The Trade Desk

Senior / Staff Software Engineer

Posted 08 May 2023
Job type Permanent

Company's Benefits

  • Flexible Working Arrangements

    Flexible Working Arrangements

  • Mentorship Program

    Mentorship Program

  • Leadership Development Program

    Leadership Development Program

  • Paid Parental Leave

    Paid Parental Leave

  • Return to Work Policy

    Return to Work Policy

  • Breastfeeding Rooms

    Breastfeeding Rooms

  • Sponsorship Program

    Sponsorship Program

  • Coaching Program

    Coaching Program

  • Raise Numbers Of Women In Leadership

    Raise Numbers Of Women In Leadership

Job Description

What we do

Our Staff Software Engineers are end-to-end owners who have the opportunity to participate in many aspects of designing, building, and delivering data-focused products for our stakeholders. 

At The Trade Desk, we believe in building the back-end infrastructure of our platform with a focus on quality at scale. This means whether we are building parts of our client-facing applications, internal custom solutions for our own team members, or model pipelines for bidding optimizations, we are making sure that we have infrastructure, development, and tools to do it right and efficiently.

Our system performs all day, every day serving global traffic. We build a distributed system in a highly collaborative environment, utilizing a broad range of technologies. Our back-end developers work on finding solutions to algorithmic, optimization and scale challenges in everything we do.

What you’ll do:

Some of the work that you will be doing to help us deliver on our mission is:

  • Design, build, deliver and own full lifecycle development software from inception to production

  • Own and drive large initiatives, including planning and organizing work 

  • Drive complex changes involving multiple components

  • Deliver quality changes, including automated tests, metrics and monitoring 

  • Collaborate with team members to deliver features

  • Develop product roadmaps 

  • Implement and maintain product features

  • Build components and processes that are regularly used by others 

  • Build execution plans incorporating user data, observations and market insight 

  • Validate changes to ensure high quality product releases

  • Work in a distributed system environment

  • Understand the business objectives behind the code

  • Understand system architecture fundamentals through self-directed learning

  • Lead projects with a high level of technical ambiguity 

  • Contribute to development of comprehensive success criteria

  • Lead others through example, mentorship, teaching, and/or participate in hiring activities

  • Use data to analyze and communicate the impact of your work on operational efficiency 

We are a global team with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. To complement this team, you will welcome ideas that are different from your own and be well-versed in building from common ground to value, seek out, and foster invisible and visible dimensions of diversity.

Who you are:

Our culture is much deeper than just having fun together (though, we do that well too...). We take pride in our engineers being trust-builders, generous givers, scrappy problem solvers, and gritty pursuers of excellence. You do not have to meet all the requirements below, but we believe that people who meet most of them will have a higher likelihood of succeeding in this role:

  • You are you comfortable working on an agile, distributed team spanning multiple time zones and continents. 

  • You are able to communicate effectively across both technical and non-technical audiences. 

  • You have a solid understanding of computer science and engineering fundamentals.

  • You have experiences working with distributed systems.

  • You are proficient in one or more of the following programming languages: C#, Java, C, C++, Python, SQL, or Scala.

  • You have some knowledge of software development code editors: Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, Rider) and version control systems (Git, Perforce).

  • You have a track record of leading and completing projects with a high level of technical ambiguity and contributing to professional growth of peers.

  • You have 11+ years of software development, engineering experience

  • You have a Bachelor’s/Master’s level degree in a computer-science or relevant engineering related field or equivalent experience. Not everyone has the same level of access to opportunities. What is most important to us is what and how you can contribute, which is why our consideration is not limited by the level of education you have.

  • You have additional nice-to-have experience that is not required in the following areas: database engines (Microsoft SQL Server, Postgres, AeroSpike, Vertica, Redis), building micro-services, operating systems and cloud, Kubernetes, Kafka.