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Director, Software Engineering (Product Engineering)

Seoul, South Korea Job ID: 3136677


We are looking for people who are passionate about solving complex real-world problems, building world-class solutions, and benefitting millions of lives. At Coupang, developers learn from one another—we share knowledge and spur each other on to come up with great ideas—and move extremely fast to create profound impact together. You will also have the opportunity to tackle large-scale challenges that arise as we grow. This includes building in-house technology, innovating mobile architecture, and advancing possibilities with machine learning and deep learning. With you, we will build a world where our customers ask, “How did we ever live without Coupang?”

Success Profile

  • Team Player
  • Adaptable
  • Inventive
  • Self-starter
  • Problem Solver
  • Goal-oriented
  • Quick-thinking


Job ID 3136677 Date posted  05/12/2021 Location Seoul, South Korea

The Search and Discovery Platform team is responsible for creating platforms that serves the Coupang user requests from all the frontend pages including Search and Category. As the platform team responsible for serving millions of requests from users our mission is to build highly scalable and extensible platform that is also highly availability and robust.

As part of our technology team, you will help architect and implement our next generation serving platform. You will also help the team to bring industry best practices in software development. Additionally, as a senior leader you will help the team to improve their engineering skills to build pioneering e-commerce experience in new global markets.


  • Establish a roadmap for the next 5 years for the core data serving for Coupang.
  • Lead a team deliver an extensible and scalable serving platform to support our growing Customer base and selection
  • Deliver the vision of Highly available Serving Platform.


  • Build roadmap and vision for serving platform for Availability, Scalability and Extensibility.
  • Build and manage a highly efficient and expert team for serving and managing the core data for Coupang.
  • Drive the highest quality of architecture and design of data pipeline and system.
  • Draw a roadmaps and vison for the scalable and robust growth of the serving platform.
  • Collaborate with other search and discovery teams to make the platform open and extensible to unlock innumerable opportunities for innovations.
  • Align with stakeholders and lead engineers on mission critical projects.
  • Decompose complex problems into simple, straightforward solutions.
  • Possess expert knowledge in performance, scalability and availability of data pipelines.
  • Leverage knowledge of internal and industry best practices in design.
  • Establish data governance and security best practices.
  • Deep-dive and handle critical system issues.

Who we are looking for!

  • At least 9+ years of experience working on software design and development in Java, Scala, python.
  • Someone who has proven track record of leading teams for delivering mission critical system.
  • Strategic thinker and someone who is bar raiser for engineering excellence.
  • Exceptional deep dive skills.
  • Experience with cloud computing with AWS
  • Large system architecture design and development experience
  • Experience with Java / IntelliJ / Spring environment
  • Bachelor's degree and/or Master's degree in Computer Science or equivalent.
  • At least 3+ years for leading an engineering team handling large volume of data.
  • Experience with designing, building and deploying scalable, highly available data pipelines


  • Experience with Cassandra, Spark and Hbase
  • Ability to work in multicultural, cross functional team

Recruitment Process

  • Application Review → Phone Interview → Tech Interview → Leadership Principle Interview


Career Path

  • Senior Software Engineer
  • Software Engineering Manager
  • Technical Program Manager
  • Product Manager (Product Owner)
  • Tech Recruiter


Benefits and Rewards

  • Flex Time

  • Open Culture

  • Team Outings

  • Collaboration

  • International Interaction

Our mission is global

Coupang is a global business with offices in Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Silicon Valley, Seattle and Los Angeles.

Seoul, Korea

Our Korea office is located in downtown Seoul near Lotte World Hotel and Lotte World Mall.

Shanghai, China

Our office in Shanghai is conveniently situated near to restaurants and gyms, as well as to the Evergreen Hotel and the Chamtime Square Shopping Mall.

Beijing, China

Our Beijing office is located in One Indigo, a Grade A-listed office tower. From our space on the 12th floor, you can take in expansive views of Indigo Park, the Ba River and the Beijing skyline. We are conveniently situated a few steps away from the Indigo Shopping Mall, and parking is easily available.

Mountain View, United States

Our Mountain View office is located in the Silicon Valley area across from the NASA Ames Research and Visitor Center.

Seattle, United States

Our Seattle office can be found in the heart of downtown Seattle near restaurants and tourist attractions such as the Pike Place Market.

Los Angeles, United States

Our office in Los Angeles is located in the Riverside area right next to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park.

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