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Senior Software Engineer - SDK Architecture

Company: Roku
Location: San Jose
Posted on: March 17, 2023

Job Description:

Teamwork makes the stream work.
Roku is changing how the world watches TV

Roku is the #1 TV streaming platform in the US, and we've set our sights on powering every television in the world. Roku pioneered streaming to the TV. Our mission is to be the TV streaming platform that connects the entire TV ecosystem. We connect consumers to the content they love, enable content publishers to build and monetize large audiences, and provide advertisers unique capabilities to engage consumers.

From your first day at Roku, you'll make a valuable - and valued - contribution. We're a fast-growing public company where no one is a bystander. We offer you the opportunity to delight millions of TV streamers around the world while gaining meaningful experience across a variety of disciplines.

About the role

This is a senior software engineering role where you will have the opportunity to design Roku's next generation native development kit. You will own its architecture, roadmap and implementation, and will partner with engineering leads and managers who build Roku's system UI and applications, and other SDKs on top of the native development kit.

Roku prides itself in building software and features which run well on our oldest devices, while taking advantage of our latest ones. To this end, the native development kit will need to be designed and implemented from the get go to run well on devices with extremely limited system resources like RAM, Flash and CPU.

This is is a highly visible role and you will directly report technical direction and progress at the executive level. This requires a very strong technical leader with experience in the development of consumer electronics devices. The right person for this role will have ability to collaborate well with engineering and partner teams.

For California Only - The estimated annual salary for this position is between $178,000 and $659,000 annually.

Compensation packages are based on factors unique to each candidate, including but not limited to skill set, certifications, and specific geographical location.
This role is eligible for health insurance, equity awards, life insurance, disability benefits, parental leave, wellness benefits, and paid time off.

What you'll be doing

  • Technically lead our native development kit engineering team. Own its architecture, roadmap and implementation
  • Jointly with a small team of engineers to implement proof of concepts, and the framework parts in the native development kit
  • Partner with engineering leads and managers who build Roku's system UI and applications, and other SDKs on top of the native development kit
  • Present technical direction and progress to executives, and program and partner management
  • Ensure that we can stand behind all APIs exposed by the native development kit, and manage the evolution of these APIs
  • Ensure that the native development kit performs well on low-cost hardware. To this end you will design for and track RAM consumption, rendering frame rate, etc
  • Develop tooling which will allow Roku and 3rd party developers to build great optimized and performant applications to run on the Roku platform
  • Navigate through ambiguous problem spaces and meticulously distill out design choices, trade-offs, and priorities We're excited if you have
    • Bachelor's in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, or equivalent experience
    • 20+ years of experience in embedded C++ development and toolchain
    • Extensive experience with software development on embedded Linux
    • Extensive experience in designing ABI compatible APIs
    • Experience with multi-process architectures and IPC mechanisms
    • Experience with UI/app frameworks from iOS, Android, Windows and/or Linux desktop
    • Excellent software design and architecture skills
    • Ability to present technical direction and progress at executive level
    • Proven track record of shipping software on high-volume international CE devices
    • Experience working in large cross functional teams and ability to influence teams that don't report to you
    • Ability to see the big picture while focused on short-term objectives and deliverables
    • Ability to multi-task and drive parallel projects and distributed teams with tight deadlines


      The Roku Culture

      Roku is a great place for people who want to work in a fast-paced environment where everyone is focused on the company's success rather than their own. We try to surround ourselves with people who are great at their jobs, who are easy to work with, and who keep their egos in check. We appreciate a sense of humor. We believe a fewer number of very talented folks can do more for less cost than a larger number of less talented teams. We're independent thinkers with big ideas who act boldly, move fast and accomplish extraordinary things through collaboration and trust. In short, at Roku you'll be part of a company that's changing how the world watches TV.

      We have a unique culture that we are proud of. We think of ourselves primarily as problem-solvers, which itself is a two-part idea. We come up with the solution, but the solution isn't real until it is built and delivered to the customer. That penchant for action gives us a pragmatic approach to innovation, one that has served us well since 2002.

      To learn more about Roku, our global footprint, and how we've grown, visit .

Keywords: Roku, San Jose , Senior Software Engineer - SDK Architecture, IT / Software / Systems , San Jose, California

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