Senior Engineer, Backend (Money Squad)

Engineering

Chicago, IL, United States

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Position Details

SpotHero is seeking a Senior Backend Engineer to join the Money Squad - everyone loves money!

The Money Squad at SpotHero is responsible powering all things money related. This squad is responsible for writing and supporting the code interfacing with payment processing services to both accept and refund payments from our consumers. Additionally we support internal teams by providing APIs to power things such as the end user’s the checkout experience. We don’t stop there, we also work closely with our finance team to ensure they have the data they need to properly balance the books. This Squad cares about quality and SpotHero’s value of #GiveDriversTheRightOfWay, which means to us that we take the Hero in our name seriously, and we go the extra mile to make sure our drivers have an experience we're proud of.

You have strong coding skills - you can take on medium to large features with little to no direction from others. You are starting to understand how system design/architecture play into the larger picture of your software craft. You have multiple examples of successful projects that you have worked on and a couple of failed projects that taught what to look out for in future projects.

You will collaborate with management on vision setting, technology direction, architecture, and best practices. 

The Senior Engineer will contribute to the codebase following set standards and successfully completing stories and have the ability to provide support for any part of their owned codebase; also able to understand the codebase with minimal direction from others. You will collaborate with Engineering and Product Management to provide reasonable point estimates and deliver dates for the work you are committing to. You will collaborate with Agile Facilitators to help define the Definition of Ready / Done, support the team’s norms, and be an active member at squad ceremonies.

You will work with the Product Management team to ensure requirements are defined correctly. You will be an educator via pull-requests who can help peers understand better or different software patterns. Your greatest work will be through delivering high-quality software and products that make the consumers of our services better.

 

Key Responsibilities (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, supporting 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.

  • Train engineers to work with new architecture.

  • 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.

  • 5+ years experience as an engineer across a few different environments. 

  • You are comfortable following an architecture presented to you.

  • Knowledgeable of object-oriented and/or functional programming patterns and paradigms.

  • Production Experience and developing skills with in Python/Django/Postgres or JVM language/Postgres.

  • Ability to work in most 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. 

  • Developing experience working with relational databases like Postgres and mySQL.

  • Knowledge of various API paradigms such as REST and RPC/gRPC and can implement them within the services you are developing on.

  • Understanding of double entry accounting

 

Technology we use:

  • Our Back End Stack is: Monolith using Django/Python/PostgreSQL. We are moving our Monolith to a Modular Monolith, using Domain Driven Design. When relevant we extract specific domains to Services currently using Java, Kotlin and GoLang. We also use Docker, deploy our apps via Kubernetes. We use Kafka for asynchronous-, and gRPC for synchronous service-to-service communication. 

  • Our Front End Stack is: Our Front End stack is React/Redux, Sass, Jest/React Testing Library/Cypress, and Webpack. We maintain a private npm repository with shareable UI components, utility functions, Babel/ESLint/Prettier configurations, and custom tasks.

  • Our Data Stack is: Our Monolith Database is Postgres and Redis for caching. We also use Redshift as our data warehouse and S3 as our data lake. The data lake is queried using Presto. We use Airflow and Spark for ETL, as well as do some stream processing (Kafka Streams and Spark at the moment). Our Model pipeline uses scikit-learn, pandas. Our analysts utilize Looker as our Business Intelligence tool. And we use Quicksight for Dashboard on our external Data Products.

  • Our Dev Tools Stack is: AWS+Kubernetes for hosting. Terraform + Helm Charts for IaaS/Deployment. ConcourseCI for CI/CD. Prometheus/Alertmanager/VictorOps for team alerting. We’re starting to work on multi-region available services.

 

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 95% 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.

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