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Principal Engineer - Ad Tech

Apply Now Location: Tower 02, Manyata Embassy Business Park, Bangalore, India, 560045; job id: R0000337289
job family: Product Engineering
schedule: Full time

About us:

As a Fortune 50 company with more than 400,000 team members worldwide, Target is an iconic brand and one of America's leading retailers. At Target, we have a timeless purpose and a proven strategy and that hasn’t happened by accident. Some of the best minds from diverse backgrounds come together at Target to redefine retail in an inclusive learning environment that values people and delivers world-class outcomes. That winning formula is especially apparent in Bengaluru, where Target in India operates as a fully integrated part of Target’s global team and has more than 4,000 team members supporting the company’s global strategy and operations.

Joining Target means promoting a culture of mutual care and respect and striving to make the most meaningful and positive impact. Becoming a Target team member means joining a community that values diverse backgrounds. We believe your unique perspective is important, and you'll build relationships by being authentic and respectful. At Target, inclusion is part of the core value. We aim to create equitable experiences for all, regardless of their dimensions of difference. As an equal opportunity employer, Target provides diverse opportunities for everyone to grow and win.

Team overview:

Roundel is Target’s entry into the media business with an impact of $1B+; an advertising sell-side business built on the principles of first party (people based) data, brand safe content environments and proof that our marketing programs drive business results for our clients. We are here to drive business growth for our clients and redefine “value” in the industry by solving core industry challenges vs. copy current industry methods of operation. Roundel is a key growth initiative for Target and lead the industry to a better way of operating within the media marketplace. Target Tech is on a mission to offer the systems, tools and support that our clients, guests and team members need and deserve. We drive industry-leading technologies in support of every angle of the business, and help ensure that Target operates smoothly, securely and reliably from the inside out.

Role overview:

As a Principal Engineer, you will collaborate with cross functional teams to set the technology strategy for Ad Tech platforms, including DSP, SSP, and Ad Servers, for self-service advertising needs. You will be assessing build/buy decisions for new capabilities through POCs and prototypes, keeping in mind long-term vs. short-term tradeoffs. You set the direction for how software and infrastructure engineering efforts will be designed, developed, and operationalized across multiple portfolios and drives adoption across Target Tech. You lead and approve software and infrastructure engineering efforts to meet functional and non-functional requirements and assist teams in resolving complex business challenges via current technical solutions. Work with engineering leaders to build a high performing engineering team and provide technical leadership, coaching, motivation and participate in the selection of technical talent. You are a thought leader and actively participate and contribute to the external technical community.

About you:

  • MS in Computer Science or equivalent work experience

  • 12+ years of experience in technology development or services

  • 4+ years of experience in strategic planning and setting technical direction

  • Has demonstrated success in solving complex technical problems in more than one technical or functional areas

  • Deep understanding of Ad Tech business fundamentals and how technologies can support business and how to translate business vision into a technical strategy while understanding the financial implications

  • Preferred experience in building and or integrating DSP, SSP, Ad Server technology platforms in support of self-service advertising

  • Experience in scalable and high performance distributed systems and OOP technologies like Java/Scala/SQL/ no-sql (postgre, mongoDB, Cassandra, graph structure, etc.), Kubernetes containers, Cloud tech, etc.

  • Has proven leadership capabilities, the ability to influence others, advanced interpersonal skills and demonstrated problem-solving skills

  • Has excellent verbal, written, and presentation communication skills to convey complex technical solutions clearly to an organization

  • Has excellent planning and organizational skills.

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