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Sr. 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.

The Storage foundations team owns some of the most critical infrastructure systems at Pinterest such as MySQL and TiDB, empowering hundreds of business critical applications across Engineering and Product, including core services, third party ads, merchant catalogs, ads indexing and many more. As the manager of this team, you will have the opportunity to work with a high-performing team and many cross functional partners to modernize our online storage tech stack with cutting edge technologies. Your work will make a profound impact on the continued success of Pinterest as a thriving business with a huge growth potential.

What you’ll do:

  • Improve the reliability, scalability, infra efficiency and usability of core storage infrastructure at Pinterest such as MySQL and TiDB.
  • Design and build the next generation MySQL architecture to provide MySQL as a service.
  • Play a critical role in a cross-functional strategic initiative of TiDB adoption at Pinterest to modernize the online storage tech stack.
  • Help shape Pinterest’s strategy on disaster recovery, multi region deployment and AZ failure tolerance.
  • Help drive the team vision and strategy for the next 3 years and beyond.
  • Hold a high quality bar on system design, implementation, testing and documentation. Helps develop best practices and processes for the organization.

What we’re looking for:

  • 7+ years of professional software development experience, including experience as a tech lead.
  • Strong technical background in distributed systems and storage systems.
  • Hands on experience managing and operating large-scale distributed storage systems.
  • Experience leading large cross functional initiatives with strong communication and collaboration skills.

Relocation Statement:

  • This position is not eligible for relocation assistance. Visit our PinFlex page to learn more about our working model.



At Pinterest we believe the workplace should be equitable, inclusive, and inspiring for every employee. In an effort to provide greater transparency, we are sharing the base salary range for this position. The position is also eligible for equity. Final salary is based on a number of factors including location, travel, relevant prior experience, or particular skills and expertise.

Information regarding the culture at Pinterest and benefits available for this position can be found here.

US based applicants only
$175,488—$360,985 USD

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, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic under federal, state, or local law. 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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