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This is a 100% fully remote role. Work virtually from anywhere in the U.S.

Office Depot is a brand you've counted on since 1986 for your office supplies and business services, supported by a strong retail network and world-class technology platforms.  As the business landscape continues to evolve, we are changing the way we look at our technology platforms to drive significant change in the way we do business. We're reinventing ourselves and making significant investments in our multi-billion-dollar digital platforms to drive growth in our range of B2B products & services. Apply today to be a part of this revolutionary change! 

As a Principal SDE, you will be an integral team member of our innovative Product & Technology organization, contributing greatly to this pivotal transformation in the B2B space. 

What You’ll Do 

This position requires a seasoned and visionary person to help us reinvent our core business and drive the execution of our end-to-end technology solutions. In this role, you will create and innovate multi-disciplinary technical and functional solutions to unprecedented problems and devise solutions for the most complex and highest risk business situations. 

1. Create innovative, multi-disciplinary technical/ functional solutions to unprecedented problems and devise solutions for the most complex and highest risk business situations. 

2. Serve as a credible expert advisor to executives on the use of current and future technologies for optimal impact on current and future business strategies and results. 

3. Advise functional leaders and executives as the company’s highest-level resource for making strategic investments in applications, databases, technologies, systems, programs, or processes. 

4. Act on own initiative and awareness of market conditions and technical innovations to provide solutions to problems before they occur. 

5. Perform as the company’s highest-level expert in 2-3 IT disciplines, platforms, technology, systems, or processes.   

6. Primary influence leaders in the highest levels of the organization on projects and initiatives directly affecting enterprise revenue and profitability. 

7. Maintains detailed knowledge of current best practices and emerging trends within the technical architecture and application development arenas. Maintains awareness and understanding of relevant emerging technologies.  

8. Primary responsibility for creating or expanding relationships with major vendors, suppliers, regulators, or other critical external organizations. 

9. Understands and is proficient with company procedures for documenting new initiatives with complex business cases and detailed ROI models to gain IT, Business Unit, and Executive Committee agreement and approval to proceed.

Requirements 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or other related Engineering disciplines. 

  • 15+ years of relevant experience in designing, developing, and deploying large-scale systems on multiple platforms. 

  • Proven experience solving complex problems in a multi-platform systems environment. 

  • Ability to conceive, design, and create new tools, products, or processes in a deep specialty or as an expert integrator of systems to meet business needs. 

  • Polished communication skills, collaboration skills, presentation skills, and technical leadership skills. 

Strong experience with the following technologies: 

  • Kubernetes (OnPrem and in the cloud) and Docker. Work with Kubernetes ingress controllers, Nginx, Traefik, Kong, Envoy preferred. 

  • API Gateways and service meshes 

  • Building a large family of APIs, circuit breaking, gradual degradation, with log aggregations, and monitoring 

  • Cloud computing, including basic compute, load balancing, elastic scaling, monitoring, data stores, and security 

  • Public clouds such as AWS, GCP, Azure  

  • OnPrem infrastructure – compute, load balancing, network security 

  • Container orchestration, building resilient scalable systems 

  • Programming languages: Java (required), Golang (preferred), Node.js (a plus), Python (a plus) 

  • Modern User facing applications, with experience in React.js 

  • Bash, Ansible and Terraform 

  • Java micro frameworks – Vert.x, Quarkus, Micronaut. 

  • JDK version 8+ 

  • SQL and NoSQL databases, preferably PostgreSQL, MySQL, Couchbase, MongoDB, DynamoDB 

  • Implementing solutions with ElasticSearch, Solr, Vespa. 

  • Event streaming using Apache Kafka, Kinesis, Pub/Sub etc. 

  • Multiple CI/CD tools. 

A solid command of these skills will allow you to be successful in this role: 

  • Analytical Skills: demands superior analytical skills; must be analytically capable of refining strategic, technical roadmaps and synthesizing to make improvements and recommendations. Relies on scientific findings in decision making, establishes relevant KPIs and routinely tracks them. 

  • Communication Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills; regularly required to make presentations to stakeholders, and must clearly present, articulate, and defend research findings, design decisions, and formulated strategies to the stakeholders in a way that they can relate to and easily understand. 

  • Interpersonal/People Skills: Ability to facilitate smooth collaboration and relations necessary to be successful in this role; not troubled by complications, disagreements, and unnecessary delays. Ability to build trust among team members and convince people to follow him/her. Effective presentation skills. Exceptional relationship-building skills are required. 

  • Leadership Qualities: Ability to continuously drive results, display a high level of confidence not just in self but in other people as well, inspire and motivate team performance.  Demonstrate an ability to navigate complex situations and tasks with calmness and composure, setting an example for others. Ability to identify, attract, and develop team talent. 

  • Application Architecture Skills: Ability to architect and lead detailed design for a high volume B2B electronic retail platform. Provide overall technical leadership to multiple teams involved, achieve consensus, and help resolve technical conflicts. Assist in all aspects of SDLC (including greenfield development, and rearchitecting the existing solutions) – build, deploy, troubleshoot, maintain, etc. 

  • Hands-On and Deep-Dive Skills: Provide hands-on support in implementing critical components across the entire stack, from front-end, middle-tier, back-end, infrastructure, and data stores to automation and scale. Provide expertise in at least two major public clouds, with the ability to compare and contrast their offerings. Should not shy away from hands-on development, integration, deployment, testing, and troubleshooting tasks based on the severity of the issue. 

  • Deep Understanding of Systems Limitations: Must have a solid understanding of network latency, topology, and scale issues with the ability to design software and systems around them. Build for cloud native, favor open source. Consider all aspects of systems implementation – coding, deployment, maintenance, troubleshooting, testing (performance, integration, unit), improvement, technical debt, scale, cost, and security. 

  • Mentorship skills: Present solutions to large groups of technical staff. Maintain an appropriate level of technical documentation. Evangelize best practices and processes, mentor other engineers, evaluate and recommend technologies to the teams. Foster collaboration. 

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule 

Office Depot offers competitive salaries, a benefits package including a 401(k), and plenty of opportunities to move and grow within our organization! 

Equal Employment Opportunity 

Office Depot is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in all employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, age, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. 

Fair Chance Ordinance 

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in alignment with the City & County of San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

 

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At Office Depot, we offer our benefits around the 5 facets of Total Well-Being: Physical, Emotional, Work-Life, Financial, and Community. Here’s a look into what we offer:

Physical:

  • Health Insurance
  • Wellness Fairs
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness & Nutrition Programs
  • Ergonomic Support
  • Return-to-Work Programs

Emotional:

  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Support Programs

Work-Life:

  • Location Events & Activities
  • Onboarding Plan & 'Buddy'
  • Recognition & Rewards Programs
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off

Financial:

  • Retirement Programs
  • 401(k) Match
  • FSA/HSA Pre-Tax Benefits
  • HSA Match
  • HRA Funding
  • Discounts/Perks
  • Life/Disability Plans

Community:

  • Charitable Giving
  • Volunteering & Mentorship

At Office Depot, we offer our benefits around the 5 facets of Total Well-Being: Physical, Emotional, Work-Life, Financial, and Community. Here’s a look into what we offer:

Emotional:

  • Employee Assistance Programs

Community:

  • Associate Resource Groups focused on Diversity and Inclusion

As the working world continues to evolve, so are we. Shifting from an office supplies retailer to a business services platform is not a simple task, nor is it one we take lightly. It requires the diverse talents and contributions from each and every associate – all driven by our 5C culture of Customer, Commitment, Change, Caring and Creativity. We’re working together to make a difference, challenge the status quo, and be the trusted experts that help our customers manage their businesses. We’ve got 40,000+ associates to date – and we’re always looking to add great talent to our team. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help transform our company to fuel the businesses and communities around us is knocking. Start your #LifeAtDepot and discover how you can be a part of the transformation.

  • Description

    Overview

    This is a 100% fully remote role. Work virtually from anywhere in the U.S.

    Office Depot is a brand you've counted on since 1986 for your office supplies and business services, supported by a strong retail network and world-class technology platforms.  As the business landscape continues to evolve, we are changing the way we look at our technology platforms to drive significant change in the way we do business. We're reinventing ourselves and making significant investments in our multi-billion-dollar digital platforms to drive growth in our range of B2B products & services. Apply today to be a part of this revolutionary change! 

    As a Principal SDE, you will be an integral team member of our innovative Product & Technology organization, contributing greatly to this pivotal transformation in the B2B space. 

    What You’ll Do 

    This position requires a seasoned and visionary person to help us reinvent our core business and drive the execution of our end-to-end technology solutions. In this role, you will create and innovate multi-disciplinary technical and functional solutions to unprecedented problems and devise solutions for the most complex and highest risk business situations. 

    1. Create innovative, multi-disciplinary technical/ functional solutions to unprecedented problems and devise solutions for the most complex and highest risk business situations. 

    2. Serve as a credible expert advisor to executives on the use of current and future technologies for optimal impact on current and future business strategies and results. 

    3. Advise functional leaders and executives as the company’s highest-level resource for making strategic investments in applications, databases, technologies, systems, programs, or processes. 

    4. Act on own initiative and awareness of market conditions and technical innovations to provide solutions to problems before they occur. 

    5. Perform as the company’s highest-level expert in 2-3 IT disciplines, platforms, technology, systems, or processes.   

    6. Primary influence leaders in the highest levels of the organization on projects and initiatives directly affecting enterprise revenue and profitability. 

    7. Maintains detailed knowledge of current best practices and emerging trends within the technical architecture and application development arenas. Maintains awareness and understanding of relevant emerging technologies.  

    8. Primary responsibility for creating or expanding relationships with major vendors, suppliers, regulators, or other critical external organizations. 

    9. Understands and is proficient with company procedures for documenting new initiatives with complex business cases and detailed ROI models to gain IT, Business Unit, and Executive Committee agreement and approval to proceed.

    Requirements 

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or other related Engineering disciplines. 

    • 15+ years of relevant experience in designing, developing, and deploying large-scale systems on multiple platforms. 

    • Proven experience solving complex problems in a multi-platform systems environment. 

    • Ability to conceive, design, and create new tools, products, or processes in a deep specialty or as an expert integrator of systems to meet business needs. 

    • Polished communication skills, collaboration skills, presentation skills, and technical leadership skills. 

    Strong experience with the following technologies: 

    • Kubernetes (OnPrem and in the cloud) and Docker. Work with Kubernetes ingress controllers, Nginx, Traefik, Kong, Envoy preferred. 

    • API Gateways and service meshes 

    • Building a large family of APIs, circuit breaking, gradual degradation, with log aggregations, and monitoring 

    • Cloud computing, including basic compute, load balancing, elastic scaling, monitoring, data stores, and security 

    • Public clouds such as AWS, GCP, Azure  

    • OnPrem infrastructure – compute, load balancing, network security 

    • Container orchestration, building resilient scalable systems 

    • Programming languages: Java (required), Golang (preferred), Node.js (a plus), Python (a plus) 

    • Modern User facing applications, with experience in React.js 

    • Bash, Ansible and Terraform 

    • Java micro frameworks – Vert.x, Quarkus, Micronaut. 

    • JDK version 8+ 

    • SQL and NoSQL databases, preferably PostgreSQL, MySQL, Couchbase, MongoDB, DynamoDB 

    • Implementing solutions with ElasticSearch, Solr, Vespa. 

    • Event streaming using Apache Kafka, Kinesis, Pub/Sub etc. 

    • Multiple CI/CD tools. 

    A solid command of these skills will allow you to be successful in this role: 

    • Analytical Skills: demands superior analytical skills; must be analytically capable of refining strategic, technical roadmaps and synthesizing to make improvements and recommendations. Relies on scientific findings in decision making, establishes relevant KPIs and routinely tracks them. 

    • Communication Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills; regularly required to make presentations to stakeholders, and must clearly present, articulate, and defend research findings, design decisions, and formulated strategies to the stakeholders in a way that they can relate to and easily understand. 

    • Interpersonal/People Skills: Ability to facilitate smooth collaboration and relations necessary to be successful in this role; not troubled by complications, disagreements, and unnecessary delays. Ability to build trust among team members and convince people to follow him/her. Effective presentation skills. Exceptional relationship-building skills are required. 

    • Leadership Qualities: Ability to continuously drive results, display a high level of confidence not just in self but in other people as well, inspire and motivate team performance.  Demonstrate an ability to navigate complex situations and tasks with calmness and composure, setting an example for others. Ability to identify, attract, and develop team talent. 

    • Application Architecture Skills: Ability to architect and lead detailed design for a high volume B2B electronic retail platform. Provide overall technical leadership to multiple teams involved, achieve consensus, and help resolve technical conflicts. Assist in all aspects of SDLC (including greenfield development, and rearchitecting the existing solutions) – build, deploy, troubleshoot, maintain, etc. 

    • Hands-On and Deep-Dive Skills: Provide hands-on support in implementing critical components across the entire stack, from front-end, middle-tier, back-end, infrastructure, and data stores to automation and scale. Provide expertise in at least two major public clouds, with the ability to compare and contrast their offerings. Should not shy away from hands-on development, integration, deployment, testing, and troubleshooting tasks based on the severity of the issue. 

    • Deep Understanding of Systems Limitations: Must have a solid understanding of network latency, topology, and scale issues with the ability to design software and systems around them. Build for cloud native, favor open source. Consider all aspects of systems implementation – coding, deployment, maintenance, troubleshooting, testing (performance, integration, unit), improvement, technical debt, scale, cost, and security. 

    • Mentorship skills: Present solutions to large groups of technical staff. Maintain an appropriate level of technical documentation. Evangelize best practices and processes, mentor other engineers, evaluate and recommend technologies to the teams. Foster collaboration. 

    Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule 

    Office Depot offers competitive salaries, a benefits package including a 401(k), and plenty of opportunities to move and grow within our organization! 

    Equal Employment Opportunity 

    Office Depot is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in all employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, age, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. 

    Fair Chance Ordinance 

    We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in alignment with the City & County of San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

     

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  • Benefits

    At Office Depot, we offer our benefits around the 5 facets of Total Well-Being: Physical, Emotional, Work-Life, Financial, and Community. Here’s a look into what we offer:

    Physical:

    • Health Insurance
    • Wellness Fairs
    • Flu shots
    • Fitness & Nutrition Programs
    • Ergonomic Support
    • Return-to-Work Programs

    Emotional:

    • Mental Health Benefits
    • Support Programs

    Work-Life:

    • Location Events & Activities
    • Onboarding Plan & 'Buddy'
    • Recognition & Rewards Programs
    • Flexible Work Schedules
    • Paid Holidays
    • Paid Time Off

    Financial:

    • Retirement Programs
    • 401(k) Match
    • FSA/HSA Pre-Tax Benefits
    • HSA Match
    • HRA Funding
    • Discounts/Perks
    • Life/Disability Plans

    Community:

    • Charitable Giving
    • Volunteering & Mentorship
  • Benefits Part-Time

    At Office Depot, we offer our benefits around the 5 facets of Total Well-Being: Physical, Emotional, Work-Life, Financial, and Community. Here’s a look into what we offer:

    Emotional:

    • Employee Assistance Programs

    Community:

    • Associate Resource Groups focused on Diversity and Inclusion
  • About Us

    As the working world continues to evolve, so are we. Shifting from an office supplies retailer to a business services platform is not a simple task, nor is it one we take lightly. It requires the diverse talents and contributions from each and every associate – all driven by our 5C culture of Customer, Commitment, Change, Caring and Creativity. We’re working together to make a difference, challenge the status quo, and be the trusted experts that help our customers manage their businesses. We’ve got 40,000+ associates to date – and we’re always looking to add great talent to our team. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help transform our company to fuel the businesses and communities around us is knocking. Start your #LifeAtDepot and discover how you can be a part of the transformation.

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Meet Phillip Rumpf, our Retail District Sales Manager in the Salt Lake City UT market. Phillip has been with Office Depot for 5 years now, and in that time, he has quickly advanced through our stores organization as a Customer Service Manager, Assistant Store Manager, Store Manager and now as District Sales Manager.

The path to his current position has been challenging and rewarding and his leadership took the opportunity to develop him and encourage his ambitions along the way. As a Store Manager, Phillip was identified as a high potential leader and was selected for our “Blue Angels” program for leadership development which led to his current DSM role.

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