Backend Software Engineer - Internationalization (SF and Palo Alto)
Backend, Engineering in Palo Alto, CA
We’re changing the way people think about transportation. Not that long ago we were just an app to request premium black cars in a few metropolitan areas. Now we’re a part of the logistical fabric of more than 600 cities around the world. Whether it’s a ride, a sandwich, or a package, we use technology to give people what they want, when they want it.
For the people who drive with Uber, our app represents a flexible new way to earn money. For cities, we help strengthen local economies, improve access to transportation, and make streets safer.
And that’s just what we’re doing today. We’re thinking about the future, too. With teams working on new modalities, self-driving cars and even urban air transportation, we’re in for the long haul. We’re reimagining how people and things move from one place to the next.
About the Role
As an early member of this team, your role will be to help drive Uber into the future with faster, more efficient, and higher quality internationalization/localization.
What You’ll Do
The internationalization platform team is solving difficult problems such as:
Uber ships its app to the app store continuously. There are hundreds of engineers committing to these repositories. How can we seamlessly integrate high quality, up-to-date translations into that flow?
Uber’s engineering style is one of continuous deployment. How can we take the time from when a new translation becomes available to when it’s visible in the app down to seconds?
Uber’s micro service architecture is made up of thousands of services in multiple programming languages. How can we maintain a consistent experience for both developers and end users (e.g. plurals/genders, ICU / CLDR integrations, bidi, pseudo localization, i18n testing, best practices, etc.)?
Uber has a strong team of localization program managers and linguists, how can we set them up for perfect localization *and* extreme efficiency?
Uber moves fast. How can we ensure product and operations teams can move quickly by inputting their own translations without undermining the work of our localization team? How do we leverage all of this data to build machine translation capabilities?
If these challenges sound interesting, then this position is for you.
What You’ll Need
Enthusiasm for our mission. We want Uber to feel as local to users in Jakarta and Tel Aviv as it does in San Francisco. You’re excited to use your unique background and experiences to solve the problems mentioned above.
Ability to learn on the go. You have expertise in areas you've worked in (hopefully React) and an eagerness to learn in areas you haven't.
Product sense. You create more than beautiful code. Engineers at Uber play a crucial role in choosing what we build and how we build it.
Versatility. You understand how all the pieces fit together (front-end, database, network layer, etc.) and how they impact the performance of your application.
Design skills. You care about your consumers: Uber's Localization, Engineering, Operations teams. You optimize for intuitive and responsive layouts, maximizing for utility and efficiency so they can continue to grow Uber faster than any other company.
Passion. You feel ownership over everything you touch. You pride yourself on efficient monitoring, strong documentation, and proper test coverage and you call something “done” only when these are in place.
A team player attitude. You believe that you can achieve more on a team - that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. You rely on others' candid feedback for continuous improvement and you help others by returning the favor.
About the Team
Operating in over 70 countries and translating into 50+ of languages, Uber is a massively global company. Each city has its own culture, its own character, and its own local feel. Our software powers this highly-localized experience.
We’re seeking senior engineers with 5+ years i18n/l10n developer experience to make significant impact building localization tools, strengthening our internationalization practices, and advancing our translation platform for all of engineering.
At Uber we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. Uber is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.