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Lead Software Engineer - Search Engine Platform



Software Engineering
Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2024
FreeWheel, a Comcast company, provides comprehensive ad platforms for publishers, advertisers, and media buyers. Powered by premium video content, robust data, and advanced technology, we’re making it easier for buyers and sellers to transact across all screens, data types, and sales channels. As a global company, we have offices in nine countries and can insert advertisements around the world.

Job Summary

FreeWheel is looking for passionate Software Engineers to help design and build our high-quality, innovative video advertising platform.
FreeWheel helps the television industry to monetize their premium contents through a robust technology platform, which enables consumers to view high quality videos on any devices including PC, smart phone, OTT device, set-top box and traditional TV.
FreeWheel’s Engineering hub is the center of our global engineering group that is building the one-stop solution for TV industry to manage its billion-dollar revenue. Our tech platform is capable of handling billions of daily requests, providing insightful forecasting of inventory and audience, processing terabytes of raw daily data, and optimizing clients’ business.
We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Lead Software Engineer to join our team and lead the development of our search engine platform. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in software engineering, a deep understanding of search technologies, and proven leadership abilities. This role requires a hands-on approach to both development and team leadership.

Job Description


  • Be responsible for the complete lifecycle of search engine development, including designing, prototyping, implementation, testing, maintenance and technical support
  • Develop and optimize search algorithms to improve search personalized, relevance, performance, and scalability.
  • Work with large complex datasets to build efficient indexing and retrieval systems
  • Implement advanced features such as natural language processing, machine learning models, and ranking algorithms.
  • Serve as the expert of online advertising industry, and drive the industry with continuous technical innovation
  • Partner with global engineering, product and operations teams to further incorporate collective innovations

A Lead Software Engineer in Infra UI/API team will

  • Design and build FreeWheel’s flagship products in high quality standard.
  • Lead a project team to analyze and solve business problem across a product line.
  • Bring in best practices and control team’s code/design quality.
  • Identify improvement needed in fundamental technical areas and lead the projects to implement it.
  • Mentor team members.


  • Extensive experience (7+ years preferred) on architecting and developing large scale infrastructure component.
  • Proven experience in developing and scaling search engine platforms.
  • Strong understanding of search technologies, information retrieval, and data structures.
  • Proficiency in programming languages such as Java, Python, Golang or C++.
  • Familiarity with machine learning techniques and their application in search engines.
  • Strong passion with learning / practicing new technics.
  • Hands-on technical lead experience is preferred.
  • Team working skills, good communication skills, Willingness to work under pressure.
  • Master’s degree in Computer Science or related field is a plus.


  • Competitive salary and performance-based bonuses.
  • Flexible working hours and remote work options.
  • Opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • A collaborative and inclusive work environment.

Core Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with project stakeholders to identify product and technical requirements. Conducts analysis to determine integration needs.
  • Designs new software and web applications, supports applications under development and customizes current applications. Develops software update processes for existing applications. Assists in the roll-out of software releases.
  • Trains junior Software Development Engineers on internally developed software applications.
  • Oversees the researching, writing and editing of documentation and technical requirements, including software designs, evaluation plans, test results, technical manuals and formal recommendations and reports.
  • Keeps current with technological developments within the industry. Monitors and evaluates competitive applications and products. Reviews literature, patents and current practices relevant to the solution of assigned projects.
  • Assists with technical leadership throughout the design process and assists in guidance with regards to practices, procedures and techniques. Serves as a guide mentor for Software Development Engineers.
  • Assists in tracking and evaluating performance metrics. Ensures team delivers software on time, to specification and within budget.
  • Works with Quality Assurance team to determine if applications fit specification and technical requirements. Tests and evaluates systems, subsystems and components.
  • Acts as a technical contact and liaison for outside vendors and/or customers.
  • Presents and defends architectural, design and technical choices to internal and external audiences.
  • Consistent exercise of independent judgment and discretion in matters of significance.
  • Regular, consistent and punctual attendance. Must be able to work nights and weekends, variable schedule(s) and overtime as necessary.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Employees at all levels are expected to:

  • Understand our Operating Principles; make them the guidelines for how you do your job.
  • Own the customer experience - think and act in ways that put our customers first, give them seamless digital options at every touchpoint, and make them promoters of our products and services.
  • Know your stuff - be enthusiastic learners, users and advocates of our game-changing technology, products and services, especially our digital tools and experiences.
  • Win as a team - make big things happen by working together and being open to new ideas.
  • Be an active part of the Net Promoter System - a way of working that brings more employee and customer feedback into the company - by joining huddles, making call backs and helping us elevate opportunities to do better for our customers.
  • Drive results and growth.
  • Respect and promote inclusion & diversity.
  • Do what's right for each other, our customers, investors and our communities.


  • This information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this role. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications.


National Pay Range: $112,151.21 USD-$262,854.41 USD

Comcast intends to offer the selected candidate base pay dependent on job-related, non-discriminatory factors such as experience. Base pay is one part of the Total Rewards that Comcast provides to compensate and recognize employees for their work. Most sales positions are eligible for a Commission under the terms of an applicable plan, while most non-sales positions are eligible for a Bonus. Additionally, Comcast provides best-in-class Benefits. We believe that benefits should connect you to the support you need when it matters most, and should help you care for those who matter most. That’s why we provide an array of options, expert guidance and always-on tools, that are personalized to meet the needs of your reality – to help support you physically, financially and emotionally through the big milestones and in your everyday life. Please visit the compensation and benefits summary on our careers site for more details.

The application window is 30 days from the date job is posted, unless the number of applicants requires it to close sooner or later.


Bachelor's DegreeWhile possessing the stated degree is preferred, Comcast also may consider applicants who hold some combination of coursework and experience, or who have extensive related professional experience.

Certifications (if applicable)

Relative Work Experience

10 Years +Comcast is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. Comcast will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law, including the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance and the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.