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Marriott Vice President, Automation & DevSecOps in Topeka, Kansas

Job Number 23014999

Job Category Information Technology

Location Marriott International HQ, 7750 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland, United States

Schedule Full-Time

Located Remotely? Y

Relocation? N

Position Type Management

Marriott International is the world’s largest hotel company, with more brands, more hotels and more opportunities for associates to grow and succeed. We believe a great career is a journey of discovery and exploration. So, we ask, where will your journey take you?

Come share your journey with us in a great environment that cares, strives for continuous improvement while staying ahead of our business competition!


We are seeking a Vice President of Automation & DevSecOps to support our worldwide software engineering solutions on AWS, Azure and Ali cloud. This role will closely partner with Enterprise Architecture and Application Engineering teams to understand the biggest automation and CICD needs on Marriott's technology footprint. This VP will build a strong partnership with the Application Engineering teams to provide both strategic and in-depth automation solutions that reduces the dependencies on infrastructure through the enablement of self-service, infrastructure as code and pattern-based deployment utilizing cloud native and open-source technologies. The VP will be well versed in CICD, container strategy, automated pattern-based deployments (Platinum, Gold, Silver, etc.) and self-service through different channels that will enable the application teams to move at the speed of their choosing.

The VP should also have a solid understanding to support physical architecture on public cloud, serverless & cloud native designs, open-source technologies and micro-services-based architecture. This is a critical role for the company as we transform the core platforms and digital applications on modern PaaS and SaaS based cloud infrastructure. The ideal candidate is a seasoned, hands-on leader with the energy and experience to lead through change. This leader is passionate about collaboration, communication clarity, purposeful process, and execution excellence and is an advocate for continuous improvement. This leader must possess the patience and skills to garner feedback from multiple application engineering teams before developing automation solutions to increase their velocity. This leader will need a strong ability to build solid long term symbiotic relationships that transverse the teams; while having a knack to push back and make arguments to improve ideas. This leader must be strategic, able to create a DevSecOps and automation vision, a strategy to implement that vision and communicate it to executive leadership of the company. Must have the polish and executive presence to present to C-level executives.


  • BS or MS in Computer Science/Engineering or related field

  • 12+ years in technical and architectural leadership on cloud platform, automation, DevSecOps, software and cloud architecture experience, including enterprise, multi-tenant, and scalable solutions that also include:

  • Strong automation and problem-solving skills and ability to carry tasks and projects to completion

  • Demonstrated ability to propose and implement a best-in-class, scalable, enterprise automation solutions across PaaS and SaaS.

  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate existing development tools and formulate recommendation to provide consistency across the development team

  • 5+ years of people leadership experience; demonstrated ability to recruit, mentor, coach, and develop individual contributors and leaders

  • 5+ years project budget management

Other Attributes and Highly Desired Skills/Experiences :

  • Demonstrated ability to provide timely technical support for internal and external stakeholders and customers

  • Track record of effectively aligning engineering practices with organizational strategy to deliver business results

  • Experience with major cloud hosting service providers, with focus on AWS

  • Experience with high-availability and disaster recovery implementations through CICD

  • Ability to lead the development of resilient, high-performing platforms that process significant data loads while adhering to data privacy and security practices

  • Experience with companies in the scalability phase of growth preferred

  • Results focuses

  • Ability to create strong relationships with C-level executives

  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills (written and verbal), strong documentation skills, ability to communicate technical concepts

  • Strong organizational and planning skills and experience in establishing process and procedure, analyzing, and developing process improvements

  • Experience with CICD, containers, automation, and cloud management platforms

  • Breadth of knowledge of all layers of the software stack, from low-level firmware and protocols through higher level applications

  • Highly flexible, able to appropriately re-prioritize activities and work variable hours

  • Ability to work well under pressure, able to remain focused and professional during high stress situations

  • Exceptional project management and organization skills

  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills

  • Understanding of operating in a Scaled Agile environment (SAFe)

People Management

  • Identifies key skills and capabilities needed to assess team strengths and weaknesses

  • Partners with HR to recruit, develop, and retain top-tier talent

  • Organizes the department and teams to develop and support software solutions

  • Develops team members to increase productivity and align with their individual development goals

  • Manages and partners with strategic technology service providers to maintain an optimal balance of external resource flexibility and skills, and in-house functional expertise

  • Communicates effectively up, down, and laterally to ensure alignment of work

  • Provides purpose, context, and direction to team members

  • Provides a voice for the engineering team to influence Marriott's vision and priorities

  • Strategically organizes the team to infuse new talent while upskilling existing associates

Project Management & Engineering Execution

  • Influences the development and delivery of software solutions from concept to release with application engineering teams

  • Oversees and owns the physical infrastructure on cloud for the applications

  • Ensures the realization of the software roadmap through excellence in execution

  • Increases individual engineer’s engagement in iterative design and development process through adoption and use of SAFe (scrum and kanban) methodologies

  • Builds and fosters a culture of engineering excellence and accountability to produce best-in-class software solutions with a focus on team, quality, agility, trust, and timely delivery

  • Drives quality and consistency in engineering development principles and practices as well as delivery methods by determining and implementing best-in-class techniques and processes

  • Establishes KPIs and other success measurements to define success for the software development process and organizational effectiveness

  • Collaborates and forms partnerships with key functions and senior leaders from across the organization e.g., Product, Application Engineering, Procurement, Enterprise Architecture and Finance

Technical Strategy, Solutions Engineering and Leadership

  • Serves as part of the senior staff responsible for architecting new automation products to enable DevSecOps

  • Leads and mentor team members on DevSecOps practices

  • Formulates and implements the DevSecOps strategy in response to the application engineering team needs

  • Oversees redesign and self-service enablement of CICD platforms and tools to automate infrastructure provisioning and deployment flow.

  • Designs and implements pattern based (Platinum, Gold, Silver, etc.) standardized deployments using deployment pipelines

  • Strong understanding of container management platforms such as OpenShift, Anthos, EKS Anywhere, etc.

  • Deploys service mesh capabilities to support he modernization of applications from n-tier monolithic design to micro-services-based architecture

  • Implements best design principles / practices across CICD, Service Mesh, Containers and automation

  • Identifies automation opportunities to improve DevOps operations

  • Identify automation opportunities to improve DevSecOps operations

  • Partners with Enterprise Architecture to define the evolution of enterprise architecture in support of differentiated technology capabilities and designs

  • Considers the entire ecosystem while making decisions, from technical implications to business needs, time to market, engineering trade-offs, and more

  • Ability to create a clear vision and turning it into a roadmap that can be referenced, tracked and used to measure delivery success

  • Possesses strong technical acumen; takes a thorough but practical approach to technical design and execution of large projects

  • Breaks down complex technical problems and drives to the best technical decision based on high level of communication, debate, discussion within the team and with other subject matter experts

  • Leads the team into the next generation automation with cloud native technologies, serverless designs and microservices

Financial Management

  • Works closely with finance to follow financial compliance requirements

  • Develops and manages the software budget including headcount, consulting, software, licensing, travel and entertainment, and professional development costs

  • Works with HR to influence and align compensation and incentives with market and performance

C alifornia Applicants Only: The salary range for this position is $156,874 to $292,831 annually

Colorado Applicants Only: The salary range for this position is $142,613 to $292,831 annually

New York City & Westchester Applicants Only: The salary range for this position is $172,560 to $322,112 annually.

Washington Applicants Only: The salary range for this position is $142,613 to $266,210 annually. In addition to the annual salary, the position will be eligible for an annual bonus and restricted stock units/stock grants and PTO.

This position offers coverage for medical, dental, vision, health care flexible spending account, dependent care flexible spending account, life insurance, disability insurance, accident insurance, adoption expense reimbursements, paid parental leave, educational assistance, 401(k) plan, stock purchase plan, discounts at Marriott properties, commuter benefits, employee assistance plan, and childcare discounts. Benefits are subject to terms and conditions, which may include rules regarding eligibility, enrollment, waiting period, contribution, benefit limits, election changes, benefit exclusions, and others.

Marriott International is an equal opportunity employer. We believe in hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive, people-first culture. We are committed to non-discrimination on any protected basis, such as disability and veteran status, or any other basis covered under applicable law.

Marriott International is the world’s largest hotel company, with more brands, more hotels and more opportunities for associates to grow and succeed. We believe a great career is a journey of discovery and exploration. So, we ask, where will your journey take you?