Senior Java Software Developer, Backend

  • 555 City Center, 555 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Home to the iconic website and headquartered in Oakland’s thriving downtown, Ask Media Group is a collection of websites that help curious people find the information they need. Our growing portfolio of websites helps our users discover everything from bathrobes to tax forms, and we thrive on the challenge of developing a wide variety of sites that address everyday questions, no matter how large or small. Our team knows how to not only create but profitably grow digital properties to meaningful scale, touching the lives of millions of people each day. Ask Media Group is owned and operated by IAC (NASDAQ: IAC) and is a part of IAC Publishing, IAC’s collection of premium content brands.

Our key capabilities include:

  • Multi-channel audience acquisition and monetization expertise.

  • A rapid release application platform allowing us to develop and test a variety of new products.

  • Deep data management, analytics, and machine learning expertise to drive engaging media experiences.

  • 24x7 operations services with experience supporting multiple, international domains at scale.

Job Description

We are looking for a Senior Java Software Developer to join our engineering team and focus on driving our Java based application platform forward. The platform manages a very large portfolio (billions of records) and performs operations vital to our Search Engine Marketing business.

This position offers the freedom to make substantial, revenue-impacting contributions to the design and development of the core platform and services. We are passionate about developer productivity and often find ourselves spearheading new technologies and processes for the entire dev org (eg. containerization, continuous-delivery). While focused on the Java based backend platform, you’d be working with multiple teams in a culture that values collaborative, pragmatic solutions. As part of this engineering team you'll also have the opportunity to opt to work on the variety of applications, technologies and languages that the team is responsible for (micro-services, Go, etc.).

What you get to do

  • Make big decisions – Help design and develop our next-generation SEM application platform

  • Count milliseconds – Obsess over performance and scalability across our tech stack

  • Stay modern – Contribute to a scalable, performing platform utilizing modern APIs and Cassandra

  • Optimize delivery – Integrate partner APIs, automate data processing pipelines, work closely with business to improve their workflows that deal with big data volumes

  • Share what you know – Contribute to our technical culture through presentations, meetups, conferences, etc.

  • Expand your impact – Get involved and interface with other engineering teams and applications across the company


You are an experienced full-stack engineer with a passion for modern development and productivity. You thrive in a highly collaborative environment and understand the value of solving problems as a team. You are a thoughtful problem solver, with informed and defensible positions, who is always learning. You are looking for an opportunity to make a significant contribution and grow in your career.

  • You’re a Java powerhouse – You possess advanced Java; bonus if you have extensive experience with another language as well

  • You have solid CS fundamentals –  You have a good grasp of Algorithms, Data Structures, Operating Systems, Networking, etc.

  • You understand scale - We operate at very large scale and on mission-critical workloads, so a passion and discipline around operational excellence is vital.

  • You’re transparent - The person in this role will collaborate closely with the SEM business team on requirements, and must have a strong customer service ethic, ensuring no surprises to the business.

  • Your code sparkles – You write clean, well-tested, maintainable code

  • This is not your first rodeo – You have a minimum 2 years experience building frameworks and APIs that enable maintainable and reusable application development

  • You like Big Data - NoSQL experience is a very big plus, especially Cassandra

  • You’re portable - Docker, Kubernetes and container knowledge is nice to have.

Additional Information

Ask Media Group offers competitive salaries, plus amazing benefits and perks. Unlimited vacation policy, Excellent Medical plans, 401(k) matching, Tuition Reimbursement, team building outings, celebrations, and food!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. Wedo not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender,sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status

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