Software Development Engineer III - Personalization, Recommendation and Search - Data Platform

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Description: 

Discovery hires the very best and brightest talent who are enthusiastic and passionate to fulfill the company’s mission of empowering people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity.

In exchange for their talent and drive, employees are provided with an engaging, diverse workplace and the resources they need to learn, thrive and grow in their careers.

Position Summary

 

As television and media habits change, our mission remains true to the principles that founded Discovery – every day we seek to ignite people’s curiosity to engage, entertain and enlighten the world around them through amazing viewing experiences.

 

The Direct to Consumer Group is a technology company within the Discovery brand. We are building a global streaming video platform (OTT), and a suite of applications to support all of our network’s brands globally. We are building modern container-based micro-services operated on AWS. Our platform covers everything from search, catalogue, video transcoding, personalization, to global subscriptions, and really much more. We build user experiences ranging from classic lean-back viewing to interactive learning applications. We build for connected TVs, web, mobile phones, tablets, and consoles for a large footprint of Discovery owned networks (Discovery, Food Network, Golf TV, MotorTrend, Eurosport, Discovery Play, and many more) This is a growing, global engineering group crucial to Discovery’s future.

 

We are hiring senior software development engineers to join our global video delivery platform team – a foundational pillar of the direct to consumer group. Video is core to Discovery’s business and this team strives to provide the best possible video stream to every customer on every device and network. The team provides mission-critical functionality to all Discovery applications that includes content search and metadata services, video transcoding and DRM services and video playback services among others.

The ideal candidate has a track record of having built multiple high-performance, stable, scalable systems that have been successfully shipped to customers in production. Your work and your approach to work are exemplary: you drive best practices and set standards for your team. You are a key influencer in your team’s strategy and contribute significantly to team planning. You show good judgement making trade-offs between immediate and long-term business needs. You are a collaborative leader that makes other engineers and team members around you more productive, by sharing your knowledge, and helping to tie-break key technical decisions. You provide mentoring to other engineers.

Responsibilities

 

 

We are hiring Senior Software Engineers to join the Personalization, Recommendation and Search team. As part of a rapidly growing team, you will own complex systems that will provide a personalized and unique experience for millions of users across over 200 countries for all the Discovery brands. You will be responsible for building scalable and distributed data pipelines and will contribute to the design of our data platform and infrastructure. You will handle big data, both structured and unstructured, at the scale of millions of users.

You will lead by example and define the best practices, will set high standards for the entire team and for the rest of the organization. You have a successful track record for ambitious projects across cross-functional teams. You are passionate and results-oriented. You strive for technical excellence and are very hands-on. Your co-workers love working with you. You have built respect in your career through concrete accomplishments.

Requirements

 

 

  • 5+ years of experience designing, building, deploying, testing, maintaining, monitoring and owning scalable, resilient and distributed data pipelines. 

  • High Proficiency in at least two of Scala, Python, Spark or Flink applied to large scale data sets.

  • Strong understanding of workflow management platforms (Airflow or similar).

  • Familiarity with advanced SQL.

  • Expertise with big data technologies (Spark, Flink, Data Lake, Presto, Hive, Apache Beam, NoSQL, ...).

  • Knowledge of batch and streaming data processing techniques.

  • Obsession for service observability, instrumentation, monitoring and alerting. 

  • Understanding of the Data Lifecycle Management process to collect, access, use, store, transfer, delete data.

  • Strong knowledge of AWS or similar cloud platforms.

  • Expertise with CI/CD tools (CircleCI, Jenkins or similar) to automate building, testing and deployment of data pipelines and to manage the infrastructure (Pulumi, Terraform or CloudFormation).

  • Understanding of relational databases (e.g., MySQL, PostgreSQL), NoSQL databases (e.g., key-value stores like Redis, DynamoDB, RocksDB), and Search Engines (e.g., Elasticsearch). Ability to decide, based on the use case, when to use one over the other.

  • Familiarity with recommendation and search to personalize the experience for millions of users across million items. 

  • Masters in Computer Science or related discipline.

Discovery Communications, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Discovery is committed to being an employer of choice, not just a good place to work, but a great and inclusive place to work. To that end, we strive to recruit and maintain a workforce that meaningfully represents the diverse and culturally rich communities that we serve. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disabled status or, genetic information.

We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including but not limited to all local Fair Chance Ordinances.

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Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue

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What are Discovery Direct-to-Consumer Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Annual Impact Day where the office volunteers together. Opportunities to volunteer through People Portal. New Hires are given $25 to donate to cause of their choice. Discovery offers matching programs
Partners with Nonprofits
RISE, Turn Up Fight Hunger, Adopt a Family, Oceana, Discovery Project CAT, Give a Little TLC, Inspire a Difference, Building a Difference, Talent Unlimited.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Discovery Women's Network, ableDisability, Multicultural Alliance, Discovery PriDe, Parents at Discovery, Discovery GreenD, Generation D, Discovery Veteran's Association.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Discovery Women's Network, ableDisability, Multicultural Alliance, Discovery PriDe, Generation D, Discovery Veteran's Association.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Diverse slate required for leadership roles.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Happy Hours
Parking
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications
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