Technical Lead - Search
Elance, Inc. - Mountain View, CA

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We are in the midst of a work revolution – quality work is moving online. And Elance is where the jobs are going. We’re building the infrastructure that capture clients and freelancers’ preferences and requirements, matching jobs with the best freelancers available, and maximizing the chance of great outcomes. And that’s where you come in.

As a key member of our Engineering team, you will contribute to the development of product vision that will transform the way people work. This is an opportunity for you to develop in the hottest space in technology - search, relevance and personalization. We will offer you a challenging environment where you have the ability to solve technical and product challenges, work with rock star engineers and make an immediate impact. In turn, we want you to never settle for anything less than stellar work.

In this role, you will:
Set the vision and the technical direction for search architecture

Improve the search experience, including indexing, retrieval, relevance ranking, spelling correction, and query classification

Develop a training and quality measurement strategy

Help design and implement features that will be used by millions of people every day

Work with an extraordinary team made up of extremely talented individuals, work hard and have lots of fun along the way

To win in this role, you need:
6+ years’ experience designing and programming in Java and developing object-oriented distributed software systems

4+ years of experience working with open source search software (Lucene/Solr/Elastic Search)

Deep knowledge of various search algorithms

Experience with machine learning, NLP, A/B testing, statistical analysis, Big Data (Map-Reduce, Hadoop), web crawling is highly desirable

Experience with all aspects of software development lifecycle

Strong analytical abilities and exceptional problem-solving skills

Knowledge of design patterns, object-oriented frameworks in a service-oriented architecture

A Bachelors’ or Master's in computer science or related field is required

The desire and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, agile environment

About Elance
Come work where people say “Happy Monday” and actually mean it (seriously, no joke).

A funny thing happens when your job is putting mile-wide grins on the faces of online freelancers and the businesses who hire them. You start to smile a lot yourself, knowing you’re helping people live the dream and get great work done ASAP.

You see at Elance we’re not just creating a revolutionary place for businesses to find, hire and work with online freelancers. We’re also creating a fun place to work. And to keep the good times going strong we’re always looking for amazing people ready to help the world Work Differently™.

So check out our job openings in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Europe. Then join Elance as we change how the world works, and learn why around here TGIF means “This Gig Is Fantastic”.

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