Senior Software Engineer

AWS API GraphQL TypeScript Python DynamoDB
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Whisker, is the maker of Litter-Robot, Feeder-Robot, and Litterbox.com. At Whisker, we believe pet parenthood can always get better.

As leading innovators in pet tech and refined pet accessories, we work tirelessly to solve problems and deliver smarter insights for pet parents while enriching the lives of pets. Whether it’s a self-cleaning litter box that automates scooping, an automatic feeder that helps pets develop healthier eating habits, or a modern cat tree that delights both humans and felines, we strive to deliver better solutions for consumers while transforming pet care along the way. To us, having a pet is the best thing ever. At Whisker, life together just keeps getting better.

Whisker is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan and Juneau, Wisconsin with 500+ passionate team members.

What You’ll Do:

The Senior Software Engineer will be responsible for ongoing AWS IoT development, integrations with third-party IoT products, co-management of our agency partner, system debugging and more. The Sr. Software Engineer will also provide support to the mobile application team when developing new interfaces and debugging issues.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary.

Collaborates with stakeholders to define project requirements and objectives
Architects scalable and high-performance systems
Provides technical guidance and makes decisions regarding technical aspects of projects
Maintains and expands AWS IoT environment
Develops new features or bug fixes for backend solutions
Develops new IoT integrations for connected hardware products
Works with design team on implementing new application designs
Performs unit and functional testing to ensure the quality of your work
Works with the support team to identify and resolve issues
Experiments and creates proof of concept prototypes for new features
Assists with development of new features or bug fixes for mobile apps
Leads and mentors junior Software Engineers
Will perform additional responsibilities when required

Our Tech Stack:

Cloud-native, serverless infrastructure on AWS
REST APIs with AWS API Gateway and GraphQL APIs and engines
DynamoDB and other serverless databases
Modern TypeScript and Python codebases

High-Level 2-Year Scope of Product Development:

Focus: Continued development of our IoT pet backend platform
Database: Design new and maintain legacy systems
Transaction Management: Create highly reliable high speed data systems
Will perform additional responsibilities when required

What You'll Bring

BS in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, or equivalent in experience
4+ years of backend development
4+ Experience with AWS systems: DynamoDB, IAM, IoT Core, ECS, Kinesis, Lambda, API Gateway
Experience with data visualization and data pipelines
4+ years of experience with Python
4+ years of experience with containers
4+ years of experience with GraphQL or REST APIs
3+ years architecting backend systems in AWS
Experience shipping software products to market
Ability to take ideas from concept to prototype
Ability to write clean code with an emphasis on maintainability
Ability to work in cross-functional teams
Maintains confidentiality of proprietary information
Ability to maintain a professional atmosphere in a fast-paced environment with numerous interactions and interruptions
A high degree of initiative, self-motivation, and ability to motivate others
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with Team Members and colleagues

Not Required but Nice to Have!

Experience with Agile methodologies
Experience as a team leader
Familiarity with IoT systems / hardware integrations
Familiarity with JIRA, Confluence, or similar tools

Benefits & Purrks:

Join a tenacious, inventive company that empowers team members to chart their own path, lead by grounding decisions in the “why”, and has a strong sense of empathy and openness to new perspectives. Be a part of exciting growth, work with incredible people, and create tomorrow’s pet products—plus a whole lot of extras. You will also be provided with:

Premium Medical/Dental/Vision insurance
Paid parental leave
Whisker Parents Program
1 day "pawternity" leave for new pet adoption
Pet Insurance
401K match
Flexible spending accounts
Company-paid short-term disability and life insurance
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Generous paid time off
14 Paid Holidays
Top of the line equipment
Pet-friendly office
Whisker products and swag
Continuing education Support
On-site gym with Peloton
Referral program

Statement of Inclusivity:

We believe different perspectives make Whisker better and strive to create a place where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive.

Please ensure to regularly check your email spam folder for any communication from Whisker to avoid missing important updates regarding your application status.


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