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Principal Software Engineer, Applications Platform

Date: Aug 4, 2019

Location: San Jose, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: SS-13913
Area of Interest: Information Technology
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Shared Services
Position Type: Full-time


Principal Software Engineer -- Applications Platform

The Williams-Sonoma Architecture and Platform organization is looking for you, an engaged and experienced Principal Software Engineer to build and extend the critical software services and platforms that drive our industry-leading e-commerce applications, and the supply chain, for Williams-Sonoma, west elm, Mark and Graham and the Pottery Barn family. Engineers in this group get to work across the software stack and the functional domain, and your attention to detail and appreciation of well-crafted solutions will please and inspire your peers. As a Software Engineer in the Architecture and Platform organization, you'll join a small team focused on the delivery of scalable, robust, well-tested components in support of our platforms and infrastructure, as well as participating in the design and testing of potential new tools and technologies. You'll work directly with our technical architects to understand real business challenges and needs, and then apply your design and engineering skills to propose and create solutions with your colleagues.


Work with technical architects to solve problems by crafting technical designs and software
Collaborate with multiple groups to strategize and prioritize next-generation platform initiatives, develop best practices, and see projects to completion
Facilitate problem diagnosis and resolution in technical and functional areas
Encourage change, especially in support of engineering best practices and developer satisfaction
Write high-quality code that is consistent with our standards, creating new standards as necessary
Demonstrate correctness with pragmatic automated tests
Review the work of other engineers in a collegial fashion to promote and improve quality and engineering practices
Develop strong working relationships with others across levels and functions
Be a model and mentor to other software engineers
Participate in, and potentially coordinate, Communities-of-Practice in those technologies in which you have an interest
Participate in continuous education programs to grow your skills both technically and in the Williams-Sonoma business domain Architect, design, and deliver robust generic API platform which makes it easy to develop, deploy, monitor, and trace API calls spawning across multiple JVMs.
Serve as a member of an agile engineering team and participate in the team's workflow


8+ years of experience as a professional software engineer
4-6 years of experience with Java and web/services technologies

2-3 years of experience in developing Java-based frameworks

Hands-on experience writing Java multi-threaded code, custom class loaders and good knowledge of Java Concurrency, Java Streams, JVM internals, and performance tuning.

Experience in implementing APM systems and Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP) will be great plus.

Experience with JMS, JDBC, JSON, and working experience with at least one API framework is required.

Working experience with Scala and functional programming is a big plus.

Experience in microservices architecture is a big plus.

Sound knowledge of data structure and algorithm is required.
An understanding of software development best practices
Enthusiasm for constant improvement as a Software Engineer
Ability to review and critique code and proposed designs, and offer thoughtful feedback in a collegial fashion
Skilled in writing and presenting -able to craft needed messages they are clearly expressed and easily understood
Ability to work independently on complex problems of varying complexity and scope
Ability to interact with Senior Management -- can effectively interface at many levels, including top executives
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering or equivalent demonstrable experience

About Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier speciality retailer of high-quality products for the kitchen and home in the United States. Our family of brands are Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham. These brands are among the best known and most respected in the industry. We offer beautifully-designed, stylish and functional products for every area of the home, including the kitchen, living room, bedroom, home office, closet, laundry room and even outdoor spaces. We've seen some big changes since our first brick-and-mortar store opened more than half of a century ago. What hasn't changed is our passion for high-quality products, functional design, outstanding customer service, and enhancing the lives of our customers and the communities where we operate. Today, we're a multi-brand, multi-channel, global enterprise supported by state-of-the-art technology and some of the most talented teams in retailing - and we're always looking for new energy and ideas.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, or other applicable state or local laws and ordinances.


Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, or other applicable state or local laws and ordinances.

Nearest Major Market: San Jose
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto

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