Senior Director of Engineering – Distributed Ecommerce

Job Description / Skills Required

Help Groupon break out of the walled-garden we have lived in as we create a true marketplace solution that is set to revolutionize the business. Two years ago we started to build our Third-party platform product that allows us to ingest inventory from a growing ecosystem of partners. We are now expanding that program to include distribution, enabling Groupon inventory to be made available to via Distributed Commerce on third-party sites. Wherever a customer is browsing, when they feel inspired to buy that great experience Groupon will be there. Our aim is to create a modular set of APIs, widgets and other integration points that will allow consumers to buy Groupon deals wherever they are.

We are seeking an inspiring, technically brilliant, consumer product focused leader to spearhead this game-changing initiative. The role entails leading a large and distributed engineering team driving fast-growing businesses pulling in over $100M today.


Be a combination of a highly-technical hands-on software architect and an effective leader.

Recruit, inspire and develop team members.

Hold your own in technical discussions, be a subject matter expert, and have strategic influence with the product and business and other engineering organizations.

Communicate cross-functionally across various teams, organizations and internal and external stakeholders to drive engineering efforts on consumer product initiatives

Work together with product management, Business, and UX design teams to design and develop front-end interfaces, underlying APIs and backend systems across different programming languages.

Encourage a data-driven culture to improve the efficiency, scalability, stability, and security of consumer applications and in-house systems to help scale the company.

Partner with other engineering teams to drive leverage, reuse and technical craftsmanship in the larger engineering organization.


BA/BS degree in Computer Science or related technical discipline, MS or Ph.D. preferred.

Exceptional track record of shipping consumer-facing products at top-tier web companies including mobile applications.

10+ years of experience in leading highly-complex, technically-challenging, cross-functional software oriented projects from inception to delivery in a senior management capacity

Exceptional technical architect with a penchant to design highly scalable web architectures using Java or Scala based stacks

Deep understanding of how to build scalable distributed systems.

Passion for leading teams, setting the vision and developing highly functioning organizations.

A​ technologist at heart and not shy of reviewing or even writing code if needed.

A people first leadership mentality and adept at balancing team development and execution of technical charters.

Experience designing, building and supporting external APIs a major plus

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.