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A bit about us
GroundTruth is the leading location-based marketing and advertising technology company. Sitting at the convergence of offline and online data, GroundTruth delivers a unique data set called “visitation data,” which allows brands, agencies, SMBs, and non-profits to drive high-performing business outcomes (ROI). GroundTruth activates this data through a suite of performance products and services via their self-serve advertising platform, through managed services, or tailored partnerships. GroundTruth has built proprietary filtering processes that combines our BlueprintTM contextual mapping technology, owned & operated properties, along with 3rd party mobile location data, together yielding over 30B visits annually.

We believe that innovative technology starts with the best talent and have been ranked one of Ad Age’s Best Places to Work for two years in a row (2021 & 2022). Learn more about the perks of joining our team here.

Director of Engineering, Ad Serving System

Remote US (Eastern Time) or Remote Canada (Eastern Time) 

About the Advertising Serving systems team 

The Advertising Serving Systems team is responsible for developing and maintaining our real-time advertising serving systems including responding to bid-requests from SSPs and exchanges using Open RTB (Real Time Bidding)  as well as delivering ads and processing event notifications from our inventory partners and rendered ad units. Our advertising platform currently receives ~500k transactions per second in bid volume on AWS infrastructure typically responding to external bid requests in under 30ms. This is a high-volume low-latency system, and the team focuses on technical excellence in Java, Scala, and Akka using AWS infrastructure. We seek to continuously improve cost performance while bringing new features to market for our customers. 

A bit about you

You will:

  • Grow, develop, and lead a winning team through effective performance management, hiring, and training, including regular 1:1 meeting with all of your direct and indirect reports 
  • Manage and optimize budgets and spending for personnel and systems through thoughtful people management and efficient system design 
  • Collaborate with product managers and stakeholders to define projects and ensure their timely completion while controlling for cost
  • Create and implement scalable processes that can be duplicated by people managers on the team to ensure successful completion of projects and tasks
  • Improve the culture and practices of the organization overall
  • Manage to and improve performance against key metrics for the engineering department such as productivity per headcount-dollar 

You have:

  • Education and professional experience:
  • PHD or Master’s degree in STEM with 10+ years’ experience in technology
  • or 4-year degree in STEM with 12+ years’ experience in technology
  • or 16+ years’ experience in technology
  • The following skills/certifications: AWS, Java, Scala, C++, SQL, distributed systems, internet scale 

Preferred/ nice to have experience 

  • Working experience or certifications: Akka, Vert.x, Grizzly, Netty, NIO, Python, Apache Web Server, Nginx, Protocol Buffers, HAProxy, Aerospike, Redis, Kinesis, sed, awk, perl,  
  • Working experience in the Ad-Tech industry, Real-Time bidding, IoT, Marketing, Streaming  and or logistics industry 

Cultural fit at GroundTruth 

  • A team player who is organized, flexible and willing to adapt 
  • Not afraid of new technologies and driven to learn
  • A detail-oriented person, who catches problems early and adjusts
  • A strong communicator who is able to collaborate with multiple business and engineering stakeholders and work through conflicting needs
  • A problem solver who likes to dive deep into a problem, diagnose root causes and work with multiple teams to come up with a solution
  • Eager to provide direction and build consistent processes in a maturing start-up culture
  • A self-starter who can operate with minimal supervision 

The salary range for this position will be USD$230,000 – $290,000.  The base pay offered may vary depending on geographic region, internal equity, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors.  Our compensation package also includes a comprehensive benefits platform offering and a company bonus.

What we offer

At GroundTruth, we want our employees to be comfortable with their benefits so they can focus on doing the work they love.

  • Unlimited Paid Time Off
  • In Office Daily Catered Lunch
  • Fully stocked snacks/beverages
  • 401(k) employer match
  • Health coverage including medical, dental, vision and option for HSA or FSA
  • Generous parental leave
  • Company-wide DEIB Committee
  • Inclusion Academy Seminars
  • Wellness/Gym Reimbursement
  • Pet Expense Reimbursement
  • Company-wide Volunteer Day
  • Education reimbursement program
  • Cell phone reimbursement
  • Equity Analysis to ensure fair pay

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity, inclusion and equity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodations under applicable federal, state and/or local laws. If you need reasonable accommodations in the application process, please reach out to us at careers-gt@groundtruth.com.