Principal Engineer – API Platform

Palo Alto, CA, US

Job Description / Skills Required

Requisition ID: R13266
The Groupon API Platform is the front door to one of the most popular mobile services in the world. It services a multitude of clients including phones, tablets, browsers and is even integrated into a number of 3rd party systems around the world. In addition to the client-facing duties, the API also works with a diverse array of lower-tier systems collecting and connecting the data and services necessary to fulfill the requests of our clients. This privileged integration point exposes our team members to a wide variety of challenges from the deep technical implementations of the scalable core platform to the user-visible features and functionality available to our customers.

Groupon is looking for experienced Platform Engineers / Architects who will take the ownership of technical direction on the Groupon API Platform team. This gives you the opportunity to have a direct impact on our customers and merchants. You'll be building the core services that power Groupon around the world for web and mobile users.

Requirements:

10+ years in software development

Experience designing and implementing large, scalable distributed systems

Highly proficient in OO programming (Java preferred)

BS or MS in Computer Science or equivalent experience

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 customers 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.

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.