Lead Backend Engineer

New York, NY, United States, San Francisco, CA, United States


Role Locations

  • New York, NY, United States
  • San Francisco, CA, United States


< 10 people


2 Mint Plz Apt 703
San Francisco, CA, 94103, US

Tech Stack

  • Ruby on Rails
  • Heroku
  • PostgreSQL
  • React
  • TypeScript
  • Redux
  • Javascript
  • iOS Development
  • Swift

Role Description

We are currently recruiting an experienced software engineer to join our small engineering team as the lead backend contributor. Ideal candidates are fearless problem solvers excited to contribute to a small company in a wide variety of ways.

While your primary focus will be server-side development, this is a product engineering role. As an incredibly small engineering team, we work together to come up with solutions to push the Prefer product and network forward. Your backend expertise will allow us to pick the right technology to accomplish each distinct product and company goal, and execute accordingly as a team.

Responsibilities Primary development of the backend (Ruby on Rails, Postgres, Redis) that powers our iOS and web apps (both of which consume the same API) Provisioning and managing every part of our cloud infrastructure Partnering with the rest of the engineering team to evolve our overall technical architecture Working closely with our operations team, supporting them through scripts, data, and internal tooling Collaborating with our CEO and Head of Design to make impactful product decisions Requirements Extensive server-side experience, preferably in Ruby on Rails (or a similar framework: Django, Express, etc.) A deep understanding of HTTP and RESTful API design Experience with SQL and data modeling Enthusiasm around taking part in the product development process If interested, you’d also be more than welcome to contribute to our frontend web (React) and/or native iOS (Swift) codebases.

Location is either New York or San Francisco.

About prefer.com

A big network of small-world connections. Prefer connects you to the people and opportunities that strengthen your business.

We believe everyone should have access to a life of prosperity and independence. And we know that this is only possible when people come together, tap into their communities, and support each other. We serve those who serve others. We envision a world where anyone with skills, motivation, and a passion for helping others can turn that into a successful career.

We reject the notion that the future of the work is cold, faceless, and commoditized. By supporting sustainable and meaningful independent careers, we aim to reshape the labor market to create a more inclusive future — one that promotes our unique talents, strengthens our relationships, celebrates our humanity, and makes us all better off as a result.

We're building a platform that helps people who work for themselves keep relationships at the center and make the connections they need to succeed. We have a lofty vision, and we could use your help. If you’re passionate about the problems we’re tackling, come. Join us.

Our most recent blog post is a good summary of our story and recent progress: The New Prefer: Working Independently, Together. https://blog.prefer.com/the-new-prefer-working-independently-together-96ac79f06be7

Company Culture

We value a culture of inclusivity and diversity. Your background and ideas will contribute towards a diverse outlook on a vast, challenging, and meaningful problem-space. Our values guide the way that we approach building not only our product, but also our team and company.

Our vacation policy specifically encourages taking care of yourself and spending time with friends and family. We encourage quality over quantity, and balance over workaholism.

We believe that we’re at our best when collaboration occurs across the whole company. The key to our success is building a team that loves working together, and we think that the best ideas come from a culture of honesty, humility, and mutual respect.

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