Staff Backend Software Engineer at Babylist (Remote)

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Who We Are

Babylist is the leading destination for baby commerce, where 8 million people each year discover and purchase items to help welcome a new baby. We serve parents and the community of grandparents, friends and relatives around each baby - connecting everyone who helps plan, prepare and shop for the new arrival. From the “add anything from anywhere” registry for new parents, to the expert advice and product ideas for gift givers, there is no more trusted, go-to solution for growing families.

Our Ways of Working

We’re a remote-first company with team members located across the United States spanning multiple time zones, so we put in extra effort to make sure we connect and collaborate in ways that make sense for both the individual and for the business. We care about our work but know that we all care about things outside of work, too. Sometimes this looks like being flexible with our time to log on to a critical meeting and other times, it’s our team being flexible for us to attend to life outside of Babylist. As a remote-first company, personal connection is the foundation for the great work we do together. In order to  build those relationships, we meet with coworkers in person two times a year at a full company offsite and a departmental offsite. These are great opportunities to meet the people you work with every day and to do some of the work that is much more difficult to do virtually. Though most of our roles are fully remote, the majority of our leadership positions require limited amounts of travel for in-person meetings throughout the year, primarily to our headquarters in Oakland, CA.

Our Tech Stack

  • Ruby on Rails
  • AWS
  • Sidekiq
  • MySQL
  • Redis
  • React
  • Native iOS and Android

What the Role Is

The Staff Software Engineer on the Fulfillment and Operations Engineering team will drive the technical decisions that will scale Babylist’s $200M ecommerce business to $500M+. They will help grow and mentor a team of skilled software engineers building and maintaining a culture of engagement and excellence. 


Who You Are

  • A high-performing engineer with a strong track record of delivering end to end solutions that drive business growth.
  • You thrive in a quickly growing environment and are excited to play a major role in multiple business critical projects.
  • You are an expert programmer with significant experience in Ruby on Rails.
  • You’re skilled at testing, monitoring and running a production software system and you love to share your approach and best practices with your teammates.
  • You can see the value in both building the solution internally and jumpstarting the process by leveraging off the shelf tools.  You are focused on defining the best business solution which usually requires a mix of both approaches.
  • You have past experience working in small/medium sized startups and thrive on finding the best path between building for now vs. building for the long term.
  • Past experience in e-commerce fulfillment or supply chain is a big plus but not required.
How You'll Make an Impact
  • Design and build the systems that will scale Babylist’s supply chain to $500M in revenue and beyond. 
  • Define and shape the technical solutions that will enable Babylist’s unique gifting platform to be exceptionally cost effective throughout the supply chain.
  • Use your experience and passion to level up the skills of the engineers around you. Help define the best practices, approaches, and attitude that further make this an exceptional team to be a part of.
  • Provide visibility into the technical investments needed to improve and streamline Babylist systems. Have a deep and broad understanding of how our systems work and define the projects that will make future enhancements easy to implement.
  • Take ownership of the hardest and most complex problems that the team faces. Show how these problems can be broken down and solved with incremental deliveries that solve the problem.  

Why You Will Love Working At Babylist

  • We are a remote first company and invest in infrastructure you’ll need to be supported and successful: tools, opportunities to connect with colleagues, and a stipend to help you set up your office
  • We build products that have a positive impact on millions of people’s lives
  • We work at a sustainable pace which means work/life balance is a real thing here
  • We believe technology and data can solve hard problems 
  • We believe in exceptional management 
  • We are committed to providing an actively antiracist organization and doing the work to support differences of all kinds
  • We offer competitive pay and meaningful opportunities for career advancement
  • We have great benefits like company paid medical, dental, and vision, a generous paid parental leave policy, and 401k with company match
  • We care about employee wellbeing with perks for physical, mental and emotional health, parenting, childcare, and financial planning 

If your experience is close to what we’re looking for, please consider applying. Experience comes in many forms – skills are transferable, and passion goes a long way. We know that diversity makes for the best problem-solving and creative thinking, which is why we’re dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team and encourage everyone to apply.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • SnowflakeDatabases
    • DBTDatabases
    • AWS (Amazon Web Services)Services
    • ContentfulCMS
    • SendGridEmail
    • IterableEmail

An Insider's view of Babylist

What are some social events your company does?

We stay connected to each other through Slack, virtual events, or meeting up in person. It is essential as a remote company that we are intentional about seeing each other in person and use that time to build strong relationships. We have an annual company off-site and department off-sites that focus on connecting with each other as whole humans.

Becky Lehman

Community Manager

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Ensuring inbound supply chain processes can match our growth. The biggest problem we face is ensuring our processes and systems can grow with us. To enable sustainable solutions to this we focus on four key themes: Be extremely good at the basics, automation of manual tasks, continuous improvement, and creating actionable dashboards and reports.

Josh Woods

Director, Inbound Operations

What are some things you learned at the company?

Effective asynchronous communication is the key to working remotely. Being able to provide generous, carefully-considered updates with just enough detail to ensure your reader understands your reasoning is a powerful skill that I see on display every day.

Andy Aragon

Sr. Software Engineer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Our implementation teams have full responsibility for delivering their projects. We provide them with a well-defined problem statement and a workable solution outline. Then, it’s up to the team to work out the details of the project, set tasks, adjust the scope, and get creative to deliver in a fixed period of time.

TJ Moretto

VP of Engineering

What projects are you most excited about?

I’m excited to integrate our partner brands into the metaverse with the launch of Babylist Land, a virtual registry and gifting experience. Gen Z and Millenial parents want to buy in virtual environments, and Babylist Land will integrate our brand partners in this experience to drive high engagement and ultimately, registry additions and sales.

Liz Primm

Sr.Director, Business Development + Strategic Partnership

What are Babylist Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
One example of how we volunteer is through a company sponsored Volunteer Week.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Paid industry certifications

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