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Sr. Software Engineer

Blue Nile

This is a Full-time position in Seattle, WA posted December 5, 2021.

Blue Nile is seeking a Senior Software Engineer to help drive full-stack development and technical innovation for our Customer Excellence team.

This team primarily focuses on building out and maintaining our online shopping experience as well as working on our backend tools that allow customers to purchase items on the phone as well as in our physical store locations across the United States (and hopefully soon, world-wide).

We are the team that does it all; selecting beautiful diamonds and adding them to your shopping cart, got it covered.

Issuing gift certificates and applying discounts, sure thing.

Purchasing items via Credit Card, PayPal, Alipay, Bank wire, etc., gotcha, and if you unexpectedly don’t like what you bought, we handle cancellations, returns, resizes, exchanges and repairs as well.

Oh, and don’t forget about calculating and reporting on taxes, validating shipping addresses, estimating shipping and delivery times, tracking shipments, notifying customers about their order status via email and SMS, and so on.

Did I mention, we also maintain our customer account database and the UI that allows new customers to sign-up for an account and have their orders linked to it?

Sounds like a lot, and it is but at the same time it is really satisfying to us to have that much impact in the technology that influences how customers see and experience Blue Nile.

No matter what we’re doing, we push for continual improvement, aim to be a good example for the rest of the company to follow, and drive the business forward through the proactive and intelligent use of technology.

Do you have the skills, experience, and most importantly, ideas that we need?

Are you the sort of person that brings new ideas to the table every day, mentors and learns from other engineers, and makes a positive impact to everything around them?

Do you love delivering features that make the experience better for both customers and future engineers?

Do you firmly believe in the value of automating everything, including testing, building, deployment, and business processes?

Excellent communication skills, strong Java and SQL experience, and a desire to be part of, and help guide, a tightly integrated Scrum team are all required.

You will also need to become a subject matter expert in diamonds and the diamond supply chain (no prior experience necessary).

Experience with Spring Boot, Docker, Kubernetes, Groovy, JavaScript, React, JQuery, CSS, and SASS are all a plus.

Blue Nile is the largest online retailer of certified diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry.

We embrace a culture of adaptability.

Our team is nimble, innovative and resourceful and makes an impact on both the business and each individual customer’s personal experience.

We value hard-work, flexibility and curiosity and collaborate to creatively solve problems, constantly improve and implement meaningful changes.

Our team celebrates achievements and is inspired by success.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Architect and deliver maintainable, scalable, stable, reliable, high-quality systems on time, on budget, and in a dynamic production environment.
  • Provide technical leadership for design and implementation of new features and next generation software systems.
  • Interact directly with internal business areas such as marketing and merchandising to define and clarify specifications, analyze business processes, and define solutions.
  • Create, document, and refine agile software development process improvements.
  • Perform code and test plan reviews.

    Take responsibility for the quality of released software.

  • Mentor other engineers.
  • Research and integrate new technology into our stack.
  • Passion for doing things right, the first time
  • Desire to be a key part of a dynamic, aggressive, and successful business


  • Eight or more years of professional software development
  • Strong Java web service and web development background, including Spring, REST, JSON, JPA/Hibernate, jUnit, and design patterns
  • Experience in container ecosystems, including Docker, Rancher, Kubernetes, or similar
  • Strong analysis, object-oriented design, technical leadership skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience using, and a strong belief in, Scrum or other agile processes
  • Strong SQL skills, preferably with background in Oracle PL/SQL
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software Engineering, or equivalent experience

Bonus Qualifications

  • Experience with, or interest in learning Groovy, Spock, and TDD
  • Experience with DevOps tools, such as Git, Ansible, Chef, Bamboo, Jenkins, or similar
  • Experience with cloud technologies
  • Understanding of modern front-end technologies, including JavaScript, TypeScript, Angular, React, JQuery, AJAX, CSS, and SASS
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • Any other new and interesting skills and experience you can bring to the table

What we offer

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Healthcare Coverage
  • 401(k) with Company Match
  • Paid Vacation
  • Competitive Salaries
  • Business Allowance
  • Employee Discount
  • Employee Referral Bonus