SpotHero

Senior Engineer, Backend (Operator Panel Squad)

Chicago, IL Toronto, Ontario
Redis PostgreSQL Kotlin MySQL API Kafka Spark Terraform Python Django Go gRPC Java Kubernetes React Flask Docker
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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. 

 

Senior Backend Engineer @ SpotHero: 

We are looking for a Senior Backend Engineer to join the Operator League for the Operator Panel Squad - we provide parking lot operators with tools to manage their rates and listings and reporting to help make informed decisions.

 

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.

 

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 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 a real difference to the users of our services.

 

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.
  • Ability to move between squads to devise architecture and assist projects in moving forward.
  • Educate Software Engineers to work with Distributed architecture and System Design across Systems
  • Function as a leader within the engineering department, providing mentoring and training to all levels of engineering team members.
  • Function as an internal expert for technology specialty 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 development skills 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.

 

Seeking Candidates in:

  • Chicago, IL 
  • Toronto, ON

 

Technology we Use: 

  • Our Back End Stack is: primarily Python (Django and Flask) web services, some shared, some owned by our own squad. We are moving our main shared application to a modular design, 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 communication.
  • 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: Postgres on RDS for persistence and Redis on ElastiCache for caching and offline task orchestration. We also use Redshift as our data warehouse and S3 as our data lake. We use Airflow and Spark for ETL, as well as do some stream processing (Kafka Streams and Spark at the moment). 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 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.
  • Learning Budget + Udemy license - We support the professional and personal growth of our people by providing everyone with learning resources and development opportunities. 
  • 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 CityLights award winner by 1871, 2023 Best Places To Work by BuiltIn, and recipients of the Best Company Culture, Best Company for Women, and Best Company for Diversity awards from Comparably! 

 

 

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.

At SpotHero, we Respect Fellow Drivers by providing an inclusive interview experience for everyone, including people with disabilities. We are happy to provide reasonable accommodations to candidates in need of individualized support during the hiring process. Please let our team know of your need when you apply or as you begin interviewing with our team.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: This position is ineligible for visa sponsorship. To be considered for this role, you must be legally authorized to work in the US or Canada and not require sponsorship for employment now or in the future.

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