North America / United States / CA / Emeryville

Technology & Engineering

#: 107199-en_US / 107199



Staff Software Engineer – 107199

Technology and Engineering – USA Emeryville, California 


Explore and discover Nielsen! Nielsen is the global standard for entertainment data and technology focusing on audience measurement, audience insights, and audience experience.

Gracenote, a Nielsen Company is the leading provider of entertainment metadata and media recognition technology that powers the world’s top broadcast, on-demand, and streaming platforms for television, movies, music, and sports.
We are presently looking for a Staff Software Engineer to become part of our Video Data delivery platform team based in Gracenote’s Emeryville Office. We are also open to Senior Engineers who are remote, unable to work from Emeryville. This data delivery team is responsible for one of the most critical parts of the Gracenote data platform: putting our data into the hands of customers. 

Tech Stack: Kotlin, Java, Go, Spring Boot, Apache Spark, AWS, Cassandra, Postgresql  


We value candidates who:

  • Are creative, passionate, authentic and demonstrate high level of ownership
  • Value diversity, inclusion, and representation 
  • Are passionate about crafting and deploying high-quality, high-performance, and high availability software
  • Love backend engineering: data delivery pipelines and APIs



  • Real influence on entertainment experience for hundreds of millions of people globally
  • Open culture where fun, collaboration, health, and happiness are key
  • Profitable company, plus the stability and security of a larger parent company
  • Fun activities; it is not lost on us that we are in the media and entertainment data business
  • A work environment that promotes a healthy work/life balance (unlimited PTO!)


  • Drive the delivery platform product and technology strategy.
  • Work cross-functionally with various teams including: product management, various product lines, and/or business units to drive forward results
  • Pursue and resolve complex or unchartered technical problems and share key learnings.
  • Design and implement POCs, productized components and features
  • Provide technical leadership and be a role model to software engineers pursuing technical career path in engineering
  • Work on data processing pipeline using the latest and greatest open source technologies 
  • Operating and scaling our infrastructure in AWS
  • Groom the next generation of technical leaders in the group.
  • Take passion in going deep into critical issues and apply the learnings back into the product and team, whether technical or procedural.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent work experience
  • 10+ years experience designing and developing high quality software
  • Strong coding skills in either one of these: Kotlin, Java, Scala, Go
  • Experience with big data ecosystem – Apache Spark, Cassandra
  • Strong leadership experience: Leading meetings, presenting, technical go to person, and cross-functional leader.
  • Excellent communication skills: Demonstrated ability to explain complex technical issues to both technical and non-technical audiences.


  • Experience with cloud environment and tools (AWS preferred) 
  • Experience with DevOps tools (Ansible, Terraform, Kubenetes, Docker) 

If you are missing a couple of the points above, we still want you to apply. Gracenote hires on what you can do, not what you have done. Our team views diversity as a strength. We are looking for people who will help us build an inclusive culture of belonging where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work.




Gracenote is committed to diversity and inclusion. Counting everyone and ensuring that all voices are heard are at the heart of who we are. In 2021, we will launch Gracenote Inclusion Analytics – an industry-defining new capability that measures diversity and inclusion in content. Does the content we view on television, movies, and streaming services reflect the growing diversity of our world? Does media reflect diverse talent on-screen and behind-the-camera while avoiding stereotypical and problematic roles? What role does diversity play in driving tune-in, subscriptions, and audience engagement? The Gracenote Inclusion Analytics solution empowers content owners, distributors and brands to make better informed decisions around inclusive content investments.




By connecting clients to audiences, we fuel the media industry with the most accurate understanding of what people listen to and watch. To discover what audiences love, we measure across all channels and platforms⁠—from podcasts to streaming TV to social media. And when companies and advertisers are truly connected to their audiences, they can see the most important opportunities and accelerate growth.


Do you want to move the industry forward with Nielsen? Our people are the driving force. Your thoughts, ideas and expertise can propel us forward. Whether you have fresh thinking around maximizing a new technology or you see a gap in the market, we are here to listen and take action. Our team is made strong by a diversity of thoughts, experiences, skills, and backgrounds. You’ll enjoy working with smart, fun, curious colleagues, who are passionate about their work. Come be part of a team that motivates you to do your best work!  

Nielsen is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action-Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, marital status, protected veteran status or any other protected class.

Job Type: Regular 

Primary Location:  Emeryville,California 

Secondary Locations: Remote, , , 

Travel:  No