Car shopping is complicated. At CarGurus, we use data and technology to make it simple, giving people the tools they need to confidently find, buy, finance, or sell a car. The best part? Our work makes a real impact. We’re the most-visited car-shopping site in the US and we are growing fast in our international markets. Ready to come along for the ride?
Our B2B product engineering team, Dealer Solutions, is looking for a Principal Software Engineer to join the team in Cambridge, MA. On the Dealer Solutions team you’ll enhance or create new product offerings for car dealers to help their vehicles reach interested shoppers. Potential project opportunities: create algorithms to identify fraudulent listings to help protect consumers and dealers, create interfaces on top of third party tools, create micro-services to improve application scalability and flexibility, build solutions in collaboration with partner companies, improve pricing recommendations, and gain hands-on experience with bringing data science analytics models to production.
What You’ll Do:
There are three pillars to this role: strategic impact, leadership and acting as a technical owner for large parts of our code base:
Strategic impact: The Principal Software Engineer acts as a “chief architect” for one or more areas of our technical ecosystem. You will offer significant strategic vision and evolve a high-level, 1+ year plan for growth at a business level into a strategic technology roadmap, working with leadership along the way.
Technical Expertise: This is a coaching and leading role, but as the most senior technical advisor to leadership in your area, you will be an important influencer to core projects and experimental work. When presented with a complex problem, process, or existing system, you can reduce its complexity to get more done with less work. You will collaborate with our tech leads to provide technical guidance across multiple teams. Your technical guidance will mean team members working with you will feel like they are going to leave with something significantly better than they arrived with and will have learnt something along the way.
Leadership: Influencing and inspiring other engineers and tech leads will be paramount in the success of this role. You will facilitate cross-team work and influence different areas of the business beyond any single team or group. You will use your leadership expertise to drive groups of disparate interests to decisions, seeing these through to impact. You will be able to help make pragmatic decisions, balancing strategic and tactical needs. You will help leadership manage engineering risk and make sure we are making the right trade-off calls.
- Lead whiteboard sessions and design conversations while engineering a solution to the challenges at hand.
- Write clean, well-tested, and efficient code.
- Be deeply engaged in the full development lifecycle designing, developing, testing, deploying, maintaining, monitoring and improving software
- Collaborate with product management, data analysts and other engineers to identify and scope opportunities
- Contribute to roadmap definition
- Make data driven decisions
- Monitor and improve upon the performance of products and solutions
- Be an owner of critical pieces of software
Who You Are:
- 7 to 10 years of experience in software development
- Expertise with Java or similar object-oriented languages
- Strong understanding of MySQL or similar relational database
- Interest in performance optimization
- Ability to guide and mentor more junior engineers
- Goal-oriented engineer with a product focus
- Able to collaborate well with a cross-functional team
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Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalized folks tend to only apply when they check every box. So if you think you have what it takes, but don't necessarily meet every single point on the job description, please still get in touch. We'd love to have a chat and see if you could be a great fit!
Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalized folks tend to only apply when they check every box. So if you think you have what it takes, but don't necessarily meet every single point on the job description, please still get in touch. We'd love to have a chat and see if you could be a great fit.
At CarGurus, we invest in our people’s professional growth with everything from learning and development programs to tuition reimbursement. Want to work on projects that expand your skill set without sacrificing your work/life balance? You got it. We also strive to provide perks and benefits that employees actually care about like free lunch, commuter subsidies, and more. That includes equity in the company—our way of showing that we want you here for the long haul.
We work hard every day to build the world’s most trusted and transparent automotive marketplace, but trust and transparency don’t just apply to our consumers. They extend to our talent, too. We aim to create a workplace where everyone feels they can bring the ultimate expression of themselves and their potential—where you don’t just fit, you thrive. We don’t discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
CarGurus employees in the US can choose to work from home / remotely for the duration of 2021, or participate in a phased return to our beautiful office spaces. We expect most roles to be in-office at least 3 days a week beginning January 2022. In addition to the US, CarGurus operates sites in Canada and the UK. We have offices in Cambridge, MA; Detroit, MI; Dublin, Ireland; San Francisco, CA and London, UK. Check out our careers page to learn more.