Senior Software Engineer- Back End

Technology Las Vegas, Nevada

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We are looking for smart, forward-thinking problem solvers to join our world-class technology team. We have built most of our systems on open-source technology. We use Java, Kotlin, Python, Spring, Elastic Search, EC2, DynamoDB, and more (you can even help us figure out what else!).


As a Senior Software Engineer at Zappos, you will be developing a mix of new features for the site as well as investigating cutting-edge technologies to make the site better (either more robust, able to handle more transactions, or simply provide a better customer experience).


Expectations and skills needed to do that thing you love at Zappos:


  • Architect, design, implement, and maintain complex, scalable, and performant services and applications using modern technology and methodologies.
  • Work with orchestration services to monitor and maintain our service infrastructure.
  • Implement unit and integration tests to drive code quality.
  • Capture and analyze data to improve system capabilities.
  • Enhance processes through analysis, tracking and automation.
  • Facilitate difficult conversations between disparate technical and business perspectives balancing short-term needs vs setting up the company for long-term success with an eye towards limiting the buildup of technical debt.
  • Mentor fellow engineers to influence our technology decisions and how we write code.


What you'll bring to the table:


  • Deep understanding of software engineering practices & best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations.
  • Hands-on skill in many incongruent technologies, typically fluctuating from front-end user interfaces through to back-end systems and all points in between.
  • Experience with high-volume transactional systems.
  • Experience influencing software engineers to follow best practices.
  • Experience with JVM languages and frameworks (Java, Spring, JUnit, etc).
  • Made major contributions to the design/architecture of one or more projects.
  • Have assisted in the interview process for new engineers.
  • Have mentored junior engineers.
  • 5+ years Java software development in a production environment.


If you love building complex systems and want a great, fun, open organization, but the solid management and resources of an established business, we’re the place for you.

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