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

Senior Back-End Developer / Full Stack

$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 full-stack 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 strong technically, obviously, but you also understand people. Most of all, you understand how to align engineering objectives with business goals.

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 and can achieve your sprint goals, but you also understand people. Most of all, you understand how to align engineering objectives with business goals.


As a full-time full-stack developer on a small team, you'll work with product leads, fellow engineers, and outside contractors. You will manage and improve the company's production systems that manage audio files from scripts through voicing, distribution, and subsequent analytics and reporting..

You'll build and deploy new tools but keep a hand in operations as needed to keep systems running smoothly. You may even be called on to help with basic front end development on tools like dashboards or internal applications.

You’ll learn a lot about iterative development, testing, building maintainable & scalable software, and how to troubleshoot production issues.

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 Node experience
— Other experience using a variety of modern web and backend technologies, including, Node.js, Python, AWS, and Terraform
— Strong database management skills (Postgres/MySQL/NoSQL)
— Comfort with a range of AWS systems including Lambda, Elastic Container Service, and S3
— Familiar with Continuous Integration / Development (CircleCI experience a plus)
— 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

Technology Stack

Core services are currently written in Node.js and Python. Most apps run on AWS. Among the AWS tools and services we use: CloudFront, DynamoDB, ECS, Lambda, RDS, Redshift, SNS, SQS, CloudWatch, and S3.

Some of the other tools and services we use: Github, CircleCI, JIRA, Slack, Snowplow, and MongoDB Atlas. But we’re not dogmatic about which tools we use, and we hope you aren’t either.

Meet your team

People you would work with in this role

Neal Shyam

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

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)

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