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Staff Software Engineer, Search



Software Engineering
Remote · United States
Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2023

At MyFitnessPal, our vision is to be the global catalyst for every “body” to achieve their healthy. We believe good health starts with what you eat. We provide the tools and resources to reach your fitness goals.

We are looking for a Staff Search Engineer to join our Data Engineering team. Our users rely on MyFitnessPal to power their health and fitness journeys every day. As a member of our MyFitnessPal search team, you’ll have the opportunity to positively impact those users with your expertise in the services that drive the MyFitnessPal nutrition logging. In addition to technical expertise, you’ll find that your teammates value collaboration, mentorship, and inclusive environments.

While the majority of the work you will do will be in Scala and Elasticsearch, we also have Java, Ruby, Go, Node and Python throughout the stack. We value both your knowledge of search and your general engineering skills to support your teammates.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Lead the evaluation and implementation of our search and data technologies to ensure the best possible search experience for users of our applications and APIs
  • Handling distributed I/O patterns, search performance tuning including data-design, indexing, evaluation and improvement
  • Build and maintain APIs that drive our user's experience, integrating with services and systems across the MyFitnessPal engineering teams
  • Collaborate closely with product management and other technical leaders in bringing search experience concepts into the hands of millions of users
  • Develop tools, processes, and metrics to measure and monitor search quality
  • Identify and remove obstacles to achieve the fastest path to value
  • Engage in code-reviews as a mentor and peer
  • Establish and maintain a culture of quality and ownership for the search engineering team
  • Live our core values in all you do:
    • Be Kind and Care
    • Live Good Health
    • Be Data-Inspired
    • Champion Change
    • Leave it Better than You Found It
    • Make It Happen

Qualifications to be successful in this role:

  • Substantial development and administration experience in search technology (Elasticsearch, Opensearch, Apache Solr, and/or Algolia)
  • Experience in performance tuning, query analysis, defining success criteria and metrics, designing ranking and relevance experiments and optimizing Elasticsearch
  • Knowledge of high availability and disaster recovery options for search
  • Observed and identified service pain points, priorities, requirements, and success criteria
  • Built high request volume APIs for a multitude of clients, including but not limited to: Mobile, Web, Third-Party integrators
  • Exposure to a variety of data stores and search technologies (e.g. MySQL, RDS, MongoDB, DynamoDB, Redis, Open Search, Elasticsearch, Neo4j)
  • Familiarity with AWS, GCP and/or other cloud computing platforms
  • Prior experience with Python, SQL, and/or GraphQL
  • Understanding of best practices in database design, data architecture, and performance tuning
  • First-hand experience in building, scaling, and supporting large-scale data infrastructure systems in production
  • Hands-on experience in building machine learning-based search and recommendation systems
  • Experience with implementing ML-based search systems such as query classification, learning to rank or machine-learned ranking (MLR) search is a plus

Please consider applying even if you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications. Research shows you can still be considered for a position if you meet some of the requirements. At MyFitnessPal, we’re building a fitness product for everyone and believe our team should reflect that. We encourage people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply.

Full Time Employee Perks, Benefits, and Culture:

  • Remote equal philosophy enabling you to work from any state in which we have operations in the continental U.S.
  • Want to work in an office? We also have a physical office in Austin, TX
  • Annual, in-person company retreats to work, bond, and enjoy team-building activities
  • Opportunities for team members to meet and connect in person for company paid lunches or working sessions
  • Flexible time-off policy + flexible working hours (Unlimited PTO Plan)
  • Competitive medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • Safe Harbor 401K program
  • Paid maternity and parental leave
  • Monthly Wellness Allowance to assist team members to focus on their own physical and mental wellbeing and select wellness initiatives of their own choice
  • Reward & recognition platform enabling peers to recognize and reward their peers for all the great work they do
  • MyFitnessPal Premium
  • Modern Virtual Learning and Development Library
  • DEI Committee dedicated to ongoing efforts to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace by setting actionable goals and evaluating progress
  • Diversity training for employees
  • A dynamic, motivating, and fun work environment

At MyFitnessPal, our mission is to enable people to make healthy choices. And it wouldn't be possible without our team. We celebrate the unique POV that each person brings to the table and believe in a collaborative and inclusive environment. As an equal opportunity employer, we prohibit any unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, military or veteran status, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. These are our guiding ideologies and apply across all aspects of employment.

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