Software Engineer (L5) – TV Player


Netflix is the world’s leading streaming video service, with over 200 million paid memberships in 190+ countries. Most of that streaming happens on CE devices (which comprise Smart TVs, streaming sticks, game consoles, and set-top boxes).

Who We Are

We are a team of passionate engineers who delight our members with industry-leading playback experiences on CE devices. To provide the best streaming experience, we design and develop playback features that adapt to device capabilities, are optimized for performance, and are scalable for reach.

Our team comprises engineers from diverse backgrounds with expertise spanning different disciplines (Embedded systems, Streaming Media Playback, Content Protection,  Client Server Communication, Networking protocols, Continuous Integration, Test Automation, Experimentation, and Software engineering). Our success comes from self-motivated, selfless, curious, and highly collaborative engineers in the team.

The Role

We are looking for a senior software engineer to join our team in enhancing our video player with new features and tackle challenges to improve streaming quality and reach on TV devices. In this role, you will lead and drive initiatives in new feature developments, conduct A/B experiments, analyze the data, influence decision-making, contribute to CI and test automation, and manage our player releases to millions of devices worldwide.

What sets you apart?

  • You are a curious, self-motivated, and self-starter, comfortable identifying opportunities and driving technical roadmaps.
  • You have a mindset to go deeper to understand the problems, identify the root causes, and develop solutions that consider trade-offs.
  • You seek alternate perspectives to improve your ideas.
  • You can rethink existing designs and rebuild them to improve performance and scalability.
  • You use data and seek input from others to inform your decisions.
  • You are selfless, highly collaborative, and willing to help colleagues when in need.

What skills are essential to us:

  • Expertise in developing software for streaming media applications. Live Streaming experience is a plus.
  • A Javascript expert with experience working with Typescript.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Has a quality and performance mindset to drive automation and QoE improvements.
  • Experience with A/B testing, developing experiments to test hypotheses, and analyzing data to drive improvements in streaming quality.
  • Proven ability to tailor communication to a given audience.
  • Experience working with CE devices (Smart TVs, Set-top boxes, or Streaming sticks) is a plus.

What you will Do:

  • Design and Develop new playback features to optimize and fine-tune streaming QoE for the same on TV devices to increase reach.
  • Work cross-functionally with the TV Platform Team, UI, Streaming Algorithms, Encoding, DSE, and other player client teams to collaborate and drive new initiatives.
  • Run experiments to gauge system performance for new device capabilities and feature exploration.
  • Design and develop tools to increase developer velocity and aid in-field issue triage.
  •  Contribute to CI and test automation and manage our player releases.

Our compensation structure consists solely of an annual salary; we do not have bonuses. You choose each year how much of your compensation you want in salary versus stock options. To determine your personal top of market compensation, we rely on market indicators and consider your specific job family, background, skills, and experience to determine your compensation in the market range. The range for this role is $100,000 – $720,000.

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