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Senior Software Engineer



Senior Software engineer

AdGear (belonging to the Samsung Ads business), is an Advertising Technology Company located in the heart of Downtown Montreal. AdGear focuses on enabling brands to connect with Samsung TV audiences as they are exposed to digital media across all devices. Being part of an international company such as Samsung and doing business around the world means that we get to work on big complex projects with stakeholders and teams located around the globe.


Samsung has developed a proprietary ad platform that leverages unique first-party TV data to help brands connect to their audience as they explore content across desktop, mobile, tablets, and our SMART TVs. The Samsung Ad Platform delivers high-quality audience targeting powered by three key components: first-party audience data at scale, data science, and brand-safe cross-device ad inventory.

Engineering Manager (Campaign Management)


Why work in the Ads business?


Let’s face it, the ad industry doesn’t have the best of reputation. It is associated with spam email and annoying 5 seconds delay before you can watch your videos. But let’s face it, Ads are what is paying for all the free videos you are watching and your free social media accounts. Nothing is really free in this world. Why don’t you join a team that works hard to make ads work, respects personal privacy, limits exposure to the same ads, and follows regulations? In a world of bad pun and annoying jingles, AdGear is a good citizen. It also helps that the tech we’re using to build our system is cool.


About Campaign Management


Our group is responsible for building and maintaining our campaign management application to support our in-house ad operators, self-serve users and programmatic traders. Our application manages and delivers ads that are most appropriate for the end-user. It manages ~10,000 ads for ~250 concurrent campaigns driving millions of dollars in monthly revenue; generating ~600,000,000 ad impressions. We support ad operators from all around the world in multiple currencies and languages. 


Are you up to the challenge?


What you'll do


As a Senior software engineer, you will be responsible for designing, building, deploying and maintaining a large client-facing web application used to configure and provide analytics of a high-volume real-time bidding platform. As a result, there will be opportunities to contribute to open-source, review code, and share knowledge.


You will be working with experienced, passionate programmers as part of the application team within a broader engineering organization with a strong technical culture. You will be expected to contribute not only to the back end (Ruby on Rails) code but also to the front-end code: Javascript and Typescript using React and Webpack. We value a broad knowledge base and encourage our employees to develop a well-rounded skill set and be comfortable contributing to any part of the codebase.


We work in agile scrum teams, which means you will be working closely with a smaller group of co-workers. We use daily stand-ups and put a strong emphasis on communication and knowledge-sharing. Within a Scrum team, although members may have more specialized areas of expertise, each person will contribute to all types of tasks - client-side code, server-side code, and some manual QA. A variety of community-of-practice groups are also active for conversation around specific topics.


The portfolio of some of our team members is available here:


About you


You enjoy building things. You value craftsmanship in software. You enjoy reading code, and you're probably in the habit of reading the source for your dependencies. You are also a good communicator who appreciates learning from and teaching others.


In this position, the chosen candidate is expected to have a hands-on, problem-solving approach and a friendly human-facing side to communicate and manage expectations.


Our tech stack includes a Ruby on Rails GraphQL API with PostgreSQL, and a Typescript and React.js UI with Webpack. As the web app has been growing for a long time, there are also components in ERB, Knockout(JS), and Coffeescript that we are converting to use these newer technologies.


Other things you probably enjoy or would be interested in learning:


  • Working with the Rails and Javascript ecosystems
  • Working with modern browser technologies and paradigms
  • Working on client-side code
  • Building performant, secure and accessible web applications
  • Building innovative products and features integrated with existing systems
  • Maintaining large and continuously evolving web apps
  • Translating complex business requirements into maintainable code




As a member of the application team, you will be expected to:


  • Have experience building Ruby on Rails applications with PostgreSQL (GraphQL APIs a plus)
  • Have experience or interest in building/interacting with single-page applications (React, Typescript a plus)
  • Have experience building, testing and maintaining HTTP APIs
  • Have experience working in a team
  • Have strong database skills (regarding integrity, design, performance, etc)
  • Participate in the design, implementation, and testing of the API and UI
  • Participate in code reviews and spread your expertise to the team
  • Accept constructive code review and challenge your beliefs when presented with relevant evidence
  • Have a problem-solving outlook and can-do attitude
  • Have the capacity and willingness to work in an agile multi-team environment
  • Have excellent communication skills and be fluent in English or French


What can you expect for your interview process?


Below is what it looks like from start to finish. Our promise is to keep communication open the entire way so you always know where you stand.


  • A 30 min Pre Screen with our fabulous TA team.
  • A 1 hour Culture Interview via Webex with our Site Lead
    We’ll use this time to simply get to know you as a person and hear more about your work experience.
  • A 1 hour Technical Screen via Webex (possibly).
    We’ll use this time to make sure you possess the minimum skills we think are required to accomplish the key objectives.
  • And finally, the Offer presentation with HR and the Hiring Manager. Welcome to the team!


About AdGear culture…


  • We promote autonomy, ownership, and accountability. Everyone is a leader at Samsung Ads, taking initiative with confidence. 
  • Our differences make a difference, and we are part of a collaborative team that values different opinions, thoughts, and ideas.
  • We conduct ourselves with mutual respect, authenticity, and empathy. We act with thoughtful intention to make the right decisions
  • We are dynamic individuals who care about results. We celebrate the hard work and recognize achievements. We love what we do. 


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