Sr. Platform Application Developer

Company Name: Starbucks
Location: Seattle, WA
Date Posted: 21st May, 2017

Responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Collaborates with application development teams to understand application development requirements and use cases.
  • Tracks, studies and understands application development platform technology trends.
  • Codes, tests, debugs, implements and documents prototypes to validate and demonstrate new application platforms.
  • Designs, implements and documents new platform technologies including best patterns and engineering practices as well as integration with existing messaging, logging, security and other frameworks.
  • Works with CI/CD and DevOps to understand, deploy and support new platform technologies in production and non-production environments.
  • Reviews solution designs and works with application developers to ensure that solutions being developed make the best use of new platforms. 
  • Acts as a consultant to application development teams during solution architecture and design phases. Performs code reviews to ensure best patterns and engineering practices are used.
  • Anticipates long term support issues and plans for corrective actions. Works with DevOps to perform root cause analysis and identify permanent resolutions to platform-related issues. Helps resolve and mitigate production application issues when needed.
  • Performs platform-related sustainment activities (e.g. break-fix, enhancement, etc.) as needed. 



Required Experience       

  • Application development (architecture, design, coding) 6 
  • Large-scale online development (web, API) 4
  • Platform requirements analysis, assessment and selection 4
  • Operations support (DevOps or on-call) 4

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Proficiency in .Net programming languages and platforms (C#, Windows, SQL Server, etc.)
  • Experience in Micro-Service Architectures
  • Direct experience in coding for automated deployments as part of a CI/CD pipeline. Preferred CI/CD experience in Chef, Jenkins and Terraform deployments to Cloud Providers (Azure+ARM templates or AWS)
  • Proficiency in Linux and other source platforms (e.g. Linux, Redis, NSB, etc.)
  • Experience with cloud migration and development (AWS and/or Azure)
  • Deep knowledge of database platforms (relational, NoSQL, blob, etc.)
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing 
  • Ability to quickly learn new application platforms and technologies 


  • Fluency in Container and Container Orchestration services is a plus (e.g. Docker, Kubernetes, Azure Container Services)
  • Experience with Apache Spark Spark SQL, Spark Streaming
  • Ideal candidate would also be proficient in one or more of: Go, Play, Scala, Akka, Java
  • Experience with Apache Kafka and Zookeeper