Software Engineer

January 16, 2014

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Job Specialization: 
Software Development
Company Overview: 

AbeBooks is an online marketplace for books and a remarkable place to work. Millions of new, used, rare and out-of-print books are offered for sale through the AbeBooks websites from thousands of booksellers around the world. We helped to revolutionize the used book business. AbeBooks became a subsidiary of Inc. after being acquired in December 2008. Our mission is to help people find and buy any book from any bookseller and our business stretches around the world with six international sites —,,,,, and, as well as, a marketplace for German books. went live in 1996 and we have been growing ever since. The unique inventory of books for sale from booksellers includes the world's finest antiquarian treasures dating back to the 15th century, countless out-of-print gems, millions of signed books, millions of used copies, a vast selection of college textbooks and new books too.

Working at AbeBooks is challenging and fun. But we only hire the best people and we insist on the highest standards from our employees. Do you have what it takes?

Job Summary: 

Do you want to use your software skills where they will have a real impact on the business's bottom line and the performance of a global online marketplace?, an Amazon company, is looking for engineers of all levels with a strong sense of ownership, customer focus, and a passion for designing clean solutions to complex problems. If you are excited about the prospect of leveraging technology to address the technical and analytical challenges of running a large scale global marketplace, with thousands of international sellers listing more than 140 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print books, we'd like to meet you.

This position is based at our headquarters in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. We also have a European office in Dusseldorf, Germany and from these two locations we run six international web sites:,,,,, and

As a member of our development team you will build and extend a wide range of systems, from buyer and seller registration, through search and inventory management, to order and payment processing. The diversity of these systems ensures that this position offers a broad and exciting range of technical challenges and opportunities.

Basic Qualifications

  • Experience developing with Java 5/6
  • Solid understanding of OOD/OOP
  • BS/MS degree in Computer Science or equivalent
  • Solid background in algorithms and data structures
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to learn quickly and dive deeply to diagnose the root cause of problems

Understanding of the following would also be beneficial:

  • Ecommerce
  • Information retrieval and search
  • Relational databases and SQL
  • Maven, Spring, Hibernate, JDBCTemplate, Camel, JMS, JMX, HTML, AJAX, JavaScript, Tomcat
  • Service-oriented architectures
  • Agile practices and methodologies such as Test Driven Development and Scrum

AbeBooks has multiple Software Engineer positions available. Please visit our Careers page for full job requirements.

At AbeBooks, we are passionate about serving our customers, solving hard problems, and creating great products. In order to get a better idea of what makes you awesome, we encourage you to provide short answers to the following optional questions as part of your application:

Tell us about the system you are most proud to have worked on (inside or outside of work) and your role in its development.
What from your previous experience do you think will allow you to thrive in this role?
What has been the best thing you have done for your customers?

How To Apply: 

AbeBooks provides competitive salaries and great benefits. If you enjoy constantly broadening your technical skills, building software that affects users around the world, and working in an environment that thrives on creativity and product innovation, please visit to apply online.

We appreciate your interest in AbeBooks!

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