The best part of working on Bing

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As you see Bing emerge in places like Office, Apple’s Siri, Xbox One, and on your Windows Phone, you can probably imagine we’re hard at work on v2 and thinking about innovation. In fact, The Verge just ran a story on Bing’s wins. We know our success is based on our people – great people who work in a smart way, have close relationships with people outside of work, and are truly satisfied with the work they’re doing and shipping for Bing.

We invite you to meet a few of the Bing employees who are making it all happen. And… invite for a job if you can see yourself here

 

Name: Walter Sun
Title: Principal Development Manager
Team Name: Entity Experiences

What part of Bing do you work on? What does your team do? How does it affect customers?

We build the back-end for user experiences involving entities (people, places, things).  For instance, our technologies power the entity snapshot on the right-hand side of Bing.com results pages, the search functionality for Windows, and a trending-content visual module on sites like MSN that give users rich images on the latest entities in the news.  These features are intended to help customers complete their search tasks more quickly.  In addition, we help webmasters improve their site’s performance in search, driving more traffic to their site through Bing data from our Webmaster Tools (bing.com/webmaster).  We also have incubation work which focuses on ways to showcase the knowledge we have of entities.

Best part of working on Bing?

Working with smart, motivated people who are working together to help people solve their tasks online.

Favorite thing to do during the summer?

Basketball, cycling, tennis, and pretty much anything else I can do outdoors.

We’re hiring! How can a good qualified candidate get your attention? What skills are you looking for?

We’re looking for software developers who have expertise in machine learning, data mining, entity extraction, or related areas.  Individuals who are passionate about contributing to web search and/or organizing knowledge for entities attract our attention.  Our developers generally have backgrounds in computer science, electrical engineering (computer vision, signal processing, etc.), or related fields.  These job descriptions provide more detail.

 

Name: Isidro Hegouaburu

Twitter Handle: @ihegouaburu
Title: Principal Developer Lead
Team Name: Front Door Services

What part of Bing do you work on? What does your team do? How does it affect customers?

I work on the Front Door team, which is part of Bing Platforms. My team is in charge of developing the software that will power Microsoft Xbox One. This consists of hundreds of machine environments all over the world that will make all of the online properties at Microsoft (Bing, MSN, Sky Drive and Office 365) much faster and more responsive.

Best part of working on Bing?

I love the impact our work makes on our customers, the freedom we have to be creative and implement ideas, the exciting industry we are in with great partners and competitors, and the caliber of people I get to work with. Every day I learn something new.

Favorite thing to do during the summer?

Golfing, kitesurfing, snorkeling. Going on walks with my wife and kids around Kirkland.

We’re hiring! How can a good qualified candidate get your attention? What skills are you looking for?

We are looking for strong engineers with solid technical chops who love to code and want to work on something impactful. Our focus when hiring is on strong fundamentals (algorithms and data structures) and the ability to work well with others. Having experience on distributed systems and in the online space is definitely a plus.

 

Name: Rangan Majumder

Twitter Handle: @RangThang
Title: Group Program Manager
Team Name: Core Relevance

What part of Bing do you work on? What does your team do? How does it affect customers?

I lead the Core Relevance Program Management team which is responsible for Bing’s search quality.  Our team’s mission is to return the best results for any user intent.  To accomplish that, we’re building an intelligence engine which takes user input in the form of text or speech and returns the right answers in the form of entities, web pages, or facts.  Traditionally we’ve been serving the web results on Bing.com but we are very excited to also begin building the algorithms for other Microsoft canvases such as Windows, Xbox, and Windows Phone.  We have a very user-focused scientific approach where we try to understand the user problem, brainstorm many solutions as a team, and experiment with different algorithms to confirm the effect.  We are constantly iterating and learning from what we do.

Best part of working on Bing?

There are very few places in the world where someone can have such a massive impact.  We touch hundreds of millions of people by serving billions of answers to trillions of queries.  We build and test our algorithms on hundreds of petabytes of data before we deploy them to hundreds of thousands of servers.

Favorite thing to do during the summer?

The summers in the Seattle area are absolutely beautiful.  I love having a barbecue with friends, hiking, and jet skiing or swimming in one of the local lakes.  I also love kayaking, tubing down the Snoqualmie River, and going to concerts at the Gorge Amphitheater.

We’re hiring! How can a good qualified candidate get your attention? What skills are you looking for?

  • Machine learning or data mining experience
  • Great at problem-solving or algorithms
  • Excellent communication
  • Natural ability to lead a team

Can you see yourself working with Rangan, Walter, and Isidro?  Are you looking for your next large-scale opportunity?  Now is a great time to join Bing and work on something that will be used by millions of people worldwide.

 

 

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