Apple Media Products Engineering – Senior Software Engineer, Big Data

Apple Media Products Engineering – Senior Software Engineer, Big Data

About the job


The Apple Media Products Engineering team is one of the most exciting examples of Apple’s long-held passion for combining art and technology. These are the people who power the App Store, Apple TV, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple Books. And they do it on a massive scale, meeting Apple’s high expectations with high performance to deliver a huge variety of entertainment in over 35 languages to more than 150 countries.

These engineers build secure, end-to-end solutions. They develop the custom software used to process all the creative work, the tools that providers use to deliver that media, all the server-side systems, and the APIs for many Apple services.

Thanks to Apple’s unique integration of hardware, software, and services, engineers here partner to get behind a single unified vision. That vision always includes a deep commitment to strengthening Apple’s privacy policy, one of Apple’s core values. Although services are a bigger part of Apple’s business than ever before, these teams remain small, nimble, and cross-functional, offering greater exposure to the array of opportunities here.

Key Qualifications

At least 8+ years experience in crafting, implementing and supporting highly scalable backend systems and web services.

In-depth Java programming experience.

Demonstrate proficiency in data management and automation on Spark, Hadoop, and HDFS environments, as well as event stream processing with Kafka.

Experience with container management platforms like Kubernetes.

Hands-on technical experience with big data systems and techniques.

Deep understanding, and strong hands on experience – Multithreading, Networking (including non-blocking IO), HTTP and REST APIs.

Confidence with SQL databases like Oracle and NoSQL databases like Cassandra.

Passion and prior experience designing and implementing outstanding large distributed systems.

Be an advocate and driver for performance optimization, automation, and unit tests.

Ability to pick up new technologies quickly.

Excellent debugging, critical thinking, and communication skills.

Tireless attention to detail.


The Apple Media Products organization’s Digital Supply Chain Engineering team is looking for a Senior Developer, Big Data to design and implement our next-generation big data solutions for the systems that manage the digital content behind the App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV, and more. You’ll collaborate with other data experts in our teams to define our data strategy, and establish best practices. You’ll implement common big data solutions for the benefit of the rest of our development community, and support downstream utilization of our data in analytics and reporting.

At Apple, great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job and there’s no telling what you could accomplish. We are looking for a self-motivated, high-energy individual with excellent communication skills who is willing to question assumptions, take end to end ownership of features and drive them to completion. You should have experience developing large-scale server-side systems using object-oriented languages.

Some successful attributes include: Ability to work in a fast-paced dynamic environment. Analyze, design, code, inspect, debug, and test features for the data platform. Maintain and improve existing applications in response to new feature requests. Collaborate closely with members of other teams throughout the release cycle.

We’re a team of consummate tech geeks who love figuring out how things work and trying to make them better. Sometimes it’s a little tweak, sometimes it’s a fundamental shift – usually it’s somewhere in between. We brainstorm on whiteboards, share ideas at team lunches and pot-lucks, build prototypes, present proposals to teams, embed for a while to help them get started, check the metrics, and repeat!

Education & Experience

Bachelors or Masters degree in Computer Science, or equivalent experience.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity 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.

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