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Groupon Tech and Product Team

Software Development Engineer - API Platform


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.

The Groupon API Platform is the front door to one of the most popular mobile services in the world. It services a multitude of clients - including phones, tablets, browsers - and is even integrated into a number of 3rd party systems around the world. In addition to the client-facing duties, the API also works with a diverse array of lower-tier systems collecting and connecting the data and services necessary to fulfill the requests of our clients. This privileged integration point exposes our team members to a wide variety of challenges from the deep technical implementations of the scalable core platform to the user-visible features and functionality available to our customers. The API platform also includes our relevance engine which drives the customized search and ranking that brings each customer a personalized experience.

As a back-end engineer at Groupon, on the Groupon and Relevance API Platform Team, you'll have a direct impact on our customers and merchants. You'll be building the core services that power Groupon around the world for web and mobile users.

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?

Our development ecosystem:

  • Java, RxJava, VertX, Dropwizard

  • NodeJS

  • Elastic Search

  • Maven

  • ELK/Splunk

  • REST, JSON, Swagger/Open API

  • MySQL/PostgreSQL

  • Redis, Memcached

  • GitHub

  • JIRA

You’ll spend time on the following:

  • Developing highly scalable applications for the Groupon microservice ecosystem

  • Collaborating with teams in other organizations to ensure that required business features and compliance rules are implemented effectively

  • Building service artifacts, planning deployments, coordinating timeline and tasks with project management and teams

  • Improving service stability by identifying critical service specific metrics, setting meaningful alerting thresholds, and automating alerting responses

  • Creating and maintaining documentation for your projects

  • Leading technical discussions and decisions related to the team, while mentoring junior engineers

We’re excited about you if you have:

  • BS or MS in Computer Science or related fields with 5+ years in software development

  • Proven experience building, maintaining and upgrading a RESTful API, and solid knowledge of relational databases

  • A passion for writing clean, maintainable code

  • Knowledge of deploying and maintaining cloud-hosted services

  • Experience developing and supporting web applications and with supporting and troubleshooting internal and external requests / bug reports in a transactional environment

  • Good communication and collaboration skills

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 If you have concerns related to Groupon’s equal employment opportunities, you may contact Groupon’s Ethics Reporting Service Ethicspoint.

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