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Search Engineering Leader- HBO Max

Seattle, WA
HBO Max
Requisition ID: 179185BR

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HBO Max is the future of entertainment and storytelling.

WarnerMedia’s new streaming entertainment offering, HBO Max is the culmination of some of the most innovative new technology and greatest creative talent in the industry. Anchored by the entire HBO service, arguably the greatest brand in television, HBO Max also features fan favorites from the WarnerMedia library including Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes, and more. HBO Max will also be home to key third-party library acquisitions, such as Friends, South Park and Doctor Who, and more than 50 exclusive Originals in its first year, from the likes of groundbreaking creative talent such as J.J. Abrams, Ridley Scott, Jordan Peele, Steven Soderbergh, Michael Mann, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Anna Kendrick, Greg Berlanti, Melissa McCarthy, Robert Zemeckis, Ellen DeGeneres, and other visionaries. HBO Max launches in May 2020.

The Job

As the leader of the HBO Max Search engineering team, you will set the direction for the HBO Max search infrastructure and motivate your engineers to maintain a world-class Search experience. You will take an active role in developing the careers of everyone on your team. You will define metrics for success, and clear the way for your team to achieve and exceed them. You will foster and encourage diverse viewpoints, and will harmonize discordant views.

The Search team is responsible for the search platform used within the HBO Max experience. We drive a core content discovery experience that aims to quickly connect a customer to a specific video while helping them explore the catalog when they are not sure what they are looking for.

As the owner of a critical part of the discovery experience, you will be expected to use customer behavior to develop a deep understanding of your customers and apply that to each individual’s search experience. You will use data to guide your investments and obsess over driving an increase in customer value as measured by viewer engagement. You will partner with research teams to iterate on machine learning approaches and with product management to innovate on how to expand the effectiveness of Search. You will grow your team’s capabilities into a platform that can serve Warner Media’s direct to consumer products beyond HBO Max.

The Daily

  • Lead and grow the team that scales the build system to support engineering organization growth.
  • Coach the engineers on your team through technical challenges, and help them grow their career.
  • Scale a build system with many different, unique device types – phones, tablets, game consoles, and smart TVs. Anywhere HBO Max runs, we get to play with.
  • Set the bar for code and test quality. Your work serves as an example to others.

The Essentials

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering, or equivalent experience
  • Experience managing a team of software engineers
  • 3+ years working on Search-related technologies (Lucene, Elasticsearch, Solr, or an equivalent)
  • Experience working directly with cross-functional stakeholders (engineers, leads, QA, designers and TPMs) to understand what they need, and how you can provide it

The Nice to Haves

  • A passion for research and exploration across an ambiguous domain, prioritizing customer experience while encouraging innovation.
  • 7+ years of experience in software development, with 3+ years managing engineers. Wisdom is learned through experience, and it helps to have learned some lessons along the way.
  • Experience managing a team working with Search-related technologies (Lucene, Elasticsearch, Solr, or an equivalent)
  • Experience with AWS or other cloud infrastructure providers. We maintain the infrastructure we operate.
  • Understanding of the tradeoffs between PaaS and IaaS, and when to choose either. We use both.
  • Deep understanding of common git branching strategies, and their tradeoffs. You have opinions about the Right Way to write code, but are willing to explore others.


The Perks

  • Exclusive WarnerMedia events and advance screenings
  • Paid time off every year to volunteer
  • Access to well-being tools, resources, and freebies
  • Access to in-house learning and development resources
  • Part of the WarnerMedia family of powerhouse brands

About Us

WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, HBO Now, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others.

America's most successful premium television company, Home Box Office delivers two 24-hour pay television services—HBO®and Cinemax®. HBO continues to take advantage of the latest technological innovations with advancements that include the availability of HBO programming online though HBO GOSM and MAX GOSM , as well as HBO On Demand®. and Cinemax On Demand®. in HD. Just as HBO is a company noted for its commitment to excellence in the products and services it delivers to consumers, it makes the extra effort to create a work environment in which fairness, equity, trust, and individual responsibility are valued. HBO is committed to retaining and recruiting skilled and motivated employees, placing a priority on qualified team players who contribute to the diversity of their workforce. HBO offers competitive benefits to include medical, dental, vision, a matched 401(k) plan, flexible spending, a commuter benefit program and tuition reimbursement.

Warner Media, LLC and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. Qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or any other category protected by law.

Warner Media, LLC and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. Qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or any other category protected by law.