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Senior Software Engineer (SaaS Startup)

$90k – $120k
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What makes this job meaningful?

This probably isn’t the first job description you’ve read today. Maybe this is one of over 100 you reviewed this week. So, before we go any further, we want to stop and say thank you for considering this role. The rest of this post will be our pitch to you. We know you have options and we’d like you to consider adding us to that list.

The world is full of strained relationships. Perhaps no place is greater evidence of this than the workplace. The cliche of conflict between manager and employee is age-old and we’re tired of it. We’re so tired of it, that we’re out to change it.

Leadr is a new kind of people management software, and while that may sound like business jargon, I promise you that this is not your typical B2B software company. At our core, we are helping organizations develop their people by turning managers into coaches and giving employees a voice. We believe today’s employees expect more than just a title and a salary – they seek opportunities to learn, grow, be challenged, and be valued for the ideas they bring to the table. Unfortunately, most organizations lack the tools and structure needed to create a culture to support these expectations across every team and every manager. If this mission matters to you, keep reading.

Our development team at Leadr gets to pioneer this vision through building our world-class product and the systems to support it. We take feedback from our team and customers to create a roadmap to build.

Why You’ll Be Motivated To Apply…

  • You’ve mastered the basic skills of software engineering and need a new challenge. Your code is tidy and approaching an art form, your solutions are precisely architected to consider scalability, reliability, monitoring, security, automated testing, maintainability and all that.
  • At this stage in your career you want to be asked to solve problems, rather than be “told what to do”.
  • You’re excited by our tech stack and know that it presents both an opportunity for you dazzle us with your current skills but also stretch and grow.
  • Leadr is an early stage startup and with that comes amazing growth opportunities. Most likely you’ve only worked at large mature bureaucratic companies or small companies that aren’t really growing. Leadr is neither of those things. You are going to stretch so much you’ll wish you were made out of nylon.
  • Leadr is doing something radical and exciting. You noticed that when you checked out our website.
  • Leadr is a solid financial position and we are expanding rapidly

Requirements

Our Tech Stack:

At a high level our tech stack is a React frontend on top of a serverless microservice backend implemented as NodeJS AWS Lambdas with data stored in DGraph, a graph DB. We are moving away from NodeJS to C# (.Net Core) for the backend.

Our SDLC and Deployment Process:

Our team abandoned Scrum a few months ago and found that quality improved dramatically. Now we are following a Kanban approach and we ship whatever has passed QA scrutiny to production once a week. We leverage Feature Flags heavily to control when we turn features on, but also as a safer alternative to branch-mania! We are slowly picking up the pace of deployments and are working towards eventually being able to safely and reliably deploying code to production several times per day.

You Will Be Well Set To CRUSH This Role If...

  • You have 5+ years of experience building web applications, especially SasS applications.
  • To be considered for this vital role you need to have prior software engineering experience on a B2B or B2C SaaS product that was a "daily-use" type of application, with a SDLC that closely matches what we are striving towards. In that role you were an integral part of successfully and reliably deploying updates to production on a daily basis.
  • Experience with feature flags is practically essential.
  • Experience with frontend frameworks like React or Angular is highly desired.
  • You should be proficient in either Javascript or C# - ideally both.
  • You can devise engineering solutions by considering multiple options and then present the pros/cons including cost, effort, complexity, scalability, maintainability etc as part of your proposal and walk others through your decision matrix.
  • Familiarity with a diverse range of datastore systems, especially Graph databases and traversal algorithms.
  • You are no stranger to test automation, in fact you are reluctant to call something Code Complete unless it has decent test coverage.
  • You’ve been part of a team that deploys commercial web apps built on cloud-native technologies through full CI/CD controlled environments.
  • Experience with building infrastructure-as-code, managing code + pipelines, Kubernetes and/or Docker are going to be a huge help.
  • You are passionate about what you do, you are a motivated self-starter and always learning and developing.
  • Given a complex 3-month long body of work you would be able to break that down into work units, estimate accurately, plan the work and execute it precisely within the expectations you’ve set with your team. You know you can do this because you’ve done it before.
  • You have a passion for our mission (developing people), and can’t wait to have a positive impact on our team and our customers.

Location

This role reports to the Head of Product & Engineering (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonglover/)

Our head office is in Plano, Texas and if you are looking to eventually get into a Director+ role you should strongly consider relocating there. But for now, this is an entirely remote job.

Benefits

We are pleased to offer valuable market-rate salary, bonuses, and benefits. We offer PTO, Paid Holidays, Flex Holidays, etc. We are committed to developing you as a leader and providing career growth throughout your employment with us. We promise to care for you as a person, and have meaningful conversations with you so you have the clarity and support you need to do your best work!

What can you expect for your interview process?

While not all candidates will complete the entire process, here’s what it looks like from start to finish. We’ll keep communication open the entire way so you always know where you stand.

  • Complete the Kick-Off Interview Form, which is part of the Application Process. We take your answers very seriously and will reference them throughout the interview process.
    We promise we won’t make you retype your resume into another form, we value your time.
  • A 45-minute Technical Screen either by video call or in-person.
    We’ll use this time to make sure possess the minimum skills we think are required to accomplish the key objectives.
  • A 45 minute Culture Interview either by video call or in-person.
    We’ll use this time to simply get to know you as a person and hear more about your story.
  • 3-4 hour meet in-depth Technical Interview. This can be done either by video call or in-person.
    We’ll dig into how you would go about accomplishing the objectives we shared for the role and your past experience doing similar work.

  • And finally, the Offer letter is sent. Welcome to the team!

About Leadr

While the problem we’re tackling at Leadr is ambitious, we have reason to be optimistic:

  • Our early team is loaded with talented and experienced people who share a passion for the mission
  • The executive team has done this before, founding and leading a startup in the payments space to hypergrowth and a successful exit in less than 10 years
  • Because of our strong track record for success, we’re well funded with plenty of financial runway

Leadr is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer. Thank you for considering Leadr as the place to share your strengths and talents.

Leadr at a glance

Leadr focuses on SaaS and Human Resources. Their company has offices in Dallas, Bengaluru, and Issaquah. They have a small team that's between 1-10 employees.

You can view their website at https://www.leadr.com or find them on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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