Staff Software Development Engineer – Discovery (In Office or Remote)


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OfferUp is dedicated to changing the way people buy and sell in their communities. As the largest mobile marketplace for local buyers and sellers in the U.S., the company offers iOS and Android apps that make selling an item as easy as snapping a picture from your mobile device. Founded in April 2011, OfferUp is reinventing local commerce by helping consumers uncover value through simplicity and trust. In 2020, OfferUp combined with Letgo to reach more than 20M monthly users.

At a Glance

  • 100M+ Downloads
  • 20M+ monthly users
  • Top 5 Shopping app in App Store and Google Play Store for three years
  • 15%+ of adults in several markets use OfferUp every month (LA, Miami, Phoenix, Seattle, Las Vegas, Riverside, Orlando)
  • OfferUp works directly with nearly 2000 US law enforcement agencies to build trust in local communities

Location:
Due to the current pandemic, OfferUp offices are closed in Bellevue, Wa, and Miami, FL, and employees are working remotely until June 30, 2021. Once OfferUp deems it safe to open the offices, employees will have an option to continue to work remotely or in-office. All employees must reside in Washington, Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, Texas, Tennessee, whether working remotely full time or in an OfferUp Office location.

About the role:

The Discovery team is responsible for showing the most relevant content to users and for helping buyers find what they are looking for on OfferUp. We like to think of our charter as being the “Google for OfferUp”. Our team leverages technologies such as ElasticSearch and a multitude of ML models to show the most relevant content to users and are constantly working to improve search. The team manages some of the highest QPS services within OfferUp. We have barely scratched the surface in terms of what we want to do and the possibilities are huge. 

At many organizations, your role begins and ends with the code. On our team, we’re different. You own a feature from concept to fruition. Your responsibilities will include everything from writing well architected and thoroughly tested code, to rolling out the feature by analyzing metrics. You also get to take ownership beyond your technical area by working with cross-functional team members. 

As a Staff Software Development Engineer in our team, you will set the technical strategy for our team, build highly scalable real-time messaging systems and continuously improve our engineering/operational excellence.

Here’s more of what you will get to do:

  • Develop a technical strategy for our team
  • Develop highly scalable real-time messaging pipelines without compromising on reliability, latency, and monitoring
  • Build OMNI-channel messaging platform to enable OfferUp to communicate with its users (Email, Push notifications, Web-hooks)
  • Work collaboratively with cross-functional teams (Marketing, Commerce, Integrity) to design and implement new features
  • Drive engineering and operational excellence across Communications team and OfferUp-wide Backend team
  • Collaborate with OfferUp wide engineering teams to surface common pain points, develop solutions and evangelize best practices
  • Identify when to replace and when to rebuild legacy systems
  • Support, mentor, and help other engineers in the team
  • Participate in a reasonable on-call rotations with the rest of the team

You’ll thrive in this role if you have:

  • 8+ years of professional software engineering experience, of which at least 3 were devoted to web services
  • 4+ years of experience in real-time messaging systems
  • Experience performing data analysis and translating the results into business recommendations
  • Experience in working with data-driven applications at scale
  • Strong coding skills in Java, Python, Scala, Golang or any other modern programming language coupled with strong knowledge in object-oriented design and microservices architecture
  • BS or MS in Computer Science, Computer/Software Engineering, Information Systems/Technology, Information Science, or a related discipline
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States

Helpful, but not required:

  • Experience with load balancing, and handling massive data traffic
  • Experience writing code in Python or Java
  • Experience in building microservices
  • Experience with cloud infrastructure AWS

OfferUp is changing the way people buy and sell locally and we’ve built a dynamic team to do it. To learn more about what it’s like to work at OfferUp, check out our blog: https://blog.offerup.com/tagged/culture

OfferUp provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, OfferUp complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

OfferUp expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of OfferUp’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

OfferUp’s success is centered in our ability to build community and empower everyone to connect and prosper. Inclusion is central to our concept of a healthy community and our company’s values are centered in diversity. We are fully committed to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience. The celebration of our identities fuels our innovation and connects us to our customers and the communities we serve.

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