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Senior Software Engineer, Ad Tech & Customer Intelligence Engineering

Boston, MA
Engineering - Ad Tech & Customer Intelligence


Job Description

The Team: Cutting edge intelligent systems. Big data at massive scale. World class ad tech to drive phenomenal growth in a multi-billion dollar business. Real-time tracking and personalization to engage millions of shoppers daily: Ad Tech & Customer Intelligence Engineering @ Wayfair.

Meet the two halves of an all star engineering team...

Ad Tech: Responsible for the development of all Wayfair proprietary Ad Tech, continuously delivering solutions which outperform all available commercial alternatives. Keyword search optimization for hundreds of millions of dollars of annual ad spend and a product catalog with millions of distinct products. Display retargeting to outperform specialized industry leaders, fueled by real-time product recommendations and user-level bidding. Intelligent campaign automation that exceeds the configurability, intuitions and power of commercial alternatives, enabling Wayfair to get the perfect content in front of each user with the best timing and optimal channel, for hundreds of concurrent campaigns and tens of millions of customers.

Customer Intelligence: Provides the underpinnings for our award winning ad tech as well as customer analytics and personalization for the entire customer experience. Responsible for the development of an industry-best tracking event bus and curation of a holistic customer file, making hundreds of data points available for real-time consumption. Delivering systems which allow for real-time product and content recommendations at massive scale, enabled by the best combination of configurability and machine learning.

The Technology: We believe in the right tool for the right job. As such, we leverage Java for big data and stream processing at scale, and Python for our systems with a large machine learning component. You’ll find that open source frameworks such as Apache Spark, Storm and Kafka comprise a large part of our infrastructure and we balance the adoption of new technologies to fill a need with a pragmatic focus that allows us to be extremely effective at delivering massive value to the business in a timely manner.

The Role: As a Senior Software Engineer, you will join one of our core platform teams as a key contributor to the development of our technology and will be expected to (i) provide high quality contributions to the code base, with a mind to best practices and an equally high degree of autonomy, (ii) work with senior leadership to architect solutions and ensure that we deliver the right functionality, in a timely manner, and (iii) mentor junior engineers to develop the next generation of Wayfair engineering. In this hands on role, you’ll be able to see your work as it powers improved customer understanding / experience or enables new features and functionality in our ad tech stack.

The Requirements: 
  • BS in Computer Science, Information Systems, other Engineering discipline or Data Science, with five (5) years experience in software development, or alternatively an MS with two (2) years of experience. Java and / or Python experience preferred.
  • Experience with big data, streaming technologies and / or RESTful web service development preferred.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to own a part of Wayfair’s success, absolutely required.

Wayfair believes everyone should live in a home they love. Through technology and innovation, Wayfair makes it possible for shoppers to quickly and easily find exactly what they want from a selection of more than 10 million items across home furnishings, décor, home improvement, housewares and more. Committed to delighting its customers every step of the way, Wayfair is reinventing the way people shop for their homes – from product discovery to final delivery.

The Wayfair family of sites includes:

  • Wayfair, an online destination for all things home
  • Joss & Main, where beautiful furniture and finds meet irresistible savings
  • AllModern, unbelievable prices on everything modern
  • Birch Lane, a collection of classic furnishings and timeless home décor
  • Perigold, unparalleled access to the finest home décor and furnishings

Wayfair generated $4.7 billion in net revenue for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with operations throughout North America and Europe, the company employs more than 7,700 people.

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Requisition ID: 15216