Senior Software Engineer – Backend

Palo Alto, CA, US

Job Description / Skills Required

Groupon’s engineering teams are building the products and applications that make Groupon the daily habit in local commerce. We have created a vast mobile and online marketplace where people discover and save on amazing things to do, see, eat and buy. We work in small collaborative teams to architect massively scalable and reliable systems, using a variety of technologies and development practices.

As a backend engineer, you’ll have direct impact on our customers and merchants. The kind of things you’ll be doing are:

Designing high-performance RESTful web services serving billions of requests a day
Personalizing content and promotions based on user interests
Building large-scale infrastructure using open-source technologies
Delivering billions of e-mail messages efficiently
Launching a real time marketplace for local services
Our solutions utilize various programming languages including Java and Ruby. We love open source and big data, and we rely on Apache Hadoop, Hive, Spark, Storm, and Kafka. MySQL and PostgreSQL are heavily used. REST, JSON, and HTTP power our micro-service architecture.

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.

Fast learners. We are bold and willing to disrupt our existing business to trial new products and solutions. You thrive on figuring out new product needs in rapidly evolving consumer markets. You love learning how to use new technologies and then rapidly apply them to new problems.

Scrappy. We are willing to do things quickly to learn what our customer’s desire. You know when it’s appropriate to take short cuts that don’t sacrifice quality or maintainability.

Have strong business acumen. Engineers at Groupon know how to move the needle on the business. You understand how to build software when the requirements are not always clearly specified.

Proud to ship. Shipping code is much harder than just writing it. You feel ownership of your code and don’t consider it “done” until it’s really done including documentation for operations, production monitoring, and proper test coverage.

Team players. You believe that more can be achieved together. You listen to feedback and also provide constructive criticism for others to improve.

Hiring teams include:

API: servicing a multitude of clients including phones, tablets, browsers and even integrating into a number of 3rd party systems around the world
Computational Marketing: increasing the accuracy and efficacy of our digital marketing and campaign marketing activities using software, automation and big data science
Getaways: inspiring people to see the world, whether it’s a week-long tour of an exotic location or simply getting away for a long weekend.
Goods: a place where you can buy yoga pants, a clip-on man bun, or a new HD TV
Local: 1,000’s of deals, you can find your favorite new restaurant, spa, or activity
Relevance: delivering personalized offerings making Groupon a daily habit

Groupon provides a global marketplace where people can buy just about anything, anywhere, anytime. We’re enabling real-time commerce across an expanding range of categories including local businesses, travel destinations, consumer products, and live or lively events. At the same time, we are providing advertising options and tools that merchants can use to grow and manage their businesses. Culturally, we believe that great people make great companies and that starting with the customer and working backward moves us forward. Community matters to us on an internal, local and global scale—it’s fundamental to our company’s growth and to the well-being of the world at large. We also value self-awareness, candor, lunch and WiFi. If we match with you, please apply to join us.