Senior Software Engineer, Data Infrastructure

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What Pocketgems is looking for in applicants

Pocket Gems seeks to build the greatest mobile games and most compelling interactive entertainment in the world. That’s the mission our founders began with, in an apartment above a pizza shop back in 2009, and it continues to inspire us today. Since then, we’ve grown to over 200 people headquartered in San Francisco, and with $155 million in backing from Sequoia Capital and Tencent, we’re constantly breaking new ground in mobile entertainment.

Our products have been downloaded over 500 million times by players around the world and have grossed over $1 billion in revenue. We continue to release brand new content for Episode, a mobile storytelling network and platform, and War Dragons, a visually stunning 3D real-time strategy game. 

As our community of players continues to grow, we’re committed to building diverse and inclusive environments across our teams, and in our games.

Pocket Gems is home to some of the most massive and delightful mobile-first games, like War Dragons and Episode. Those games need a solid data platform to make data-based decisions. This platform is supported and optimized by our Data Infrastructure team. As a Senior Software Engineer on the Data Infrastructure Team, you will scale our infrastructure to facilitate the processing and recording of billions of events per day. You will be responsible for some of our biggest projects as you build APIs that enable the company to deliver offers and recommendations to millions of players in real-time. 

Note: This role is open to remote employment for those who reside in California, Washington State, Colorado, Texas, New York and Massachusetts.

What We’ve Recently Accomplished:

  • We released the 3rd generation data pipeline for the company which successfully reduced the latency from 24hrs to < 5m.
  • We migrated all our infrastructure configurations to the IAC system using tools like Ansible, Terraform, Alembic, Vagrant, and Docker.
  • We released a new unified logging system for our R&D teams to start logging within minutes using any client library of their choice.
  • After doing extensive benchmarking on several data warehousing solutions, we redid all our pipelines and migrated petabytes+ of data from Amazon Redshift to Google BigQuery.

What You’ll Help Us to Accomplish:

  • Help build out:
    • A scalable infrastructure and web tools to support data analysis and visualization for the company and influence what we build for our games’ players (including BI Tools, A/B Testing Tools, Crash Reporting Systems)
    • The next generation of microservices for Pocket Gems game infrastructure needs
  • Assist in improving:
    • Our data pipeline by implementing flexible, reusable and scalable solutions
    • Our unified logging system for R&D teams to support unstructured data and BI insights.
    • Our data warehouse performance
  • Handle petabytes of data storage and improve the performance of the system to process complex queries for analyzing
  • Work effectively with multiple teams and functions to boost developer productivity across the organization
  • Mentor junior engineers and push for excellence with high-quality code and design reviews

What You Bring to the Data Infrastructure Engineering team:

  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience (including 3+ years backend experience)
  • A degree in computer science, engineering, or relevant field
  • Experience managing complex projects, preferably involving distributed systems
  • Deep experience with AWS, GCP, or Hadoop, and related backend technologies is a plus (or an advanced private cloud, e.g. Google, Facebook)
  • Strong skills in data structures, algorithms, software design, and OOP
  • A love for delighting users, both internal and external, with reliable tools, data and creative and highly technical solutions to their problems

Extra Gems for:

  • Experience in working on dev-ops and/or infrastructure teams
  • Experience in working on ETL (data pipeline) systems

Colorado Residents Only: In Colorado, the minimum salary for this position is $133,000. Please note that this information is only provided publicly for candidates in Colorado, but the role is open to candidates outside of Colorado as well.

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At Pocket Gems, we're building teams that value originality, inclusivity, and accountability -- and we hope to engage with talent based on these and other core values. We also offer competitive perks, such as flexible vacation, 401k matching, and a generous benefits package, 

Pocket Gems is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status. 
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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