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Lead Java Developer with Apache SOLR

Resp & Qualifications

What are we looking for:

We are looking for a Senior Search Engineer who can help us build Next Generation healthcare products and enable us to continue to provide a great experience to our member community. This includes but is not limited to, building data streaming solutions, providing advanced search capabilities in near real time to various consumers. If you love data and are looking for a career in the HealthCare industry where the only constant is change and innovation, then look no further.  Bring your imagination, your data engineering skills and most importantly the desire to challenge the status quo. Come join us and together let’s build data-driven healthcare solutions that make a real difference in our communities.

What you’ll do:

As a senior search engineer, you will design and build cutting edge data solutions leveraging the Cloudera Big Data technology stack ( specifically SOLR and other associated tools and technologies ) and other open source products. With some supervision, you will perform design and development activities, Optimization and Performance Tuning, technical documentation, system performance support, and internal customer support. You’ll work with Data Analysts, Solution Architects and other Data Engineers to design and implement robust data pipelines that solve important business problems.


Job duties breakdown:  

The incumbent’s accountabilities include, but are not limited to, the following:              

  • 90%   System Design and Implementation:  Designs and Builds Big Data search solutions to meet business requirements.  Assumes complete ownership of Delivery from Data Engineering stand point in given project(s)
  • 10%   Research and Development: Learns and implements new technologies to benefit the business

Skills you must have:

This position requires a BA/BS in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology or related field with 7+ years of prior experience in software development, Data Engineering and Business Intelligence OR equivalent experience. Following are the some of the key skills that you must have.

  • 5+ years of strong programming background in Java ( Scala programming knowledge is nice to have )
  • At least 3 years of experience using and working with Apache SOLR and associated technologies
  • 3+ Experience in designing and building SOLR based applications that support ingestion/retrieval of large amounts of data
  • Considerable experience Tuning SOLR indexes for near real time Ingestion and Retrieval
  • Good understanding of Cloudera/Hortonworks distribution, Hive, Spark and Apache Zookeeper
  • Good shell scripting experience is a must
  • Rigor in high code quality, automated testing, and other engineering best practices, ability to write reusable code components.
  • Must be able to work in Scrum or other agile development based methodologies

Skills nice to have:

  • Healthcare experience
  • Cloudera Certified Developer/Administrator


Equal Employment Opportunity

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is an Equal Opportunity (EEO) employer.  It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Hire Range Disclaimer

Actual salary will be based on relevant job experience and work history.

Where To Apply

Please visit our website to apply:

Closing Date

Please apply before: 11/17/2020

Federal Disc/Physical Demand

Note:  The incumbent is required to immediately disclose any debarment, exclusion, or other event that makes him/her ineligible to perform work directly or indirectly on Federal health care programs.


The associate is primarily seated while performing the duties of the position.  Occasional walking or standing is required.  The hands are regularly used to write, type, key and handle or feel small controls and objects.  The associate must frequently talk and hear.  Weights up to 25 pounds are occasionally lifted.

Sponsorship in US

Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without Sponsorship

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