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Staff Software Engineer, Personalization - Discord

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Job Title
Staff Software Engineer, Personalization
Job Location
San Francisco or Remote
Job Description

At Discord, we believe everyone can find a place where they belong. Our team’s mission is to help make it easy for everyone to find and join meaningful conversations and to make every part of our product feel smart and delightful. We are looking for a strong technical leader to help build our Personalization team out and work across Product Engineering, Machine Learning Engineering, Design, Data Science, Infrastructure, and other organizations to achieve those goals. Come help make it easy for everyone to find the special moments that matter to them on Discord.

What you'll be doing

  • Build and iterate on new products to help personalize Discord in novel and exciting ways
  • Collaborate with engineers across our on our ML squads on the infrastructure powering our new products
  • Partner with our ML Engineering and Platform teams to shape the future of ML-powered products at Discord
  • Take on critical technical challenges as we start to scale out our new personalized products
  • Own major, complex initiatives that are essential to both our team’s and Discord’s success
  • Develop deep expertise on both our whole tech stack and user behaviors to help set strategy and priorities for the team
  • Work with other staff engineers across Discord to maintain a high technical bar for all our systems and products
  • Coach and mentor engineers across our teams to help them level up and grow into the challenges we’re taking on

What you should have

  • 6+ years of full-stack experience. Our team need expertise on everything from user-facing features, our core infrastructure, and how we work with ML infrastructure to deliver on our goals.
  • Technical leadership. We need someone who can step up and guide the technical direction of the team working in a space that is technically challenging and complicated across ML, Product, and Infrastructure. This means developing deep expertise as well as leveling up other engineers on the team.
  • A builder’s mindset. This team is in its early days and has the opportunity to shape the direction of our products and infrastructure however we need to in order to succeed.
  • Deep curiosity. Asking how things work and digging in is essential to understanding how we can personalize Discord for users, especially at scale.
  • User empathy. At the end of the day, we can only be successful by making sure we are building products that bring joy and value to our users.
  • Comfort in chaos. A lot of our work is exploratory and requires being comfortable working with new systems or having minimal prior work to build on top of.
  • Ruthless prioritization. We have a lot of opportunities ahead of us, but we need engineers who can help make hard decisions both on what we should and shouldn’t do.

The US base salary range for this full-time position is ($214,000) to (233,000) + equity + benefits. Our salary ranges are determined by role and level. Within the range, individual pay is determined by additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Please note that the compensation details listed in US role postings reflect the base salary only, and do not include equity, or benefits.


Benefits and Perks

  • Comprehensive medical insurance including Health, Dental and Vision (plus up to $20,000 for gender affirmation procedures)
  • Mental health resources and quarterly wellness stipends
  • 16+ paid holidays, 4 weeks of PTO + use-what-you-need sick days 
  • Paid parental leave (plus fertility, adoption and other family planning benefits)
  • Flexible long-term work options (remote and hybrid)
  • Volunteer time off
  • A diverse slate of Employee Resource Groups 
  • Plus commuter contributions and other perks for office-based employees

About Us

Discord is a voice, video and text app that helps friends and communities come together to hang out and explore their interests — from artists and activists, to study groups, sneakerheads, plant parents, and more. With 150 million monthly users across 19 million active communities, called servers, Discord has grown to become one of the most popular communications services in the world. Discord was built without selling ads or user data and instead, offers a premium subscription called Nitro that gives users special perks like higher quality streams and fun customizations.

We’re working toward an inclusive world where no one feels like an outsider, where genuine human connection is a click, text chat, or voice call away. A place where everyone can find belonging. Challenging? Heck yes. Rewarding? Double heck yes. It’s a mission that gives us the chance to positively impact millions of people all over the world. So if this strikes a chord with you, come build belonging with us!

Discord Headquarters Location

San Francisco, CA

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Discord Company Size

Between 2,000 - 5,000 employees

Discord Founded Year


Discord Funding Rounds

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  • Secondary Market

    $10,858,708 USD

  • Secondary Market

    $19,000,000 SEK

  • Series H

    $500,000,000 USD

  • Secondary Market

    $3,300,000 USD

  • Series H

    $100,000,000 USD

  • Series G

    $100,000,000 USD

  • Series F

    $150,000,000 USD

  • Series E

    $50,000,000 USD

  • Series D

    $50,000,000 USD

  • Series C

    $20,000,000 USD

  • Series A

    $8,200,000 USD

  • Seed

    $1,100,000 USD