AVAILABLE POSITIONS Principal Software Engineer – Server

Engineers on Games With Friends (GWF) support some of the world's largest mobile games on some of the world's largest infrastructures. Our servers and APIs support the mobile games that tens of millions of users enjoy every day, including Words With Friends. GWF runs one of the largest game deployments in the world, and we encounter and solve massive scalability challenges. The large data requirements of online gaming require us to continually push boundaries to discover the best solutions.

As a Principal Software Engineer you'll develop and architect critical game components and systems that directly relate to the success of our games. You will collaborate with various disciplines like Product Managers, Producers, Game Design, UX etc. We are committed to providing an exciting and challenging career, centered around developing high quality mechanics that scale! Join us as we pursue challenges developing and operating products influencing millions of players daily and support our game to achieve the highest levels of success! 

What we are looking for:

  • Server side engineer, with experience in any of the following, Ruby/Rails, Java or Python
  • Design and architect new backend applications/services running in AWS or other public cloud services
  • Deep understanding of algorithms, design patterns, debugging, security and performance optimization
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interface with senior leadership with confidence and clarity
  • Good written and oral communication skills

Nice to haves:

  • Prior game development or mobile backend experience
  • Experience with database systems (SQL and NoSQL)
  • Live Ops and incident handling situations experience
  • Experience writing highly scalable systems
  • Experience in Git or a similar version control system
  • Experience in object-oriented design of applications/systems
  • Experience building CI/CD pipelines
  • Knowledge of distributed systems
  • BS in Computer Science or Engineering field

General responsibilities: 

  • Optimize & refactor existing services to improve reliability, scalability, security and to lower cost
  • Create documentation and tech plans for new architecture/system designs
  • Take a hands-on approach in architecting, writing and reviewing code
  • Proactively identify & recommend improvements to address systemic pain points and tech debt
  • Follow engineering best practices to ensure code quality, performance and reliability
  • Collaborate across disciplines to understand product/customer requirements and propose technical solutions
  • Provide production & integration support for shared technology across Zynga games
  • Provision, maintain infrastructure and container orchestration platforms hosting critical live services

What we offer you:

  • Competitive salary, bonus plan, Take Two RSU’s (Restricted Stock Units), ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Plan)
  • 401K Company Match Contribution (US Employees)
  • RRSP Company Match Contribution (Canadian Employees)
  • Extended Health coverage, dental, disability, critical illness, EAP, and life insurance (Canadian Employees)
  • Medical, dental, vision, EAP, life insurance, and disability benefits (US Employees)
  • Virtual mental health and neurodiversity support programs
  • Fitness benefits (offering varies by location)
  • Financial wellness program with unlimited access to certified financial planners
  • Discretionary Time Off policy for many employees
  • Family planning support program
  • Generous paid maternity/parental leave
  • Subsidized Back-up child care
  • Zynga happy hours and frequent employee events
  • Flexible working hours on many teams
  • Culture of diversity and inclusion including employee resource groups
  • Work with cool people and impact millions of daily players

**remote work from an alternate location could be considered**

HIRING UPDATE: The safety of our candidates and team members is our top priority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our workforce transitioned to working from home, with all interviewing and onboarding being conducted virtually until further notice.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse and talented workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, disability, or any other class or characteristic protected by applicable law. We welcome job-seekers, players, employees, and partners from all backgrounds to join us!

We will consider all qualified job-seekers with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities in order to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at AccommodationRequest@zynga.com to request an accommodation associated with your application for an open position.

 

Zynga does not  engage in financial exchanges during the recruitment or onboarding process. We do not conduct job interviews over third-party messaging apps such as Telegram, WhatsApp or others. We will never ask you for your personal or financial information over unofficial chat channels. Our in-house recruitment team only contacts individuals via official company email addresses (i.e., via a zynga.com or naturalmotion.com email domain).

If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, you may wish to contact the authorities. In the United States, you may file a complaint with the FBI. More information is available here: https://www.ic3.gov.

Careers Category: Engineering

Careers location: Austin, TX, Bay Area, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Remote, US, Remote, Canada, Toronto, Canada

Connected Worker Type: Connected, Onsite, Offsite

Requisition ID: P211574

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Zynga does not engage in financial exchanges during the recruitment or onboarding process. We do not conduct job interviews over third-party messaging apps such as Telegram, WhatsApp or others. We will never ask you for your personal or financial information over unofficial chat channels. Our in-house recruitment team only contacts individuals via official company email addresses (i.e., via a zynga.com or naturalmotion.com email domain).

If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, you may wish to contact the authorities. In the United States, you may file a complaint with the FBI. More information is available here: https://www.ic3.gov