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Senior Backend Engineer



Software Engineering
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Friday, May 3, 2024

Senior Backend Engineer

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Our mission on the Advertising Product & Technology team is to build a next generation advertising platform that aligns with our unique value proposition for audio and video. We work to scale the user experience for hundreds of millions of fans and hundreds of thousands of advertisers. This scale brings unique challenges as well as tremendous opportunities for our artists and creators.


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Spotify’s Ad business is growing! We're adding more advertisers than ever and big plans to transition our large direct ads customers over to Ad Studio. The Supply Controls team is at the crossroads of working with Content Creators, Advertisers, and Listeners. We work closely with Podcast Mission to create new ad segments, PlayX to ensure the listener experience is polished, and Ad Serving to ensure we get the expected ads.
We're looking for a backend engineer to join our team so we can unlock and polish supply in our existing offering. Our team owns both backend jobs and data pipelines, so we are looking for someone who’s not afraid to dip their toes into the data side as well! This is a brand new team where there will be a lot of opportunities to explore and try new things. This is a high impact opportunity where the work we are doing unlocks $$$ - which makes the impact narrative easy.

Who You Are

  • Strong SE2 or Senior Engineer with experience working with Java
  • Proven ability to design technical architecture with other teams in a platform environment (we have many up and downstream teams that we integrate with)
  • Ability to work in a tightly-controlled and risk-averse area. Given the nature of the work, we place a high emphasis on quality, correctness and accuracy. Test, test, then release!
  • Experience working with data jobs/pipelines. We own quite a few data pipelines and being able to contribute and work with those jobs is a big plus
  • Domain experience with our (or other) Ads business. There’s a decent amount of ad-related jargon to ramp up on!
  • You bring an entrepreneurial spirit and thrive in autonomy.

Where You’ll Be

  • We are a distributed workforce enabling our band members to find a work mode that is best for them!
  • Where in the world? For this role, it can be within North America in which we have a work location
  • Prefer an office to work from home instead? Not a problem! We have plenty of options for your working preferences. Find more information about our Work From Anywhere options here.
  • Working hours? We operate within the Eastern Standard time zone for collaboration

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Our global benefits

Extensive learning opportunities, through our dedicated team, GreenHouse.

Flexible share incentives letting you choose how you share in our success.

Global parental leave, six months off - fully paid - for all new parents.

All The Feels, our employee assistance program and self-care hub.

Flexible public holidays, swap days off according to your values and beliefs.

Learn about life at Spotify

The United States base range for this position is $156,275 - $223,250 , plus equity. The benefits available for this position include health insurance, six month paid parental leave, 401(k) retirement plan, monthly meal allowance, 23 paid days off, 13 paid flexible holidays. These ranges may be modified in the future.
Spotify is an equal opportunity employer. You are welcome at Spotify for who you are, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or what’s playing in your headphones. Our platform is for everyone, and so is our workplace. The more voices we have represented and amplified in our business, the more we will all thrive, contribute, and be forward-thinking! So bring us your personal experience, your perspectives, and your background. It’s in our differences that we will find the power to keep revolutionizing the way the world listens.
Spotify transformed music listening forever when we launched in 2008. Our mission is to unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the chance to enjoy and be passionate about these creators. Everything we do is driven by our love for music and podcasting. Today, we are the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service.

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