Rust Backend Engineer - Platform

  • Genius Sports Group
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 22 May, 2023
Full time Computer Science Engineer

Job Description

A bit about us 

Do you want to join one of the world’s fastest growing sports technology companies? 

Genius Sports is at the epicentre of the global network connecting sports, brands and fans through official live data. Our mission is simple. We champion a more sustainable sports data ecosystem that benefits all parties. 

We’re looking for enthusiastic and ambitious people to join our talented team.  

If you see yourself becoming part of a global family building the future of sports entertainment together, then come and grow with us.  

We put trust in our people to deliver the difference for our clients around the worldIt’s why many of the world’s largest leagues & federations such as the NFL, English Premier League, FIBA and NCAA choose to work with Genius Sports. 


Second Spectrum is a Sports Emmy-winning data & tech division of GENIUS SPORTS that is building the next way of seeing sports by capturing the highest quality data for many of the world’s largest leagues and federations such as the NFL, NBA, EPL, MLS, and the NCAA.


What You’ll Do:

You will design and develop our real-time and batch-processing systems that deliver analytics to partners like the NBA, Premier League, and more. Specifically, you will

  • Work closely with our AI team to integrate our ever-growing and unique dataset into both internal and customer-facing applications
  • Build systems designed to ingest, validate, and store both real-time and batch data
  • Develop our proprietary data query engine that powers our flagship analytics product
  • Build highly autonomous systems to scale our technology and minimize the need for manual intervention.
  • Collaborate on tools and frameworks that support the developer experience and velocity across the engineering organization

What You Have:

  • Proficiency with Rust and/or High Performance Systems Languages such as C++ or Go
  • Experience with designing, developing, monitoring, and debugging distributed systems
  • Experience working in a cross-functional group spanning ML, Product, QA, operations, and sales
  • Product and Team-first mindset
  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced environment
  • You care about your craft
  • Learning and mentoring mentality
  • 3+ years of experience

Nice To Haves:

  • Experience working with ETL and MapReduce frameworks
  • Experience with zero-copy deserialization libraries like rkyv, Cap’n Proto, or FlatBuffers
  • Experience working with asynchronous Messaging and Streaming Protocols (Pulsar, RabbitMQ, ZeroMQ)
  • Experience developing products and software for live events.
  • DevOps experience with Docker
  • Experience with AWS (S3, EC2)

Our Work Environment and What You Will Benefit From:

  • Cutting-edge products to work on for major professional sports leagues and teams.
  • Team-oriented engineering habits and software engineering best practices (readable, maintainable, and efficient code).
  • Flat hierarchy and collaborative management led by experienced and strong technical leads.
  • Innovative and dynamic environment, which encourages self-development and opportunities to make an impact.
  • Multicultural team with employees based across several countries (e.g., Switzerland, Denmark, France, United States, China).
  • Potential for Equity/Bonus, Flexible working hours, Competitive salary, Medical and dental benefits, 401k match

About Second Spectrum

    • We develop a real-time video augmentation pipeline that powers the innovative content featured in products like the Emmy-winning CBS Romovision, and has also been used by ESPN, Turner Sports, BT Sport, FOX, and International NBA League Pass.
    • We help teams win championships by providing the fastest high-quality tracking data and analytics software in the market, and are trusted by top tier leagues to define and power the future of tracking

As a general approach, we interview for aptitude over specific technologies or languages. Please be prepared to speak to anything listed on your resume or in your portfolio.

What’s in it for you? 

As well as a competitive salary and annual leave allowance, our benefits include health insurance, skills training and much more, depending on the location. We also offer a host of softer benefits, including many social events throughout the year such as summer and winter holiday parties, monthly team building events, sports tournaments, charity days and wellbeing activities.   

How we work 

We have adapted a forward-thinking ‘Ways of Working’ framework, which sets out (amongst other things) the opportunities for Geniuses to work flexibly, remotely and on working holidays. It affects different teams and locations differently, so please ask for further information in how it would work with this role. 

Our employees are empowered to stretch the boundaries of what’s achievable, always reaching further and pushing the edges to see what gives. We collaborate, we innovate, and we celebrate. We will continue to grow as an organisation and continue to invest in our highly talented and diverse team of Geniuses.  

Genius Sports Group is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We recognize and celebrate the benefits that a diverse and inclusive workforce bring to our business, our customers and our staff. We welcome and will consider all applications regardless of age, different abilities or disability, gender re-assignment, marriage, pregnancy, maternity, race or nationality, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation (and any other applicable status). Please let us know when you apply if you need any assistance during the recruiting process due to a disability.