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Staff Software Engineer, Scala

companyiHeart Media
locationNew York, NY, USA
PublishedPublished: 2/2/2024


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The audio revolution is here - and iHeart is leading it! iHeartMedia, the number one audio company in America, reaches 90% of Americans every month -- a monthly audience that's twice the size of any other audio company - almost three times the size of the largest TV network - and almost 4 times the size of the largest ad-supported music streaming service. In fact, we have:

  • More #1 rated markets than the next two largest radio companies combined;
  • We're the largest podcast publisher, with more monthly downloads than the second- and third-largest podcast publishers combined. Podcasting, the fastest-growing new media, today has more monthly users than streaming music services or Netflix;
  • iHeart is the home of many of the country's most popular and trusted on-air personalities and podcast influencers, who build important connections with hundreds of communities across America;
  • We create and produce some of the most popular and well-known branded live music events in America, including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the iHeartCountry Festival, iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina and the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour;
  • iHeartRadio is the #1 streaming radio digital service in America;
  • Our social media footprint is 7 times larger than the next largest audio service; and
  • We have the only complete audio ad technology stack in the industry for all forms of audio, from on demand to broadcast radio, digital streaming radio and podcasting, which bring data, targeting and attribution to all forms of audio at an unparalleled scale. As a result, we're able to combine our strong leadership position in audience reach, usage and ad tech with powerful tools and insights for our sales organizations to help them build success for their clients at a more efficient cost than any other option.

Because we reach almost every community in America, we're committed to providing a range of programming that reflects the diversity of the many communities we serve - and our company reflects that same kind of diversity. Our company values stress collaboration, curiosity, welcoming dissent, accepting mistakes in the pursuit of new ideas, and respect for everyone.

Only one company in America has the #1 position in everything audio: iHeartMedia!

If you're excited about this role but don't feel your experience aligns perfectly with the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. At iHeartMedia we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace and are looking for teammates passionate about what we do!

What We Need:
We are looking for a detail-oriented software engineer to join our backend services team. Our team develops the core APIs that power the client iHeartRadio applications used by millions of users daily. We primarily use Scala and deploy/run our code in Kubernetes. We also create and maintain some data pipelines to import/export data to other internal consumers. As part of our team, your responsibilities would include designing/building new features, maintaining high code quality via tests/code reviews/metrics, and keeping a focus on continuous improvement on all parts of the development process. Our team takes prides in having high quality code and developing in a principled fashion.

What You'll Do:

  • Being able to pick the best tool to get the job done
  • Designing, developing, and deploying scalable services to support new and existing functionality
  • Working in an environment where testing, monitoring, and reliability are part of the development process
  • Collaborating and working closely within team/engineering as well as cross-functional teams
  • Working on systems that are used by millions of users every day

What You'll Need:

  • Solid experience with the JVM and Scala (preferably) or another functional programming language
  • Experience designing/architecting high scale/distributed systems where high availability, low latency and scalability is key
  • Interest and enthusiasm in the latest industry technology language development trends and changes
  • Strong experience working with concurrent and asynchronous programming
  • Understanding of algorithms and data structure and how to apply them when designing and building systems
  • Experience leading teams of engineers through varying back-end and infrastructure projects
  • Experience with SQL/NoSQL systems such as MongoDB, DynamoDB, PostgresQL
  • Experience with Docker/Kubernetes
  • Experience with AWS
  • Experience with continuous deployment and testing
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent

What You'll Bring:

  • Respect for others and a strong belief that others should do this in return
  • Mastery of various technical disciplines and applications
  • Expertise in technology strategy
  • Organized and able to multitask on a variety of critical projects
  • Ability to work independently and provide leadership and mentorship to a team
  • Strong communication skills and able to exchange advanced technical information and ideas effectively
  • Ability to build trust and communicate using tact and diplomacy
  • Collect and analyze data to identify and solve complex problems that may arise
  • Efficiency with own work and understanding of the impact on team results
  • Situational awareness and tech savviness to help team efforts and their impact on the broader organizational objectives
  • Advanced knowledge of emerging technologies


Salary to be determined by multiple factors including but not limited to relevant experience, knowledge, skills, other job-related qualifications, and alignment with market data.

$176,000 - $220,000


Position Type:

Time Type:
Full time

Pay Type:


iHeartMedia's benefits offering is flexible and offers a variety of choices to meet the diverse needs of our changing workforce, including the following:

  • Employer sponsored medical, dental and vision with a variety of coverage options
  • Company provided and supplemental life insurance
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Paid company holidays, including a floating holiday that enable our employees to celebrate the holiday of their choosing
  • A Spirit day to encourage and allow our employees to more easily volunteer in their community
  • A 401K plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at no cost - services include telephonic counseling sessions, consultation on legal and financial matters, emotional well-being, family and caregiving
  • A range of additional voluntary programs, such as spending accounts, student loan refinancing, accident insurance and more!

We are accepting applications for this role on an ongoing basis.

The Company is an equal opportunity employer and will not tolerate discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification or status.

Non-Compete will be required for certain positions and as allowed by law.

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Required skills

  • Scala
  • Live Broadcast
  • Data Collection
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