Front End Lead Engineer

Remote, Singapore, Singapore • $100k - $150k • 0.25% - 0.50%


Role Locations

  • Remote
  • Singapore, Singapore


  • $100k - $150k
  • 0.25% - 0.50%


< 10 people


32 Carpenter Street
Singapore, 059911, SG

Tech Stack

  • Node.js
  • Express.js
  • PostgreSQL
  • PlainJS
  • Bootstrap
  • React
  • Vue.js

Role Description

Work directly with the CEO and CTO to build a better UI for maritime operations from scratch.

You will have the opportunity to design and build the interface primitives that lay the foundation for maritime software for the next ten years. This is the right job if you like building things that have never existed before, are excited by new challenges and understand that products live and die on the user experience.

If successful, you will help decide the future of Greywing, as well as lay the roadmap for all future development of the interface. You will be aided in making key decisions about the stack, development process and guiding principles.

Some of the things we've done so far:

Build an easy to use routing engine for vessels Design intelligence software to compress hundreds of points of information (flights, agencies, fuel, restrictions) into quick decisions. For an illustrative example, check out

As an example of what you will be working on, here are two key ongoing projects:

Design a light interface based on mapbox that allows a ship manager to have instant situational awareness of over 100 vessels within two clicks. Develop an omnibox (Cmd+K) that enables easy navigation of the platform, and to perform context-sensitive actions. To understand what drives us, a good place to start is the Greywing Product Manifesto, which outlines our guiding principles and development strategy for the platform.

Who are we?

Greywing is a maritime intelligence tool that enables ship managers to conduct operations and save thousands of dollars by providing actionable insight into the decisions they make. Simply put, we process hundreds of thousands of points of information about a vessel to tell them where it should go and what it should do.

We are backed by the people at Y Combinator, Instacart and Flexport. We work with the world's largest ship managers and operators to make the global shipping network more efficient while protecting the people who make sure our world runs smoothly.

In the past year, we've conducted charter flight operations for vessels calling at Singapore, helped evacuate wounded crew that would not have been possible otherwise, and saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in wasted fuel and resources.

For a deeper technical overview of our software, you can read our Hacker News Launch.

For the insatiably curious, you may find more information on our Blog or our CTO's Writing.

Why we need you

Mapping software for customer use was clunky and borderline unusable until Google Maps. While it was full of innovations on the backend - from AJAX to tiling - the interface was what made it an overnight success. The same can be said of Uber, where completing a flow from opening the app to getting in a car required barely any movement of your finger while holding your phone. The right interface primitives are often domain-dependent and can have a greater impact than the underlying technology.

Maritime software is still in its infancy. Do a quick Google and you'll see that interfaces look like they were designed on FrontPage in 2008 - and this is the state across the ecosystem. Decisions that govern millions of dollars in cargo and hundreds of thousands of tons of iron and steel are made through excel sheets, email, and pencil and paper. We have a rare opportunity to lay down how maritime will interact digitally for the next decade, if we get this right.

The Team

Our CEO is a former Royal Marine Commando that has built a business in maritime from nothing to 4 million in turnover.

Our CTO has published multiple papers across technology, from Formal verification in cryptocurrencies, human-computer interaction, embedded glucose monitoring to baseline optimization in chemistry and physics. He has also built software and hardware serving hundreds of thousands of users across southeast Asia, in fintech, insurtech, robotics, for companies like National Geographic, Ethereum, and SGX.

Our Stack

Backend: NodeJS, Express, Postgres, Redis

Frontend: PlainJS, Bootstrap (migrating to React or Vue)

Details Full time role, fully remote if outside Singapore. Payment and salaries are compatible with Gitlab's compensation calculator, with competitive equity.

About Greywing

Greywing digitises everything to do with vessel operations and OPEX. We track vessels and optimise where and when they embark crew, fuel, supplies and spare parts. We are to vessel operations what Flexport is to freight.

Right now the tech competition in shipping is minimal and we have a great opportunity with clients, funding and a team lead by a maritime domain expert and a 10 year engineer.

Company Culture

Our company culture is Hrishi (CTO) and Nick (CEO). Hrishi develops and Nick does anything related to the business.

We are pretty competent and just get things done, we catch up and hang out but it is primarily work focused. We each have clearly defined missions and we execute. Ideally at this stage of the business, we will bring on people who can execute and when they don't know what the next steps are, reach out for guidance.

Hrishi and I are good friends, but that is a friendship borne out mutual respect and hard work. We want to have a culture where people work hard and get along well and become good friends, but where you have a life and friends outside of work.

We respect one another and the clearest sign of this is we don't interrupt one another. It seems like a small thing to mention, but that's how it is.

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