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Staff Software Engineer

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About Pinterest:

Millions of people across the world come to Pinterest to find new ideas every day. It’s where they get inspiration, dream about new possibilities and plan for what matters most. Our mission is to help those people find their inspiration and create a life they love. In your role, you’ll be challenged to take on work that upholds this mission and pushes Pinterest forward. You’ll grow as a person and leader in your field, all the while helping Pinners make their lives better in the positive corner of the internet.

Creating a life you love also means finding a career that celebrates the unique perspectives and experiences that you bring. As you read through the expectations of the position, consider how your skills and experiences may complement the responsibilities of the role. We encourage you to think through your relevant and transferable skills from prior experiences.

Our new progressive work model is called PinFlex, a term that’s uniquely Pinterest to describe our flexible approach to living and working. Visit our PinFlex landing page to learn more.

We are seeking a Staff Software Engineer to join the Browse Platform team, which is responsible for providing a powerful and flexible platform that enables teams across the organization to easily create inspiring experiences for our Pinners. In this role, you will define and lead the technical strategy of the serving platform for Browse surfaces, empower teams to measure relevance and debug ML generated recommendations and deliver backend projects for delightful Pinner experiences. You will join a talented team with high impact, playing a crucial role in leading and driving the team while leveraging your technical expertise to drive the development and delivery of complex software projects.

What you’ll do:

  • Provide technical leadership, support and mentorship for a group of software engineers. This person will provide technical expertise and serve as a point of reference for their team members.
  • Devise and lead the technical strategy and set a multi-year roadmap for key aspects of the serving layer in Browse.
  • Forge strong partnerships with technical leaders across the organization. Collaborate and align with other teams across the organization to ensure that their concerns regarding the serving platform are addressed and enable a successful and streamlined implementation of features on top of such platform.

What we’re looking for:

  • 10+ years of relevant industry experience in leading the design and implementation of large scale distributed systems (backend) using Java. Deep knowledge of backend frameworks, databases, and infrastructure components.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and optimizing backend architectures for performance, scalability, and reliability. Familiarity with distributed systems, design patterns, caching mechanisms and monitoring techniques.
  • Proficiency in analyzing and optimizing backend performance, including identifying and resolving bottlenecks, enabling traceability and using techniques such as profiling, logging and performance metrics analysis. Experience in diagnosing and troubleshooting complex backend systems.
  • Proven track record of successfully leading and mentoring teams of backend engineers. Experience in setting technical direction, providing guidance, driving delivery, conducting code reviews, and fostering a collaborative work environment
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams.

This position is not eligible for relocation assistance.


Our Commitment to Diversity:

Pinterest is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best qualified people in every job. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, status as a protected veteran, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other consideration made unlawful by applicable federal, state or local laws. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you require an accommodation during the job application process, please notify for support.
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