Software Development Manager

  • Card Kingdom
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • Sep 21, 2020
Full time Computer Science

Job Description


Card Kingdom is an online retailer that specializes in selling and buying Magic: The Gathering singles. Noted for their love of the community and game, Card Kingdom serves players all over the world. In addition to its eCommerce business, Card Kingdom owns and operates the award-winning game store and restaurant, Mox Boarding House, with locations in Seattle and Bellevue, and Portland.

Our Mission: We use tabletop gaming as a campfire – a place to gather, share and celebrate –for the sake of cultivating deeper relationships with our customers, amongst ourselves, with our communities, and the world.

Our Benefits: Excellent health benefits, generous PTO and flexible scheduling, 50% contribution toward dependent health care costs, remote work opportunities, paid parental leave, safe harbor 401k match, paid holidays and employee discounts.  We are a family friendly culture that supports work life balance.

Card Kingdom’s headquarters are located on Queen Anne Hill, just a short drive to Mox Seattle in the Ballard neighborhood.

 The Software Development Manager is responsible for building great teams and great software. They are a combination of a highly technical hands-on software engineer, capable project manager, and effective people manager.  This position is tasked with fostering and growing technical talent and ensuring the development team builds high-quality, impactful features to support our internal operations. SDMs embrace servant leadership to help establish a strong engineering culture at Card Kingdom, that values software quality, personal accountability, and professional development.


  • Hands-on feature development (~50%), delivering great user experiences on our suite of internal tools and services
  • Serve as technical adviser to developers of all levels and provide perspective and guidance on appropriate programming techniques and software design to satisfy feature requirements
  • Coach and mentor software engineers to encourage professional growth in both behaviors and competencies
  • Collaborate with team to drive great process and a great team culture
  • Effective performance evaluation, including ongoing, timely feedback and periodic formal evaluations
  • Manage software projects to meet commitments for time and quality
  • Work with Development Leadership to ensure consistent technical and process standards across teams and throughout Card Kingdom
  • Establish a culture of quality and accountability within and across teams
  • Create an environment where software quality and safe, rapid delivery is an expectation
  • Manage the recruiting process for new and replacement positions to maintain appropriate levels of staffing and training
  • Organize and encourage team learning opportunities
  • Foster a development and team culture that embraces the core values of autonomy, mastery and sense of purpose
  • Work with other Development Leads to help establish and communicate the long-term technical vision for Card Kingdom


  • Bachelor's degree (or higher) in Computer Science or a related engineering discipline or equivalent work experience
  • 7+ years’ experience building software solutions in an enterprise or start up engineering environment using JavaScript, PHP Frameworks (Laravel a plus)
  • 3+ years’ experience managing and growing software engineering teams as a people manager
  • Experience identifying and nurturing outstanding technical talent
  • Strong knowledge of relational and non-relational databases
  • Strong knowledge of API design and distributed backend systems
  • Strong knowledge in software architecture, data structures and modern design patterns
  • Experience establishing and enforcing coding and process best practices


Equal Opportunity Employment: We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class.