Distinguished Engineer - Search

San Jose, California Requisition Number R0018613

At eBay, we have started a new chapter in our iconic internet history of being the largest online marketplace in the world. With more than 1 billion listings (more than 80% of them selling new items) in over 400 markets around the world, eBay is providing a robust platform where merchants of all sizes can compete and win. Each day millions of users come to eBay to search for items in our diverse inventory of over a billion items. Do you have a passion to make the search process easier and more efficient for our users? If you are a Sr. Technology leader with a passion for driving transformation, innovation and growth, then eBay is looking for you.

We are looking for exceptional hands-on technical leaders with a proven track record. This is a senior Individual contributor leadership role in the Search engineering team. This team is responsible for real-time services powering user searches, eBay’s home grown C++ search engine (Cassini), and data indexing and distribution. Beyond powering user search, the platform is also a highly-available high-speed datastore for all inventory data which is consumed by all apps and experiences across eBay.

The ideal candidate will have previously built internet-scale search, database, or filesystem platforms that enable game-changing product experiences for customers. He/she must ensure that the company is forward thinking in core technical competencies such as the scale, quality, robustness, resilience and efficiency running highly available and low latency systems. Demonstrated innovation through publishing novel work in SIGIR, VLDB, SOSP, OSDI etc is a big plus.

He/She will play a diverse and far-reaching role in the organization, providing leadership and influencing adoption of technical solutions, strategies and design patterns across multiple teams and stakeholders. As Search is so key to eBay buyer’s and seller’s success, Search is a key partner for many teams. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to thrive in highly matrixed organizations, collaborating with a broad range of teams. This leader will have excellent acumen in using their technical prowess and ingenuity in representing eBay’s Search capabilities in internal and external forums.


  • Lead and contribute to the design and implementation of major new products and features within Search

  • Exert technical influence over multiple teams, increasing their productivity and effectiveness by sharing your deep knowledge and experience

  • Identify emerging technologies in Information Retrieval, Databases, and Storage systems and set direction of technology innovation & advancement and product investment.

  • Work collaboratively with partners in other engineering teams, product management and regions to prioritize and execute on the roadmap.

  • Help establishing technical standards and best engineering practices through design reviews, architecture discussions and other forms of technical leadership.

  • Help drive a culture of quality, technical curiosity, and data-driven decision making in the organization.

  • Help in the career development of others, actively mentoring individuals and the community on advanced technical issues

  • Be a talent ambassador and help recruit top engineers in the team

  • Represent eBay’s Search capabilities in internal and external forums.


  • Deep hands on expertise in internet-scale search, databases, filesystems and large scale distributed storage systems.

  • Proven track records of designing and building the future of systems, not just maintaining the status quo.

  • Demonstrated experience providing the technical vision to teams resulting in innovation and execution.

  • Demonstrated ability to drive a consensus on technology roadmaps

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eBay Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, and disability, or other legally protected status.  If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at talent@ebay.com.  We will make every effort to respond to your request for disability assistance as soon as possible.

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