Software Engineer, Backend – Emerging Products

San Francisco, CA, US

Job Description / Skills Required

You became an engineer because you believed in technology’s ability to make a difference in the world. So why would you spend your days building things that don’t matter? At Groupon, we spend our days developing tools, platforms and experiences that help small businesses thrive in their local communities. We might look like an ordinary ecommerce app, but under the surface we’re using cutting edge technology to build products that regularly positively impact the lives of 48MM people and merchants.

Of course, local merchants aren’t the only ones who will benefit from your work—you will too. Whether it's working on a top 30 mobile app, improving machine learned personalization models, launching container-based platform-as-a-service infrastructure, or optimizing the site through A/B testing, you’ll be building your portfolio of achievements and becoming the software developer you want to be.

If you have ambition and drive and want to own your own road map in a company that knows how to scale, we want to talk to you.

We're looking for great technology developers to hack on a variety of products aimed at making customers’ and small business’ lives easier and happier. We work in small, self-managing, collaborative and agile teams, and team with product designers to implement stuff quickly.

More specifically:

Take ownership of the technical aspects of our global technology infrastructure, ensuring that the platform is being used to it's fullest potential through designing and building applications around our customer’s needs.

Reviewing and monitoring current engineering work, as well as previously constructed applications, to ensure the software is running as cleanly as possible.

Use open API infrastructure to develop and launch new products for millions of customers

Work closely with operations and the local business to gather requirements, and turn these requirements into deliverable through building, designing and / or enhancing the technology infrastructure.

Work directly with our internal product teams to ensure that our technology infrastructure is seamlessly and effectively integrated with our third-party software, designing and building the necessary applications to make this happen.

Handle the data migration and run the technical consolidation of our global software platforms into one sustainable platform.


Deep knowledge of at least one programming language such as Ruby, Java, Javascript, Python. (Ruby preferred)

Passion about tools: are you the kind of person who has an opinion about the benefits of ElasticSearch versus SOLR

Track record of shipping impactful projects in an agile fashion

BS, MS, or PhD Degree in Computer Science or applicable field or relevant life experience

Interest in understanding the “why,” and like to pull the thread to understand how things work

Track record of building cool, large-scale web applications and services

Strong familiarity with SQL database programming and performance
Excellent understanding of how internet and web technologies work

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