Lead Engineer - Merchandising Systems

Sephora - San Francisco, CA3.9

Full-time | TemporaryEstimated: $97,000 - $130,000 a year
Job ID: 173132
Location Name: CA-FSC SF Off (0174)
Address: 525 Market St, 32nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, United States (US)
Job Type: Full Time
Position Type (Regular/Temporary): Regular
Job Function: Information Technology


Our technology team works fast and smart. With San Francisco as our home, we take bringing new tech to market seriously, developing the latest in mobile technologies, scalable architecture, and the coolest in-store client experience. We love what we do and we have fun doing it. The Technology group is comprised of motivated self-starters and true team players that are absolutely integral to the growth of Sephora and our future success.

Your role at Sephora

As a Lead Engineer you will be responsible for leading the solution design and delivery of applications in support of Sephora’s Merchandising and Inventory Management systems. Reporting to the Director, IT Merchandising Systems, you will have responsibility for multiple domains in the Merchandising and Inventory Management space and will be key to driving the evolution of the legacy systems, by evaluating tools, improvements to processes as we decouple some of the legacy functions within Sephora systems and migrate to best of breed software solutions. In addition, you will:

Help drive and conceptualize solution and design as we migrate from our legacy merchandising systems
Perform detailed analysis of business problems and technical environments and use this in designing quality technical solution
Build collaborative partnerships with architects, technical leads and key individuals within other functional groups
Resolve technical issues, design & development for merchandising systems
Actively participate in code review and test solutions to ensure it meets Sephora standards
Work with the business to understand operational opportunities and initiatives to effectively liaison between the business and IT
Use expert-level knowledge of technical design specifications and possibly lead technology peers to help develop solutions
Provide guidance for Production Engineering/Support team for Continuous improvement and enhancements
Be customer focused with high quality standards, must possess excellent presentation skills
Demonstrate our Sephora values of Passion for Client Service, Innovation, Expertise, Balance, Respect for All, Teamwork, and Initiative.

We’re excited about you if you have:
At least 7 years of software development and deployment experience in the retail sector
Minimum of 2 years of experience leading engineers; proven experience leading development work for large projects
Hands-on development experience using open source (including Angular, Node.js, Python) and strong coding skills in SQL, PLSQL, Java, C
Experience working with continuous integration framework, building regression-able code within data world using GitHub, Jenkins and related applications
Knowledge of cloud platforms
Hands-on knowledge of current technology standards/trends coupled with a desire to continually expand personal knowledge/skills
Domain knowledge of the Merchandising and Inventory Management functions and technologies and solutions relevant to this industry
Ability to diagnose system performance improvements and work with DBA/Development teams to implement changes
Demonstrated knowledge of all components of Iterative and Agile SDLC methodologies in the context of major systems implementations and especially on projects and initiatives of high complexity
Broad IT experience spanning infrastructure, applications, and security
Open-minded with proven ability to work collaboratively with others in a team environment
Experience with Data extraction and Report tools (SQL, MS Access, etc.)
Bachelors or Master's degree in IT /other relevant field of work or equivalent work experience

You’ll love working here because:
The people. You will be surrounded by some of the most talented, supportive, smart, and kind leaders and teams – people you can be proud to work with.
The product. Employees enjoy a product discount and receive free product (“gratis”) various times throughout the year. (Think your friends and family love you now? Just wait until you work at Sephora!)
The business. It feels good to win – and Sephora is a leader in the retail industry, defining experiential retail with a digital focus and creating the most loved beauty community in the world…with the awards and accolades to back it up.
The perks. Sephora offers comprehensive medical benefits, generous vacation/holiday time off, commuter benefits, and “Summer Fridays” (half-days every Friday between Memorial and Labor Day)…and so much more.
The LVMH family. Sephora’s parent company, LVMH, is one of the largest luxury groups in the world, providing support to over 70 brands such as Louis Vuitton, Celine, Marc Jacobs, and Dior.

Working at Sephora’s Field Support Center (FSC)

Our North American operations are based in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District, but you won’t hear us call it a headquarters – it’s the Field Support Center (FSC). At the FSC, we support our stores in providing the best possible experience for every client. Dedicated teams cater to our client’s every need by creating covetable assortments, curated content, compelling storytelling, smart strategy, skillful analysis, expert training, and more. It takes a lot of curious and confident individuals, disrupting the status quo and taking chances. The pace is fast, the fun is furious, and the passion is real. We never rest on our laurels. Our motto? If it’s not broken, fix it.

Sephora is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, military/veteran status, or disability status. Sephora is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with physical and mental disabilities.

Sephora will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.


SEPHORA has been changing the face of prestige cosmetics since its debut in 1970s Paris. Sephora was acquired by luxury group Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in 1997 then launched stateside in 1998, and is currently home to 200 world-class brands - including its own private label, SEPHORA COLLECTION. Sephora's curated assortment features more than 14,000 products including makeup, skin care, perfume, hair care, body, professional tools and more. Sephora is the beauty education hub, offering consultations at the Beauty Studio, a variety of complimentary classes, one-on-one service from Personal Beauty Advisors, and exclusive retail technology SKINCARE IQ, COLOR IQ, and FRAGRANCE IQ. Sephora is an international force in beauty, and its award-winning website and ever-growing presence on social-media make it the world's premier digital beauty destination.