Staff Engineer, Backend, Consumer

Engineering
Chicago, IL, United States
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Position Details

SpotHero is looking for a Staff Engineer Backend to own systems across our engineering department that drive business objectives. You will collaborate with management on vision setting, technology direction, architecture, and best practices. The Staff Engineer will contribute to the codebase following set standards and successfully completing stories and have the ability to provide support for any part of the codebase; also able to understand the codebase with minimal direction from others. You will have ownership of code standards, unit and integration testing practices, and technical roadmap. You are a technical educator not a technical dictator. 

 

Work with the Product Management team to ensure requirements are defined correctly. Ability to successfully architect complex systems and collaborate with more junior engineers to ensure proper implementation of design. You will be an educator who can take the complex and explain it terms that all audiences understand. Your greatest work will be through others, as you help people level up their technical systems.



Who we are:  At SpotHero, we work as a team to empower people to get everywhere, easier! We’re rapidly growing with the mission of bringing the parking industry into the future through technology. Drivers across the nation use the SpotHero mobile app or website to reserve convenient, affordable parking in advance, on-the-go or through their connected cars, and parking companies rely on us to help them reach new customers while optimizing their business. We connect the dots with cutting-edge technology, delivering value to both sides of this exciting, evolving marketplace.

 

What will you do:

  • Identify, design, develop, test, and release high quality functionality as efficiently as possible.
  • You will be an educator, a mentor and coach. People will come to you for advice because you are approachable and you are able to convey your points in a language that they understand.
  • Build and maintain tools and services related to product/engineering squad’s goals.
  • Work collaboratively with the rest of the team to deliver quality products with a focus on speed, security, and analytics.
  • Independently identify areas for improvement and innovation within the squad ecosystem, and lead the charge on making those changes.
  • Be a key hands-on contributor to the design and implementation of new products and features through the entire stack.
  • Ownership of codebase, maintaining it and ensuring it runs consistently.
  • Collaborate with all senior and staff level engineers to explore options and help define architecture and design across the engineering organization.
  • Ability to move between squads to devise architecture and assist projects in moving forward.
  • Train engineers to work with new architecture.
  • Function as a leader within the engineering department, providing mentoring and training to all levels of engineering team members.
  • Function as internal expert for technology speciality and educate the team on new and changing technologies.
  • Be an industry thought leader, participating in public speaking events and meetups to showcase SpotHero as a leader in technology.
  • Secure and safeguard data to preserve its integrity, reliability, and availability and ensure appropriate access levels are maintained.

 

The following experience is relevant to us:

  • We value humility, a strong work ethic, flexibility, collaboration, technical curiosity, and constant learning.
  • 12+ years experience as an engineer across multiple environments. 
  • Knowledgeable of object-oriented and/or functional programming patterns and paradigms.
  • Production Experience and strong skills with Python/Django
  • Multiple other backend programming languages i.e., Kotlin, GoLang
  • Ability to work in all areas of the tech stack, including infrastructure through the application layer to client libraries.
  • Ability to provide support for any pieces of codebase owned and also understand the codebase with minimal direction from peers or more senior engineers. 
  • Proven ability to work on implementation independently. 
  • Strong experience working with relational databases like Postgres and mySQL
  • Knowledge of various API paradigms such as REST and RPC and can implement them within the services you are developing on. 
  • Demonstrated leadership and mentorship skills.

 

Our Stack is:  Monolith using Django/Python, the Frontend is React.  We are building a modular monolith and where appropriate extract specific domains to move to Services currently using Kotlin and Go. Our Database is Postgres and Redis for caching. We also use Docker, Kubernetes and Kafka.

 

What we are offering:

What we are offering:

  • Career game changer – A truly unique experience to work for a fast-growing startup in a role with unlimited potential for growth.
  • Excellent benefits – 
    • In the US we cover up to 90% of Medical Premiums, 50% of Dental & Vision Premiums, company sponsored Life Insurance, 401K, and generous parental leave. 
    • In Canada we offer Medical (prescription drug and paramedical coverage), Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, STD and LTD. 
  • Flexible PTO policy and great work/life balance – We value and support each individual team member.
  • Annual parking stipend – we help people park!
  • The opportunity to collaborate with fun, innovative, and passionate people in a casual, yet highly productive atmosphere.
  • A workplace recognized as the Best Consumer Web Company by Built in Chicago, Top Company Culture by Entrepreneur, a Top Workplace by Chicago Tribune, and one of Chicago’s Best Places to Work for Women Under 35 by Crain’s Chicago Business. 

 

Steps to apply: Please include any GitHub account, LinkedIn profile, and any project that you’re particularly proud of. We love seeing work that others loved working on.

 

SpotHero is an equal opportunity employer.  We know that a diverse workforce is the strongest workforce, and are committed to building and supporting an inclusive environment for all.