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The Trade Desk

Senior/Staff Software Engineer - Developer Platform

San Francisco, CA

The Trade Desk is a global technology company with a mission to create a better, more open internet for everyone through principled, intelligent advertising. Handling over 1 trillion queries per day, our platform operates at an unprecedented scale. We have also built something even stronger and more valuable: an award-winning culture based on trust, ownership, empathy, and collaboration.

We value the unique experiences and perspectives that each person brings to The Trade Desk, and we are committed to fostering inclusive spaces where everyone can bring their authentic selves to work every day.

Do you have a passion for solving hard problems at scale? Are you eager to join a dynamic, globally- connected team where your contributions will make a meaningful difference in building a better media ecosystem? Come and see why Fortune magazine consistently ranks The Trade Desk among the best small- to medium-sized workplaces globally.

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What we do:Our Software Engineers are end-to-end owners who have the opportunity to participate in many aspects of designing, building, and delivering data-focused products for our stakeholders.

At The Trade Desk, we believe in building the backend infrastructure of our platform with a focus on quality at scale. Whether we are building parts of our client-facing applications, internal custom solutions for our own team members, or model pipelines for bidding optimizations, we are making sure that we have infrastructure, development, and tools to do it right and efficiently.

Our system performs every day, 24/7, serving global traffic . We build a distributed system in a highly collaborative environment, utilizing a broad range of technologies. Our backend developers work on finding solutions to algorithmic, optimization, and scale challenges in everything we do.

What you will do:

Some of the work that you will be doing to help us deliver on our mission is:

  • Build new features and components in our developer tools, processes, and services
  • Improve existing features and components to increase efficiency across our engineering
  • Review code from your peers and grow others through example, mentorship, and
  • Drive complex changes involving multiple components
  • Build components and processes that are used by other engineers across the
  • Leverage data to analyze opportunities and communicate the impact of your work on
    operational efficiency
  • We are a global team with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
  • To complement this team, you will welcome ideas that are different from your own and be well-
    versed in building from common ground to value, seek out, and foster invisible and visible
    dimensions of diversity.

Who you are:

Our culture is much deeper than just having fun together (though we do that well, too). We
take pride in our engineers being trust-builders, generous givers, scrappy problem solvers,
and gritty pursuers of excellence. You do not have to meet all the requirements below, but
we believe that people who meet most of them will have a higher likelihood of succeeding in
this role:

  • You care deeply about improving developer experience, tools, and engineering
  • You drive innovative solutions while being sensitive to the current needs and realities of
    your fellow engineers
  • You have 7+ years of software development, engineering experience
  • You have a Bachelor's/Master's level degree in computer science or relevant
    engineering-related field or equivalent experience. Not everyone has the same level of
    access to opportunities. What is most important to us is what and how you can
    contribute, which is why our consideration is not limited by the level of education you
  • You have additional nice-to-have experience in the following areas:
    • Proficiency with a modern language such as C# or Java
    • Experience working in large codebases, organizing and refactoring
    • Experience with configuration management
    • Experience with continuous integration and continuous deployment
    • Experience with configuration and management in cloud / virtualization environments (AWS, Azure, Docker, Kubernetes, et al)

A variety of technical opportunities is one of the best things about working at The Trade Desk as a software engineer, which is why 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 find solutions to complex problems using the optimum tools for the job. What you know is less important than how well you learn and innovate. We are not seeking engineers who know all the answers; we need engineers who can invent answers no one has thought of yet and find answers to the questions yet to be asked.

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 an agreement 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.

The Trade Desk will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring, Ordinance No. 184652.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


NY, CO, CA, and WA residents only: In accordance with NY, CO, CA, and WA law, the range provided is The Trade Desk's reasonable estimate of the base compensation for this role. The actual amount may differ based on non-discriminatory factors such as experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and location. All employees may be eligible to become The Trade Desk shareholders through eligibility for stock-based compensation grants, which are awarded to employees based on company and individual performance. The Trade Desk also offers other compensation depending on the role such as sales-based incentives and commissions. Plus, expected benefits for this role include comprehensive healthcare (medical, dental, and vision) with premiums paid in full for employees and dependents, retirement benefits such as a 401k plan and company match, short and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, well-being benefits, reimbursement for certain tuition expenses, parental leave, sick time of 1 hour per 30 hours worked, vacation time for full-time employees up to 120 hours thru the first year and 160 hours thereafter, and around 13 paid holidays per year. Employees can also purchase The Trade Desk stock at a discount through The Trade Desk's Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

The Trade Desk also offers a competitive benefits package. Click here to learn more.

Note: Interns are not eligible for variable incentive awards such as stock-based compensation, retirement plan, vacation, tuition reimbursement or parental leave
At the Trade Desk, Base Salary is one part of our competitive total compensation and benefits package and is determined using a salary range. The base salary range for this role is$123,900-$227,200 USD

Client-provided location(s): San Francisco, CA, USA
Job ID: TradeDesk-4248793007
Employment Type: Full Time

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • FSA
    • HSA
    • Fitness Subsidies
    • Mental Health Benefits
    • HSA With Employer Contribution
  • Parental Benefits

    • Adoption Assistance Program
    • Fertility Benefits
    • Family Support Resources
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
    • Work-From-Home Stipend
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Casual Dress
    • Happy Hours
    • Snacks
    • Some Meals Provided
    • Company Outings
    • Holiday Events
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Sabbatical
    • Leave of Absence
  • Financial and Retirement

    • 401(K)
    • 401(K) With Company Matching
    • Company Equity
    • Stock Purchase Program
    • Performance Bonus
    • Relocation Assistance
    • Financial Counseling
  • Professional Development

    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Promote From Within
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Work Visa Sponsorship
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program
    • Founder led