Senior Engineering Manager, Search Platform



Brooklyn, NY
Full Time
2y ago

Company Description

Etsy is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. We build, power, and evolve the tools and technologies that connect entrepreneurs with buyers around the world. Etsy, Inc.'s 'house of brands' portfolio has expanded to now include four individually distinct ecommerce brands – Etsy, fashion resale marketplace Depop, musical instrument marketplace Reverb, and Brazil-based handmade goods marketplace Elo7. As an Etsy employee, you’ll tackle unique problems alongside talented coworkers committed to Keeping Commerce Human. We're large enough that you'll focus on meaningful, complex challenges, but small enough that you can make a rewarding impact.

Job Description

Etsy is seeking a Senior Engineering Manager to lead Etsy’s Search Platform group. 

Search Platform builds highly available information retrieval systems that power all of Etsy.  You would lead four teams responsible for indexes, site reliability, developer tools and an orchestration layer that ties them together.  Together, we will create a vision for how listing information is retrieved at scale for Etsy!

We are looking for an experienced engineering leader who is comfortable running high-availability services for multiple partners.  With your help, the Search Platform team will build state-of-the-art retrieval systems, working at the intersection of infrastructure, platform, machine learning and SRE.  In this role, you will have the opportunity to work with our Data Science and ML team, Data Platform team and ML-driven product squads across Search, Recommendations and Ads.

Etsy offers three different work modes to meet the variety of needs and preferences of our team: Flex mode for candidates who are comfortable traveling to an office location 2+ times per week, Remote mode, and Office-based mode. Learn more about our flexible work modes and vaccination policy here.


You will work with engineering leadership to define the technical strategy for information retrieval at Etsy.

You will collaborate with our product management team to craft plans to achieve our business goals.

Here are some examples of what you’d be working on:

  • How can we return results in under 100 ms while ensuring 99.95%+ availability?

  • How can we build systems to maximize retrieval methods unique to a product’s needs?

  • How can we index and quickly retrieve image or video data?

  • How can we support a growing Etsy listing catalog as it approaches half a billion listings?

  • How can we contribute to SRE culture at Etsy and lead by example?

  • How can we improve latency and resiliency across regions?


You have experience leading platform teams that work with multiple partners, including machine learning teams. You have prior experience running Search or IR team(s).

You possess a strong technical background, ideally building high availability systems that operate at scale.

You are comfortable working with groups outside engineering and translating high-level business requirements into technical architecture. You should also be able to comfortably connect with non-engineers about the technical details of our advertising platform and be fully aware of long-term costs associated with your decisions.

Ideally, you are familiar with IR solutions like Solr, Elastic Search, ANN.  Direct experience running a vector or graph based system is a bonus.

You are an excellent coach, mentor, and developer of engineers. 

You are passionate about building strong leaders, and are comfortable managing managers.

You value people who are curious, hardworking, generous, and responsible.

Additional Information

What's Next

If you're interested in joining the team at Etsy, please send a cover letter and resume telling us why you'd be right for the position. As you've hopefully seen already, Etsy is a place that values individuality and variety. We don't want you to be like everyone else -- we want you to be like you! So write to us and tell us what you're all about.

Our Promise

At Etsy, we believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace makes us a more relevant, more competitive, and more resilient company. We encourage people from all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and experiences to apply. Etsy is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy or caregiver status, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application and interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. While Etsy supports visa sponsorship, sponsorship opportunities may be limited to certain roles and skillsets.

For U.S. roles only:

Many Etsy roles are open to remote candidates, and you'll be able to identify which ones within the location header of each job description. We're open to remote hires from all U.S. states except Hawaii and Alaska. For candidates who will work remotely from Colorado, visit this link for information related to Colorado's Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.
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