Senior Developer, Advocate



Role Location

  • Remote


501+ people


234 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON, K1N 5X8, CA

Tech Stack

  • Ruby on Rails
  • MySQL
  • React
  • React Native
  • Redis
  • memcached
  • Kubernetes
  • Google Cloud Platform
  • nginx
  • Lua
  • Golang
  • GraphQL
  • JavaScript
  • TypeScript
  • Ruby
  • Docker
  • Terraform

Role Description

Senior Developer - Advocate (Build)

Location: North America preferred, open to EU

Reports To: Senior Developer Advocate Manager

Works With: 

Works with the product and engineering teams of its assigned area of responsibility

Works with the leadership team

Works with fellow developer advocates

Externally, works with the developer community to better understand their technical needs.

Role Overview

As a Senior Developer Advocate, you ensure that Shopify builds the most developer-friendly commerce platform in the world. We expect you to bring or develop a long-term industry vision in your area of responsibility and work with our product and engineering teams to shape the future of the platform. To do so, you will be the first to try things out, to build proofs of concept and the first to figure out where things break. You will need to build solid relationships with our platform’s internal and external users and understand their challenges to represent them at every step of our platform’s development: you will act as the voice of developers. You will also understand the landscape of competing tools and products developers could choose as alternatives to Shopify and ensure we stay ahead. Finally, you will invest some of your time building and supporting developer tools, client libraries or anything else that you think could improve the developer experience in your area of expertise.

Area of Focus

This role specifically focused on our Core-Build product area. You will be in charge of many developer experiences, including applications that heavily rely on our App Bridge, Argo and event synchronization technologies. Furthermore, over the next few years, we will release a ton of new integration points that will give our partners new powerful ways to add value to millions of Shopify merchants. Your role will be to make sure those technologies are developer-friendly, and that partners are heard at every point of the development lifecycle. This is a unique opportunity to influence the future of commerce and positively impact the lives of developers, merchants, and shoppers around the world.

*This is not a traditional Developer Advocate role as this person will be expected to advocate for our internal Shopifolk regarding systems, implementations and processes. 

Responsibilities and Duties:

Be the voice of the developer. 

Define and be responsible for the expected quality standards of our developer experience; drive its adoption among product and engineering teams.

Build proof of concepts, and exercise new developer products and APIs. 

Working with your peers in the developer advocacy craft, provide a wider context to your assigned product area to ensure we ship a cohesive platform. 

Build a deep understanding of different product verticals to become a domain expert by working with internal product teams and external partners

Understand, measure and mitigate the impact on new changes our developer ecosystem

Review documentation updates, new tutorials and other public-facing content to make sure it is technically accurate and aligns with the long term vision of our platform. 


Technical experience in one of our verticals (ie: Shipping, Payments, Online Stores, Checkout, Logistics)

Excellent communication skills (experience in public speaking and/or live streaming a plus)

University degree in computer science, related field or equivalent experience.

Experience in building apps on web platforms (experience building a Shopify app a plus)

Good at managing complex dependencies and competing priorities

About Shopify

Shopify is a platform built for independent business owners of all shapes and sizes to start, sell, market and manage their businesses online, in-store, and everywhere between. With a comprehensive set of industry-leading tools, Shopify has helped over 1.7 million people in 175 countries take control of where they take their businesses. Shopify has worked with brands like Unilever, Gymshark, Allbirds and countless others that started with nothing but an idea, a passion, or a purpose.

Company Culture

Shopify-wide Culture Culture is the sum of our beliefs and behaviours. It’s how people act when they think nobody’s watching. Every single one of us influences the environment here through our everyday actions and interactions. Therefore, we all own culture.

We embrace being multicultural and celebrate the differences that occur naturally within teams, departments, locations, and projects. We see this diversity as a strength.

We might not agree with each other all the time, but the best solutions come out of the agreements we strike when we look at common problems through different perspectives. Regardless of our backgrounds, locations, or teams, our mission and values link us together. We are here to make commerce better for everyone, so that anyone, anywhere can create independence for themselves, their families, and their communities. We do this through a focus on collective impact, continuous learning, thriving on change, and building for the longterm. They are the shared principles we all agree on and live by.

Engineering Culture Engineering has always been a leading discipline at Shopify. Our CEO is a programmer and along with our President, have both committed code. Engineering teams play a critical role in influencing and driving our approach to product development.

We develop excellence in our craft through practice and growth. We practice our skills by solving challenging problems at scale. We grow by working with and learning from other talented developers in our community and embracing new technologies and languages. Pull out of your lane and tackle front-end, back-end, infrastructure, data, or trust and security initiatives. These moves are not just allowed, they’re encouraged, and they enable you to build your breadth, depth, and ability to solve hard problems.

Our Developers have high trust and autonomy - our infrastructure is built so you can ship fast and ship early. Everyone has the ability to improve Shopify, and you won’t be limited to a prescribed set of tasks as a developer.

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