Staff Software Engineer (High Performance Computing)

Staff Software Engineer (High Performance Computing)

The Trade Desk | Sydney, NSW, AU

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The Trade Desk is a global technology company with a mission to create a better, more open internet for everyone through principled, intelligent advertising. Handling over 600 billion queries per day (more than 100 times the query volume of search globally), our platform operates at an unprecedented scale. We have also built something even stronger and more valuable: an award-winning culture based on trust, ownership, empathy, and collaboration. We value the unique experiences and perspectives that each person brings to The Trade Desk, and we are committed to fostering inclusive spaces where everyone can bring their authentic selves to work every day.

Do you have a passion for solving hard problems at scale? Are you eager to join a dynamic, globally-connected team where your contributions will make a meaningful difference in building a better media ecosystem? Come and see why Fortune magazine consistently ranks The Trade Desk among the best small-medium-sized workplaces globally.

Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalized individuals tend to only apply when they check every box. So if you think you have what it takes, but don't necessarily meet every single point above, please still get in touch. We'd love to have a chat and see if you could be a great fit.


As part of High Performance Computing team you will be pushing the limits of our systems to make the most efficient use of computational resources:

Optimize an Internet-scale global system which processes12 million requests per second acrossdozens of data centers (multi cloud and physical) with a hard limit of100ms on response latency.

Take a holistic look at the whole system, experiment with novel approaches to scalability; design and implement better ways to handle an ever growing stream of inputs.

Revolutionize the way we store, distribute and query petabytes of real time decisioning data sustainingbillions of read/write operations per day.

Provide expert advice and interact with cloud vendors and other partners to troubleshoot occasional production issues. 

Make heavy use of and contribute to open source software.

We have ahighly productive technology teamthat enjoys afast-paced and collaborative work environmentand is involved in end to end delivery of scalable technology solutions. Our technical toolbox includesC++, .NET Core, Kafka, Spark, Kubernetes, to name a few, and we are always on the lookout for new razor sharp tools to gives that extra edge over the competition.

OurSoftware Engineers are end-to-end owners. You will participate actively in all aspects of designing, building, and delivering products for our clients. Software Engineers contribute to more than our product – they build up our team. Through strong project contribution, close partnership with team members, and collaboration with other teams, you will help us bring the TTD's operations to the next level.

Skills And Experience

Commercial development skills in OO programming (C#, Java or C++) and design.

Track record of building web-based, service-oriented applications and integrated back-office systems.

Solid understanding of how operating systems, runtimes, memory and I/O subsystems work.

Using tools and data analysis to optimize system performance.

Troubleshooting and resolution of complex production issues.

Applying state of the art approaches to testing and software quality to avoid those issues in the first place.

You have a "need for speed" mindset and are on the lookout for game changing ways to improve system efficiency.

You have a sustained track record of making significant, self-directed, and end-to-end contributions to large and impactful software projects. You think beyond just the task at hand to deeply understand the 'why' behind what you are doing.

You understand engineering fundamentals. At our scale, many off-the-shelf techniques and existing technologies (open source and enterprise) simply don't work. You are able to work from first principles to evaluate solutions and adapt them to a unique environment.

You are a broadly skilled Software Engineer accustomed to developing distributed, highly scalable services. You have experience building always-on systems, working across a variety of technologies and service layers.

You have a product-focused mindset. You have the passion and ability to contribute to the process of discovering what will delight our clients and push forward one of the world’s largest and most influential industries toward a vision of openness, transparency, and evidence-based decision-making.

You work with confidence and without ego. Our software engineers have deep knowledge and exercise a high degree of ownership in their daily work. You have strongly-held, defensible ideas, and advocate for what you believe is right. You are also adept at identifying and evaluating trade-offs, willing to be proven wrong, and quick to walk through fire to support your fellow teammates.

You value, seek out, and foster diversity. We are a global team from many diverse backgrounds, with different experiences and perspectives. To complement this team, you will welcome ideas that are different from your own and be skilled at finding and building from common ground.

You are a creative thinker, not bound by "the way things have always been done". What you know is less important than how well you learn and innovate. We don't need engineers who know all the answers; we need engineers who can invent the answers no one has thought of yet, to the questions yet to be asked.

What We Offer:
There are a ton of reasons whyTTD is a phenomenal company to work for,buthere are the top 6that we think you'll find most interesting:

We are a globally collaborative environment. You will have the opportunity to work with brilliant & diverse teams from all over the world. All of our teams are geo-distributed by design with everyone being able to work on high impact challenging projects regardless of their location.

We celebrate continuous learning at TTD – here you will have opportunities to be sponsored for further education, certifications and we also have an in-house learning platform to support your further development.

Our culture - We have a wonderful team of brilliant high achievers built on a culture of empathy, grit, collaboration, & ownership. We are an award-winning company – we have won ‘Great Place to Work’ awards across Australia, US, UK, Europe and Asia!

We offer an attractive compensation package, flex work environment, beautiful offices with all the perks (snacks, catered lunches, wine, beer), competitive equity, and an employee stock purchasing plan. We IPO'ed 5 yrs ago, with our stock price growing by 1000% in such a short time. The ad-tech industry represents a unique growth opportunity – it's currently only making up for about 2% of the overall $600B advertising industry. As we like to say here, "We're only 2% done!" Join us and help us tackle the other 98%!

We promote an environment of reward and recognition – At TTD, you will be recognised for your efforts and for each anniversary at TTD, we will celebrate you, and reward you for your contribution!

We promote an inclusive and diverse environment – we have many events and activities that truly make TTD a ‘Great Place to Work’ and promote inclusivity and diversity across our organisation.


The Trade Desk does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firm recruiters. Fees will not be paid in the event a candidate submitted by a recruiter without an agreement in place is hired; such resumes will be deemed the sole property of The Trade Desk. The Trade Desk is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.