Director, Hockey Systems - Chicago Blackhawks (Chicago · IL)

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Technical Services: Director
Department: Hockey Operations
Reports to: Associate General Manager

The Company:
Founded in 1926, the Chicago Blackhawks are one of the “Original Six” professional ice hockey teams in the National Hockey League (NHL) and six-time Stanley Cup Champions (1934, 1938, 1961, 2010, 2013, 2015). Members of the Central Division in the NHL’s Western Conference, the Blackhawks call the United Center home. The organization’s vision is to reimagine the potential of hockey with core values centered on integrity, curiosity, empathy, collaboration, and originality. Through these tenets, the greater Blackhawks family works every day to write the next chapter of an iconic franchise, aiming to serve as a world-class leader in professional sports, both on and off the ice. The organization is committed to executing a system of elite hockey, consistently and delivering new and legendary fan experiences. The organization has also made an unwavering commitment to its local community, including a significant expansion of the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation and the opening of Fifth Third Arena, which serves not only as the team’s official practice facility, but also as a state-of-the-art community space and hub for youth hockey development.


The Chicago Blackhawks are seeking a Director, Hockey Systems to lead a team tasked with full stack software design, development, deployment and maintenance of custom applications and technologies used to support the hockey operations department. This individual will work closely with the entire hockey operations team to understand requirements and own the creation and optimization of internal products and solutions to provide data and interfaces that support critical decision-making.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work directly with stakeholders throughout hockey operations to assess needs and to create tools and documentation that streamlines processes and solves for data needs
  • Oversee the design, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance of databases, web services, GUIs, and other aspects of web applications to provide data that drives decision-making for hockey operations, with strategic vision for a coordinated suite of products and technology use
  • Build responsive, multi-platform applications using clear, readable, efficient code
  • Generate digestible reports and analyses answering critical front office, coaching, and scouting questions
  • Optimize and improve existing systems through ongoing enhancement
  • Create automated unit and integration testing and documentation for all development
  • Support the continuous development of data warehouses, managing the ingestion and cleansing of data utilized by internal software, research, and reporting systems
  • Provide support and assistance to end-users and respond to technical issues in a timely manner
  • Contribute innovative hockey thought and workflow optimization of the department and organization
  • Remain up to date on software, hardware, and emerging technologies that could apply to Hockey Operations
  • Recruit and manage a team of software engineers, data engineers, and technology support staff
  • Work with hockey leadership to prioritize projects and manage workload for engineering and technology group
  • Administration of the engineering group, including budgeting and growth planning

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field, or comparable professional experience
  • 5+ Years of full stack development experience
  • Experience managing a team of software and data engineers
  • Experience in process and best-practices for software and data engineering groups
  • Experience using web technologies including HTML, CSS, SASS/SCSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, or similar tools
  • Familiarity with API design patterns to develop, report from, and integrate systems
  • Experience with cloud technologies from AWS, Azure, or GCP
  • Experience with source control tools such as Git
  • Experience with creating ETL data integration processes
  • Ability to manage priorities and coordinate tasks to solve day-to-day challenges in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to leverage a technical mindset with a creative and analytical approach to problem-solving
  • High degree of professionalism and ability to be trusted with confidential information
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, interpersonal, organizational and project management skills
  • Demonstrated passion for hockey and familiarity with rules and terminology is preferred
  • Values: Inclusive, collaborative team player, driven, humble, curious, innovative, positive, results-focused, accountable
  • Ability to coach and develop a high performing team

Job Questions:

  1. Are you able to provide documentation of complete Covid-19 vaccination status?