Staff Software Engineer

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The Trade Desk is a global technology company with a mission to create a better Internet for everyone through principled, intelligent advertising. 

Handling over 600 billion queries per day (more than 100X the query volume of search globally), our platform operates at unprecedented scale.  We have also built something even stronger and more valuable: an award-winning culture based on trust, empathy, collaboration, and ownership. By working together across typical dividing lines, we are better as a team than any of us could be apart.  

Do you have a passion for solving hard problems at scale? Are you eager to join a trust-based, globally-connected team, where your contributions will make a meaningful difference?  

Come and see why Fortune Magazine recently named The Trade Desk among the best small to medium-sized workplaces in the US. 

About the Role:
  • Our Senior Engineers are end-to-end owners. You will participate actively in all aspects of designing, building, and delivering products for our clients.
  • We have dozens of individual, mission-focused teams working across a wide spectrum of technological challenges. You will have the opportunity, depending on your interests and aptitude, to work on large-scale distributed systems coordinating thousands of servers in cloud and physical data centers around the world, petabyte-scale data challenges, machine learning, advanced visualizations, and interactive user interfaces – to name a few.
  • Senior Engineers contribute to more than our product – they build up our team. Through a combination of mentoring, technical leadership, and/or direct management of small teams, they make others better and raise the bar for those around them. 
Who We Are Looking For:
  • You have a sustained track record of making significant, self-directed, and end-to-end contributions to large and impactful software projects. You think beyond just the task at hand to deeply understand the 'why' behind what you are doing. 
  • You understand engineering fundamentals. At our scale, many off-the-shelf techniques and existing technologies (open source and enterprise) simply don't work. You are able to work from first principles to evaluate solutions and adapt them to a unique environment. 
  • You are a broadly skilled engineer, accustomed to developing web services. You have experience building always-on systems, working across a variety of technologies and service layers.
  • You have a product-focused mindset.  You have the passion and ability to contribute to the process of discovering what will delight our clients and push forward one of the world’s largest and most influential industries toward a vision of openness, transparency, and evidence-based decision-making.
  • You work with confidence and without ego. Our engineers have deep knowledge and exercise a high degree of leadership in their daily work. You have strongly-held, defensible ideas, and advocate for what you believe is right. You are also adept at identifying and evaluating trade-offs, willing to be proven wrong, and quick to walk through fire to support your fellow teammates. 
  • You value, seek out, and foster diversity. We are a global team from many diverse backgrounds, with different experiences and perspectives. To complement this team, you will welcome ideas that are different from your own and be skilled at finding and building from common ground. 
  • You are a creative thinker, not bound by "the way things have always been done". What you know is less important than how well you learn and innovate. We don't need engineers who know all the answers; we need engineers who can invent the answers no one has thought of yet, to the questions yet to be asked. 
What We Care About: 

What and how you can contribute is what’s important to us.  Our consideration is not limited by the kind of education you have or the specific technologies you have experience with.  Variety of technical challenge is one of the best things about working at The Trade Desk as an engineer, but we do not expect you to know every technology we use when you start.  What we care about is that you can learn quickly and solve complex problems using the best tools for the job. 

Our culture runs much deeper than just having fun together (though, we do that well too...) – the people we want on our team are trust-builders, generous givers, scrappy problem solvers, and gritty pursuers of excellence. 

Does this sound like you? If so, we welcome your application and the chance to meet you. 

The Trade Desk does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firm recruiters. Fees will not be paid in the event a candidate submitted by a recruiter without a contract in place is hired; such resumes will be deemed the sole property of The Trade Desk. The Trade Desk is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.


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Technology we use

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    • MarketoLead Gen

Location

Our Chicago office is walking distance to the Willis Tower, centrally located to transportation, and close to a wide range of restaurants.

An Insider's view of The Trade Desk

What’s the vibe like in the office?

In our office, there’s a ton of collaboration and communication across teams, and everyone is generous with their time and eager to help each other out. We value getting to know each other whether it's our summer softball league, happy hours and office events, or just simply grabbing lunch in the kitchen.

Gabby

Senior Talent Acquisition Associate

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

As advertisers’ capabilities evolve with new channels of delivery, they produce new ways for ads to reach and measure their audiences. Constantly adapting to new methodologies is quite a challenge. We have to stay informed to successfully support our team. Being inquisitive is as important as having technical training to face these challenges.

Josh

Regional Application Support Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Since joining in 2017, the opportunities have been endless. On the Data Partnerships Team, I’ve been able to collaborate with colleagues inside and outside my team, allowing me to learn and grow alongside the company. The entire trajectory of my job and career has been immensely affected by the culture of learning that is always encouraged here.

Emma

Manager, Data Partnerships

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

With an increasingly complex digital ecosystem, clients need consultation. We’ve developed ways to address larger brand challenges, be better partners with our agencies & brands, and overall empowered our clients with tools to facilitate better digital marketing. We’re always sharing ideas on how to continue on that path of consultation.

Mark

Director of Accounts

What are The Trade Desk Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
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