Staff Software Engineer 

Quality Engineering | United States

Staff Software Engineer

  • Remote
  • United States
  • Quality Engineering
  • Full-time

About Ancestry:

When you join Ancestry, you join a human-centered company where every person’s story is important. We believe that by discovering the struggles and triumphs of our past, we can foster deeper bonds and more meaningful connections among families and communities. Our talented team of scientists, engineers, genealogists, historians, and storytellers is dedicated to empowering customers around the world from all backgrounds on their journeys of personal discovery. 

With more than 30+ billion digitized global historical records, 100+ million family trees, and 20+ million people in our growing AncestryDNA database, Ancestry helps customers discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Passionate about dedicating your work to enriching people’s lives? You belong at Ancestry.

Site performance is important to our customers world-wide.  We are seeking an exceptional Web Engineer with full stack experience to lead a team that identifies where performance needs to improve and directly engages with teams across the organization to improve our performance. You will guide engineering teams in making improvements, often directly making the needed product changes while mentoring and training teams on best practices in delivering an improved user experience

What you will do...

  • Lead a team that identifies where performance needs improvement and direct engineers.
  • Guide engineers to product improvements
  • Own CDN solutions, providing tools and pipelines that allow it's use and integration
  • Create other tools and frameworks for improving insight and engineering productivity
  • Train a team
  • Candidate will report to Director of Site Reliability

Who you are...

  • 8+ years web development in React, Angularjs, or Javascript and in profiling web applications with Google Dev Tools or other like tools.
  • 4+ years Nodejs services development and middleware
  • 4+ years full stack development and tuning experience is desired, preferably with Java Spring Boot and MySQL.
  • 3+ years AWS experience with EC2, ECS, EKS, Lambda, S3, networking, databases3+ years experience leading the development of complex cloud based solutions (Web to DB), preferably with CDN’s, preferably AWS, CloudFlare and Akamai Familiar with concepts and practices in delivering scalable, reliable and high availability solutions. Bonus Skills: Python, Go


  • Benefits: Benefits: 401K Plan, Tuition Reimbursement, Life & Accident Insurance, 12 Paid Holidays, Flexible Vacation PTO, Sick Leave, Volunteer Time, Employer Perks: Ancestry Subscription and Discounts for Employee, Commuting and Parking Benefits, Ski Passes, Employee Referral, Fitness Reimbursement

  • (Colorado only*) Minimum salary of $104,000/year + eligible for bonus, equity, and comprehensive benefits including health, dental and vision. Read more about our benefits HERE. Note: Disclosure as required by sb19-085(8-5-20)




Additional Information:

Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  

Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.

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