SAP Principal/ Senior Software Engineer, Search Job in Palo Alto, California

Requisition ID: 162689

Work Area: Software-Development Operations

Expected Travel: 0 - 10%

Career Status: Professional

Employment Type: Regular Full Time

Career Level: T3

Recruiter Name: Gulrukh Ahmed


SAP Ariba is the marketplace for modern business, creating frictionless exchanges between millions of buyers and suppliers across the entire source-to-pay process. Our market-leading solutions enable companies to simplify collaboration with their trading partners, make smarter business decisions and extend their collaborative business processes with an open technology platform. More than two million companies use SAP Ariba solutions to connect and collaborate around nearly one trillion in commerce on an annual basis.


The Ariba (SAP) Cloud Platform provides a feature-rich, high performance, scalable, rock-solid (99.99% uptime) Distributed Computing Platform via Ariba Cloud to allow rapid innovation of applications thereby addressing our customers’ mission-critical business needs. We are looking for a very strong Senior Engineer for Ariba Search Platform (Project Arches).

Responsibilities and duties

  • Responsible for writing high quality software to improve the existing search engine. Add new features including streaming support, near real time indexing and application partitioning.

  • Responsible for writing testable software including writing unit tests

  • Responsible for doing peer code and design reviews

  • Responsible for helping application teams adopt the Search Platform

  • Responsible for working with quality engineers to define and implement testing strategies

  • Helping Principal Engineers, Architects, Product Managers define roadmap and do feature prioritization.

  • Responsible for implementing a robust search quality and performance monitoring and measurement architecture

  • Mentor junior engineers and quality engineers. Help ramp up new hires

Basic Minimum Qualifications

  • BS CS/EE or equivalent, MS a plus.

  • Must have 8 years of experience in the computer software industry with at least 2 years experience as a senior engineer.

  • Strong affinity towards an agile work culture

  • Highly motivated and a self-starter. Ability to work independently and without supervision. Team player.

  • Very high proficiency in Java software development including object oriented design and distributed computing paradigms.


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Good understanding of Search Technologies (e.g. Crawling, Indexing, Stemming, Relevance Ranking, Page Rank, Clustering, categorizing, keyword, visual, semantic retrievals etc.) and distributed search engine deployments

  • Familiarity with Lucene, Solr, Solr Cloud, Lucene NRT or similar software

  • Experience in Index sharding for very large indexes and Near Real-time searches

  • Experience with some relational and no-sql databases like Oracle, Sybase, Hbase or document databases is required

  • Some experience with Machine Learning (supervised and unsupervised), Natural Language Processing (Bag of Words, POS Tagging, Segmentation, Word Sense Disambiguation, Sentiment Analysis etc.) and semantic technologies desired.

  • Experience in Hadoop/HDFS, Apache Spark, Storm, Kafka, MongoDB, Cassandra, Docker/Kubernetes a big plus

Start Date: January 2018


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