Principal Software Engineer, Commerce

  • Ancestry
  • Nov 18, 2021

Job Description

About Ancestry:When you join Ancestry, you join a human-centered company where every person’s story is important. We believe that by discovering the struggles and triumphs of our past, we can foster deeper bonds and more meaningful connections among families and communities. Our talented team of scientists, engineers, genealogists, historians, and storytellers is dedicated to empowering customers around the world from all backgrounds on their journeys of personal discovery.
With more than 30+ billion digitized global historical records, 100+ million family trees, and 20+ million people in our growing AncestryDNA database, Ancestry helps customers discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Passionate about dedicating your work to enriching people’s lives? You belong at Ancestry.
Interested in working for a company that changes people's lives, is the leader in their space, and is growing? Do you want your family and friends (and even strangers) to light up when you tell them where you work? Then you've come to the right place!
Ancestry is looking for a Principal Engineer to join our Commerce Platform team! The Commerce Platform team oversees all website and back-end functionality related to taking customer orders and renewing subscriptions. The systems that belong to the Commerce Platform are business important, and we are investing in the evolution of our platform.
Join our Commerce Platform team if you have the talent and desire to bring creative products and services at a rapid pace, serving our Ancestry customers and internal partners by building robust back-end services that directly improve the financial success of the company.
The OpportunityIn this role, you will be a key contributor in designing and implementing the Commerce Platform services. You will report to the Sr. Director of Product & Engineering (eCommerce) and will have the opportunity to impact the bottom-line of the business by leveraging AWS and Java-based technologies to develop new solutions and enhance existing platform services.

What you will do

Develop systems and services that scale in the cloudSolve business-critical problems associated with the quarterly deliverables of the eCommerce organizationWork across the multiple eCommerce engineering teams and determine engineering standardsPartner with other Principal Engineers and the eCommerce Architect to determine the future architecture of the eCommerce platform.Write code and unit tests, document insights, conduct code reviewsProvide guidance and mentorship to a team of software engineers implementing the services. Be an example of engineering excellence.Identify opportunities to adopt creative technologiesPartner with product and engineering managers to lead the engineering teams


9+ years of software development experienceAWS desirableSolid proficiency in a modern programming language (Java).Solid design and architectural skillsExperience with design and implementation of distributed applications, APIs or frameworksExperience with CI/CDUsing agile or other rapid application development methodsPeople skillsBachelor's in CS or EE required
Helping people discover their story is at the heart of ours. Ancestry is the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, harnessing a powerful combination of information, science and technology to help people discover their family history and stories that were never possible before. Ancestry's suite of products includes: AncestryDNA, AncestryProGenealogists, Fold3,, Find a Grave,, and Rootsweb. We offer excellent benefits and a great compensation package. For additional information, regarding our benefits and career information, please visit our website at
Additional Information:Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  
Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.