Architect, Java Platform Engineer

San Francisco, CA

The Team:

The platform team at Blurb builds the core APIs and services that power Blurb's digital and print creation tools on the web, mobile phone and desktop. Our customers are global, and our platform needs to be scalable and work around the clock. Our platform uses both Rails and Java, but both technology stacks are designed around light-weight RESTful services. We practice continuous integration and test constantly. We work closely with our product owners and other engineering teams to make sure we're building the right things at the right time.

Blurb's engineering team hails from places such as Apple, eBay, Electronic Arts and ThoughtWorks and schools including UC Berkeley, Stanford and MIT. We're a group of tinkerers, makers, hackers, and language enthusiasts who love what we do. A sampling of technologies we use daily include: Java, Spring Boot, Ruby, PostgreSQL, Redis, Github, and AWS.

Position Summary:

As an architect and a senior member of this Agile team, you understand business requirements and address them with simplified functionality. Leverage Java to rapidly build RESTful APIs that are easy to understand, use and maintain. Familiarity with Rails and Ruby will be an added advantage. You've had to deal with external clients to your services, and know how to make the call between extending, versioning or creating a new service. You understand the limitations of Java, help with writing whole new microservices in Java, and can squeeze out every drop of performance, using well-architected API design, caching or maybe even dropping down to Rack or Sinatra. You have full-stack experience, but you prefer to dive deep.

Essential Functions:
  • Design and build backend services to support print and digital media products
  • Architect and profile services to ensure scalability and performance at peak load
  • Collaborate with DevOps team to add instrumentation and monitoring to support production environments
  • Mentor and lead other members of the team

Other Job Functions:
  • Take part in more general design discussions
  • Review the code of colleagues

  • BS in Computer Science or related discipline, or equivalent education plus work experience
  • Minimum 8 years experience developing object oriented web services
  • Experience with Java and RESTful API design
  • Experience building at scale and understanding how to architect systems that are easy to monitor, maintain and extend
  • Experience with SQL and NoSQL
  • Great team player
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

Education/Certifications: BS in Computer Science or related discipline
Work Experience: 8 years’ experience developing object oriented web services
Skills: Java Spring Boot and RESTful API design
Supervisory Responsibility: Mentor junior developers

Work Environment:

We expect this position to be working full-time in our offices in San Francisco’s financial district. Working from home every once in a while is also an option many of our engineers take.

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance (PPO or HMO options)
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Employer-paid life insurance, short-term and long-term disability
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical, dependent care, and transportation expenses
  • 10 paid holidays
  • 15 days paid time off per year (with tenure-based increases after two years)
  • An extra day off for your birthday
  • Free lunch on Wednesdays
  • Company sponsored yoga and in-office massages
  • $300 credit a year to create your own books with Blurb

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Blurb is committed to equal opportunity and considers qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, disability status or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. The job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity. Essential and other job functions are subject to modification. Reasonable accommodations may be provided to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The Company

Blurb® is a book-making platform and creative community that enables individuals to create, publish, share and sell high-quality photo books, trade books, and magazines in both print and digital formats. Blurb is accessible to consumers across the globe with free, innovative book creation and layout tools. Founded in 2005, Blurb has over 2 million customers worldwide, resulting in over 4 million unique book titles, with nearly 18 million units shipped to almost 100 countries around the world. We are headquartered in San Francisco.

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