Senior Software Engineer, Platform

| Chicago, IL
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About Sittercity

Sittercity, a Bright Horizons company, is a technology platform working to reimagine the child care industry. Finding, hiring and managing high-quality, trustworthy and enriching child care has never been simple, for parents or caregivers. We want to change that. At Sittercity, you can imagine and create solutions that will revolutionize a multi-billion industry and bring relief to parents and care providers alike, all while having a lot of fun! Boost your career as we launch into our next phase of growth and help build a platform that changes the way child care works.

The Opportunity

As a Senior Software Engineer at Sittercity, you will bring your knowledge of modern web technologies to architect and build a fast, responsive and intuitive web and mobile experience for our users. While we’re looking to bring on a multitude of engineers across all of our cross-discipline teams, or “squads”, this exciting opportunity focuses on a team dedicated to platform initiatives.

Our Platform Squad ensures our technology is modern while also building common services for our product squads. The platform squad has a technical focus taking on larger refactorings, common solutions, upgrades and developing tooling to make the lives of other engineers simpler.

Additionally, you will work closely with the Product Squads to improve and extend our platform capabilities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with product managers, designers and various stakeholders across the business to conceptualize and build new features.
  • Brainstorm with fellow team members to estimate the feasibility and implementation strategies of deliverables.
  • Work within Ruby on Rails and Go environments to maintain and extend our current applications.
  • Design and develop API contracts to be consumed by stakeholder clients
  • Architect and build robust software using modern web technologies.
  • Mentor other engineers and help with code reviews.
  • Participate in our on-call schedule that all engineers participate in.

Required Qualifications

  • Expertise with Ruby on Rails and/or Go
  • 4-6 years as a Software Engineer 
  • Have a positive attitude and a desire to learn and teach 
  • Comfortable working with monolithic codebases while trying to refactor into a more modern service architecture 
  • Great communication and project management skills. We value well rounded engineers.

Desired Qualifications

  • Familiar with Google Cloud or AWS 
  • Experience with modern front end frameworks (e.g. React, Vue, etc.)

Employee Benefits

Recognized as a Chicago Innovation Award winner and one of the best places to work by Crain’s and Built In Chicago, we offer an inclusive, innovative, and fun environment that rewards passionate and curious individuals. You will receive the following benefits:

  • Support for flexible and remote working environments
  • Generous paid time off policy, including sick and holiday
  • Industry leading parental leave
  • Health, dental, vision, disability, life, and 401(k) matching
  • Sittercity membership, back up child/adult/elder care, and child care center discounts
  • Tuition assistance, college coach, and enhanced family support
  • Company events, social outings, and volunteer opportunities

Sittercity is committed to hiring a diverse workforce. We consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital or familial status, childbirth (including pregnancy) or related medical conditions including but not limited to lactation, or any other basis as prohibited by federal, state or local law. Sittercity participates in E-Verify and background checks all employees.

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An Insider's view of Sittercity

What are some social events your company does?

During the work day, break time can equal Mario Kart, coffee runs or ping pong. After work, we have had fun activities including Trivia Night and happy hour. For food lovers, we've had potlucks, a chili cook off, and cookie contest!

Josh

Director of Customer Success

What does your typical day look like?

Analytics is core to what we're building here. By leveraging data from social networks, family demographics, and existing users, we're creating a smarter matching experience for families and sitters. My team is making these data sources accessible to every team member, so we can make smarter business decisions and improve the user experience.

Micheal

Director of Analytics

How does the company support your career growth?

Sittercity has allowed me to take on different projects and claim ownership in order to grow. They've supported my career decisions, like moving from operations to customer success. Every project I do matters and contributes to our overall success. Not only has Sittercity helped my career growth, they've helped me grow outside of work as well.

Justine

Trust and Safety Specialist

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

The problem we're working to solve requires a "go slow, to go fast" approach. Our team, myself included, works hand in hand to make sure we're building smartly and collaboratively. I believe in daily stand-ups, regular 1:1s and maintaining an open door policy with the entire team.

Shane

Head of Technology

What are some social events your company does?

We’re a pretty social group who appreciates a healthy balance of virtual and in-person events! From drag bingo, trivia, happy hours, and to hosting our first Pride Picnic in June 2021. My personal favorite, though, is Sittercity Karaoke Night. The Sittercity Team loves the social time we spend together giving back to communities.

Vaughn-Shane

Executive Assistant

What are Sittercity Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We volunteer with several local organizations that align with our work; a few are Cradles to Crayons, Chicago Youth Centers, and Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC)
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Sittercity has a passionate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee as well as a traditional Culture Committee to help manage both virtual and in-person events.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
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
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
From day one, we promote coming to work however you feel comfortable and that best represents who you are. For some folks, that's business casual, and for others, it's jeans and a t-shirt.
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
We are passionate about supporting both virtual and in-person events (when possible). This ranges from company picnics, happy hours, and karaoke nights to virtual Drag Bingo, trivia, and game nights!
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
We provide a credit to order food for synchronous Team Lunches every Wednesday.
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
We have monthly Lunch & Learns that are open to everyone on the team. They range from bringing in an expert in the field to showcasing some of our team's awesome talent and expertise.
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning

Additional Perks + Benefits

What highlights our perks and culture at Sittercity is that we have a genuine interest in our team on a holistic level. Whether through their development at Sittercity or interests outside of work, we make sure to support them through it all. Taking time for a few classes? Awesome, we'll make sure to support the need for some extra time. Do you have to take the kids to their dance recital or karate lessons? That is so cool (but, really, let us know if we can come and cheer on your kiddos). In need of a mental health day? Absolutely take the time that you need! This is a judgment-free zone. Your Sittercity Fam will be ready to support and cheer you on so you can come to work as the best version of yourself, bringing your strongest work and passion to the team.

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