Software Development Engineer IV, San Francisco, California

Created 10/14/2021
Reference 150112047
Country United States
State California
City San Francisco
Zip 94102
Discovery Inc

Location: San Francisco, California, United States,
Req ID: 30165


As television and media habits change, our mission remains true to the principles that founded Discovery – every day we seek to ignite people’s curiosity to engage, entertain and enlighten the world around them through amazing viewing experiences.

The Direct to Consumer (DTC) Group is a technology company within the Discovery brand. We are building a global streaming video platform (OTT), and a suite of applications to support all of our network’s brands globally. We are building modern container-based micro-services operated on AWS. Our platform covers everything from search, catalogue, video transcoding, personalization, to global subscriptions, and really much more. We build user experiences ranging from classic lean-back viewing to interactive learning applications. We build for connected TVs, web, mobile phones, tablets, and consoles for a large footprint of Discovery owned networks (Discovery+, Food Network, Golf TV, MotorTrend, Eurosport, Discovery Play, and many more) This is a growing, global engineering group crucial to Discovery’s future.

The Event Streams platform focuses on helping the Discovery DTC business understand our customers better. This is a critical mission to our success in building the best digital products that customers love. We know our customers, and we own the vision of how data is collected, validated, segmented and activated downstream. We’re not only making our digital products more personalized but also empowering our product teams to experiment and make decisions on product features based on data collected.


The ideal candidate is a skilled developer eager to help us build upon and maintain SDKs over several device platforms. They will be responsible for developing products implemented by our SDK team for Web, Mobile and CTV apps and will have the desire to create user ready documentation for various aspects of the SDK suite of offerings. The right candidate must have the skill and confidence to learn new programming languages, programming techniques, and fearlessly troubleshoot bugs in various device platforms. Our SDKs are installed into millions of unique user devices a month. Our SDKs must remain easy to install, work alongside other services and consistently improve as we add new features.

Additionally, your work and your approach to work are exemplary: you drive best practices and set standards for your team. You are a key influencer in your team’s strategy and contribute significantly to team planning. You show good judgement making trade-offs between immediate and long-term business needs. You are a collaborative leader that makes other engineers and team members around you more productive, by sharing your knowledge, and helping to tie-break key technical decisions. You provide mentoring to other engineers. Your written and oral communication skills are superb.
  • You are experienced and capable of playing a leading role to design and develop complex functional changes to existing software systems, or new ones, involving yourself and other engineers. You make good decisions when to build new solutions and when to extend existing solutions.
  • You provide guidance on design, coding, and operational best practices, and have a track-record of applying these best practices to software that you have worked on. You can propose and create best practices proactively where none exist.
  • You make high impact decisions driving how and what software gets built. Your decisions are often right, and you are persuasive in delivering your suggestions and ideas to your team. You understand how individual pieces of software fit into a greater ecosystem, and can actively communicate and advocate for choices among multiple stakeholders.
  • You are an effective communicator as exemplified by your technical documentation, and your interactions with stakeholders and adjacent teams. Your success is judged as much on your own productivity as on the positive impact you have on engineers around you.

  • Qualifications

    • 10+ years of experience with developing software in at least one modern programming language such as Javascript, Go, Java, etc.
    • Experience with software engineering best practices (e.g., unit testing, design patterns, building maintainable code, performance)
    • Must have the legal right to work in the United States
    • Experience building or operating in a data pipeline, event-based architecture
    • Operational experience (i.e. on-call rotation, incident response)
    • Experience with databases
    • Experience with various AWS technologies
    • Ability to collaborate effectively with remote peers across disparate geographies and timezones
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with particular emphasis on technical documentation (including diagramming)
    • Strong CS fundamentals

    Employer Discovery Inc

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