Senior Relevance Engineer, Search & Discovery

  • Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time
  • Region: Americas
  • Department: Engineering and Development

Company Description

Shopify’s mission is to make commerce better for everyone. From building a new product feature for our commerce platform, to helping a merchant troubleshoot an issue over the phone, we want to empower our ecosystem through our work.

Having a unified vision, a north star, is vitally important to ensure that we are all headed in the same direction. No matter the size or experience, we want to power every merchant’s experience. This is why we’re all here.

Shopify is now permanently remote, and we’re working towards a future that is digital by design. That location you see above? Consider it merely an example of hundreds of potential locations across North America where Shopify is hiring. Learn more here:

Job Description

Relevance Engineering, which is at the intersection of our engineering and data science organizations, designs, launches and graduates user-centered relevance experiments that can be shipped at scale. The search and discovery pipeline powers our information retrieval system and will help our merchants and buyers navigate the ever increasing complexity of their business. You’ll get to work with great developers and data scientists to build and grow a crucial piece of our platform, and ship world class products on a global scale.


What you'll do as a Senior Relevance Engineering at Shopify:

  • Take the lead on crafting, running and evaluating high quality, globally available, discovery experiments that improve engagement and delight users

  • Work through problems with your team, mentor team members and advocate for engineering-specific roadmap items

  • Work with other members of the team from different disciplines to help inform decisions you make and the best solutions

  • Grow the team both through internal development and external hiring


Experience and skills that are important for success in this role:

  • An understanding of relevance engineering (experience with Elasticsearch, Solr and/or Lucene is a plus)

  • An understanding of the principles of building discovery and recommendation systems

  • Proven technical leadership skills using technologies and frameworks like (but not limited to) Python, Go, Java, Rust

  • An interest in writing efficient and optimized code with low latency requirements

  • Deep understanding of how to design, build and evaluate online and offline user-centered experiments

Additional Information

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At Shopify, we are committed to building and fostering an environment where our employees feel included, valued, and heard. Our belief is that a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion enables us to truly make commerce better for everyone. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and/or people with intersectional identities. Please take a look at our 2020 Sustainability Report to learn more about Shopify's commitments.

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