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Lead Software Engineer

Job Summary:


Location: Northern VA

Division: Enterprise Engineering

Line Manager: Karthik Venkataramani

Contract Terms: Permanent, Full-time


A proud division of Live Nation Entertainment, Ticketmaster has changed the way the world connects with their favorite artists, teams, and shows, and we continue to shape innovation every day. We’re not just selling tickets (though we do that better than anyone else!), we’re enriching lives one amazing experience at a time. The pace here is fast, the atmosphere is fun and a passion for live events is a common thread that ties us together. As a global and growing business, we can truly offer a world of opportunities to expand your skills and develop your career. Visit any of our offices and you will find a diverse mix of passionate employees, helping fans around the globe connect with the artists, teams, and events they love.


We are looking for a skilled and motivated Lead Engineer to join the core engineering team. This team is leading the tech transformation with a goal of re-platforming business-critical capabilities as a core set of event-driven microservices and streams.

Now is an exciting time to join the team and make a real impact as we work to modernize and globalize our tech platforms. If you are the sort of person that enjoys solving complex challenges, thrive in a fast-paced work environment and has the desire to embrace and chart new technological paths forward, this is the role for you.


+ Be a hands-on engineering leader, working with a distributed team of talented engineers to help build our next generation ticketing systems.

+ As a leader in the core engineering group, you will help improve and mature our engineering practice and be a coach and mentor to other engineers on the team.

+ Lead a team working on key product initiatives that power our core ticketing platforms, deliver business-critical software running on AWS and Kubernetes based cloud infrastructure.

+ Design and develop Event-driven systems on the Cloud, built with Java, Kafka, Cassandra.

+ Build, test and deploy code with continuous integration and continuous delivery using Docker, Gitlab CI/CD and Terraform.

+ We support and maintain what we build. As a member of the DevOps team, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the stability and scalability of the systems, powering one of the largest ticketing platforms in the world.

+ Work with Product and other engineering leads to help shape the product roadmap, evangelise protypes with teams in core ticketing and define goals and deliverables.

+ Help establish core engineering principles and lead by the example of your work.


+ 7+ years of progressive engineering experience, building and scaling cloud-based SaaS products with a deep desire to stay hands-on.

+ Exceptional programming skills in at least one modern object-oriented language.

+ Ability to understand system topologies and drive the implementation of new system components.

+ Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities. Can think out of the box and propose creative solutions for complex problems.

+ Hands-on expertise with Java, Kafka, NoSQL and building event-driven systems is a big plus.

+ Experience with databases like RDS Aurora, MySQL or Cassandra is a plus.

+ Comfortable contributing in a remote environment and with globally distributed teams.

+ Appreciate and embrace transparency and see value in providing and receiving feedback.


We are proud to be a part of Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s largest live entertainment company.

Our vision at Ticketmaster is to connect people around the world to the live events they love. As the world’s largest ticket marketplace and the leading global provider of enterprise tools and services for the live entertainment business, we are uniquely positioned to successfully deliver on that vision.

We do it all with an intense passion for Live and an inspiring and diverse culture driven by accessible leaders, attentive managers, and enthusiastic teams. If you’re passionate about live entertainment like we are, and you want to work at a company dedicated to helping millions of fans experience it, we want to hear from you.

Our work is guided by our values:

Reliability - We understand that fans and clients rely on us to power their live event experiences, and we rely on each other to make it happen.

Teamwork - We believe individual achievement pales in comparison to the level of success that can be achieved by a team

Integrity - We are committed to the highest moral and ethical standards on behalf of the countless partners and stakeholders we represent

Belonging - We are committed to building a culture in which all people can be their authentic selves, have an equal voice and opportunities to thrive


We are passionate and committed to our people and go beyond the rhetoric of diversity and inclusion. You will be working in an inclusive environment and be encouraged to bring your whole self to work. We will do all that we can to help you successfully balance your work and homelife. As a growing business we will encourage you to develop your professional and personal aspirations, enjoy new experiences, and learn from the talented people you will be working with. It’s talent that matters to us and we encourage applications from people irrespective of their gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status or caring responsibilities.

Ticketmaster strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of age (40 and over), ancestry, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), family and medical care leave or the denial of family and medical care leave, mental or physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), marital status, domestic partner status, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, military and veteran status, political affiliation, national origin (including language use restrictions), citizenship, race, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity, and gender expression, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law, rule, ordinance or regulation.

We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinance, San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and the California Fair Chance Act and consistent with other similar and / or applicable laws in other areas.

We also afford equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability. For this reason, Ticketmaster will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant consistent with its legal obligations to do so, including reasonable accommodations related to pregnancy in accordance with applicable local, state and / or federal law. As part of its commitment to make reasonable accommodations, Ticketmaster also wishes to participate in a timely, good faith, interactive process with a disabled applicant to determine effective reasonable accommodations, if any, which can be made in response to a request for accommodations. Applicants are invited to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made to assist them to perform the essential functions of the position they seek. Any applicant who requires an accommodation in order to perform the essential functions of the job should contact a Human Resources Representative to request the opportunity to participate in a timely interactive process. Ticketmaster will also provide reasonable religious accommodations on a case by case basis.

HIRING PRACTICESThe preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Ticketmaster recruitment policies are designed to place the most highly qualified persons available in a timely and efficient manner. Ticketmaster may pursue all avenues available, including promotion from within, employee referrals, outside advertising, employment agencies, internet recruiting, job fairs, college recruiting and search firms.

About Us

Recognized three years in a row by Great Place to Work® and named one of People Magazine’s top 50 Companies that Care, Live Nation Entertainment is the global leader in live entertainment and ticketing. Our world-class portfolio reaches all aspects of the live event and ticketing industry, from ground-breaking software in Ticketmaster, mix of legendary venues and restaurants in House of Blues, production leaders in Concerts, exceptional brand partnerships in Media & Sponsorship, and unparalleled team of artist managers in Artist Nation supported by diverse professionals in all facets of Corporate operations.

We recognize that our most important assets are our employees, the rock stars who keep the live experience going. Generous vacation, healthcare, and retirement benefits are just some of the great perks we offer to support our global workforce of more than 38,000. For any stage in your career, our many unique benefit programs are designed to help you live life to the fullest. We offer student loan repayment to support recent grads, six months of paid caregiver leave to support new parents, perks like Roadie Babies (bring your little ones & a caretaker along with you on work trips) and Music @ Home (stipend to cultivate your little ones’ music interest), and tuition reimbursement to fuel your ongoing professional development. Plus, working for the world's largest live event and ticketing company means you'll have access to free concerts, festivals, sports games, and more through our exclusive employee ticket concierge.

There is no bigger stage for your career. See what your future looks like at Live Nation Entertainment.

Lead Software Engineer

Full time
Chantilly, VA

Published on 10/15/2021

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