Who we are
At CarGurus (NASDAQ: CARG), our mission is to give people the power to reach their destination. We started as a small team of developers determined to bring trust and transparency to car shopping. Since then, our history of innovation and go-to-market acceleration has driven industry-leading growth. In fact, were the largest and fastest-growing automotive marketplace, and weve been profitable for over 15 years.
What we do
The market is evolving, and we are too, moving the entire automotive journey online and guiding our customers through every step. That includes everything from the sale of an old car to the financing, purchase, and delivery of a new one. Today, tens of millions of consumers visit CarGurus.com each month, and ~30,000 dealerships use our products. But they're not the only ones who love CarGurusour employees do, too. We have a people-first culture that fosters kindness, collaboration, and innovation, and empowers our Gurus with tools to fuel their career growth. Disrupting a trillion-dollar industry requires fresh and diverse perspectives. Come join us 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 youll 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
What you'll bring
- 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
Working at CarGurus
We reward our Gurus curiosity and passion with best-in-class benefits and compensation, including equity for all employees, both when they start and as they continue to grow with us. Our career development and corporate giving programs, as well as our employee resource groups (ERGs) and communities, help people build connections while making an impact in personally meaningful ways. A flexible hybrid model and robust time off policies encourage work-life balance and individual well-being. Thoughtful perks like daily free lunch, a new car discount, meditation and fitness apps, commuting cost coverage, and more help our people create space for what matters most in their personal and professional lives.
We welcome all
CarGurus strives to be a place to which people can bring the ultimate expression of themselves and their potentialstarting with our hiring process. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We foster an inclusive environment that values people for their skills, experiences, and unique perspectives. Thats why we hope youll apply even if you dont check every box listed in the job description. We want to know what only you can bring to CarGurus.
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