Senior Software Engineer, Operating Model (Remote) at Inspire

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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 Operating Model is the heart and the brain of our clean energy platform -- tracking and forecasting costs and revenues as the source of truth for key stakeholders across the business to make decisions about growth, optimization and strategy.

As a Senior Software Engineer on our Operating Model Team, your work will help drive down costs, manage risk, accelerate growth and improve our member experience -- broadening access to clean energy as we grow to new markets, and enabling new products that accelerate a net zero carbon future. In this role, you will work closely with machine learning and data engineers to build scalable and extensible APIs to integrate our ML models into the services used throughout our business.

You will contribute to our pricing and offers service, which combines machine learning forecasts with a pricing experimentation platform to show customers the right plan at the right price to best meet their needs. By ensuring forecast accuracy and precision at the point of sale, we are able to effectively hedge risk and minimize costs, enabling innovative and consumer-friendly products including flat-price subscription billing. By actively experimenting with plan types, we continuously improve customer satisfaction and lifetime value, maximizing our collective impact on our mission to accelerate a net zero carbon future.

THE SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER, OPERATING MODEL HAS 4 MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Design and build REST APIs in ruby and/or python to support core business functionality such as pricing, offers, and load forecasts.
  • Configure and maintain cloud infrastructure on AWS and Heroku
  • Configure and manage applications on kubernetes
  • Build and maintain CI/CD pipelines for applications using AWS and Github
  • Team-oriented development: building modular & re-usable tools, writing maintainable code, owning technical and business documentation
  • Working with our ML team to provide robust interfaces for our ML Models
  • Communication with technical and non-technical audiences, and ability to translate between the domains of business problems and implementations

SOME YEAR 1 DELIVERABLES

  • Extend current offer service APIs to support new features
  • Build new APIs to allow internal services to leverage our LTV and Load Forecasting APIs
  • Identify bottlenecks and improve scalability to support our growing customer base
  • Improve and maintain CI/CD pipelines for various services within the Operating Model infrastructure

SUCCESS METRICS

  • Cultivated familiarity with Inspire’s frameworks & operating model
  • Delivery of high-quality pull requests, evidencing strong code standards & testing practices
  • High quality documentation for both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Comfort with self-directed project management: requiring minimal oversight to assess a problem, formulate a solution, deliver code, and document changes.
  • Positive interactions with department stakeholders: guidance and input that creates business value for non-technical personnel; feedback on priorities, status, and estimates that create transparency and build trust.

DESIRED TRAITS

  • Analytical: Able to develop a keen understanding of the problem before deciding on a solution
  • Curious: Desire to understand the underpinnings of complex business processes in order to design the correct technical solution
  • Determined: Able to focus on the problem at hand and deliver a complete solution quickly.
  • Open minded: Incorporates new information quickly in a fast changing environment; willing to take input from others.
  • Growth Mindset: Looking for challenges and opportunities to develop new skills and acquire knowledge.

EXPERIENCE

  • Must Have
    • 3+ years experience working with Ruby and/or Python for a backend application in a production environment
    • 3+ years experience with the software development life cycle (git, Pull Requests, Code Reviews, Testing, etc)
    • Proficiency working with the command line
    • Proficiency with SQL
  • Nice to Have
    • Experience with key technologies: rails, flask, redis, kubernetes, streaming (kafka, kinesis, etc.), swagger
    • Experience with ORMs ActiveRecord, SQLAlchemy, etc
    • Experience with IaC tools Cloud Formation, Terraform, etc
    • Experience working in the energy industry
    • Experience working with financial data and complex financial models
    • Experience with technical communication to audiences of diverse backgrounds

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An Insider's view of Inspire

What are some social events your company does?

As the cherry on top to our mission-driven work, Inspire's community is top-tier. A couple of my favorite events have included beautifying the city on Earth Day, awarding top talent at The Windy's, and learning how our industry can take steps to be more equitable. With every happy hour, I'm reminded how enchanting my fellow Avengers truly are.

Lindsey Tod

Sr. Manager, Sales & MX Enablement and Alignment

How does the company support your career growth?

Inspire has helped me take my career to the next level, but most importantly, empowered me to find my passion! Having started my career in Member Experience and Operations, I was able to build a strong foundation of how the business works. I use that knowledge every day as a Product Manager, implementing automation and helping our business scale!

Meghan Griffiths

Director, Retention Services

What are Inspire Perks + Benefits

Inspire Benefits Overview

Inspire’s culture balances the serious nature and tone of a professional company with the move-fast-and-execute tone of a rapidly growing emerging tech company. We believe in working hard and producing, but doing it in a positive and friendly environment where collaboration is rampant.

Inspire calls its employees Avengers. It’s a team out to even the score on behalf of the common man, to challenge the status quo and confront apathy and old-world bureaucracy. Every Avenger lives for the mission: To build the world’s most consumer-focused clean power platform and inspire a connected moment towards a brighter energy future. Avengers are scrappy, restless, humble and committed to balancing passion with purpose and profit.

Inspire offers competitive compensation and equity packages, plus benefits such as health, vision, life, and dental insurance - Not to mention, unlimited vacation, 401(k) plan, a dog friendly workplace & LOTS of cupcakes!

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Inspire's Sustainability team and 3 Employee Resource Groups offer ample opportunities to get out in our local communities, connect with our mission, and further our impact.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Inspire has 3 active employee resource group for our BIPOC, Women, LGBTQIA+ communities and allies that offer monthly programming & bonding opportunities for members.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Inspire regularly offers Wellness focused programming for employees, including awareness & training sessions hosted by experts, company wide wellness challenges, and onsite exercise classes.
Team workouts
Group challenges & competitions coordinated in our #workout slack channel and access to unlimited workouts through our wellbeing app offerings to all employees.
Mental Health Benefits
Unlimited subscriptions to wellbeing apps to support healthy habits like meditation and therapy and monthly selfcare workshops to equip employees with tools to prioritize their wellbeing.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Inspire provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes work remotely on occasion as needed.
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Inspire sponsors family oriented events annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
In addition to internal monthly programming and events, Inspire holds an annual All Company Retreat for employees to connect with our mission and one another
Game Room
Avengers have access to a variety of games in our indoor/outdoor community area. Ping pong tournaments are a crowd favorite amongst our employees!
Stocked Kitchen
Employees enjoy a kitchen filled with a variety of snacks, LaCroix, and cold brew and kombucha on tap.
Happy Hours
Happy hours happen regularly at Inspire HQ, both within teams and company-wide. We hold an annual Halloween happy hour & costume competition as well as an end of year Holiday Party.
Parking
We offer Inspire employees on-site parking.
Pet Friendly
Inspire is a dog friendly office.
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Inspire offers relocation assistance for certain roles.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Inspire works with employees to get them the remote items that will help them be most productive in their at-home offices.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Inspire offers employees professional development opportunities like onsite training courses, the ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Inspire hosts a monthly 'Coach It Corner' series where employees have a platform to share their area of passion or expertise with the larger business!
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Inspire puts a strong emphasis on supporting the wellbeing of all employees. In February, we launched company-wide Wellness Days to prevent employee burnout. Our team gets 1-2 days off per month to take time for themselves to unwind, rest, and take care of themselves.

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