Senior Software Engineer, Search Infrastructure

Mapbox (View all Jobs)

Helsinki, Finland

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Interview Process

1. Conversational interviews 2. Paid onsite project with team.

Programming Languages Mentioned

C++, Java

Mapbox is the leading real-time location platform for a new generation of location-aware businesses. Mapbox is the only platform that equips organizations with the full set of tools to power the navigation of people, packages, and vehicles everywhere. More than 3.5 million registered developers have chosen Mapbox because of the platform’s flexibility, security and privacy compliance. Organizations use Mapbox applications, data, SDKs and APIs to create customized and immersive experiences that delight their customers. Whether you’re watching the delivery of your grocery order on Instacart, tracking your personal best mile on Strava, monitoring your gas budget on Metromile, or checking today’s forecast on The Weather Channel, Mapbox is the location and maps within those apps.

What we do

The Search API & Infrastructure team at Mapbox owns scaling the Search APIs, Data Stores, and building new platform services that other Search teams across Mapbox can leverage to increase their feature development velocity. We make it possible for Search services such as Address Search, Point-of-interest search, and Places search to easily consume APIs and infrastructure that power billions of search requests from thousands of customers and hundreds of millions of end-users every month.

We work on developing the Search platform built on a foundation of ElasticSearch and AWS, and powers the development of high performance and low latency search algorithms in Search services. 

All in all, this team works on an exciting mix of platform engineering, APIs for search and information retrieval algorithms, and problems in-between in order to support Search at a high-scale. 

What you’ll do

As a Senior Software Engineer on the Search API & Infrastructure team, you’ll be responsible for, and expected to:

  • Design & implement key parts of the Search platform that can support low latency and high throughput requirements of Search services
  • Develop APIs and service level abstractions that can improve developer experience across Mapbox by reducing development time, improving Search platform scalability, reliability and Availability
  • Write, debate, and implement technical design documents through the search organization
  • Work across teams to improve Search and Mapbox holistically
  • Mentor other Search API and Infrastructure engineers

What we believe are important traits for this role

  • Experience in modern programming languages (JS, Rust, C++, Go, Java)
  • Experience with high scale platforms (billions of requests per month)
  • Proficiency in implementing monitoring instrumentation, operational diagnostics, resolving customer issues, and continuous product improvement.
  • Experience in solving challenging Infrastructure problems.
  • A desire to work with individuals with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.
  • Enthusiasm for learning and knowledge sharing in a multidisciplinary environment, supported by mentorship experience and strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • A rigorous approach to problem solving, using experiments and data analysis to drive quality of service improvements.
  • Experience with search engines such as ElasticSearch, Solr, Lucene

What We Value

In addition to our core values, which are not unique to this position and are necessary for Mapbox leaders:

  • We value high-performing creative individuals who dig into problems and opportunities.
  • We believe in individuals being their whole selves at work. We commit to this through supportive health care, parental leave, flexibility for the things that come up in life, and innovating on how we think about supporting our people.
  • We emphasize an environment of teaching and learning to equip employees with the tools needed to be successful in their function and the company.
  • We strongly believe in the value of growing a diverse team and encourage people of all backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, abilities, and sexual orientations to apply.

By applying for this position, you acknowledge that you have received the Mapbox Non-US Privacy Notice for applicants, which is linked here.  Completing this application requires you to provide personal data, such as your name and contact information, which is mandatory for Mapbox to process your application. 

Mapbox is an EEO Employer - Minority/Female/Veteran/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity



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