Principal Software Engineer

| United States +74 more | Remote
Employer Provided Salary: 120,000-189,000 Annually
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Principal Software Engineer (Crafter)- US Remote

Who We Are 

We are 8th Light, an employee-owned, remote-first software consultancy, we consider software design and development a craft. We’re driven by our deep commitment to excellence, and powered by our collective depth of knowledge and experience. Our team of expert developers and designers hold the title of "Crafter" to reflect our dedication to quality, our emphasis on continual learning, and our belief that software is truly a craft — something we take pride in, and value highly. We value colleagues who enjoy learning and teaching, which creates our collaborative organization.

As a team of polyglot generalists — thinkers and doers ready to take on most any challenge that we encounter, we remain positioned to help an ever growing portfolio of client partners. If this approach to product and software development resonates with you, we'd love to talk.

Who You Are

You’ve shown long-term repeated success on a variety of projects, typically over the course of 10+ years. You can be the go-to leader for any software development engagement. You have a broad and deep range of expertise that allows you to make an immediate impact on projects. In your previous experience, you have:

  • Written production-quality code in Ruby OR Elixir OR Java OR Python OR JavaScript OR TypeScript OR React — preferably two or more languages
  • Built high-quality, maintainable software collaboratively, incrementally, and pragmatically
  • Built larger features or subsystems
  • Used context-appropriate automated testing to inform software design choices and catch bugs
  • Debugged and refactored pre-existing code to incrementally improve it
  • Collaborated with teams using Git, MacOS/Linux, and CI/CD
  • Addressed architecture-level concerns such as scalability, security, reliability, and performance
  • Led projects or teams
  • Brought together people from different functions and perspectives in forums that encourage idea sharing, collaboration, and problem solving
  • Made thoughtful recommendations and set direction in the face of ambiguity
  • Mentored and shared knowledge with colleagues
  • Actively sought out and effectively given feedback
  • Communicated empathically with stakeholders and colleagues
  • Collaboratively led stakeholders to balance technical considerations with product and user needs

What You’ll Do At 8th Light

As a lead technologist on projects, you’ll work with a variety of clients, typically one to two in a year,  and in a variety of languages over the course of your career with us. You’ll lead more complicated projects, leading teams to do so. You’ll work with colleagues who share your passion for creating software. You’ll invest time developing your skills and sharing what you know. You’ll be responsible for:

  • Making immediate contributions to projects, rapidly building trust with clients
  • Working pragmatically to balance technology choices while delivering high-quality work within deadlines
  • Leading architecture and software design discussions
  • Generating new potential solutions to challenges (technical and non-technical) in partnership with team members and clients
  • Leading or initiating formal feedback conversations with teams and clients via retrospectives
  • Clearly articulating and documenting outcomes and driving forward action items
  • Ensuring your team has a healthy, prioritized, estimated backlog
  • Managing high-level project roadmaps as the team lead for large engagements
  • Maintaining relationships with client technical leaders
  • Regular syncs with the client to provide status updates, and for identifying and evaluating risks and presenting potential solutions
  • Serving as a mentor to those on your teams
  • Identifying and resolving blockers to team progress
  • Contributing to 8th Light by serving as a mentor to apprentices, leading or designing workshops internally or for clients, representing 8th Light in the tech community, or supporting our hiring processes

Nice to Have

We work across many areas, and encourage anyone with the experience listed to apply. We would particularly like to encourage applicants with experience in the following areas:

  • infrastructure as code
  • data engineering
  • CI/CD pipelines
  • native mobile development

How You’ll be Supported

We want our people to feel supported and encouraged to embrace their most authentic selves. Our wellness package at 8th Light is centered around the Whole YOU. Offerings that include:

  • An L&D Program which includes: Learning budget, MasterClass, and in-person learning opportunities
  • Coworking to support our global team
  • L&D time allotment of 80+ hours per year 
  • Flexible PTO & flexible work schedule
  • Wellness days
  • 12 weeks of new parent leave available for eligible employees
  • Semi annual promotion panel

See our full list of Benefits

Join Us –– 8th Light is Fully Remote

We recognize that creating a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization is an ongoing journey, and we’re excited to share our journey with you. We have a proud tradition of hiring talented colleagues with unusual career experiences. We're more interested in your experiences, results, and impact than brand names, degrees, or keywords that may appear on your resume.

8th Light currently recruits and supports a distributed team of employees in various states who work remotely. When opportunities allow we can also consider hiring talent eligible to work in the United States and the United Kingdom. In this new workplace landscape, it is rare that our consulting engagements require travel for current roles. 

We are committed to supporting, onboarding, growth, and engagement of employees who choose to work remotely on a permanent basis. For team members who seek to work in-office, where local regulations allow, we can provide an experience that supports in-person social interaction and collaboration in our hub cities of Chicago, New York, London and Los Angeles. Learn more about our philosophy, plans, and updates by signing up for our Talent Community!

A Note on Compensation:

8th Light has recently adopted a compensation strategy that allows us to be competitive in each market for which we hire. Thereby, salary ranges for each position are not only determined based on experience and knowledge base, but also regional labor markets.

To enquire further into the range in your market for this position, contact us at [email protected].

The US range for the role is: ~$120,000 to $189,000

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Candidate Location Eligibility:
Albuquerque, NM
Ann Arbor, MI
Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD
Baton Rouge, LA
Birmingham, AL
Boise, ID
Boston, MA
Buffalo, NY
Charleston, SC
Charlotte, NC
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Colorado, CO
Columbus, OH
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
Dayton, OH
Des Moines, IA
Detroit, MI
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Greensboro, NC
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Hartford, CT
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Indianapolis, IN
Jacksonville, FL
Kansas City, MO
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Lincoln, NE
Little Rock, AR
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Miami, FL
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Nashville, TN
New Orleans, LA
New York City, NY
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Omaha, NE
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Other US Location
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville
Pensacola, FL
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Phoenix – Mesa – Scottsdale, AZ
Pittsburgh, PA
Portland, ME
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Spokane, WA
St. Louis, MO
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa Bay, FL
Tucson, AZ
Tulsa, OK
Washington DC
Wichita, KS
Wilmington, NC

Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • C#Languages
    • ElixirLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • KotlinLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SassLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • TypeScriptLanguages
    • ReactLanguages
    • ClojureLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • jQuery UILibraries
    • PandasLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • AngularFrameworks
    • CircleCIFrameworks
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • DockerFrameworks
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • JestFrameworks
    • JupyterFrameworks
    • KafkaFrameworks
    • KubernetesFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • React NativeFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • SparkFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • SymfonyFrameworks
    • TerraformFrameworks
    • Vue.jsFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • ElasticsearchDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • AWS (Amazon Web Services)Services
    • GitHubServices
    • GitLabServices
    • Google CloudServices

An Insider's view of 8th Light, Inc.

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Whether it’s regularly evaluating our workload to ensure it’s achievable, encouraging stress-relieving activities like offering mindfulness meditation sessions during Town Hall meetings, or respecting an individual’s boundaries for working hours and vacation time.

Taylor Keazirian

Software Crafter

What are some things you learned at the company?

We regularly teach each other new technologies that we encounter on our client work and if we have any technical questions we can post them on a channel for tips, tricks and other help. This is not just within a particular team or client engagement.

Marie Robinson

Senior Software Crafter

What's something quirky about your company?

MiniConf! Every year coworkers give presentations on a topic of choice. I can always count on many interesting talks about technology, but there are also engaging ones about things like painting, amateur radio, and K-pop! I love hearing about my coworkers’ passions and interests, and I admire their ability to weave their stories into a great talk.

Jessica

Senior Software Crafter

What are 8th Light, Inc. Perks + Benefits

8th Light, Inc. Benefits Overview

8th Light has a comprehensive benefits and total compensation package that is flexible and customizable as per your family/life/personal circumstances. We are supportive of family friendly flexibility, which includes perks and offerings such as an extensive parental leave program which covers (4 paid months time off). Our benefits and perks also reenforce our values of Humanity, Education and Ownership — with options to purchase stock, Learning and Development stipends with paid time allocated to growth and continuous learning, additionally a popular donation matching program.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
8th Light offers a company day of service. Team members elect to participate in support of various charities, foundations and non-profits regionally and locally, such as Code First Girls, Code Platoon
Partners with nonprofits
We partner with Code Bootcamps to provide opportunities to career changers and self taught software developers to deepen their knowledge base and gain experience through our world class Apprenticeship
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Employee awards
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
All employees are fully remote with an office spaces available for optional use at our HQ in Chicago. 8th Light also provides access to thousands of modern shared co-working spaces worldwide.
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Women in executive level positions, including the Co-CEO. women and POCs on the 8th Light executive board and throughout the company.
Mandated unconscious bias training
Led by the Director of Training and Development, unconscious bias training is a quintessential component of the 8th Light Interview Process.
Diversity manifesto
Hiring practices that promote diversity
We partner with various diverse talent communities, broaden our scope of where we post, source and evaluate candidates. We prepare candidates for success with details on every step of the process.
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Through opt-in enrollment, our plans offer Heath Care, Dependent, and Commuter Reimbursement.
Disability insurance
8th Light offers company-paid both short-term and long-term disability benefits.
Dental insurance
The Dental plan offered provides comprehensive dental coverage with low, predictable costs. 100% of coverage for preventative services, including x-rays. Child orthodontia coverage available as well.
Vision insurance
100% coverage for eye exams and lenses after $35 dollar copay-- with a $130 allowance for frames per year. 20% discount offered on balance for frames at participating providers.
Health insurance
8th Light offers four unique options for comprehensive medical coverage to support you and your family. In addition to MD Live, a service offering included in all BCBS plans at 8th Light.
Life insurance
Employer paid coverage of up to $50,000 with the option to increase coverage at a low-expense.
Pet insurance
Pet's veterinary services are covered with 90% reimbursement. Open to all ages. Includes spay/neuter, hereditary, Rx therapeutic diets, dental and more. Provided at low cost through Nationwide.
Wellness programs
Annual budget for personal wellness to be used on: massages, gym/fitness memberships, equipment and more.
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
In addition to comprehensive mental health coverage through medical plans, 8th Light offers EAP services at no cost to employees. Unlimited telephone consultations, and up to 3 in-person sessions/ yr.
Transgender health care benefits
Wellness days
Employees offered 3 wellness days annually.
Abortion travel benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
401(K) matching
Eligible 60 days following employment. 8th Light will match 100% up to the first 4% employees contribute.
Company equity
Over 40% of organization are employee owners. Employees will have the option to purchase shares of the organization. Employee owners will receive quarterly payouts based on organization's performance.
Performance bonus
Spot Bonus Program: Payouts up to $€£5,000 for new opportunities introduced to 8th Light.
Charitable contribution matching
8th Light will match up to $250 per calendar year for each employee’s contributions to a charitable organization.
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Available immediately upon employment. 8th Light covers 12 weeks of leave at 100% of salary.
Family medical leave
Fertility benefits
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Four weeks of paid time off with incremental increases based on tenure of employment. PTO can be used for vacation, personal, and sick time at the employees discretion.
Paid volunteer time
8 Hours per year.
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Can be used in addition to PTO.
Bereavement leave benefits
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Pet friendly
Fitness stipend
Employees are reimbursed $100 per year for health and wellness expenses.
Home-office stipend for remote employees
New hires receive a $200 stipend for home office furniture. In addition to a state of the art work device (Apple Notebook) and 4K monitors, accessories, and more-- through partnership with FirstBase.
Meditation space
Mother's room
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
There is an annual $1,500 learning and development budget given each crafters, there are opportunities for educational expenses as well as conferences paid through 8th Light's partnership.
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Employees are assigned mentors at the start of employment to guide them throughout their career journey and assist them in getting acclimated into the culture at 8th Light!
Continuing education stipend
All employees are awarded an annual $1,500 stipend for learning and development expenses. This can be used on: classes, software subscriptions, conference travel, etc.
Continuing education available during work hours
Based upon role, employees are given time allotments to focus on non-project based learning.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
Personal development training
Apprenticeship programs
The 8th Light Apprenticeship Program has been the spark of our success since day one.

Additional Perks + Benefits

We’re passionate about creating a culture that cares for the whole person. And our competitive benefits packages help us foster an environment where everyone grows professionally and personally.

We offer an extensive parental leave program, options to purchase stock, learning and development stipends, donation matching, and Spot Bonus Program — rewarding eligible employees for introducing new business to 8th Light.

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