Staff Software Engineer (Python)

At Pandora, we're a unique collection of engineers, musicians, designers, marketers, and world-class sellers with a common goal: to enrich lives by delivering effortless personalized music enjoyment and discovery. People—the listeners, the artists, and our employees—are at the center of our mission and everything we do. Actually, employees at Pandora are a lot like the service itself: bright, eclectic, and innovative. Collaboration is the foundation of our workforce, and we're looking for smart individuals who are self-motivated and passionate to join us. Be a part of the engine that creates the soundtrack to life. Discover your future at Pandora.


We're looking for a Staff Software Engineer to join Pandora's Ad Buying Platform team. This platform generates over $1 billon of revenue, and is hugely important to Pandora. The role involves working on an agile team of Full Stack Engineers to develop scalable and reliable object oriented software using Python, Django, JQuery and React, Celery, Redis and PostgreSQL.

This team is the beat and tempo of Pandora Ads Engineering. You will work in building new services and helping us move to a service-oriented architecture, designing new features, proposing new technologies, mentoring other engineers, performing code reviews and debugging hard problems alongside other talented people that take pride in high quality software.


  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience
  • Expert in representing project status and communicating with product and technology leadership
  • Expert level experience developing in Python or Java, or similar language and strong Python experience
  • Expert working across the full technology stack
  • Expert writing cross-platform JavaScript
  • Experience leading one or more projects at a time
  • Experience influencing strategy within their working group
  • Experience driving projects for the improvement of their working group and others
  • Experience working with back end SQL-style databases (PostgreSQL preferred)
  • Experience developing for Linux-based deployment platforms (Debian preferred)
  • Experience in HTML and CSS development
  • Experience developing with Big Data (Hadoop, Hive)
  • Experience working with Nginx
  • Experience working on an Agile software team
  • Team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • BA/BS or better in Computer Science or equivalent

 Bonus Point:

  • Experience in the Ads Industry (Ad Serving, Audiences, Targeting, Viewability, Programmatic, etc.)
  • Experience working with Docker in a production environment

Pandora is committed to diversity in its workforce. Pandora is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants without regard to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, veteran or disability status. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.


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