Senior Services Software Engineer - Gears of War - The Coalition

Microsoft - Vancouver, BC (20 months ago)

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The Coalition, the game studio that develops the Gears of War franchise, is looking for a Senior Services Engineer to join our team working on next-generation Gears experiences. We are seeking talented, experienced developers with a variety of backgrounds who want to redefine the Gears experience through the application of modern cloud service technologies and various telemetry solutions.

The Coalition’s Online Services team builds cloud services that drive many aspects of the game, including in-game economies and commerce, player statistics, user generated content, matchmaking, and game content management. We follow an agile, iterative, and quality driven software development lifecycle. We value development of unit and acceptance tests as part of feature development. We embrace DevOps and build our features to be supportable and easy to troubleshoot. We believe that main should always be shippable and features should get to our customers as frequently as possible, with all of our services being deployed to production regularly.

In addition to the standard Microsoft C#/.Net tech stack, you’d be working with a broad set of other service technologies including:

NoSQL data management (Azure Table, Azure Cosmos DB, Redis)
Distributed Actor Model (Orleans)
Streaming Telemetry (Azure Event Hub)
Online Gaming Platforms (Xbox Live)
Search (Azure Search)
Azure Service Fabric
Azure Data Lake
Work with project leads to design, implement and support reliable, secure, and scalable backend web services in support of public-facing online applications
Help engineer a modern data pipeline to collect, organize, and process data
Design, implement and support the Integration Xbox Live Services into client and server applications
Work closely with design and production teams to realize application functionality
Analyze feature designs and devise technical solutions
Build a holistic understanding of our product features, its customer, the BI data infrastructure & environment, and business goals
Assist with planning, estimation and distribution of work
Develop deployment process and mechanisms
Helps Production develop schedules and determine milestones.
Engineer a modern data pipeline to collect, organize, and process data
Institute and maintain secure workflows that are compliant with all current privacy standards
Interface with business users and engineering teams to bridge the gap in terms of data needs and understanding
Produce clean, reusable code that is tested, reviewed, and adheres to all current code and MS standards
Build a holistic understanding of our product features, its customer, the BI data infrastructure & environment, and business goals
Leverage industry best practices in establishing repeatable BI practices, principles & processes
Degree in Computing Science, or equivalent experience
Experience with object oriented programming languages (C++, C#, Java)
Experience with modern web technologies: NET, IIS, WCF, RESTful services, streaming media
Minimum 5+ years experience building online services for web or game applications
Experience supporting a live service with frequent refreshes of content and code
Experience architecting scalable server solutions to support high-traffic and high-bandwidth loads
Experience with planning for secure online deployments and operations.
Experience with modern web analytics and data-driven product evolution.
Experience deploying and supporting applications on cloud platforms (AWS EC2, Windows Azure).
Experience with multiple web technology stacks and SaaS models an asset
Able to demonstrate knowledge of solid software engineering practices, experience with SCRUM / agile based methodologies a plus
Expertise in database technology with solid understanding and hands-on skills with SQL Server, SSIS, solid understanding of SSAS / n-dimensional cubes
Experience in analyzing big data using statistical tools such as SQL, C# and statistics
Experience with unstructured datasets (Hadoop, Cosmos, Data Bricks, Python)
Solid experience in Power BI
Solid experience building business intelligence solutions (data warehouse, datamart, ETL, Reports) and ability to understand instrumentation and devise technical solutions
Excellent collaborative skills, consultative and customer-facing skills, strong client services orientation
Ability to influence diverse audiences and build strong partnerships with stakeholders
Self-starter who works well within a creative team
Must be able to complete tasks in a timely manner
Dynamic problem solver
Passion for web and mobile technology
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