Software Engineer

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About Focal

Focal Systems is a San Francisco based startup providing solutions for retailers to improve inventory management, reduce out-of-stocks, enhance the shopper experience and optimize checkout lanes. Focal solutions consist of powerful devices in stores that leverage machine learning and computer vision technology.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Design and implement new software architectures to support very large scale workloads
  • Work with other engineering teams to understand the backend needs of their applications and make them a reality
  • Create tools to provide transparency/ease of access into the company's rich datasets stored across varying geographic locations and data formats
  • Manage the various distributed services of the company, ensuring to always provide graceful updates, comprehensive test coverage, tracking of logs, and 100% uptime


  • 4+ years experience in an infrastructure role (intern or full time)
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in CS / EE / related field
  • Great understanding of databases, networking, distributed systems, operating systems, data structures, algorithms, and software engineering practices
  • Knowledge of big data systems (Hadoop, MR, Spark) a plus
  • Knowledge of containerization (Docker) and orchestration platforms (Swarm, Kubernetes) a plus