Senior Big Data Engineer

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Job Description

Ancestry is seeking a Senior Software Engineer to join our platforms team. In this role, you will deliver innovative products and services at a rapid pace, enabling our development and science teams to serve our Ancestry customers seamlessly across physical, digital, mobile, and social media. As such you will define the experiences in engineering a platform that provides services and frameworks to developers as a secure, scalable and highly available platform by using a variety of technologies such as AWS EMR, Spark, Kubernetes and Docker.


The Opportunity

Ever wondered what it takes to build and deliver a highly available, global scale enterprise-wide platform with an open source technology stack that simplifies building applications via frameworks such as web-ui kits, style kits and dev libs allowing the uniform delivery of production-ready applications for end-users. Further, ever imagined yourself to deliver a developer-centric and open platform that enables data-driven decision making in real-time. And lastly do you have a passion for solving big data problems? Then join our platforms team if you have the talent and desire to do so!

What you will do

  • Be a key player and mentor to a team of highly talented software engineers
  • Own technical aspects of software development
  • Perform design and development of data flow, data loading, APIs, services and frameworks
  • Develop a deep understanding of tie-ins with other systems and platforms
  • Write code and unit tests works on API specs, automation, and conducts code reviews and testing
  • Identify opportunities to adopt innovative technologies
  • Work closely with product owners on feature sets that impact platform, services and frameworks


Who You Are:

  • 4+ years of experience in software development, preferably in Java
  • 3+ years of experience working with big data technologies such as AWS and Hadoop
  • 3+ years of experience with design and implementation of distributed applications, preferably in Spark
  • 2+ years of experience with AWS APIs, cloud provisioning frameworks and orchestration technology, preferably AWS EMR.
  • Bachelor's in CS required. Master's degree in computer science, computer engineering, or other technical discipline, or equivalent work experience, is preferred

Additional Information

Ancestry is a profitable, growing company with a positive, high-energy environment. Together, our dedicated teams are harnessing the power of technology and using it to simplify the way people connect with their families and their unique legacies. Our work environment is fast-paced and challenging, but also extremely exciting. You’ll work with a team of passionate, engaged individuals. We offer excellent benefits and a competitive compensation package. For additional information, regarding our benefits and career information, please visit our website at

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All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of San Francisco's Fair Chance Ordinance.