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Principal Engineer, Search



Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024

Principal Engineer, Search

  • Remote - Global
  • Engineering

About Shopify

Opportunity is not evenly distributed. Shopify puts independence within reach for anyone with a dream to start a business. We propel entrepreneurs and enterprises to scale the heights of their potential. Since 2006, we’ve grown to over 8,300 employees and generated over $1 trillion in sales for millions of merchants in 175 countries.

This is life-defining work that directly impacts people’s lives as much as it transforms your own. This is putting the power of the few in the hands of the many, is a future with more voices rather than fewer, and is creating more choices instead of an elite option.

About you

Moving at our pace brings a lot of change, complexity, and ambiguity—and a little bit of chaos. Shopifolk thrive on that and are comfortable being uncomfortable. That means Shopify is not the right place for everyone.

Before you apply, consider if you can:
  • Care deeply about what you do and about making commerce better for everyone
  • Excel by seeking professional and personal hypergrowth
  • Keep up with an unrelenting pace (the week, not the quarter)
  • Be resilient and resourceful in face of ambiguity and thrive on (rather than endure) change
  • Bring critical thought and opinion
  • Embrace differences and disagreement to get shit done and move forward
  • Work digital-first for your daily work

About the role

Shopify is seeking an experienced Principal Search Engineer to drive best-in-class search and discovery experiences, company-wide. You will be working closely with multiple teams who are designing and implementing cutting-edge, AI-powered search and discovery solutions, directly empowering our merchants. We're all about creating tangible solutions that make a real difference in the day to day lives of entrepreneurs: whether for buyers looking for products, partners searching our APIs or merchants looking for the latest offerings in the app store.

If you thrive on change, and are constantly seeking growth and higher mastery, then this is the right place for you. At Shopify, we operate on low process and high trust, and we're not afraid to step out of our comfort zones to push the boundaries of what's possible. So if you're ready to join our team of driven crafters building world-class search and discovery experiences, then we want to hear from you.


  • Challenge orthodox approaches and drive innovation through big bets that can transform Shopify's search capabilities

  • Elevate Shopify's software systems to new global maxima, by leveraging the latest trends and best practices in search technology

  • Help teams develop and implement search algorithms, indexing strategies, and relevance tuning through prototyping and coaching on best practices

  • Help Shopify realize search performance, scalability, and reliability at the scale of millions of merchants

  • Collaborate with data science and analytics teams to leverage machine learning and natural language processing techniques

  • Work with other technical leaders to set and drive technical aim towards a performant and extensible Shopify

  • Deliver a great developer experience so the rest of Shopify can leverage what we’ve built

  • Contribute to the engineering discipline of Shopify through community efforts (internal or external), craft quality, or efforts to raise the bar, continuing to have Shopify be an industry leader in engineering

  • Drive new platform investment through research, development, experimentation, and strategic thinking

  • Mentor and coach craft leaders, and take part in shaping culture to build a healthy and impactful team

What you bring to the team:

  • Demonstrated mastery of relevance engineering, with a deep understanding of search and recommendation systems powered by Elasticsearch, Solr, Lucene, and/or other vector databases

  • Experience championing and delivering on complex technical projects involving a wide range of engineering teams, and producing measurable impact

  • Effective collaboration with staff-plus level technical leaders across multiple orgs and teams: building trust, influencing direction, and fostering collaboration

  • Experience working with and influencing the open source community and/or cloud vendors

  • Excitement to dive into the codebase and influence by prototyping and building

  • Strong communication and collaboration skills

We hire people, not resumes. If you think you’re right for the role, apply now.

    First things first

    We want to ensure you’re the type of person who will thrive here so we can move you quickly through our hiring process. Before completing the job application, please check all the statements that apply to you below:

    It looks like you might not be a great fit for Shopify at this time — while we encourge everyone to apply, we are looking for someone who can meet all these criteria.