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Groupon Tech and Product Team
R24984

Senior Software Development Engineer, Search and Recommendation

Description

Groupon is an experiences marketplace that brings people more ways to get the most out of their city or wherever they may be. By enabling real-time mobile commerce across local businesses, live events and travel destinations, Groupon helps people find and discover experiences––big and small, new and familiar––that make for a full, fun and rewarding life. Groupon helps local businesses grow and strengthen customer relationships––resulting in strong, vibrant communities. Even with thousands of employees spread across multiple continents, we still maintain a culture that inspires innovation, rewards risk-taking and celebrates success.

As a backend Software Development Engineer on the Search and Recommendation Platform team, you will work alongside partner teams within the S&R organization including Ranking Algorithms, Personalization and Search to implement infrastructure, features and algorithms. These features will enable an enriched Groupon experience by providing the best personalized and merchandised content for each user across mobile, web and email experiences. 

Using services oriented architecture, you will architect and build for scale, performance and reliability. You will learn to understand how the end-to-end e-commerce stack works and how your service needs to fit and integrate in supporting customer-driven scenarios.

We're a "best of both worlds" kind of company. We're big enough to have resources and scale, but small enough that a single person has a surprising amount of autonomy and can make a meaningful impact. We're curious, fun, a little intense, and kind of obsessed with helping local businesses thrive. Does that sound like a compelling place to work?
 

You’ll spend time on the following:

  • Working with product owners, other team members and users to refine requirements for new features with a focus on Groupon’s applications

  • Working with non-engineering team members to debug software and develop new solutions

  • Develop well-designed, tested, and efficient code

  • Optimizing back end systems to make them faster, reliable and robust

  • Optimizing back end features which enable applications to meet business goals

  • Monitoring production systems to identify and troubleshoot issues

  • Continually researching, evaluating and learning new technology

  • Work with object-oriented development software and data management systems

  • Develop technologies to solve complex data problems

  • Conduct scripting to optimize data gathering
     

We’re excited about you if you have:

  • Master or higher in Computer Science or equivalent experience

  • 5+ years experience with OOP languages (Java, C++, C#, etc.)

  • Strong problem solving skills and knowledge of applying data structures

  • Experience designing and building highly scalable service APIs (REST, SOAP)

  • Self-starter and fast-learner

  • Experience with data structures, algorithms, enterprise systems, and asynchronous architectures

  • Experience working with large data sets (ETLs, distributed systems, real-time & batch processing)

  • Experience working with distributed systems (ElasticSearch, Hadoop, MapReduce, Spark, Storm)

  • Knowledge of Python, Bash or other scripting language

  • Experience working in a large, complex production environment

  • Experience working with tiered environment (Sandbox, Staging, UAT, Production)

  • Experience in a high paced 24x7 environment with on-call rotation

  • Ability to collaborate and listen with technical and non-technical consumers from technical peers to executive level stakeholders

  • Well organized with a healthy sense of urgency, able to set; communicate; and meet aggressive deadlines with competing priorities

  • Writing high-performance, reliable and maintainable code

  • Experience with system design and architecture

  • Knowledge and experience applying operational best practices

  • Background in AWS and cloud technologies is a strong plus.
     

We value engineers who are:

  • Customer-focused: We believe that doing what’s right for the customer is ultimately what will drive our business forward.

  • Obsessed with quality: Your production code just works & scales linearly

  • Team players. You believe that more can be achieved together. You listen to feedback and also provide supportive feedback to help others grow/improve.

  • Fast learners: We are willing to disrupt our existing business to trial new products and solutions. You love learning how to use new technologies and then rapidly apply them to new problems.

  • Pragmatic: We do things quickly to learn what our customers desire. You know when it’s appropriate to take shortcuts that don’t sacrifice quality or maintainability.

  • Owners: Engineers at Groupon know how to positively impact the business.


Groupon’s purpose is to build strong communities through thriving small businesses. To learn more about the world’s largest local ecommerce marketplace, click here for the latest Groupon news. Plus, be sure to check out the values that shape our culture, guide our strategy and make our company a great place to work. And just don’t take our word for it. Hear from real Groupon team members and learn more about our inclusive employee groups. If all of this sounds like something that’s a great fit for you, then click apply and let’s see where this takes us.

Groupon is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Qualifications for employment, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment are based upon the ability to perform the job. Equal-employment opportunities are provided to all applicants and employees without regard to race, creed, religion, color, age, national origin, sex, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, military discharge status (excluding dishonorable discharge), veteran status, citizenship status, or other legally protected status. We are all responsible for maintaining this policy. Groupon is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may email us at hraccommodations at groupon.com. If you have concerns related to Groupon’s equal employment opportunities, you may contact Groupon’s Ethics Reporting Service Ethicspoint.

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