Senior Lead/Staff Backend Software Engineer (Remote, Americas)

Job post summary
Location Americas
Team Engineering and Development

About the role

At Shopify, Senior Lead Engineers (also referred to as Senior Staff Engineers) use their expertise and passion to multiply the overall output of their development team. As a senior technical leader, you’ll help drive the product vision to its implementation. You and the team will design and build technically innovative solutions that empower all teams at Shopify to build powerful and resilient distributed cloud software. Merchants that depend on Shopify for a highly scalable, performant, and reliable platform benefit directly from the work you do. You will maintain a high bar for quality and lead and mentor other engineers. And of course, you’ll be hands-on in the code and contribute technically. Here are just some of the stories from the teams who build and scale Shopify.

What does Back End Development mean at Shopify?

Back End Engineers with a passion for solving tough problems with performant code work on teams that ship on quality instead of on time. Our teams deploy new code many times a day, and our production scale is massive. We’re talking over 1 million online stores, and hundreds of millions of requests a day. Thousands of entrepreneurs will see your work within seconds – a difficult but incredibly rewarding responsibility. Shopify is the largest Ruby on Rails application in the world and we're a big part of the Rails community. We’re constantly improving our codebase to make it even better.

Qualifications

What you’ll do as a Senior Lead Backend Engineer at Shopify:

  • Learn and grow constantly to feed your passion for self-improvement and make those around you better

  • Design and build highly available, resilient and scalable platform primitives & API

  • Work through problems with your team, roll up your sleeves, form an opinion and advocate for engineering-specific roadmap items

  • Collaborate with other Shopify leaders, executives and external partners to provide the best commerce experience for our merchants
     

Experience and skills that are important for success in this role:

  • A proven track record of strong technical mentorship

  • Experience building large scale, high throughput distributed systems and scaling web services, particularly those using and analyzing large amounts of data

  • High level of fluency with and experience using technologies and frameworks like (but not limited to) some of our most-used languages - Ruby on Rails, GraphQL, Java/JEE, Node.js, PHP, Python, React or React Native, Golang, Kubernetes - or deep experience with any object-oriented language and relevant transferrable technologies

  • A passion for efficiency and collaboration, with a history of establishing great relationships with UX and Product Management teams across time zones

  • A commitment and drive for quality, technical excellence and results

  • Curiosity and passion to constantly learn new things; Shopify changes fast, and we need the people who work here to be able to change and learn fast too

  • Proficiency in systems thinking and systems design concepts like transactions, atomicity, idempotency, etc.

  • Raise the quality and speed (team efficiency) bar and move the platform into a position of maximum leverage

  • Use the right tool for the job, fix problems are the right level of abstraction and optimize to meet both functional and non-functional goals

We know that looking for a new role can be both exciting and time-consuming, and we truly appreciate your effort. Jane is an actual real live person (👋🏻) and is looking forward to learning more about you through your application. And remember, we want to know what you're really interested in building and why you want to build it at Shopify, so please give us as much detail on this as you'd like in the answers on the next page. 👍 📖

Shopify is now permanently remote, and working towards a future that is digital by default. Learn more about what this can mean for you: https://www.shopify.com/careers/work-anywhere

Our belief is that a strong commitment to diversity & inclusion enables us to truly make commerce better for everyone. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities, and/or people with intersectional identities. Please take a look at our Sustainability Reports to learn more about Shopify’s commitments to our communities, and our planet: https://www.shopify.com/about/environment#SustainabilityReports

At Shopify, we understand that experience comes in many forms. We’re dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team - so if your experience is this close to what we’re looking for, please consider applying.

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Interested, but not ready to apply? 

Join the Shopify Talent Community to learn more about us, while you polish up your resume: https://www.shopify.com/careers/2021

How we hire

At Shopify, we put a lot of care and time into who we hire. We believe that in order to build the best products, we need to build high impact teams. Our recruitment process centres around what we call the Life Story interview, a conversational-style interview where we get to learn more about you.
Learn more about our hiring process 

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