PopSugar Studios is hiring a

ShopStyle Lead Backend Engineer – Catalog Team

San Francisco, United States

ShopStyle, the leading fashion search engine, is looking for an ambitious Java Backend Engineer to join our team. ShopStyle attracts 18 million monthly users. We're building the next generation of social shopping with the best quality content and user experience in the market.

ShopStyle’s catalog sits at the heart of the business. A cloud-based distributed system orchestrates the collection, normalization, and indexing of 18M+ products every day from thousands of sources. The Catalog team is responsible for building and improving that system, as well as innovating new data normalization and enrichment techniques. Ongoing catalog projects include product modeling improvements, improved color and size detection, machine learning-based categorization, real-time product data ingestion, and many more!

As our Lead Catalog Engineer, you will be responsible for architecting improvements to our catalog infrastructure. You will also lead the development efforts of the team, managing the development cycle from requirements to delivery. If you’re an experienced backend engineer with leadership skills, and want to own a product catalog platform used by millions of people, then this role is for you.



  • Lead development efforts for our catalog infrastructure, from requirements definition to delivery
  • Lead the development of new catalog enrichment pipelines
  • Overhaul our existing infrastructure as we move to a microservices architecture
  • Mentor more junior members of the development team
  • Assist project/program/product managers in roadmapping major development efforts


  • BS in Computer Science or demonstrated sustained success in the software engineering field
  • 5 or more years of Java SE programming experience
  • Competency to architect, design, and implement backend web services
  • Excellent data modeling knowledge and experience with both RDBMS and document-oriented databases
  • Project management experience and interpersonal skills

Nice to have:

  • Experience as a team lead/manager/mentor
  • Past catalog engineering experience
  • Expert knowledge of AWS
  • Scala/Spark expertise
  • Working knowledge of Spring/Spring Boot
  • Experience with MongoDB
  • Working knowledge of Machine Learning algorithms and techniques


About the Company:

POPSUGAR Inc. is a global media and technology company that is parent to lifestyle media publisher POPSUGAR, digital shopping platform ShopStyle, and monthly subscription box POPSUGAR Must Have. ShopStyle allows its 18 million monthly shoppers from 195 countries to shop from 20M products from 1,400 retailers across apparel, accessories, beauty, home furnishings, kids items and more. It drives $1 billion in gross sales to its partners, which include some of the world’s biggest and most reputable brands and retailers. ShopStyle Collective is ShopStyle’s influencer program that helps monetize any digital shopping content. ShopStyle Collective helps drive retail sales via partnerships with retailers, providing comprehensive and innovative tools to a network of 16,000 bloggers, vloggers, Instagrammers and app developers, to empower fashion shopping across their respective channels. For more information, visit ShopStyle.com.

POPSUGAR Inc. operates internationally in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, China, the Middle East and the UK, with offices in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and London.  The company is privately held and funded by Sequoia Capital and IVP.  For more information visit corp.popsugar.com.

POPSUGAR is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive company culture. We celebrate our differences and embrace the varying ideas, interests, and life experiences that make us who we are. As a company with a mission to inform and inspire people all over the world, we believe that employing individuals with diverse backgrounds is essential to building a successful, creative, and innovative business.

We work hard, play nice, and welcome those who do the same.

Whoever you are, You are POPSUGAR.