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Pearson Education

Lead Backend Engineer (2110575)


Applications Engineer



Carson City, Nevada, United States

We are looking for a passionate AI back-end engineer, to be embedded in the AI product solutions team, that will contribute to the creation of innovative A.I. experiences in education. Our mission is to deliver the development of AI-first, outcome-driven products to improve learning. The position provides the opportunity to engage in delivering cutting-edge solutions within a cross-functional team. Above all, your work will contribute to developing products that have an impact on millions of learners around the globe.

As an AI back-end engineer you will:

Analyze & Design - Design solutions that effectively model the customer's requirements, taking into account performance, maintainability/complexity, market trends and innovation, controlling costs, system robustness and scalability, and long term quality initiatives. Follow established design patterns and recommend new design patterns.

Implement - Implement designs following Pearson coding standards and industry best practices.

Review - Participates in and reviewing requirements, design, code, and test case (both manual and automated) reviews

Test - Work closely with other teams (e.g., QA, devOps, configuration management, end users) to release high quality software. Create testable code and implement automated unit, integration, and functional tests as part of all development activities.

Document - Complete project documentation as required, including logging status, risk, progress, and effort on assigned work


Required Education & Experience

B.S. in Computer Science or equivalent, with strong fundamentals and problem-solving skills

Experience in the delivery of artificial intelligence experiences within software or mobile platform. I.e TensorFlow or similar platforms.

7+ years experience with complete development process: design, test, build, deploy, repeat in a cloud environment 5+ years experience with AWS or Google Cloud platform components such as Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Storage, Cloud SQL, Cloud CDN, Cloud Pub/Sub, Stackdriver 5+ years experience using industry standard DevOps tools (CI/CD, Jenkins, GoCD, Git, scripting, Gradle, Maven, Docker/containers, Kubernetes, etc...)

Familiarity with API development, HTTP, async processing, parallel processing, distributed computing

Expert experience with programming languages, at least one of (GOLang, Java, Python/SymPy)

5+ years experience with Analytics, logging, monitoring, metrics (SDKs from Firebase and Google is a plus) 5+ years experience creating APIs, Web Services (RESTful), API documentation.

Familiar with Appium, SauceLab testing platforms

Experience building and maintaining scalable solutions in a distributed environment.

Solid understanding of the Platform / Infrastructure as a Service (PaaS / Iaas) model in the online environment, and how to utilize and optimize these services to manage costs and scalability.

Agile methodologies (e.g. Scrum, Kanban, XP, etc.)

Experience in defining and completing non-functional requirements such as Accessibility, Security, I18N, Performance, and/or Scalability

Demonstrated passion for infrastructure as code, automation, continuous improvement, and a "can do" attitude.

Excellent verbal & written communication skills

Self-starter, able to work solo and part of a cross-functional team

Work from our office in Centennial, Colorado interfacing with partners globally

Ability to work with 3rd party vendors, manage interactions and project needs

The anticipated starting salary range for Colorado-based individuals expressing interest in this position is $130,000-$170,000. This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program.

Benefits available to eligible employees can be seen at:


Learning is the most powerful force for change in the world. More than 20,000 Pearson employees deliver our products and services in nearly 200 countries, all working towards a common purpose – to help everyone achieve their potential through learning. We do that by providing high quality, digital content and learning experiences, as well as assessments and qualifications that help people build their skills and grow with the world around them. We are the world’s leading learning company. Learn more at

Pearson believes that wherever learning flourishes, so do people. We are committed to being an anti-racist company in everything we do. We value the power of an inclusive culture and a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced, opportunities are accessible, consideration and respect are the norm, and all individuals are supported in reaching their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to a sustainable environment and workplace where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.  

To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, please click here: 

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other group protected by law.


Organization: Higher Education

Schedule: FULL\_TIME

Req ID: 2110575