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Principal Software Engineer



Software Engineering
Remote, OR, USA · Remote
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 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.

About the Team:

Do you relish the opportunity to work on one of the largest distributed storage systems in the world, running on thousands of machines and handling petabytes of data? Developing this infrastructure requires solving many technical challenges in the areas of distributed computing frameworks, data structures and algorithms. The team is responsible to architect these platforms, build scalable and modular systems, measure and optimize system performance, and ensure that systems run reliably in a 24/7 production environment.

Specifically, we work on a complete Java stack that serves hundreds of billions of transactions daily and will work on the complete redesign of the Mail Backend Storage System to make our system secure, highly available and durable. We also work on Next Gen solutions to reduce the hardware cost and Innovative algorithms to keep the user data in sync across multiple copies.

Sounds Exciting? Then, come join us!!


  • Designing & building large-scale distributed systems that balance resources, constraints, requirements, and complexity

  • Provide technical leadership on high-impact projects

  • Influence and coach a distributed team of engineers

  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams & stakeholders to define, design, and ship new features

  • Facilitate alignment and clarity across teams on goals, outcomes, and timelines

  • Manage project priorities, deadlines, and deliverables

  • Design, develop, test, deploy, maintain, and enhance large scale software solutions

  • Conducting code reviews to ensure code quality and adherence to best practices

  • Implementing best practices and ensuring code quality

  • Collaborate with other engineers to write testable, reliable code, continuously deploying to production systems

A lot about YOU:

You are passionate about growing your skills and value high quality engineering that can help modernize systems in the Cloud. You are interested in how best to drive tasks to completion, collaborate to achieve your goals, think through scenarios and edge cases, learn from your leadership (mentors), and understand the broader impact of your work. If you are interested in joining a world-class team of passionate people and industry veterans who like to work hard and play hard, we look forward to hearing from you soon!


  • BS in Computer Science (or equivalent experience)

  • Software development experience in OOP languages such as Java, C++, or similar

  • Strong understanding of computer science fundamentals including Data Structures, Algorithms, OS and Networking

  • Experience with development on Unix (Linux) platform

  • Familiar with designing and developing high performing and complex server applications

  • Ability to work well with diverse groups of people, geographically dispersed across the world

  • Good communicator, enjoys helping people, remains friendly and constructive under stress

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 8+ years Software development experience in API development.

  • Fast learner, who can quickly come up to speed with different technologies & troubleshoot issues

  • Excellent verbal, written, and communication/presentation skills.

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently

  • Knowledge and operational experience running large-scale distributed systems

  • Experience with cloud native application development and architecture, preferably in AWS or GCP

  • Experience with test-driven development

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.

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