Principal Software Engineer



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For over 80 years, GfK has been a reliable and trusted insight partner for the world’s biggest companies and leading brands who make a difference in every consumer’s life - and we will continue to build on this. We connect data, science and innovative digital research solutions to provide answers for key business questions around consumers, markets, brands and media. With our headquarters in Germany and a presence in around 60 countries worldwide, you benefit from our global company with a diverse community of ~9,000 employees.

Harnessing the power of our workforce, the greatest asset we have is our people. As part of GfK, you can take your future into your own hands. We value talent, skills and responsibility and support your development within our international teams. We are proud of our heritage and our future: Currently we are in the latter stages of a transformational journey from a traditional market research company to a trusted provider of prescriptive data analytics powered by innovative technology. This is only possible with extraordinary people and this is why we are looking for YOU to help create our future. For our employees as well as for our clients we pursue one goal: Growth from Knowledge!

Job Description

About you

We are looking for you - a passionate data/ software engineer with the capability to inspire and coach people to create great data products. You have been in the trenches long enough to know that teams can only succeed as a unit in which everyone is part of the solution. That is why you look to pass on your technical excellence to empower as many around you as possible to create the best solution to the problem together. You don’t see yourself as being attached to a particular programming language or data platform, but as an inspiring polyglot that welcomes the chance to learn new technology best suited for the job.

You are an experienced people developer and recognized leader. Active listening and providing feedback to others are tools you apply daily to help people on your teams grow and you are keen to receive feedback yourself in order to learn and develop further. You know what to look for when screening candidates and conducting interviews in order to grow teams in a healthy manner. 
You are a technical professional with up to date hands-on software engineering skills and a keen understanding of all phases of the SDLC with an in depth understanding of software development methodologies and frameworks.

As a Principal Software Engineer you will have following key accountabilities:

  • Line management for technical team leads and senior engineers on site in Sofia

  • Involvement in all local decisions on employee lifecycle management

  • Ensuring a close connection with the global development teams of Media Measurement and the technical leadership group

  • Ensuring the continuation of the application of best practices in software development lifecycle for local teams

  • Growth and personal development of your direct reports and their respective team members

  • Consultancy of development teams on questions of software architecture or development best practices

  • Report to the Head of Engineering for Media Measurement

Now that you know what a Principal Software Engineer does, what skills, qualifications and experience do you need?

  • A track record of successfully ramping up teams consisting of highly motivated and capable individuals

  • 7+ years of experience in building end-to-end data solutions

  • Worked with distributed, data heavy applications running in the public cloud

  • Worked with on premise Hadoop clusters and you know how to get rid of them

  • Fluent experience in either Java, Scala, Python, C# and you are willing to learn the others

  • Built CI/CD pipelines, because you know they make the difference

  • An open and collaborative mindset both within and outside your team

  • Strong interest in helping other engineers become even better

Join our team and benefit from the following advantages:

  • Exciting work environment that brings people together

  • Use of the latest digital technologies

  • Initial and ongoing trainings to support your development

  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth

  • Competitive remuneration and bonus scheme linked to individual performance and company results

  • 3 additional non-working days annually

  • Food vouchers

  • Health insurance

  • Discount program with external vendors

  • Eco friendly travelers are welcome to the office – parking places for bikers and free card for public transportation are available to all employees

  • Variety of sport activities such as football and traditional Bulgarian dances

  • Last but not least – GfK Sofia office is located close to the city centre and easily accessible from any point by public transportation – 47A Tsarisgradsko Shose Blvd

All documents will be treated in the strictest confidentiality.
Only short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview

We offer an exciting work environment that brings people together. We encourage an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit. We make use of the latest digital technologies. We are looking for self-starters, who accept challenges and create solutions.

Can there be a better place to take center stage in the digital revolution? We are excited to getting to know you!

Posted: 51 days ago

City: Sofia

Work Area: Technology

Job Time: Full Time

Requisition ID: R00010256