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One of the coolest ecommerce IT jobs around!

We are working with Oriental Trading in their search for an Ecommerce Lead Application Developer Manager in Omaha, NE. This is a terrifically cool ecommerce IT job.

OTC (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) is America’s largest direct merchant of value-priced party supplies, arts and crafts, toys and novelties. Additionally, OTC is a leading provider of school supplies and affordable home décor and giftware. The firm promotes fun in how it takes care of its employees and customers, and it trusts its customers to take care of spreading the word.

OTC’s CEO is Sam Taylor — a prince of a guy whom I’ve known since he was at Best Buy. Here’s Sam on the reality show Undercover Boss. If you really want to know what a kind of folks these are, watch a few minutes of this video …

OTC began in 1932 as one of the nation’s first wholesalers of value-priced novelties and gifts. It became a major supplier to the U.S. carnival trade in the 1950’s before expanding in the 1970’s by using catalogs and direct marketing to target consumers, retailers and businesses. In the 1980’s, OTC’s first toll-free phone number and seasonal catalogs brought continued growth. In the 90’s, while many other catalogers were resisting change, OTC found new ways to reach its ever-growing number of customers.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway saw tremendous value and growth opportunity in OTC and made the decision to purchase OTC in 2012. Operating from the Berkshire Hathaway philosophy, OTC acquired MindWare Holdings in 2013 and SmileMakers in 2014. MindWare is a manufacturer, wholesaler, and direct retailer of “brainy toys for kids of all ages” that complements the OTC family of educational products. SmileMakers is the leading brand catering to the dental and health care markets, helping to expand the consumer reach for both Oriental Trading Company and SmileMakers.

Naturally, it was a smart move.

Today, OTC continues to serve customers through colorful catalogs and the Internet. The firm offers more than 40,000 products to meet the needs of businesses, not-for-profit organizations, individuals, schools, churches and teachers. The company is based in Omaha, Nebraska which is also home to four Fortune 500 companies. Forbes Magazine ranked Omaha sixth on the American’s Most Livable Cities list based upon employment, income growth, cost of living, and arts and leisure opportunities.

OTC employs ~2000 employees at several locations in the greater Omaha metropolitan area, and it’s a strong, growing and entrepreneurial company. A recipient of the prestigious Omaha 25 Awards for Corporate Citizenship and the National Communitas Award for Corporate Social Responsibility – Making A Difference, OTC works hard to make the world a better place to live, work and play.

OTC’s Catalogs and Web Sites

OTC is committed to outstanding customer service offering easy ordering, speedy delivery and no-hassle return policies. Its websites have both the VeriSign Secure Site Seal and the Better Business Bureau Online Reliability Seal. The firm operates in several primary markets:

  • Oriental Trading: Novelties, toys, party supplies, crafts, gift items for every holiday and year-round fun.
  • Crafts: Easy-to-do craft kits for every occasion and season.
  • Inspirations: Religious gift items, decorations, novelties and more.
  • Party: Everything people need for life’s celebrations
  • Hands on Fun: Creativity for the classroom.
  • Scrapbooking: A one stop for unlimited paper crafting possibilities.
  • Sensational Beads: The world’s link to beading fun.
  • Wedding: Everything for showers, ceremony, reception & more.

About the Role

As OTC’s Ecommerce Lead Application Developer Manager, you will be responsible for guiding the Ecommerce Application Development team in overall application technology design activities. You’ll get to lead the identification and definition of key architectures, components and interfaces as well as the design of data model and data/information flows.

Essential Functions:

  • Hands on maintenance of responsibility for ecommerce including 3rd party integrations
  • Asses the business and organizational implications of key application technology alternatives for wide-impact initiatives; recommends appropriate action
  • Guide the development team in overall application technology design activities; leads the identification and definition of key architectures, components and interfaces, design of data model and data/information flows
  • Lead the identification and definition of key architectures, components and interfaces, design of data model (entity relationships) and data/information flows
  • Assess the business and organizational implications of key application technology alternatives for wide-impact initiatives to recommend appropriate strategic action
  • Collaborate with a team of developers and business analysts to ensure quality and timely project completion
  • You must have the ability to think out of the box and design concrete, robust and scalable solutions

Required:

  • Bachelors degree, Graduate degree preferred
  • 5+ years of ecommerce and/or software product development experience
  • Experience working with Web Services is a plus
  • Approximately 8-12 years experience in related field
  • Strong ecommerce and Software Product Development Experience, overall 7-10 years experience in application development
  • Experience working with implementing third party ecommerce services such as: Payment Methods (Paypal, Google Checkout), Product Reviews, ecommerce analytics (Coremetrics, Google Analytics), SEO/SEM, on-site search solutions (Endeca)
  • Experience working with databases
  • Experience working within Agile teams

UPDATE: THIS SEARCH IS CLOSED.

PS – If you’re thinking about changing jobs this year (through us or anyone else), you might want to check out this post on why even TOP candidates get rejected.

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