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Principal Software Engineer



Software Engineering
Remote, OR, USA · Remote
Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2024
Yahoo Mail is the ultimate consumer inbox with hundreds of millions of users. It’s the best way to access your email and stay organized from a computer, phone or tablet. With its beautiful design and lightning fast speed, Yahoo Mail makes reading, organizing, and sending emails easier than ever.

A Little About Yahoo:

Yahoo makes the world's daily habits inspiring and entertaining. By creating highly personalized experiences for our users, we keep people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the world. Yahoo's businesses span across Search, Communications, Media and many other verticals. Yahoo Mail Backend Team develops and maintains high-performing systems that provide API (Web Services, IMAP, & POP), Metadata and Elastic Storage for the electronic mail and its auxiliary functions. The system handles billions of requests a day, and supports a variety of clients, mobile, desktop, & web. The team works on problems that cover a wide spectrum - from web services to operating systems and networking layer


You will be designing and implementing in Java and/or C++ on Unix platform to help build the next generation backend for Yahoo Mail. This role is in the Communications organization that connects the world through Mail, Messenger, Groups, Calendar, Contacts & Notepad. On this team, you have an amazing opportunity to impact the productivity and connected lives of approximately 300 Million users every month. This amazing team of Engineers, Product Managers and Designers work on next generation innovative experiences transforming how users connect with each other every day

We are embarking on a transition from Yahoo data centers to public cloud infrastructure. Be a part of this exciting transformation!


  • Design and develop large-scale distributed systems that balance resources, constraints, requirements, and complexity

  • Deploy, monitor and operate large scale production systems distributed across the globe

  • Automate the provisioning, CI/CD pipelines, and management of our infrastructure

  • Lead projects and mentor junior team members

  • Participate in agile development with weekly sprints, planning & estimating work, daily standup, & retrospective

  • Effectively collaborate with other engineers and cross-functional teams

  • Recommend alternative approaches to solving complex problems and use new technology to achieve goals

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS in Computer Science (or equivalent experience) with minimum 8 year’s experience

  • Experience in implementing and/or operating highly scalable and available services specially on public cloud environments (GCP or AWS)

  • Experience with OOP: Java, C++, or similar

  • Solid understanding of CS fundamentals (algorithms, data structures, object oriented programming)

  • Familiar with HTTP and TCP/IP protocol

  • Experience with development on Unix (Linux) platform

  • You must enjoy challenging engineering problems. We are looking for someone who can solve complex issues

  • Flexible and able to work with a diverse team that includes engineers, marketing, product, and designers

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral

Yahoo is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, gender, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability or any other protected category. Yahoo is dedicated to providing an accessible environment for all candidates during the application process and for employees during their employment. If you need accessibility assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please submit a request via the Accommodation Request Form (www.yahooinc.com/careers/contact-us.html) or call 408-336-1409. Requests and calls received for non-disability related issues, such as following up on an application, will not receive a response.

At Yahoo, we know that diversity makes us stronger. We are committed to a collaborative, inclusive environment that encourages authenticity and fosters a sense of belonging. We strive for everyone to feel valued, connected, and empowered to reach their potential and contribute their best. Check out our diversity and inclusion (www.yahooinc.com/diversity/) page to learn more.

The compensation for this position ranges from $143,625.00 - $299,375.00/yr and will vary depending on factors such as your location, skills and experience. The compensation package may also include incentive compensation opportunities in the form of discretionary annual bonus or commissions, in addition to equity incentives. Yahoo provides industry-leading benefits including healthcare, 401K savings plan, company holidays, vacation, sick time, parental leave and an employee assistance program. Eligibility requirements apply.

Yahoo has a high degree of flexibility around employee location and hybrid working. In fact, our flexible-hybrid approach to work is one of the things our employees rave about. Most roles don’t require specific regular patterns of in-person office attendance. If you join Yahoo, you may be asked to attend (or travel to attend) on-site work sessions, team-building, or other in-person events. When these occur, you’ll be given notice to make arrangements.

If you’re curious about how this factors into this role, please discuss with the recruiter.

Currently work for Yahoo? Please apply on our internal career site.