Senior or Staff Software Engineer - Backend/Python (USA Only - 100% Remote)

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Employer Provided Salary: 140,000-200,000 Annually
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We are looking for US-based Senior and Staff level engineers to join our team. Base salary range is $140,000 to $200,000. These are fully remote positions. Read on to learn more!

About Us

Close is a bootstrapped, profitable, 100% remote, ~90 person team of thoughtful individuals who value autonomy and impact. We’re eager to make a product our customers fall in love with over and over again.

We ❤️ startups & SMBs. Since 2013, we’ve been building a CRM that focuses on better communication, without the hassle of manual data entry or complex UI. Our goal: double the productivity of every sales rep.

Our backend tech stack currently consists primarily of Python Flask web apps with our TaskTiger scheduler handling many of the backend asynchronous task processing chores. Our data stores include MongoDB, PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch, and Redis. The underlying infrastructure runs on AWS using a combination of managed services like EKS, MSK, RDS and ElasticCache and non-managed services running on EC2 instances. All of our compute runs through CI/CD pipelines that build Docker images, run automated tests and deploy to our Kubernetes clusters. Our backend primarily serves a well-documented public API that our front-end JavaScript app consumes. Our infrastructure is heavily automated using Terraform, Ansible and other AWS tools.

Our product development process is inspired by Shape Up. We❤️ open sourcing our code and ideas on our GitHub and onThe Making of Close, our behind-the-scenes Product & Engineering blog. Check out our projects like SocketShark, TaskTiger, LimitLion and ciso8601.

About You

We’re looking for high achieving full-time Software Engineers to join our engineering team. Someone who has a good understanding in web technologies and wants to help design, implement, launch, and scale major systems and user-facing features.

You're comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with a small and talented team where you're supported in your efforts to grow professionally. You're able to manage your time well, communicate effectively and collaborate in a fully distributed team.


  • Senior/Staff level candidates should have 5+ years experience building modern back-end systems. Mid-level candidates should have ~3 years of similar experience and be eager to level up with the right opportunity.
  • Python experience is preferred but experience in other languages is acceptable if you have a desire to work with Python.
  • You have hands-on production experience working with MongoDB, PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch, or similar data stores. 
  • You have experience designing, scaling, debugging, and optimizing systems to make them fast and reliable. 
  • You have participated in code reviews and provided overall code quality suggestions to help maintain the structure and quality of the codebase. 
  • You care about the craftsmanship of the code and systems you produce.
  • Located in the USA.

Bonus point if you have…

  • Contributed open source code related to our tech stack
  • Led small project teams building and launching features
  • Built B2B SaaS products
  • Worked with complex architectures that support multiple APIs (e.g. REST, GQL, WebSockets) as well as async task and event processing frameworks

Come help us with projects like...

  • Conceiving, designing, building, and launching new user-facing features
  • Improving the performance and scalability of our GraphQL andREST API.
  • Improving how we sync millions of sales emails and calendar events each month
  • Working with Twilio's API, WebSockets, and WebRTC to improve our calling features
  • Building user-facing analytics features that provide actionable insights based on sales activity data
  • Improving our Elastic search-backed powerful search features
  • Improving our internal messaging infrastructure using streaming technologies like Kafka and Redis 
  • Building new and enhancing existing integrations with other SaaS platforms like Google’s G Suite, Zapier, and Web Conferencing providers

🌏 Why Close?

  • Watch our most recent culture video featuring our annual team retreat in Italy
  • 100% remote company
  • Choose between working 5 days/wk (standard full-time) or 4 days/wk @ 80% pay
  • 5 weeks PTO + Winter Holiday Break with 2 additional PTO days for every year with the company
  • 1 month paid sabbatical every 5 years
  • Paid parental leave
  • Medical, Dental, Vision with HSA option (US residents)
  • 401k matching at 6% (US residents)
  • Dependent care FSA (US residents)
  • Our story and team 🚀

Our Values

  • Build a house you want to live in -- Examine long-term thinking and action
  • No BS -- Practice transparency and honesty, especially when it’s hard
  • Invest in each other -- Build successful relationships with your coworkers and customers 
  • Discipline equals freedom -- Keep your word to yourself and others
  • Strive for greatness -- Constantly challenge yourself and others 

How We Work Together

  • Productivity, Quality & Impact: We don’t track hours. We trust you’re an adult and know best how to prioritize, meet your goals and contribute at a high level. 
  • Asynchronous communication & collaboration: We have team members all over the world. We don’t expect anyone to work untraditional hours, that means our default is async. Most teams have 2-5 hours of internal meetings weekly. 
  • Appreciation for Deep Work: *During your normal work day, not after a day of meetings*. 
  • Autonomy & Freedom: Create a work environment that is sustainable for you. We place a high amount of trust and responsibility with our team members from the start. 

Working from 22+ countries, we’re a collection of talented humans rich in diverse backgrounds, lifestyles, and cultures. Close has been 100% remote since 2016, creating an intentional workplace around asynchronous communication and collaboration. Every year we meet up somewhere around the world to spend time with one another. These gatherings are an opportunity to strengthen the relationships within our global community.

We practice a mature approach to the workplace -- manage your time effectively, communicate thoughtfully with your teammates and customers, and produce high quality work. We have impressive tenure amongst the team; we stay at Close because we love working with our colleagues, we appreciate the autonomy and we thrive in an environment that challenges us to do our best work.

Unanimously, our favorite value is “Build a house you want to live in.” We make decisions that are rooted in helping our customers become more successful. We care equally about the health of our business and the wellbeing of our people. 

Our application process was designed to promote equitable and unbiased hiring practices. We ask a small series of questions that are similar to what would be asked in the first interview. This helps us learn more about you right from the start so please be sure to answer each question thoughtfully. Regardless of fit, you will hear back from us letting you know if we'll be moving forward.

While we are excited by all the opportunities that generative AI has unlocked, we request that you refrain from relying on AI tools when completing an application. We ask these questions because we want to get to know you, your experience, and your communication style. All responses are read closely by multiple humans and any obviously AI generated applications will be disregarded.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
  • People Operations
    • CSSLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • GraphQLFrameworks
    • KafkaFrameworks
    • KubernetesFrameworks
    • React NativeFrameworks
    • ElasticsearchDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • AWS (Amazon Web Services)Services
    • GitHubServices
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • FigmaDesign
    • MiroDesign
    • AirtableManagement
    • AsanaManagement
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • Google DriveManagement
    • Google SlidesManagement
    • WebflowCMS
    • CloseCRM
    • SlackCollaboration
    • ZoomCollaboration
    • AsanaProject Management

An Insider's view of Close

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

One of the main reasons why I love working at Close is we’re a team that truly values having a life outside of work. We have various benefits that support work-life balance such as a generous PTO policy, 2 additional PTO days for every year on the team, 4-day work week option and 1 month paid sabbatical every 5 years.


Sr. People Ops Partner

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

I find it easy to collaborate with other teams at Close because of the many different avenues we have to communicate and how receptive other teams always are. Whether it is via Slack, Zoom meetings, email, or face to face during our in-person retreats, everyone takes a genuine interest in learning what insights can be gained from other teams.


Director of Support

How does the company support your career growth?

I’ve grown immensely since starting my journey at Close, both personally and professionally. In addition to having the most brilliant, experienced and all around incredible mentors and leaders at Close, the company has supported my continued learning through covering workshops, courses and sessions in areas I’m interested in growing in.


Sr. People Ops Partner

What are some social events your company does?

Being a 100% remote company, it’s important for us to connect and spend quality time together. A few of the ways we do this include hosting monthly social events such as social hours or virtual games, our annual company retreat where we meet up somewhere around the world, and virtual summits once or twice a year to offset the time between retreats.


Sr. People Ops Partner

What are Close Perks + Benefits

Close Benefits Overview

* 100% remote-first company (we believe in trust and autonomy)
* Choose between working 5 days/wk or 4 days/wk @ 80% pay
* Annual team retreats ✈️
* 3 x quarterly virtual summits
* 5 weeks PTO + Winter Holiday Break
* 2 additional PTO days every year with the company
* 1 month paid sabbatical every 5 years
* Medical, Dental, Vision with HSA option (US residents)
* 401k matching at 6% (US residents)
* Co-working stipend
* Paid parental leave
* Dependent Care FSA (US residents)

Partners with nonprofits
🌎 ❤️ Close is a contributor to Stripe's climate initiative.
Team based strategic planning
4-day work week
Our team members have a choice between a 5-day week or a 4-day week at 80% pay.
Employee-led culture committees
Day off for your birthday
Employee awards
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
We've been remote since 2016!
Highly diverse management team
Close's Sr. Leadership team has an average tenure of 7.5 years, which is unheard of in our industry. We have representation from diverse backgrounds, lifestyles, and cultures.
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dependent care FSA (US residents)
Dental insurance
99% coverage of all monthly premiums for employees Up to $200/month stipend towards dependent premiums Delta Dental PPO plan
Vision insurance
99% coverage of all monthly premiums for employees 50% coverage of all monthly premiums for dependents
Health insurance
99% coverage of all monthly premiums for employees Up to $1,400/month towards dependent premiums (typically covers 2-3) 3 United Healthcare plan options, including an HSA, Platinum & Gold PPOs
Mental health benefits
Calm subscription Mental health resources available through insurance
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
6% Matching, immediate vesting
Performance bonus
Each year the company sets aside a bonus pool for revenue sharing. These bonuses are contingent on meeting company goals. Team members are eligible to the bonus pool after 1 year of employment.
Child Care & Parental Leave
Childcare benefits
FSA Dependent Care
Generous parental leave
Paid parental leave (10 wks primary caregiver / 4 wks secondary caregiver)
Family medical leave
Restricted work hours
All team members currently have the option for an 80% work load.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
5 weeks PTO + Company-wide winter holiday break which is usually around 9-11 days
1 month paid every 5 years
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
10 Days Annually
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Company-sponsored happy hours
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Promote from within
Continuing education stipend
Continuing education available during work hours
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
Personal development training

Additional Perks + Benefits

In general, we don’t have strict policies, we have guidelines. Work/Life harmony is an important part of our business - we believe you bring your best to work when you practice self-care, whatever that looks like for you.

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