Senior Software Engineer, Back-End

Ask Media Group

Oakland, United States

Last shared 250 days ago

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7 - 8 years

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Computer Software Engineering
Job Description

What we can offer you

We are looking for a Software Engineer to join our Platform Engineering team and focus on driving our Java based application platform forward. The platform manages a very large portfolio and performs operations vital to our SEM business.

This position offers the freedom to make substantial, revenue-impacting contributions to the design and development of the core platform and services. We are passionate about developer productivity and often find ourselves spearheading new technologies and processes for the entire dev org (eg. containerization, continuous-delivery). While focused on the Java based backend platform, you’d be working with multiple teams in a culture that values collaborative, pragmatic solutions.

What you get to do

  • Make big decisions – Help design and develop our next-generation SEM application platform

  • Count milliseconds – Obsess over performance and scalability across our tech stack

  • Stay modern – Contribute to a scalable, performing platform utilizing modern APIs and Cassandra

  • Optimize delivery – Integrate partner APIs, automate data processing pipelines, work closely with business to improve their workflows that deal with big data volumes

  • Share what you know – Contribute to our technical culture through presentations, meetups, conferences, etc.

  • Expand your impact – Get involved and interface with other engineering teams and applications across the company

What you bring to us

You are an experienced full-stack engineer with a passion for modern development and productivity. You thrive in a highly collaborative environment and understand the value of solving problems as a team. You are a thoughtful problem solver, with informed and defensible positions, who is always learning. You are looking for an opportunity to make a significant contribution and grow in your career.

  • You’re a Java powerhouse – You possess advanced Java; bonus if you have extensive experience with another language as well

  • You have solid CS fundamentals –  You have a good grasp of Algorithms, Data Structures, Operating Systems, Networking, etc.

  • You understand scale - We operate at very large scale and on mission-critical workloads, so a passion and discipline around operational excellence is vital.

  • You’re transparent - The person in this role will collaborate closely with the SEM business team on requirements, and must have a strong customer service ethic, ensuring no surprises to the business.

  • Your code sparkles – You write clean, well-tested, maintainable code

  • This is not your first rodeo – You have a minimum 2 years experience building frameworks and APIs that enable maintainable and reusable application development

  • You like Big Data - NoSQL experience is a very big plus, especially Cassandra

  • You’re portable - Docker, Kubernetes and container knowledge is nice to have.

Company Description
Home to the iconic website and headquartered in Oakland’s thriving downtown, Ask Media Group is a collection of websites that help curious people find the information they need. Our growing portfolio of websites helps our users discover everything from bathrobes to tax forms, and we thrive on the challenge of developing a wide variety of sites that address everyday questions, no matter how large or small. Our team knows how to not only create but profitably grow digital properties to meaningful scale, touching the lives of millions of people each day. Ask Media Group is owned and operated by IAC (NASDAQ: IAC) and is a part of IAC Publishing, IAC’s collection of premium content brands.

To provide a fast, accurate, and reliable online experience to hundreds of millions of people each month, we build technology for speed and scale that exceeds the capability of most other online media companies.

Our back-end services must aggregate data from multiple sources to answer questions and surface supplementary content within milliseconds, and our servers must accommodate thousands of queries per second.We run tens of thousands of application instances in containers orchestrated by Openshift / Kubernetes.We collect and process a terabyte of clickstream data every day, driving most of the decisions we make about our business.Our node.js-based front-end framework lets us quickly spin up new websites and A/B test design changes that improve the user experience.We leverage our data science expertise to understand natural language, assess relevant content, predict market fluctuations, and provide answers that are both deep and broad.

Taken together, our technology helps us explore opportunities to acquire web traffic, provide satisfying user experiences, and profitably monetize every session, and do so in a way that can be scaled massively and efficiently.

We’re from Oakland. We embrace our East Bay location and the iconic role we play in Oakland’s blossoming tech scene. We’re made up of a bunch of small teams who work closely together to tackle big challenges and pursue exciting opportunities. We teach each other, support each other, and strive to make our work environment a great place to learn and grow—individually and collectively. We take every opportunity to give back to our backyard and global community.


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