Principal Software Engineer - Recommendations at Udemy

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Udemy is looking for a software engineer to join our Recommendations Team. Udemy’s personalized recommendations system is composed of batch (e.g., feature and machine learning pipelines), streaming (i.e., feature computation in real-time), and online (i.e., microservices to serve personalized recommendations) components. The team is responsible for all these components, as well as the underlying algorithms and evaluation methodologies. 
In this role, you will design, build, and integrate scalable systems, platforms, and tools to provide better recommendations and personalization data with low latency. You will work in a wide stack, including both data-related technologies and backend development, as a part of a cross-functional agile team of software engineers, data scientists, and product managers.
Are you passionate about learning, willing to take technical challenges, care about making an impact, and looking for a diverse, collaborative, and fun environment that also values quality? If so, come help us improve lives through learning at Udemy!

Responsibilities:

  • Design, develop, test, and deploy recommendation- and personalization-related systems, platforms, and tools at scale.
  • Lead design and architecture of Udemy’s next-generation recommendation systems.
  • Identify and evaluate new technologies that improve the performance, maintainability, and elegance of our software implementation.
  • Partner with data scientists to troubleshoot and optimize complex data pipelines.
  • Collaborate with data scientists, engineers, and product managers to identify opportunities to improve our platform through personalization.
  • Advocate for technical quality, effective team processes, and engineering best practices.
  • Lead complex cross-organizational initiatives.
  • Mentor junior and senior data scientists and engineers.

Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of full-time experience with data or backend engineering or equivalent
  • Strong knowledge of computer science fundamentals, including object-oriented design, data structures, and algorithms
  • Broad knowledge of web application technologies, frameworks, scalability, and operations
  • Proficiency with Python, Java, Kotlin, or Scala
  • Experience with the design, development, and operational maintenance of large-scale platforms and services
  • Experience with data storage and processing frameworks such as Hadoop, Hive, Spark, Kafka, MySQL, Redis, and Cassandra 
  • Self-driven, highly motivated, and able to learn quickly
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Preferred but not required:

  • Experience with machine learning
  • Experience with Spark MLlib
  • Experience with infrastructure as code tools such as Terraform, Ansible and Packer
  • Experience with SQL performance tuning and query optimization

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About Udemy
We believe anyone can build the life they imagine through online learning. Today, more than 50 million students around the world are advancing their careers and passions by exploring and mastering new skills on Udemy, and expert instructors are able to share their knowledge with the world. Through our global marketplace and our solutions for businesses and governments, we connect people everywhere with the skills they need for success in work and life. We’re a close-knit bunch that enjoys problem-solving and collaboration, and we share a serious belief in the power of learning and teaching to change lives. Udemy’s culture encourages innovation, creativity, passion, and teamwork. We also celebrate our milestones and support each other every day.
Founded in 2010, Udemy is privately owned and headquartered in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood with offices in Denver (Colorado), Dublin (Ireland), Ankara (Turkey), Gurugram (India), and São Paulo (Brazil).
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Location

SOMA

An Insider's view of Udemy

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

I’ve been really impressed by the work-life balance at Udemy. Each team has the freedom to choose a schedule and system that works for them. Everyone is committed to the success of their team and Udemy as a whole, and this flexibility and trust enables each of us to work in a way that helps maximize our impact.

Katie

Full Stack Web Development Software Engineer, Instructor Loyalty

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As a member of the Marketing Efficiency Decision Science team, I help determine how Udemy can invest money efficiently. We partner with all levels of the Marketing and Finance teams to align our goals and drive implementation. We also work with the Data Products and platform team to ensure we utilize the most robust models and architecture.

Silvia

Data Scientist II

How does the company support your career growth?

Udemy provides me with daily opportunities to grow as an engineer. My manager genuinely cares about my career plan and professional growth. In every project that we’ve chosen for me to work on, I had the chance to improve my weaknesses and demonstrate my strengths. It is so important to feel valued at work, and Udemy has been doing a great job.

Duygu

Senior Staff Engineer

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

My philosophy goes beyond normally scheduled one-on-ones, which I regard as simply guaranteed check points. I have a truly “interrupt me anytime” policy, so my staff feels comfortable enough to talk with me at any moment. My team is my work-family and, as with my own family, it is a top priority for me to be there to support them.

Justin

Senior Data Science Manager

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Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
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Diversity Program
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Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
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