Lead Software Developer

Ann Arbor
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Created: August 15, 2014


  We're a unique blend of technologists located in a fun part of Seattle (Fremont) seeking someone who breathes and lives our core values of accountability, collaboration, customer focus, empowerment, learning and passion for technology.   We're looking for a lead who's passionate about search and coding, and ready to make a difference in our web-scale discovery product that is used by libraries, faculty and students worldwide.

As a Lead Software Developer, this person will draw upon their experience and leadership skills to drive the technical execution of software projects. This person will use their technical skills to help develop and maintain distributed search and related products using modern open-source technologies and development tools.

Some of what you’ll be doing:

    Lead and mentor a small team of developers and analysts
    Identify, prioritize, and assign work to others to ensure the right solution is delivered at the right time
    Design, develop, and enhance online SaaS products specifically around distributed search in a number of languages over a vast collection of documents
    Evaluate design and development proposals, suggest viable options, estimate work, create project documentation, implement designs, execute project deliverables and follow through with users.
    Evaluate, disseminate, and integrate improved standards, specifications, and technologies into existing processes and methodologies
    Participate (as required) in creating and improving infrastructure to address system performance, security, maintainability, and scalability of the product
    Quickly analyze and fix any errors reported by clients, support and/or providers

What you’ll have experience doing:

    Bachelors’ degree or higher in Computer Science or a related field, plus at least 6 years’ related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
    3+ years of experience of leading/mentoring teams
    Strong Programming skills in Java (or C#)
    Knowledge of Unix/Linux and shell scripting, and scripting languages such as Python or Ruby
    Experience with distributed systems
    Proven ability to own, manage, and take responsibility for the success of a code line
    Excellent problem solving skills, including the ability to analyze, compare, evaluate, reconcile and order data
    Ability to professionally interact with a diverse blend of personalities to reach resolution and maintain strong relationships
    Ability to deal with ambiguity and thrive in a rapidly changing environment

Bonus Points!

    Masters’ degree in Computer Science or a related field
    Experience in handling vast quantities of data and/or “big data”
    Experience with distributed search technologies, in particular Solr/Lucene
    Familiarity/experience with Agile development methodologies, unit testing and continuous integration
    Experience with using SQL databases and/or NoSQL databases
    Experience with Cloud technologies
    Experience working with unstructured content

Here’s what you want to know about the Seattle office
Fantastic people:  Where smart is the norm and unique is welcome
Fun location:  Coffee houses, restaurants and right across the street from Fremont’s best pub
Great benefits:  Plus some unique stuff like monthly transportation subsidy, on-site events, flexible scheduling and wellness programs
Awesome office environment:  Nice office, jeans are the norm and (well behaved) Fido is welcome
Amazing company:  Annual compensation reviews, generous bonuses, and active “Green Team” and good morale

About ProQuest

ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. We provide seamless access to and navigation of more than 125 billion digital pages of the world's scholarship, delivering it to the desktop and into the workflow of serious researchers in multiple fields, from arts, literature, and social science to general reference, business, science, technology, and medicine. The company is currently rolling out the all-new ProQuest® platform, which moves beyond navigation to empower researchers to use, create, and share content—accelerating research productivity.

If this position isn’t quite your fit, check out our other positions posted on our “Career” page under About Us.  ProQuest’s corporate office is located in Ann Arbor, MI.


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