Vice President of Engineering

(Position located in Westlake Village or Santa Barbara, CA Office)

About CJ Affiliate by Conversant

CJ Affiliate (formerly Commission Junction) is the global market leader in affiliate marketing with the power to reach hundreds of millions of consumers shopping online through our affiliate marketing network. As a business unit within Conversant and Epsilon (part of Alliance Data a Fortune 500 company - NYSE: ADS), CJ Affiliate combines a proprietary technology platform and professional services to deliver a best in class pay-for-performance model that facilitates fair and transparent partnerships between brands and publishers.

Quick Facts
  • Founded in 1998
  • Headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA with 13 offices worldwide 
  • 425+ employees

Recent Awards and Recognitions

  • Ranked #1 for Affiliate Marketing, Internet Retailer
  • Ranked #1 in 100% of Merchandise Categories, Internet Retailer
  • Gold Award for Return on Investment, The Financial Communications Society
  • Eggie Award for Best Marketing Platform, Newegg, leading US electronics eretailer
Global Customer Base

More than 3,000 clients globally rely on CJ Affiliate, the most highly regarded affiliate marketing network in the world. CJ Affiliate works with twice as many Internet Retailer 500 companies as its competitors.

Role and Responsibility

Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President of Engineering will be a member of the company’s senior leadership team and is responsible for leading platform and application engineering for CJ Affiliate. This person must have a proven track record of successful product delivery through software as a service and have a reputation for driving change and delivering results. CJ Affiliate is looking for an innovative leader that has experience in ad tech or related technologies and can lead all engineering efforts. This person will be accountable for the stability and scalability of our product platform. Specifically, they will be responsible for the full development lifecycle through application and platform engineering, design and quality assurance.


CJ Affiliate is transforming the digital marketing landscape. The VP of Engineering will be instrumental in taking CJ Affiliate to the next level as it leverages the extensive data assets within CJ Affiliate, Conversant and Epsilon. Importantly, this person must be capable of growing, developing and managing a large, high performance engineering organization. Characteristically, they must have the right balance between strategic and thorough and get-it-done. Day-to-day, they must have a critical eye towards ensuring we are reaching milestones or effectively solving for problems.


Primary responsibilities include:

  • Lead and drive CJ Affiliate’s engineering strategy and direction including short and long range goals and where to make investments
  • Collaborate with President, Product Teams and leaders across functions to define future product offerings as well as evaluate technologies for corporate development
  • Collaborate with the Conversant and Epsilon organization to identify synergistic assets and new capabilities that enable CJ accelerate or leapfrog innovation efforts
  • Work actively in product development and lead in the trenches as needed, providing innovative solutions to real engineering problems and serving as an example to staff
  • Lead and build a first-class engineering team, hiring and retaining A level talent and developing the team’s industry knowledge, technical proficiencies and essential soft-skills
  • Maintain and enhance software quality by various methods including lean startup principles, agile methodologies, XP and continuous delivery
Professional Experience and Skills

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Accomplished engineering executive with 15+ years of software experience in ad tech, online marketing, consumer marketplaces or web-tech SaaS companies
  • Entrepreneurial and comfortable in a fast-moving, results-driven environment that includes a background in both small and large organizations
  • Successful track record of defining and executing strategic and innovative initiatives which have had major impact on company and market performance
  • Excellent leadership abilities along with proven success in building, growing and managing a highly talented and motivated organization of a significant size
  • Experienced and strong supporter of the agile methodology of software development
  • Deeply understands how to appropriately leverage JVM, Hadoop, Scala, SPARK and Kafka
  • Experienced in managing projects where UI design is critical
  • Strong understanding of current and emerging technologies such as cloud computing, social media and mobile
  • Great written and oral communication skills including the ability to present ideas on both the technical and business sides and at the executive and staff levels
  • Engaging personal style with strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Self-directed with the ability to make strategic, complex and difficult decisions

Why CJ Affiliate?

We’re a great place to work! CJ Affiliate offers ideal career development and growth opportunities where you will hone skills in strategic planning and execution, as well as enhance your negotiation and presentation skills. You will develop partnerships and motivate affiliates, learn technical skills applicable to digital marketing and nearly every other industry, and so much more. CJ Affiliate is a leader because our teams have advanced tools, present creative solutions, execute strategically, and drive high performance.

We offer many of the typical benefits like health and dental insurance but we also offer many other great perks like flexible time off, fun activities in our offices, competitive compensation, just to name a few. Our benefits are designed to take care of the whole you and keep you healthy, whether physically, emotionally, financially or socially.

CJ Affiliate is a business unit within Conversant and Epsilon which is part of Alliance Data, a top performing Fortune 500 company included in the S&P 500- NYSE: ADS.


Based on experience and current compensation, the package will be competitive and substantial consisting of salary, bonus, equity and company benefits.

Conditions of Employment

All job offers are contingent upon successful completion of certain background checks which unless prohibited by applicable law may include criminal history checks, employment verification, education verification, drug screens, credit checks, DMV checks (for driving positions only) and fingerprinting.


Alliance Data is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify.


For San Francisco Bay Area:

Alliance Data will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of San Francisco Police Code Sections 4901 - 4919, commonly referred to as the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.


Ready to Work Hard, Play Hard and Make a difference? Apply now!


USA - United States-3079 - California-50035 - Santa Barbara-K8-Santa Barbara USA - United States-3079 - California-50026 - Los Angeles-K5-Westlake Village, CA - CNVR K8-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara 93103 Technology Epsilon Regular Full-time Aug 4, 2017, 5:45:48 PM CJ Affiliate

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