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Lead Engineer - Search and Big Data at Zip

Sydney, NSW

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We are Zip, a rapidly expanding global fintech headquartered out of Sydney, Australia with a growing presence focused in the US, Canada and UK markets.

We're here to simplify how the world pays for what they need by connecting merchants with consumers and offering them fair and seamless payment solutions, everywhere. We’re also the brains behind Pocketbook which helps almost a million Aussies take control of their money and improve their financial wellbeing.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do. They form our Mamba mentality - how we’re better than yesterday, and are used to create game-changing experiences for our customers and our people.

The role

As Tech Lead within ourSearch and Big Data squad, you will be responsible for the development and deployment of our Search API middleware, ML pipeline and Elasticsearch database. We are looking for in-depth knowledge of Terraform on AWS as well as experience with Python, Golang and Java. Further, you will have had prior experience with data processing making use of Pyspark.

To support the rollout of our product search, discovery and recommendations engine, you will be tasked with building an event driven/stream processing aggregation pipeline to build user persona’s. Further you will be required to support and unlock our Data Engineers as well as the needs of our search relevance engineers.

Your years of experience as a polyglot backend programmer, will ensure the success of the broader team to provide a world-class search and recommendations experience.

What you'll do:

  • Be hands on with our Golang search backend to optimise efficiency, and focus on long term globally scalability.
  • Support our replicated Elasticsearch infrastructure
  • Build a new pipeline for ingesting clickstream data to better understand our users
  • Technically lead while, mentoring, driving and coaching a team of remote and local engineers
  • Perform effective code reviews
  • Deploy and manage AWS lambda and ECS infrastructure (with serverless and terraform)
  • Gain holistic understanding of the whole system (Elasticsearch, Golang, Python, Pyspark, AWS ECS)
  • Identify and remediate pain points in the application lifecycleRecommend, assist and implement architectural changes to improve performance and reliability
  • Keep the bigger picture in mind, planning new/exciting features and run stand-ups
  • Explore new technologies and share your findings with the wider global engineering teams
  • Contribute to a culture of continuous improvement and innovation
  • Work in a team with a "customer first" and “team first” mentality
  • Arrange, encourage and run regularly check-ins with engineers in your team

To help us level up, you'll ideally have:

  • 2 years+ experience as a Technical Lead
  • 3 years+ experience working with Big Data platforms (Elasticsearch, Hadoop, AWS Redshift, AWS EMR, Spark).
  • 5 years+ experience with Python / Golang / Java
  • 3 years+ experience in AWS Cloud computing (AWS Lambda and ECS).
  • 3 years+ experience in DevOps networking (Terraform, CloudFormation, Docker).
  • Our values in your DNA: Customer First, Own It, Stronger Together and Change the Game

Bonus points for:

  • Previous team management experience is desirable but not essential, with at least 1-5 direct reports is desirable.
  • Experience in a high-energy, fast-moving, start-up environments.
  • Master’s degree or PhD in Computer Science.

We’re looking for someone who always finds new boundaries to cross - a future Zipster who will obsess over excellence and make constant improvements for our customers. We’ve removed the red tape here to get things done quickly, so if you see a problem, own the solution. You've gotta hustle at Zip!

If you only meet some of the requirements for this role, that's okay. We value a diverse range of backgrounds and ideas and believe this is fundamental for our future success. So, if you have the curiosity to learn and the willingness to teach what you know, we'd love to hear from you.

We pride ourselves on creating an inclusive workplace that provides equal opportunities to all persons regardless of their age, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, veteran status, or anything else.

Benefits @ Zip

  • Flexible working culture
  • Share incentive programs
  • Generous paid parental leave
  • Birthday and wellness leave
  • Epic offices with a casual dress code
  • Fun team with high-growth hustle
  • Free breakfast and weekly lunches
  • Heaps of social events

Join us on our mission to be the first payment choice, everywhere and every day.

About Zip

Office address

  • 10 Spring Street, Sydney CBD, NSW, 2000
  • Melbourne CBD, VIC, 3000

Company size

201-500 people

Founded in

2013

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