Software Engineer, Frontend - Technical.ly

Software Engineer, Frontend

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 Software Engineer to join our growing team. You will be responsible for working on our core systems, integrating with third party APIs, and supporting some of our most important internal tools.   You will join a team building technology and contribute alongside them, working in a collaborative and supportive environment

THE SOFTWARE ENGINEER HAS 3 MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Be a contributor within a product-design-engineering “squad”.  Write code daily, ship code 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.

SOME YEAR 1 DELIVERABLES

  • Website Funnel Improvements
    • Improve our signup process for potential members to make it easier than ever to join Inspire
  • Vendor API Integrations
    • Integrate with RESTful APIs for our third party vendors.  Implement new integrations, and improve our existing integrations.  Document publicly-facing Inspire APIs

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
    • An education that provides a strong foundation in software engineering with a focus on web technologies
      • Some examples of topics you’d feel comfortable speaking about: How and when to use modern frameworks, API conventions, working understanding of HTTP,  optimal database structure.
    • Experience building web apps, APIs, databases, and other business focused systems
    • Passionate about technology and interested in solving tough problems
    • Understanding of best practices for building and retrieving data from consumer APIs
    • Experience with the following technical skills:
      • Back End: Ruby, Python, NodeJS, or Java
      • Database: Postgres
      • Development lifecycle experience: Git and Github
      • DevOps: Experience deploying to Heroku, AWS, or similar cloud environment
  • Nice to Have
    • Proven ability to work with cross-functional teams
    • Experience with the following Technical Skills:
      • Front End: ReactJS, SCSS/Bootstrap
      • Automated Testing: RSpec/Mocha/Jest
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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
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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