Senior Staff Software Engineer




Secaucus, NJ, United States of America(US), 07094

WORK OPTION: [[Remote]]


The NBA is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace. To safeguard our employees and their families, our visitors, and the broader community from COVID-19, and in consideration of recommendations from health authorities and the NBA’s own advisors, any individual working onsite in our New York and New Jersey offices must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The NBA will discuss accommodations for individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

Position Summary
The NBA is looking for a Senior Staff Software Engineer passionate about designing and implementing technologies for the basketball industry. You will join the team responsible for ingesting player pose tracking data, generating new metrics based on the data and serving those insights to fans, broadcasters, NBA teams and groups within the league office in real-time.


As a Senior Staff Software Engineer, you will be responsible for building resilient software to ingest and process millions of data points and serve new insights up to fans, all with very low latency. The team is looking for an engineer who can wear a lot of hats and is excited about working in a dynamic, results-oriented environment. 


Major Responsibilities
•    Lead development of large-scale cloud architecture for real-time ingestion and transformation of various big data sources (such as spatiotemporal data, clock data, event data)
•    Participate in the full software development lifecycle (requirements gathering, designing, building, testing and maintenance) 
•    Design, develop and test data-driven products, features and APIs that scale. 
•    Work alongside machine learning engineers building basketball ML algorithms to integrate algorithms/models into live workflows. 
•    Work alongside DevOps teams to help build cloud infrastructure and deployment pipelines.
•    Coordinate with DBAs, Networking and Cloud Infrastructure IT teams to ensure best practices are followed and systems are built efficiently.
•    Contribute to the Stats Team’s technical roadmap as a development and architectural leader.
•    Proactively look for ways to improve software systems based on both technical and non-technical feedback.
•    Recognize opportunities to expand the use of Stats Team systems to increase their value to the NBA organization.
•    Lead the development for a group of 1-3 software engineers. 
•    Receive feature requests and requirements from a wide range of stakeholders and translate them into technical tasks.
•    Coordinate technical roadmaps with other development teams to ensure efficient systems development across the organization.

Required Education/Professional Experience
•    10+ years of software development experience using at least one of Java/Golang/Python/C++
•    Extensive experience architecting and developing large-scale cloud-native systems.
•    Previous experience building real-time systems/applications using technologies such as Kafka or RabbitMQ 
•    Experience with Kubernetes/helm.
•    Experience with Bitbucket or ADO deployment pipelines.
•    Experience with cloud technologies: serverless, storage, containers 
•    Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related field 

Required Skills/Knowledge Attributes
•    Understanding of big data concepts and knowledge of big data languages/tools such as Spark or Flink 
•    Understanding of DevOps practices and experience working with DevOps teams.
•    Exposure to design patterns of large, high-scale applications, such as well-designed APIs, high volume data pipelines and efficient algorithms 
•    A good intuition for when off-the-shelf solutions will work, and build tools to accelerate your own workflow quickly if they won’t.
•    A desire to work on software systems and infrastructure that powers widely used, consumer facing digital products.
•    Aptitude and a curiosity to learn/research new technologies.
•    Strong belief in automation and tooling.
•    Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills paired with the ability to develop creative and efficient solutions.
•    Excellent communication skills and a desire to work closely with a cross-functional group of both technical and nontechnical stakeholders.
•    Flexibility/available to work outside of regular work hours, as needed to test code during live games and/or support games/events
•    Experience working with spatiotemporal data
•    Strong basketball knowledge



Salary Range: [[$200,000.00 – $240,000.00]] 

The NBA does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or any other third parties. Any unsolicited resume sent to the NBA will be considered NBA property, and the NBA will not pay a fee should it hire the subject of any unsolicited resume. 

The NBA considers applicants for all positions on the basis of merit, qualifications, and business needs, and without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, alienage or citizenship status, ancestry, marital status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, veteran status, familial status, status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

About the NBA
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a global sports and media organization with the mission to inspire and connect people everywhere through the power of basketball.  Built around five professional sports leagues:  the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League, the NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming available in 215 countries and territories in more than 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 200 countries and territories on all seven continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2021-22 season featured a record 121 international players from 40 countries.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV,, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 2.1 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

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