Senior Software Engineer, Backend at JW Player

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JW Player is a technology platform which boasts the world’s most widely-adopted web video player, generating billions of video streams a month. We're looking for a backend engineer who will develop data applications and pipelines that drive monetization for our customers across billions of devices monthly.

As a Software Engineer, you will:

  • Work on innovative products that help our customers grow and monetize their audience
  • Work in a collaborative, cross-functional team that enjoys a high level of autonomy
  • Design and build scalable performant services supporting thousands of requests per second
  • Build batch & real-time pipelines to provide our publishers with the analytics needed to understand how their videos are being watched
  • Work in an iterative, agile environment
  • Lead the execution of major product initiatives
  • Participate in planning activities, code review, providing feedback and mentorship to your peers
  • Participate in bi-annual hackathons where you will have the opportunity to innovate with engineers beyond your team

Who You Are:

  • You have 4-7 years relevant experience
  • You have experience working with coding languages and technologies that can deal with Big Data. This includes knowledge of some of the following and a willingness to learn the others: Python, Java, Kafka, Spark, Avro, SQL/Relational databases
  • Scale is something that excites you and you have dealt with before. When you build a data pipeline, you are confident it will work just as well in a dev environment as it will in a prod environment dealing with 100x the amount of data.
  • Comfortable working in a Cloud environment, ideally AWS. The JW Player DevOps team is here to help you, but you should prefer collaborating with them as opposed to just throwing environment challenges over the wall to them.
  • Obsession with code quality. Whether it's pure unit tests, integration tests, or both, you know you are responsible for your code working correctly and can easily validate this with tests that can be hooked into a CI environment.
  • Enjoy working with other engineers. You recognize there are multiple ways to engineer a solution and feel a code review is a chance to share knowledge, not judge others' code.

Bonus Points:

  • Strong Github profile
  • Experience with containerization (e.g. Docker)

About the Boost Team:

  • Our applications are containerized with docker and deployed using Kubernetes
  • We deploy multiple times per day
  • We use Python for (most) backend development
  • We use Postgres for our relational databases, Kafka for data change capture, RabbitMQ for our message broker, Redis for caching, Snowflake for analytics
  • We use Typescript, React and Angular for frontend development
  • We do CI/CD with Jenkins and Buildkite
  • We use AWS infrastructure, leveraging EC2, S3, CloudFront, Route53, and much more
  • Our video delivery APIs scale to tens of thousands of requests per second at petabyte scale
  • We have a Log-based architecture using Kafka
  • We have a data science/machine learning pipeline using Airflow and Tensorflow
  • We have a search API powered by Elasticsearch
  • We maintain a distributed framework for video metadata extraction

About JW Player

JW Player pioneered video on the web over a decade ago and continues to innovate as the world’s largest network-independent platform for video delivery and intelligence. Media companies including Fox, VICE, Business Insider, and Univision, in addition to hundreds of thousands of creators of all types and sizes, rely on JW Player to deliver and monetize their content across all devices. JW Player’s massive global footprint of over 2 billion unique devices creates a powerful data graph of unique consumer insights and generates billions of incremental video views. The company is headquartered in New York, with offices in London and Eindhoven, and was named to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ in 2018. For more information, visit

Our Perks

When you join JW Player, you are not just joining a company or a team but a family. Our goal is to take care of you and ensure you will be successful in your new role. Your success is our success. When you join us, your benefits kick in from day one! 

  • Medical, Vision and Dental Coverage through Empire BlueCross
  • Open PTO Policy - Self care is IMPORTANT! 
  • Development Program
  • An opportunity to make an impact in a fast paced environment
  • Bi - Annual Hack Weeks
  • AMA (Ask Me Anything) and Fireside chats with Executives & JW Player family

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do 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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JW Player is located two blocks behind Bryant Park. Close to the Bryant Park and Times Square subway stations.

What are JW Player Perks + Benefits

JW Player Benefits Overview

JW Player boasts a number of perks -- from our flexible work schedules and casual dress code to the Employee Professional Development program and generous Employee Referral Program, we strive to make sure all of our team members feel supported and appreciated.

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
JW Player makes every effort to create a diverse and inclusive environment for our team members, including company sponsored events like our annual Inspire: Women in Tech & monthly Fireside Chats!
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Additional Perks + Benefits

Flexibility is the name of the game for us. We have leadership that understands the myriad needs of a diverse workforce and what it takes to maintain a happy, healthy, inclusive culture.

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