Senior Software Engineer, Privacy



Software Engineering
Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, September 2, 2023

Reddit is looking for a hands-on strong technical professional with the right blend of privacy, data, and development experience. You will partner with the Legal, Security, Engineering, and Product teams. You will help establish software development and data engineering best practices to support privacy by design and global compliance. This role will report to our Head of Data Governance and Ads Privacy. Culture is important to us and a learning and developing mentality is vital regardless of the work assigned.

What You'll Do:

Privacy is part of the Reddit DNA and we are dedicated to ensuring that our platforms, services, and products are built with privacy as a core principle. We hold the privacy of our users as fundamental to our mission at Reddit and this role will support the evolution of our Ads Privacy practices with a focus on practical and data-driven decisions that enable us to support our business. As a Backend Engineer you will support the development of privacy products. Here is a some of what this role will entail:

  • Design, build, and implement privacy software products
  • Design, build and ship backend services powering privacy experiences for millions of daily users.
  • Translate privacy rules and policies into robust, scalable, reusable solutions that protect user privacy while enabling safe, transparent use of data
  • Deep dive and become an expert in a complex and heterogeneous codebase and cloud infrastructure to find and harden all data stores and microservices that process personal data
  • Deep knowledge of large scale cloud analytics and storage technologies and SDLC best practices
  • Comfortable in navigating unfamiliar tech stacks and working with new languages and technologies

What We Can Expect From You:

Bring your background and passion for engineering and privacy into this role which will support our privacy focussed programs. Successful candidates will have many of the following skills and qualities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, information systems, or a similar STEM field or equivalent experience.
  • 5+ years of hands-on experience building clean, maintainable, and well-tested code.
  • Deep knowledge of large scale cloud analytics and storage technologies and SDLC best practices
  • Comfortable navigating unfamiliar tech stacks and working with new languages and technologies
  • Experience with any of the following: Python, Java, Go or JavaScript / TypeScript. Experience with data privacy requirements stemming from regulatory and legislative mandates including CCPA, GDPR, and state data breach notification laws is desirable.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment
  • Ability to learn and research new technologies and standards rapidly, assess them for privacy exposures, and drive changes via code to enhance privacy
  • Proven verbal and written communication skills
  • If you are worried about technology and experience requirements in privacy, please do not. All we are looking for is smart, proven and technically strong individuals.


    • Comprehensive Health benefits
    • 401k Matching
    • Workspace benefits for your home office
    • Personal & Professional development funds
    • Family Planning Support
    • Flexible Vacation (please use them!) & Reddit Global Days Off
    • 4+ months paid Parental Leave
    • Paid Volunteer time off


Pay Transparency:

This job posting may span more than one career level.

In addition to base salary, this job is eligible to receive equity in the form of restricted stock units, and depending on the position offered, it may also be eligible to receive a commission. Additionally, Reddit offers a wide range of benefits to U.S.-based employees, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k) program with employer match, generous time off for vacation, and parental leave. To learn more, please visit https://www.redditinc.com/careers/.

To provide greater transparency to candidates, we share base pay ranges for all US-based job postings regardless of state. We set standard base pay ranges for all roles based on function, level, and country location, benchmarked against similar stage growth companies. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors including, skills, depth of work experience and relevant licenses/credentials, and may vary from the amounts listed below.

The base pay range for this position is:
$183,500$275,300 USD