Senior Software Engineer: R-focussed Data Science Infrastructure

Los Gatos, California

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A culture of data-informed decision making allows Netflix to continuously evolve and improve our product, delivering more joy to our 200M+ current members, and attracting new members from around the globe. The R language is used throughout Netflix for data exploration, lightweight dashboarding, fitting and deploying predictive models, and disseminating new capabilities through R packages. 
We are seeking an experienced engineer to support and build infrastructure to further enable the R community at Netflix. This new position sits on the Netflix Experimentation Platform team. The majority of R users at Netflix are in roles that focus on experimentation and causal inference, and our goal is to deliver a superior experience to our R users by bringing the infrastructure support closer to the community. 

Experiences and skills that you’ve gained in your career

  • Maintaining and deploying computing environments across local and cloud-based systems (preferably with support for R). 
  • Proven software development expertise with Python. Experience with C++ preferred. 
  • Dependency and package management across languages and frameworks (we use pip, CRAN, and conda). 
  • Providing interoperability across languages, particularly for data access, using tools like Reticulate. 
  • Docker container management. 
  • Developing software to enable some variety of data science workflows (experimentation, machine learning, etc).
  • (Preferred or willing to learn) Supporting full lifecycle R package development, from the notebook stage to hosting on an internal CRAN instance.

  • No one will have all of these. If you have multiple years of experience gaining most, and are eager to grow into the rest, we want to hear from you!


  • Act as an advocate for the R user community, and work with partner platform and infrastructure teams (big data, notebooks, machine learning) to integrate R with existing capabilities across the Netflix data and compute ecosystem. 
  • Be the informed captain on investment decisions with respect to R, and integrate and support any third party solutions. For example, should we invest in RStudio Connect?
  • Develop and maintain packages that provide access to our data platform through R. 
  • Work with the R community to scale and share new capabilities from the notebook stage through to packages hosted on our internal CRAN instance. 
  • Build empathetic partnerships with R users across Netflix, and help build a stronger R community.  
  • Contribute to the XP Analysis stack, with a focus on enabling R users. 
If any of this resonates with you, please apply. If you are not an expert in everything listed above, but have experiences you think are relevant and a hunger to learn more, please apply. If this is the role for you but you’ve a unique personal or career history that LinkedIn doesn’t fully capture, we want to hear from you. 
CultureNetflix offers amazing colleagues and a rapid pace of innovation. We embrace diversity and inclusion, and we are always on the lookout for stunning colleagues who bring new perspectives. Our unique culture emphasizes Freedom & Responsibility, and permeates our way of work - hopefully it resonates with you as much as it does with us. 
Job perks/benefits: Career development
Job region(s): North America
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