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Software Engineer, Tech Lead: Content Infrastructure - 14+ Years of Experience



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
Multiple locations
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Snap Inc is a technology company. We believe the camera presents the greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. Snap contributes to human progress by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together. The Company’s three core products are Snapchat, a visual messaging app that enhances your relationships with friends, family, and the world; Lens Studio, an augmented reality platform that powers AR across Snapchat and other services; and its AR glasses, Spectacles.

Snap Engineering teams build fun and technically sophisticated products that reach hundreds of millions of Snapchatters around the world, every day. We’re deeply committed to the well-being of everyone in our global community, which is why our values are at the root of everything we do. We move fast, with precision, and always execute with privacy at the forefront.

Content Infrastructure owns, operates, and evolves the foundational systems powering Snap’s Content Products - Friend Stories, the Discovery Feed, Spotlight, and Creators and Publishers tooling and support. It’s a group of teams spanning Client Foundations, to Core Stories Metadata systems supporting source of truth lookup, management, hydration, and serving at scale, to Content Delivery and Ranking infrastructure systems powering the funnel of L0, L1, L2, and L3 retrieval, ranking, and business logic at scale to deliver personalized content feeds to clients, in addition to the data infrastructure layer for content quality and feature engineering.

We’re looking for a Software Engineer, Tech Lead to join Content Infrastructure at Snap

What you’ll do:

  • Work with other senior ICs to design, architect, and implement high-scale hybrid-cloud architectural solutions across Content Products

  • Work across teams to understand product requirements, evaluate trade-offs, and deliver the solutions needed to build innovative products.

  • Advocate for and apply best practices when it comes to availability, scalability, operational excellence, and cost management

  • Technical influence that spans the entire company

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Experience with backend services or distributed systems

  • Experience in at least two of the following areas:

    • Large-scale microservices and distributed systems

    • Information Retrieval/Search Systems

    • Machine learning for search and/or recommender systems

    • Building and evolving high-scale APIs between modern mobile clients and backends

  • Proven track record of operating highly-available systems at significant scale

  • Experience with Go, Java, and/or C++

  • Ability to collaborate and work well with others

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA degree in a technical field such as Computer Science or equivalent years of experience

  • 14+ years of software development experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience architecting and building Go services in production

  • Experience in GCP and AWS

  • Experience in working on e2e solutions across backend and client

  • Delivering cost optimization and performance optimizations

  • Past delivery of large scale migrations or re-architecture projects that spanned many teams and organizations


In the United States, work locations are assigned a pay zone which determines the salary range for the position. The successful candidate’s starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These pay zones may be modified in the future.

  • Zone A (CA, WA, NYC): The base salary range for this position is $265,000 - $385,000 annually.

  • Zone B: The base salary range for this position is $252,000- $366,000 annually.

  • Zone C: The base salary range for this position is $225,000 - $327,000 annually.

  • This position is eligible for equity in the form of RSUs

This position is eligible for equity in the form of RSUs

"Default Together" Policy at Snap: At Snap Inc. we believe that being together in person helps us build our culture faster, reinforce our values, and serve our community, customers and partners better through dynamic collaboration. To reflect this, we practice a “default together” approach and expect our team members to work in an office at least 80% of the time (an average of 4 days per week). For roles with remote consideration: Remote team members still are expected to travel for mandatory in-person gatherings and to fulfill business needs, at least 4 to 6 times per year.

Our Benefits: Snap Inc. is its own community, so we’ve got your back! We do our best to make sure you and your loved ones have everything you need to be happy and healthy, on your own terms. Our benefits are built around your needs and include paid parental leave, comprehensive medical coverage, emotional and mental health support programs, and compensation packages that let you share in Snap’s long-term success!