Senior Staff Engineer - Personalization
Millions of people come to Discord every day to talk to their friends and hang out in communities they care about. We are a new team built to help people find the next best thing to do on Discord, whether that’s joining in a new conversation, discovering a new server, or joining your friends in an activity. Our goal is to help personalize each person’s experience on Discord so they can get to where they want to go as quickly and easily as possible. We’re a small but mighty team using tools ranging from third-party AI tools to internally fine-tuned LLMs combined with a variety of new product surfaces and interactions to make Discord a richer and more accessible platform for everyone.
What you'll be doing
- Partner with leads across product, design, data science, and engineering to develop our strategy for personalized recommendations powered by traditional ML.
- Collaborating with leads to define our strategy for the future of AI and how it can meaningfully improve experiences for everyone on Discord
- Drive our collaboration with Machine Learning teams to build healthy integrations across our product infrastructure and our ML platforms.
- Build new features across our iOS, Android, Web apps and the Discord backend systems after ramping up on our overall tech stack.
- Provide mentorship and guidance for other engineers by setting an example on how to write, review, and ship elegant, scalable, and high quality code.
What you should have
- 8+ years of experience working on large, cross-platform software projects. Especially features for products at scale or in real-time applications.
- Familiarity with a variety of platforms (mobile, backend, API, data pipelines, etc.)
- Strong product intuition. You partner with product leaders to ensure teams build the most compelling and impactful experiences. This could be digging into product strategy or going into the details of specific designs.
- A strong sense of shared ownership. You don’t believe that anything is someone else’s problem and are willing to explore unfamiliar parts of the tech stack to understand how it works and develop new expertise.
- Technical leadership. You hold a high technical bar for yourself and others by balancing quality with speed in a sustainable way.
- Experience working with cutting-edge AI platforms.
- Experience building ML-powered recommendations.
- Experience working on real-time data streaming services and notifications platforms.
The US base salary range for this full-time position is $256,000 to $279,000 + equity + benefits. Our salary ranges are determined by role and level. Within the range, individual pay is determined by additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Please note that the compensation details listed in US role postings reflect the base salary only, and do not include equity, or benefits.
Benefits and Perks
- Comprehensive medical insurance including Health, Dental and Vision (plus up to $20,000 for gender affirmation procedures)
- Mental health resources and quarterly wellness stipends
- 16+ paid holidays, 4 weeks of PTO + use-what-you-need sick days
- Paid parental leave (plus fertility, adoption and other family planning benefits)
- Flexible long-term work options (remote and hybrid)
- Volunteer time off
- A diverse slate of Employee Resource Groups
- Plus commuter contributions and other perks for office-based employees
Discord is a voice, video and text app that helps friends and communities come together to hang out and explore their interests — from artists and activists, to study groups, sneakerheads, plant parents, and more. With 150 million monthly users across 19 million active communities, called servers, Discord has grown to become one of the most popular communications services in the world. Discord was built without selling ads or user data and instead, offers a premium subscription called Nitro that gives users special perks like higher quality streams and fun customizations.
We’re working toward an inclusive world where no one feels like an outsider, where genuine human connection is a click, text chat, or voice call away. A place where everyone can find belonging. Challenging? Heck yes. Rewarding? Double heck yes. It’s a mission that gives us the chance to positively impact millions of people all over the world. So if this strikes a chord with you, come build belonging with us!