Staff Engineer Remote in U.S.

SmartLogic |  Remote in U.S. | Dev / Eng

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The Staff Engineer serves as an expert on staff by setting technical direction and providing mentorship for engineers on our team. Work at SmartLogic is organized by project. Each project is staffed with a Project Manager, a Staff Engineer, Designers, and Developers. The Staff Engineer is responsible for the planning and implementation of technical delivery and team efficiency for projects assigned. The Staff Engineer works closely with the Project Manager to plan out sprints that align with the project scope. Even though the Staff Engineer does not serve as a direct supervisor, he/she will serve as the technical expert and mentor for developers assigned to projects.

The base compensation range for this position is $140k – 175k per year. This position is fully remote within the United States and its Territories. We offer health, dental, vision, life and AD&D insurance as well as a 3% matching SIMPLE IRA program.

SmartLogic is an experienced and growing custom software development consultancy successfully serving clients since 2005. We are deeply committed to our team, our clients, and the communities where we work. Some of our recent company initiatives include leading on youth workforce developmentsoftware developer apprenticeships, our Elixir Wizards |> conference, and the Baltimore Women in Tech micro-grants program. SmartLogic values both continuous growth as well as giving back to the community. Therefore, there may be opportunities to engage at the professional level by participating in conferences and/or our podcast. We look forward to reviewing your application and starting a conversation about a fulfilling career with SmartLogic.

In this role, you will report to the Director of Engineering. You will not have any direct reports for supervision purposes, but you will be leading project-based teams of developers.

Requirements

  1. Provide leadership and assistance by unblocking, providing resources, or offering mentorship to developers on assigned projects.
  2. Serve as the technical expert on assigned projects; QA and review PRs for submitted code.
  3. Work directly with the Project Manager to make and maintain tickets in the backlog and plan team resourcing time.
  4. Responsible for project team productivity by leading standups to discuss and monitor daily goals and team velocity.
  5. Work closely with the Project Manager and Director of Engineering to communicate project progress, challenges, resourcing needs, and project scope needs. This may include but is not limited to running team standups, conducting weekly check-ins, and communicating about project status.

Requirements

  1. 7+ years of experience with modern software development practices and technologies creating custom software to meet the expectations of a variety of clients.
  2. Prior experience managing engineers and/or software development projects.
  3. Ability to clearly communicate technical and professional feedback to direct reports, teammates, and management in service of the responsibilities outlined above.
  4. Be organized, thoughtful, and intentional about the process as demonstrated by an ability to set and manage expectations amongst teammates, direct reports, and managers alike.

Benefits

We are continuously working to cultivate a supportive and inclusive workplace that recognizes and respects the diversity of background, experience, and thought. We believe that diversity benefits both our company culture and the software we write.

SmartLogic is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

No phone calls or unsolicited emails, please. We do not work with recruiters or placement agencies.

This position is fully remote and you may work from anywhere in the United States. We offer health, dental, and vision insurance, paid vacation, paid parental leave, and a 3% matching SIMPLE IRA program.

SmartLogic is committed to professional development and community involvement. We provide ample opportunity for learning through dedicated professional development days, participation in conferences, and company-supplied access to books and other resources. We organize events, meetups, and invest in our local and online communities.

 

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Accessibility
  • Accessible Work Environment
Health & Wellness
  • Dental Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
Other
  • Charitible Donation Matching Programs
  • Fully Remote Options
Parental Benefits
  • Parental Leave
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Home Office Stipend
  • Offsite Company Events
PTO/Flexibility
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days
  • PTO
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401k with company contribution

Talk to us about your tech stack.

We make it a priority to always use the latest tech. For instance, we won’t use something that will be useless in a few years.

Elixir/Phoenix is our go-to choice for all new projects. Modern web applications demand both real time communication with end users (i.e. chat, live updates, notifications, etc) and background processing (i.e. transaction handling, reporting, external integrations, etc). Elixir’s use of the Erlang VM brings a great multi-process model to these challenges. We do still use Ruby on Rails, as well, primarily for legacy apps and in some cases for new apps where Elixir doesn’t present a clear advantage over Rails.

We use React and React Native for web and mobile app development, respectively. React Native lets us develop Android and iOS apps that look and feel native but that share a codebase, making the build faster, more efficient and easier to maintain.

 

What are some internal or client projects that you’re proud of?

We worked with OrderUp, a national food ordering company, to build an internal menu builder tool (which cut data entry time in half) and an Android app. Not long after, OrderUp was acquired by Groupon.

We’re proud of our work for Spotcrime, a crime data aggregator that has been a client since 2008. Most recently, we built an infrastructure that enabled the app to handle a large volume of data for much lower costs. It is visited by one million users a month and sends over five million email alerts a month.

We’ve even built software that ran on the International Space Station.

 

What do you look for in new hires?

We make very strategic hiring decisions. We’re looking for devs who are solid technical talents — people who understand software to their core and computer science from an applied perspective. We look for people who are deeply interested in programming; for them it’s more than a job, they read about it in their spare time.

We look for people who are smart, capable, truly interested in the work and excited to come in every day.

Our team is very self-directed. We’re not going to micromanage you here. So we seek people who are self-managing and very independent.

 

Tell us about your internal culture.

Our processes are well thought-out and streamlined. Never wanting to become stagnant with old tech, we make a concerted effort to keep up with the modern tech landscape. The people on our team have a variety of skill sets and we value that.

In terms of career growth, we encourage you to pursue things that you’re interested in learning or trying out. We keep the lines of communication open so that team members can discuss their interests, find a way to explore new ideas, learn tech stacks in between client projects, etc.

Many folks here have their own side projects so we have a side project club that meets once a month, where employees can update the team on what they’re building.

 

What are your company values?

● Be trustworthy — We want happy, repeat clients, and that happens when they know we have their best interests in mind.

● Collaboration and Communication — We’re very collaborative and transparent; our clients own the accounts we create for them, and they invite us to access their accounts. There aren’t any non-technical PMs sitting between us and our clients. The devs communicate with them directly.

● Be pragmatic and intentional — We don’t wing it here. We come prepared and use time judiciously.

 

Do you have any special company and/or community traditions?

Pre-pandemic, we would host a company lunch once a week. These days we still host weekly meetings featuring presentations online. And to bond for an hour or so, we’ve hosted a few virtual happy hours where the company picks up the tab for the team’s dinner.

As part of growth and development, we send everyone to one to two conferences a year. This year we attended and sponsored ElixirConf remotely, as well as attended the React Native EU Conference remotely.

One of the things we’re most proud of is our effort to sponsor and produce grassroot events.  In 2019 alone we sponsored 56 events. We’ve been a longtime sponsor and supporter of Technical.ly’s events. We program and host on our own lineup of Meetups, including the Baltimore Elixir Meetup. And, we also recently gave away $13,000 to Black-led organizations in Baltimore and D.C.

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