers to share ideas, strategies, problems and solutions
  • Architectural oversight over projects from concept to deployment
  • Mentor a team of developers just as passionate about the UI as you are
  • Partner with our QA team to automate functional UI testing
  • Partner with other digital commerce managers to redefine existing problems requiring solutions


Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Retail experience
  • Excellent analytical capabilities and problem solving skills
  • Excellent time management, decision-making, presentation, human relations, and organization skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Solid planning and project management skills
  • Great communication skills both vertical, horizontal, and lateral
  • Subscribe to fail fast philosophy
  • Challenge conventional ways of thinking to solve problems
  • Are passionate about delivering great user experiences
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment and are adaptive in the face of ambiguity / change
  • Have a desire to always make products better/faster/more intuitive




  • 4+ years of software development experience
  • 2+ years of leadership experience
  • 2+ years of Experience practicing agile development methodologies
  • 2+ years of Experience working with multiple programming languages, platforms, and frameworks
  • Ability to push the envelope for performance and reliability
  • A disciplined approach to development, testing, and quality assurance
  • 4+ years developing in mobile and/or web technologies (Swift, Android, Angular)



  • Bachelors in Computer Science or other engineering degree



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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