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About Opendoor:  
Founded in 2014, Opendoor’s mission is to empower everyone with the freedom to move. We believe the traditional real estate process is broken and our goal is simple: build a digital, end-to-end customer experience that makes buying and selling a home simple, certain and fast. We have assembled a dedicated team with diverse backgrounds to support more than 100,000 homes bought and sold with us and the customers who have selected Opendoor as a trusted partner in handling one of their largest financial transactions. But the work is far from over as we continue to grow in new markets. Transforming the real estate industry takes tenacity and dedication. It takes problem solvers and builders. It takes a tight knit community of teammates doing the best work of their lives, pushing one another to transform a complicated process into a simple one. So where do you fit in? Whether you’re passionate about real estate, people, numbers, words, code, or strategy -- we have a place for you. Real estate is broken. Come help us fix it.

Opendoor is excited and honored to be a part of this year's AfroTech event. As we continue on our mission to empower everyone with the freedom to move, we are excited to speak with AfroTech participants who bring diversity of thought, skills, background and experience.

The passion, innovation and drive that AfroTech attendees possess is inspirational! Opendoor is looking for that combination of passion, innovation, drive and more to help our customers in their home buying and selling journeys. Come join us and help us transform an industry.

*This posting is exclusive to attendees of the 2021 AfroTech Conference

Our Teams:

  • Buyer & Seller Experience: This team aims to share our learnings by offering our technology and processes to institutional partners. Homebase is building a modern platform for transactions, offering a wide range of services such as brokerage and title, to become the true one stop shop for institutional transactions.
  • Transaction and Operations: The operations and transaction platform touches every aspect of Opendoor’s home buying and selling experience. At a high level it covers the three key stages of a real estate transaction; Home acquisition from sellers, Home renovation and maintenance; and Selling homes to buyers. The platform should additionally build and/or integrate services such as mortgage financing, title and escrow while working towards creating a best-in-class holistic platform for real estate transactions.
  • Financial Platform: This group is working on our centralized transaction platform and financial systems. The work is focused on service-oriented architecture, API’s and backend implementation. If working in a fast-paced, rapid growth startup environment where you’ll build solutions that will define the future of the real estate industry excites you, we would like to talk to you about a role on the Opendoor pricing strategy team.
  • Infrastructure: This team is building backend frameworks and tools that provide core functionality; Building a system that allows engineers to build applications quickly.
  • Data Engineering: The done work here is focused on transforming data and building an infrastructure that processes housing data. With this team, you will also help us discover the value of the homes that we own, so we can resell them on the market quickly and for the right price. You will rapidly iterate on new approaches to solve pricing problems all the way from idea to execution to evolution. Getting these decisions right is essential to our success as we innovate in new areas of real estate. 
  • Pricing: Work done in this team is centered around building a machine learning infrastructure that calculates how we accurately price homes.. This Engineering team’s goal is to build a world class ecosystem of real estate apps (mobile and web) in order to give our customers the best possible experience when buying, selling, or trading in their home.
  • Data Science:  Our mandate is to demonstrate profitable data breakthroughs. In practice, this means working on riskier hypotheses, driven by acquisition of novel data or experimenting with new ways of modeling. This team targets a lower success rate of individual projects (~30-50%) to ensure that we’re pushing boundaries. We ensure consistency by working over a diversified portfolio of bets (business areas and kinds of problems).

Responsibilities Include:

  • You will build services from scratch, as well as develop existing applications
  • Work with other team members in making intelligent and pragmatic technical trade-offs
  • Learn how to reason about engineering / design tradeoffs
  • At Opendoor you will become a domain expert in real estate
  • Breaking down complex problems, documenting solutions, and sequencing work to make iterative improvements

Preferred Experience Includes:

  • If you are a Front End Engineer, you must have Javascript, React experience. It’s great if you have experience with Typescript and/or GraphQL
  • If you are a Backend Engineer you must have one of the following: Go, Python or Ruby. Bonus points for having SQL, AWS, Rails
  • If you are a Machine Learning Engineer you must have: Python, SQL. It is great if you also have experience in one of the following: Spark, Databricks, Snowflake, AWS, a Quantitative Background.

More About Us:
Want to learn more about us and how we are revolutionizing the home buying and selling process? Learn more about us on our website, check out our profile on The Muse to learn more about our culture from our team members, or read our blog posts to hear about the work we are doing.

We Offer the Following Benefits and Perks:
- Full medical, dental, and vision with optional 85% coverage for dependents
- Flexible vacation policy
- Generous parental leave
- Paid time off to volunteer
Please note that these benefits and perks are available only to Full Time team members and do not apply to contract roles.

Opendoor Values Openness:
Our team celebrates our diverse backgrounds. We believe that being open about who we are and what we do allows us to be better. Individuals seeking employment at Opendoor are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or other protected status under all applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances. For California residents: for more information about the categories of personal information that we collect for recruiting purposes, please see our personnel Privacy Policy.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • SparkFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • SketchDesign
    • FigmaDesign
    • AsanaManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • WordpressCMS

An Insider's view of Opendoor

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team works with our sales and support operators. We manage our multiple telephony platforms, including our call center software. Last year, we replaced our old call center vendor solution with a new custom-built telephony platform. Building the unique features each team has been one of our central challenges for much of the past year.


Sr. Software Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I started at Opendoor as an intern, responsible for small improvements to our home valuation model’s accuracy. Now, I am one of the leaders on our team - I’m responsible for setting team vision, overseeing systems design for other IC’s, and leading P0 initiatives such as a pricing workflow overhaul that we launched after COVID-19.


Software Engineer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Analytical problem solving requires creativity too. I always encourage my team to consider all the tradeoffs between different options - what if you need to solve the problem in 1 day? How about 6 months? How about unlimited compute resources? We often come up with more creative and better solutions when we intentionally consider all options.


Data Science Manager

What are Opendoor Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns

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