Architect/Principal Software Engineer (Tech Lead) – Ad Tech

Architect/Principal Software Engineer (Tech Lead) – Ad Tech

Zynga's software engineers don't just develop some of the world's popular games, we deliver some of the world's largest infrastructures. Our software engineers are blazing trails in all facets of game design, mobile development, web technologies, and massive scalability.  Zynga faces a number of technical challenges—but many are unique to our scale: the evolving landscape of online gaming requires us to continually push boundaries. Zynga software engineers pick up any languages, technologies, or methodologies necessary to smite a challenge—and if a conventional solution doesn't exist, we innovate as necessary. Our software engineers are comfortable moving between front-end, back-end, and architecture roles.

Advertising Technology

Zynga is seeking an experienced technical leader to lead our ads tech team.  Your team will be delivering the technology that generates $200M ads revenue which is 25% of Zynga’s total revenue!  In this role, you will own the development of the entire Ad Tech platform from client side SDKs to server side components.  You will be collaborating with various game teams (such as Words with Friends, CSR2, Zynga Poker, Dawn of Titans and more!) to integrate our product and technologies into games that are played by millions of users daily.  You will be working closely with Product Management teams to evaluate technologies, recommend solutions and lead efforts to implement them.

Join us as we solve challenges developing and operating products at scale, impacting millions of players daily and support our games to achieve the highest levels of success through expertly crafted software. No gaming experience is needed for the right candidate.

Life at Zynga

If you’re looking for a fast paced, results driven environment, you will be involved on the front lines collaborating with game studios in the earliest stages of development to supporting operations of our biggest live games. And you will be doing it with a seasoned team of professionals, pushing the capabilities and quality of our products and technology. Zynga also provides competitive base salary, full medical/dental/extended benefits, and plenty of perks like on-site gym, meals and snacks, health services, and company-wide happy hours and activities.


  • Technical owner of the entire Ad Tech platform - architect and implement mobile SDKs, server components, and integration of 3rd party mobile ad networks and services.
  • Work closely with Product Management to develop product roadmap, feature definition, technology evaluation and project planning/delivery.
  • Implement exceptional engineering practices towards ensuring performance, reliability, and measurability at massive scale.
  • Maintain an understanding of end-to-end system interactions and architecture in order to assess implications and dependencies associated with design decisions.
  • Drive improvements and new approaches to address potential systemic pain points and technical debt.
  • Collaborate with technical teams on new and emerging technologies, determining how they will integrate into current and evolving infrastructure.
  • Work with external Ad Tech partners to resolve integration and production issues.
  • Mentor teammates and drive a culture of technical excellence.
  • Provide production and integration support to Zynga’s game teams.


  • BS, MS in Computer Science, or related technical discipline (or equivalent).
  • 7+ years of software development experience, at least 2 of which in a technical leadership role.
  • Experience developing ad technology across multiple platforms and mobile applications.
  • Experience with development and architecture of SDKs in Objective-C, Android Java, and/or Unity.
  • Proven experience with complex distributed architecture and software design.
  • Proven experience with performance and scalability optimization.
  • Working knowledge of mobile landscape, architectures, trends, and emerging technologies.
  • Ability to lead projects from start to finish.
  • Exhibits strong software development qualities including the ability to drive creative and innovative solutions to complex problems, good technical judgment.
  • Excellent communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with others in a team environment.
  • Ability to mentor others and coordinate a project across multiple engineers.
  • Understanding of the advertising technology landscape is highly desired.

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