Senior Staff Software Engineer at CircleCI

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At CircleCI, we enable developers to do better work every day. We focus solely on helping our customers ship quality code, faster. Our organization is growing to meet the demands of our customers, and we need an experienced Backend Architect to join our adventure!

As a Senior Staff Engineer you will oversee the technical aspects of our direction and quality of delivery within our Application Engine group. This set of teams is accountable for the underlying functions that power our products at scale. Your deep knowledge of API design and backend services will help us deliver functionality that empowers developers worldwide. You'll be at the forefront of crafting powerful solutions and setting the standards for backend engineering across our organization.

What you’ll do:
  • Guide several teams in anticipation of future use cases and help them make design decisions that minimize the cost of future changes. You will support and empower these teams to do their best work.
  • Be a strategic partner and actively work with engineering teams and cross-functionally with other departments to develop and apply scalable solutions.
  • Regularly mentor and coach engineers to expand their skills and support their career growth, including pair programming.
  • Take leadership on particularly critical code reviews in multiple code languages as well as develop a cross-organizational technical strategy and architectural vision by analyzing cross-team challenges and designing measurable solutions.
  • Contribute to building the standard methodologies of a growing organization.
  • Share rotating on-call duties for our incident response.
What we're looking for:

We’re seeking someone who thrives in a collaborative environment, is naturally curious and interested in learning, has strong communication and collaboration skills, and helps others grow by sharing their expertise and encouragement.

  • Experience: You bring 10+ years of technical leadership experience working in a modern cloud company and expertise in distributed systems. You're experienced with at least some of our tech stack, are willing to learn new technologies and languages, and aren’t afraid to admit what you don’t know. Learn more about our tech stack here.
  • Collaboration: You thrive in a collaborative environment, are naturally curious and interested in learning, and enjoy helping others grow by sharing your expertise and encouragement.
  • Communication: You encourage open communication both asynchronously and synchronously, value feedback loops, and are open to being wrong and having your mind changed. You’re proficient in English in verbal and written form.
  • Delivery: You know the ins and outs of modern software engineering practices, agile/scrum methodologies, and how to apply them to drive effective, timely, high-quality delivery. You provide visibility into your work and progress.
  • Leadership: You foster a culture of ideas, write problem statements, and proactively engage with and educate both business partners and other engineers cross-functionally to understand the impact of their work. You have experience partnering with product and business leaders while providing technical direction for a team with engineering managers and engineers.
  • Adaptability: You're comfortable with ambiguity and figuring things out as they evolve, change, and new requirements emerge.
  • Remote work: You are comfortable working with distributed teams across multiple time zones. Being remote-first, we foster a culture that is inclusive of remote workers while allowing everyone to be the most productive. Learn more about our remote-first culture here.
CircleCI Engineering Career Growth System:

This role equals level E5 on our Engineering Competency Matrix, our internal career growth system for engineers. Find more about the matrix in this blog post.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

About CircleCI

CircleCI is the world’s largest shared continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform, and the central hub where code moves from idea to delivery. As one of the most-used DevOps tools that processes more than 1 million builds a day, CircleCI has unique access to data on how engineering teams work, and how their code runs. Companies like Spotify, Coinbase, and BuzzFeed use us to improve engineering team productivity, release better products, and get to market faster.

CircleCI is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.

Colorado Salary Range: $160,000 - $200,000/year

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An Insider's view of CircleCI

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The Denver office is collaborative, ambitious and exciting. We are located downtown near a bunch of fun bars and restaurants. Everyone comes into the office everyday looking forward to the challenge at hand, which is refreshing to start your day with!


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How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Building a business in which collaboration is a cultural norm is a team sport! Slack and video chats with team leaders and team members alike, I find the frequent sharing of our best ideas and insights really encourages team players, gains support for critical initiatives, and provides a level of trust to converse openly about difficult issues.


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What makes someone successful on your team?

Our team and office culture is so engaging. It’s awesome to be in a place where we’re actively curious about what other roles in the company do and what their challenges are. That reinforces two core attributes of successful sales executives that are curiosity and passion for both our customers and our peers.


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How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Through cultivating open and honest communication. I encourage my team to voice their ideas, think outside of the box, and to take ownership to find creative solutions to resolve customer issues.


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

Everyone on the team and the company can and will reach out to me. I also attend weekly stand-ups in our Denver office, regularly ask for feedback in our team slack channels, and stay in touch with managers and ICs when it comes to deals, problems, etc.


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What are CircleCI Perks + Benefits

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Diversity Program
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend

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