Principal Back End Software Development Engineer, Authentication Team - Remote Position

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Principal Back End Software Development Engineer, Authentication Team - Remote Position

A full-time team member or employee
Opening soon

Skills and experience needed

Software engineering
Software development

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The Zillow Group Authentication Team builds the infrastructure to empower user identification and authorization across Zillow Group brands. We are passionate about creating tools and APIs that ensure secure data communication and protect our users from security attacks. We are committed to bringing top reliability, scalability, security and user experience to our end users.

We are a tight-knit team with ownership on several critical service stacks. We pride ourselves on the products we are shipping, and truly believe that creativity and innovation lead to success as a team together. We are devoted to delivering the finest products and services, and you will be a key piece in this whole journey.

On the Authentication team, the principal software development engineer will be responsible for crafting, shaping and delivering critical products and services that support the overall auth infrastructure. Ideal candidates will bring strong leadership to the team, and be able to lead small groups of engineers tackle and solve complex problems in the authentication/security domain.

As a principal engineer, you will:

  • Follow the latest industry trends and constantly look for opportunities for the team and Zillow Group

  • Provide leadership that helps navigate the team through complicated technical challenges

  • Collaborate across diverse groups to ensure smooth project delivery for large cross team projects

  • Mentor other engineers on the team and help them achieve their career goals

  • Design and implement reliable, performant, scalable and secure back end services

  • Advocate for the highest quality of work through unit testing, automation testing and monitoring

  • Exercise agile development style to deliver and iterate quickly

  • Be a role model both technically and culturally

This role has been categorized as a Remote position. “Remote” employees do not have a permanent corporate office workplace and, instead, work from a physical location of their choice which must be identified to the Company. Employees may live in any of the 50 US States, with limited exceptions. In certain cases, an employee in a remote-designated job may need to live in a specific region or time zone to support customers or clients as part of their role.


  • Bachelors or higher degree in computer science or related field

  • 8+ years of software development experience with high proficiency in Java, C++/C# or Python

  • Proven experience in designing, developing, debugging and delivering web applications or back end services

  • Adaptive to Scrum or similar agile frameworks

  • Strong experience in mentoring and passionate about helping others grow professionally

  • Demonstrated comprehensive understanding of software engineering and initiative to build better engineering practices within a team

  • Efficient communicator who is open to ideas and suggestions

Ideally one or more of the following:

  • Experience with TLS/SSL, encryption and OAuth

  • Experience with Apache, AWS, databases and/or distributed systems

In additional to a competitive base salary this position is also eligible for equity awards based on factors such as experience, performance and location.

Zillow Group, the largest portfolio of real estate brands on mobile and the web, is building a safe, on-demand real estate experience. Whether selling, buying, renting or financing, customers can turn to Zillow's businesses to find and get into their next home with speed, certainty and ease.

We are on a mission to help people unlock their next chapter and are building transformational tools and services that create an on-demand real estate transaction experience. Millions of people visit Zillow Group sites every month to start their home search, and now they can rely on Zillow to help them finish it — and no matter what job you're in, you will play a critical role in making this vision a reality.

At Zillow Group, we're powered by our inclusive work culture, where everyone has the support and resources to do the best work of their careers. Our efforts to streamline the real estate transaction is supported by our passion to empower people and enrich lives around everything home, a deep-rooted culture of innovation, a fundamental commitment to Equity and Belonging, and world-class benefits. But, don't just take our word for it. Read our reviews on Glassdoor and recent recognition from multiple organizations, including: Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equity Index, Fortune Best Workplaces for Technology, Fortune Best Workplaces for Millennials, Fortune Best Workplaces for Parents, Fatherly's Best Workplaces for New Dads, JUST Capital 100 Company, and the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index constituent.

Zillow Group is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive, innovative environment with the best employees. Therefore, we provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. If there are preparations we can make to help ensure you have a comfortable and positive interview experience, please let us know.

Posted: March 24, 2021 04:20 AM

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