Senior Software Engineer, Operating Model - Technical.ly

Senior Software Engineer, Operating Model Philadelphia, PA

Inspire |  Philadelphia, PA | Dev / Eng

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ABOUT US

Inspire is a clean energy technology company on a mission to transform the way consumers access clean energy and to accelerate the world’s transition to a net-zero carbon future.

We provide our customers with access to renewable energy from wind, solar, and hydro powered sources without service interruptions or costly installations at a flat, predictable monthly rate. For every year that a customer spends with Inspire Clean Energy, they have a greater impact on climate change than 10 years of strict recycling.

Our rapidly growing team of mission-driven, climate enthusiasts is passionate, innovative and committed to a better future for the planet.

POSITION SUMMARY

Inspire’s Technology organization is seeking a Senior Software Engineer to join our growing team. You will be responsible for working in our core systems, integrating with third party APIs, and supporting some of our most important internal tools.   You will join a dynamic team building technology and contribute alongside them, working in a collaborative and supportive environment.   You’ll rely on your experience to make our technology better.

THE SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER, OPERATING MODEL HAS 4 MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Be an integral contributor within a product-design-engineering “squad”.  Write code, write tests, ship code to production multiple times per week.
  • Own your features, from inception to completion.  Participate in grooming sessions, QA process, and post-deploy monitoring.
  • Write and maintain comprehensive documentation of solutions including flowcharts and code comments.
  • Advocate for best-practices within the team and mentor more junior engineers through code reviews and coaching

SOME YEAR 1 DELIVERABLES

  • Internal APIs/Services
    • Modify existing services and RESTful APIs to support internal applications and customer-facing applications
    • Work on asynchronous and scheduled job-processing
  • Vendor API Integrations
    • Integrate with RESTful APIs for our third party vendors.  Implement new integrations, and improve our existing integrations.  Document internal Inspire APIs when updating
  • Tech Stack Improvements
    • Make recommendations and implement changes to how we test, lint, review, deploy code.
    • Assist in the migration of our last Sinatra/Padrino application to Rails

SUCCESS METRICS

  • Ability to get up to speed quickly: Be actively contributing code within the first sprint, within a month you’ll start to own your first feature.
  • Learning about an application in our stack, sharpening your tech skills along the way
  • Eliminating bugs in your code and others code through a combination of automated and manual testing.

EXPERIENCE

  • Must Have
    • Experience that provides a foundational knowledge in software engineering concepts, with a focus on web technologies.
      • Some examples of topics you’d feel comfortable speaking about:
        • How and when to use modern frameworks
        • Best practice for API conventions
        • Optimal code organization
        • When to test your code and how
        • Optimal database structure
    • Experience: You should feel comfortable building web apps, APIs, databases, and other business-focused technology systems.  This should take the form of multiple relevant professional experiences
    • You have a passion towards technology and interest in solving tough problems.
    • You should care about our mission of spreading renewable energy across the country.
    • Desire to provide technical mentorship to the core team.  This could take many shapes but some examples include:
      • Providing actionable, helpful feedback on pull requests,
      • Running best practice presentations
      • Pair programming with others less senior (and more senior) than you
    • Understanding of best practices for retrieving data from consumer APIs
    • Experience with the following languages and frameworks:
      • Front End: ReactJS, SCSS/Bootstrap/Tailwind
      • Automated Testing: Mocha/Jest
      • Development lifecycle experience: Git and Github
      • DevOps: Experience deploying to Heroku, AWS, or similar cloud environment
  • Nice to Have
    • Proven ability to work with business-focused cross-functional teams
    • Experience building RESTful APIs using one or more of the following languages:
      • Back End: Ruby, Python, Node, or Java
      • Database: Postgres
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Health & Wellness
  • Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • FSA
  • Health Insurance
  • HSA
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Short Term Disability
  • Vision Insurance
Other
  • Community Service Programs
  • Pet Friendly Office
  • Pet Insurance
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Travel
Parental Benefits
  • Childcare Assistance Programs
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Nursing Room
  • Parental Leave
Perks & Discounts
  • Bring Your Own Device Reimbursement
  • Casual Dress
  • Home Office Stipend
  • Offsite Company Events
  • Snacks Provided
  • Special Discounts
Professional Development
  • Employee Recognition Programs
  • Training & Development Budget
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401k with company contribution
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Commitment to Work/Life Harmony
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days
  • Unlimited PTO

What makes Inspire an exciting place to work?

We are constantly working towards something bigger than ourselves. Our mission is what inspires and connects us. But we're also raising awareness for customers that they have choices when it comes to choosing an energy source.

Roughly 20% of your overall carbon emissions come from your home — which is huge. You can eliminate that 20% from your carbon footprint simply by deciding to go with Inspire.

Through data, we empower customers by informing them of their choices and giving them an option to positively impact the environment.

 

What’s unique about working on Inspire’s tech team?

Between Philly and Santa Monica, we have about 60 people on our tech team. Being small, we’re able to bond and work together closely. Everyone across the entire team has a hand in creating something for customers. No one group comes up with ideas or roadmaps and presents them to the rest of the group; we collectively decide what we should be working on and how we can work towards bringing Inspire’s overall mission to life.

We’ve created a very supportive and uplifting subculture. It’s not just about social events; it’s about asking, “How can we grow together? How can we work better together?”

 

How has Inspire has worked to improve employee work/life balance during the pandemic?

Due to the always-on nature of working from home during quarantine, we found that people had started working more hours and taking less PTO. Even when we told people to take time off, they still seemed to check in and contribute. We established “bonus days,” where every other Friday is off for the entire company. That way, no one is working, employees don’t feel that they are missing anything, and everyone can truly relax and recharge.

 

What qualities make someone a promising job candidate at Inspire?

Everyone at Inspire is driven by the mission to expand access to clean energy and work toward a zero-net carbon future. So we look for candidates who have that same passion for taking care of our earth. We’re a company of team players who collaborate closely, always ready to hop on Zoom to solve problems as a team.

From a tech perspective, we want talented engineers of all levels, but we are also looking for people who also think deeply about the Inspire user and build features and solutions that work for them. People who are interested in their careers and helping grow the careers of those they work with share knowledge and level up their skill sets.

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