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Lead Engineer- Video Transcoding


Los Angeles, CA, US, 90069

Los Angeles

Pluto TV, a ViacomCBS company, is the leading free streaming television service in America,  delivering 250+ live and original channels and thousands of on-demand movies in partnership with major TV networks,  movie studios,  publishers,  and digital media companies. Pluto TV is available on all mobile,  web and connected TV streaming devices and millions of viewers tune in each month to watch premium news,  TV shows,  movies,  sports,  lifestyle,  and trending digital series. Headquartered in West Hollywood,  Pluto TV has offices in New York,  Silicon Valley,  Chicago and Berlin.


As a Lead Engineer- Transcoding Engineer, you are will contribute with a team of engineers to support an industry-leading Over-the-Top (OTT) software platform. You will attend regular sprint meetings, and work closely with other Senior Engineers to fix bugs, work on technical debt, and design & implement features. As Lead Engineer you are considered to be 100% autonomous for day-to-day work.

Overview & Responsibilities:

  • Consulting to your manager and ensure each Engineer is trained properly.

  • Regular design discussions.

  • Regular training sessions.

  • Design documents. The team will rely on you to lead the design efforts.

  • Groom with the scrum managers and help the product manager keep the backlog full.

Basic Qualifications:

As an individual contributor you will need to provide validated expertise in the following areas:

  • 10 plus years of experience in a relevant field (engineering, physics, mathematics, etc)

  • 5 plus years of experience with Transcoding/Encoding

  • 5 plus years of compiled languages for backend web application

  • 3 plus years of GoLang (preferred), Java, C++, etc.

  • 3 plus years of OTT experience.

  • 3 plus years of HLS and/or DASH

  • 3 plus years of Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI), Server-Side Ad Insertion (SSAI), Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) Streaming, etc

Additional Qualifications:

Experience with the following would be advantageous. Consider further, you will mentor other Engineer on these technologies and concepts.

  • Knowledge of FFMPEG

  • Familiarity with Dolby Hybrik, AWS Elemental, or similar.

  • Infrastructure as Code: Terraform, Cloudformation, Kubernetes, Helm

  • GitHub, GitHub Actions

  • Jenkins, Circleci, Ansible, Salt, etc

  • Microservices Architecture

  • Testing Best Practices

  • Unit Tests

  • Automated test suites

  • Software Design Best Practices

  • Encapsulation

  • Decoupling.

  • Excellent written skills for the English language.




Paramount is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet. 


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Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles