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Senior Partner Engineer

Company: Caffeine
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: October 18, 2020

Job Description:

At Caffeine, we want to change how people consume live television - making it more friendly, connected, and fun. To do this, we're building a new social broadcasting platform that features world-class content, easy-to-use broadcasting tools, a social and fun viewing experience, and an engaged broadcaster community.
This is an exciting and enormous challenge, and we will only be successful if we build a supportive and collaborative team. Our teams prioritize delighting our community of viewers and broadcasters, working with intention, taking ownership of our commitments, and acting with resilience and determination-all with the intention to ship greatness, always.
The Partner Engineering team supports the Content & Business Development teams, ensuring broadcasts run smoothly and partners get what they need to be successful. We anticipate partner needs, have a solid understanding of the product and Caffeine's video distribution platform, and use that knowledge to solve live production problems and communicate across teams.
We are looking for a Senior Partner Engineer to support broadcasts remotely (and in some cases, onsite). This person will work with strategic partners before broadcasting to understand their needs, propose video delivery options, present technical challenges to the Engineering team, set up testing schedules and participate in rehearsals, and monitor the video platform during events. This role would appeal to someone who loves technical problem solving and building relationships.Technical Experience:





  • Designing live production and real-time streaming setups, Small and large
  • Operational understanding of h.264 and x264 codecs
  • Understanding of video services including MediaLive and ffmpeg
  • Solid understanding of video transmission over TCP and UDP
  • In-depth Working knowledge of OBS
  • Understanding of broadcast workflows, large multicam to small at home
  • Ability to write scripts in a programming language to automate tasks




    What You'll Do:







    • Act as the main technical Point of Contact for content partners and events. You will need to understand the entire video pipeline, from the camera and production truck to our custom-built, real-time CDN to the WebRTC video playback in the viewing clients. You will coordinate video delivery testing, diagnose issues, build tools, and educate partners to ensure events run efficiently.
    • Assess content partner needs. Learn and understand the hardware and software partners are using, research any technical challenges they may have, and present those to Engineering and Product teams. Propose high quality solutions with your understanding of real-time video transmission protocols (RTMP, RTP, MPEG-TS, HLS, WebRTC).
    • Onboard content partners to the Caffeine platform and the Caffeine Partner Portal. This involves hands-on training for partners as well as writing runbooks, checklists and methodologies for internal and external uses.
    • Travel onsite to Entertainment, Sports, Esports, and other live-broadcasting events to provide direct technical support. You will use your charming personality to quickly establish a relationship with the onsite technical production crew. Melding communication channels and improving information-sharing to diagnose issues immediately. You will be the conduit for technical communication to other Caffeine teams about schedule changes as well as any onsite technical difficulties.



      Who You Are & What You've Done:





      • Experience designing live production and real-time streaming setups with a deep understanding of both traditional and digital broadcast technologies.
      • Designed video transmission pipelines in a highly reliable setup.
      • Communicated effectively with multiple remote teams, keeping everyone informed and managing expectations.
      • Shown ability to solve problems and deliver in a live, (and sometimes ambiguous) stressful environment.
      • Experience using AWS MediaLive, the Elemental video suite, and ffmpeg.
      • Have written scripts and tools to automate processes.



        We are committed to an inclusive and diverse Caffeine. We believe that different perspectives lead to better ideas, and better ideas allow us to better understand the needs and interests of our diverse, global community. We welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives and are an equal opportunity employer.

Keywords: Caffeine, Redwood City , Senior Partner Engineer, Engineering , Redwood City, California

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