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Software Engineer Search The most elastic engineer ever

Utrecht
Bachelor
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How do you make our customers happy?

On a busy day, we process over 4 million customer search queries. This provides us with 4 million opportunities to put a smile on someone’s face. But serving customers the right results isn’t easy. For starters, because Search is constantly evolving. Also, our catalog is growing and changing, our customers are changing, and their expectations are changing. So how can we continue to meet or exceed their expectations? And how do we innovate our platform without ever jeopardizing performance, scalability and stability…

The biggest challenge

At Search, we provide our customers with great search results by taking the basics of popular search engines and enhancing those solutions with the latest tools and techniques. Which is challenging work, because in the process everything still has to keep working. Can you prove that innovation and stability can ‘obviously’ go hand in hand?

Your responsibilities as Software Engineer Search

As Software Engineer Search, you turn searchers into finders. An impactful and pioneering role, because your solutions can make or break the customer experience. You focus on the technology as well as the functionality and use your Elasticsearch and/or Solr skills to maximum effect. Researching and experimenting with information retrieval and natural language processing is also in scope. It’s up to you to come up with robust, well-designed solutions and to assure the underlying structure allows for seamless deployability and nonstop enhancement. You will work in a multidisciplinary team and spar with data scientists, business analysts and UX designers. Diverse as the team may be, all of your colleagues share a drive to turn searching into finding, so customers can effortlessly locate the perfect product for themselves or a loved one.

3 reasons why this is(n’t) for you

  • Because you have a solid Search track record and are used to impressive numbers of search queries and high-performance servers
  • Because you enjoy testing your ideas in the real world, and letting the data decide whether they add value or not
  • Because you have a scientific mindset and love tough challenges
  • Because you want clear specs, and measure your own performance in lines of code
  • Because experimenting and data-driven development isn’t really a thing, is it?
  • Because your Java skills consist of operating the coffee machine without scalding yourself

Where you’ll work

As Software Engineer Search, you’re constantly challenged to think up solutions today for challenges of tomorrow. You’ll work with a group of enthusiastic and forward-thinking colleagues, including engineering peers and data scientists, whom you can bounce ideas off of. And we do provide a pioneering, open and informal setting. We’re that rare market leader that feels like scaleup. This includes a distaste for rigid rules and traditional work structures. Our strength is that we cooperate as equals, and continuously improve each other. After all, you can accomplish great things on your own, but so much more with your colleagues! Given that over 25% of our IT staff consists of internationals – if you want the recipe for a celebratory Brazilian feijoada or want to sample some authentic Greek meze, Utrecht is the place to be – we have a lot of relocation experience. As for our ways of working, check out the videos. For info on current challenges (yep, we share code), visit the Techlab!

What you get

What you get

  • Attention to you

    We are continuously focused on innovation and getting better every day. Because we work in a dynamic environment and our organization is growing rapidly, your development will grow together with bol.com.
  • A blue and safe landing

    We warmly welcome our new colleagues, so they feel home as soon as possible. During your onboarding program, we give you all the ins and outs about bol.com!
  • Daily treats

    With good food, you get happy bol.commers. That's why we make sure there are a lot of lunch possibilities, if you want a quick bite, a snack or a healthy salad.
  • Money and more...

    Working at bol.com is challenging and therefore you get something in return. Besides salary, you will receive a yearly bonus, holiday allowance, holiday entitlement of 29 days, travel allowance, group insurance and more.

How it works

  1. Carefully, we take a look at your application. Within 2 weeks you know if we invite you for an interview.
  2. We call you to set up an interview. And since we’re already talking: feel free to ask any question you may have.
  3. In this first interview we’ll get to know each other. We want to find out more about you. Work experience is interesting, but we also want to find out more about you as a person. Together, we’ll find out if this job is a match made in heaven.
  4. Before the next interview we will ask you to take an online assessment. We’ll also discuss the position and your team in depth.
  5. 2 interviews are usually enough to see if it’s a match. And if you agree… well, it’s the beautiful beginning of your career at bol.com :)

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