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Leading provider of voice content for Amazon Alexa, Google Home and beyond.

Senior Back-End Engineer / Devops

$110k – $150k • 0.1% – 0.25%
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Who are we?

SpokenLayer is a fast-growing startup working in the voice space. We work with premier content partners like The Economist, Wired, TechCrunch, and IGN to bring their brands and content onto emerging platforms like Alexa, Google Home, and Siri. You'll be part of a growing technology team aimed at standardizing our onboarding processes to help thousands of customers find their voice!

We’re centrally located in NYC with an amazing team. Enjoy our benefits package covering healthcare, dental, vision, transportation, a Citibike pass, and a Puccini espresso-maker for coffee lovers!

We'd prefer candidates based in NYC because you'll be working closely with our sales and operations teams (although we may be open to other options for the right candidate).

Who Are You?

You’re a jack of all trades developer who is enthusiastic about audio, whether that's podcasts or talk radio. You're a hacker with intellectual curiosity, but you know how to build reliable systems that get the job done. You’re a solid developer who also has a penchant for infrastructure-as-code.

You understand the importance of, and routinely advocate for, metrics, logging, analytics, and alerting for performance and security. You may also be itching to try your hand at developing ETLs, Data Pipelines, and the underlying infrastructure.

You know how to strike the balance between moving quickly and mitigating risk. You value dependability more than novelty, but you’re willing to experiment with new tools and frameworks on smaller projects because you like to stay current. You’re strong technically, of course, but you also understand people and how to work as a team. Most of all, you understand the importance of aligning engineering objectives with business goals.


As an developer on a small team, your time will be split between developing backend systems and developing infrastructure-as-code. You'll work with product leads, fellow engineers, and outside contractors.

You will develop and improve the company's production infrastructure and software that manages audio files (from scripts through voicing), distribution, and the subsequent analytics and reporting. You'll build and deploy new tools but keep a hand in operations as needed to keep systems running smoothly.

Technical Skills and Experience Required

— Minimum 4 years of experience delivering stable back-end systems code
— A demonstrated respect for tests (unit, integration, code coverage)
— Production experience with infrastructure-as-code (using Terraform would be ideal)
— Other experience using a variety of modern web and backend technologies, including, Node.js, Python, AWS, and Terraform
— Strong database management skills (Postgres or MySQL)
— Familiar with Continuous Integration / Development (CircleCI experience a plus)
— Comfort with a range of AWS systems including Lambda, ECS, API Gateway, and S3
— BS or MS in Computer Science or related field (or evidence that you were too smart to go to college)
— Excellent communications skills; able to discuss code deliverables and process with other members of team, including non-technical audiences

Meet your team

People you would work with in this role

JD Sipes

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VP Engineering

Matt Laszuk

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Math geek, data wonk, lapsed software engineer. Founder @IRIS Distribution (sold to Sony in 2012)

Neal Shyam

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Product @SpokenLayer . Hacker of all things Alexa / Python / Flask

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