Software Engineer - Search

Paris, France
Email is the universal communication tool for work. It’s where you discuss work, answer questions, and talk to all of your customers, vendors, and partners. But email wasn’t designed for business and hasn’t evolved with the way you work with a team. So you’re dropping the ball, missing important context, and relying on dozens of siloed apps just to get the job done.  

With more than 5,500 customers Front is reinventing the inbox so people can accomplish more together. We’ve created one place where you communicate internally and externally, gain context about customers and projects, and access all your other tools so you can be more efficient, more fulfilled, and ultimately happier at work.

Front was featured in Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups 2019, The New York Times’ The Next Wave of ‘Unicorn’ Start-Ups, Zapier’s Apps at Work Report: The Fastest Growing Apps of 2019, the Bay Area’s Great Places to Work, and of course Glassdoor.

At Front, our search stack drives intelligent features and algorithms for showing relevant results to users. This system drives core parts of the Front product. The features and algorithms you develop will power the search, autocomplete and browse results of the Front web, desktop and mobile apps. We’re looking to hire talented, self-motivated search engineers to join our core search team.

What will you be doing?

    • Build the core search infrastructure at Front.
    • Iterate and improve our recommendation, personalization, query understanding and ranking algorithms which have applications in several core product areas, including full-text search, autocompletion and message retrieval and display.
    • Apply state-of-the-art techniques to retrieve relevant results with optimal ranking and go beyond generic relevance algorithms.
    • Participate in the full development cycle: design, develop, Q&A, experiment, analyze, and deploy.
    • Collaborate across disciplines to find technical solutions to complex challenges.
    • Work in a fast-paced startup environment, with other engineers, data scientists, and teammates across the product and business organizations.

What skills and experience do you need?

    • Product mindset, we’re a product company on a mission to “advance how people work”.
    • 5+ years of industry experience building highly available, large-scale distributed search systems at a large-scale internet service.
    • Experience scaling data stores such as Elasticsearch.
    • Fluency in a dynamic language like Javascript, Python, Ruby, or similar.
    • Strong track record of launching and delivering projects of significant complexity and high level of ambiguity.
    • Understand the trade-offs in employing different engineering solutions to a problem, valuing pragmatism over idealism.
    • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced, collaborative, and high-growth environment.
    • Full professional English proficiency.


    • Experience as a tech-lead of a high-achieving team.
    • Advanced systems engineering skills.
    • Experience with Kubernetes and Docker.
Front provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.