Manager of Application Development

  • 333 Rue Chabanel O, Montréal, QC H2N 2G1, Canada
  • Full-time

Company Description

SSENSE, pronounced [es-uhns], is a Montreal-based fashion platform with global reach. Founded in 2003, SSENSE is pacing the vanguard of directional retail with a mix of luxury, streetwear, and avant-garde labels. We produce industry-leading original content and take pride in building our own technology solutions and systems from scratch. Our field of focus has grown beyond that of a typical e-commerce entity as we explore the nexus of content, commerce, and culture. Currently serving 150 countries, generating an average of 76 million monthly page views, and achieving high double digit annual growth since inception, SSENSE is becoming a cultural protagonist in its own right.

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Application Development, the Manager of Application Development will lead a growing team of results-driven Tech Leads and Software Developers, advancing and expanding the SSENSE portfolio of applications. The ideal candidate has the ability to see the big picture from both a technical and business perspective, leadership skills to motivate the team, and the foresight to help strategize and drive the team in delivering corporate objectives. As a key player, this role provides the opportunity to make an impact on our development and QA efforts, while influencing the product strategy and direction.


  • Manage application development teams from initial inception of ideas to delivery 
  • Provide leadership and guidance to hire, coach, motivate, and lead a performance-driven team of highly skilled Tech Leads and Software Developers to achieve their full potential  
  • Work closely with the development teams to architect and implement best-in-class technical designs and approaches
  • Ensure technical and quality standards are enforced throughout the software development lifecycle
  • Facilitate the day-to-day activities of the development teams within an Agile/Scrum environment
  • Report on status of development, quality, operations, and system performance 
  • Ensure successful and functional on-boarding of new developers


  • BS or MS degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or equivalent
  • A minimum of 5 years experience managing teams to deliver complex applications, including 3 years relevant experience with Agile software development methodologies
  • A minimum of 3 years experience with software development best practices, including coding standards and code reviews 
  • A minimum of 2 years experience working in a service oriented architecture 
  • Familiarity with project management principles, PMP certificate an asset
  • Experience with source control management, build processes, testing, and operations
  • Knowledge of relational and nonrelational databases, web technologies and web analytics tools
  • Experience with AWS, Google Cloud Platform, or other PaaS based solutions
  • Knowledge of a broad range of modern programming languages including PHP, Node.js, Java, ReactJS/React-Native, Objective-C and Swift


  • Highly analytical and detail oriented
  • Ability to present complex technical information in a clear and concise manner to a variety of audiences
  • Strong leadership, project management, time management, and problem solving skills
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work within rigorous deadlines
  • Strong business acumen
  • Team player with solid interpersonal skills
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