8 Chicago tech jobs to get you excited for 2016

by Andreas Rekdal
December 15, 2015

Looking to try something new in the upcoming year? These Chicago tech companies are looking for the right people to fuel their continued growth. Whether you’re a developer, writer, designer, or manager, you’re bound to find something here that will tickle your fancy.

Software Engineer at Civis Analytics

What makes it exciting: Born as part of the Obama for America 2012 Campaign,

As one of the popular hubs for tech startups, Chicago is the perfect backdrop for Civis's growing team.
now helps a wide variety of companies and organizations use data science to improve their outcomes. As a software engineer, you’d be the backbone of their cutting-edge operation.

What you’d do: Depending on your qualifications, you could be working on anything from backend data processing to data visualization and analytics. And if you have ideas for new products, or improvements for existing ones, you may very well end up working on those too.

What they’re looking for: Enthusiastic problem-solvers, whether they be generalists or experts in app development, stats, or visualization. They do ask that you have a computer science degree, and that you’re familiar with Ruby, Python, and SQL, and have a year or more of work experience as a developer. Bonus if you’re fun and “a little bit weird.”

Visual Designer at Emmi

What makes it exciting: helps healthcare providers communicate more clearly with their patients through engaging and interactive design. In other words, you would be at the front line of the company’s work to empower patients and improve their health outcomes.

What you’d do: Design intuitive user interface elements that help patients understand and improve their health. You’d also participate in design-centered research, and keep up on research done by others in the field.

What they’re looking for: An understanding of people and how they interact with design. You also need a Bachelor’s degree and five years of graphic design experience, two of which should be in designing visual interfaces.

Alliances Manager at Codifyd

What makes it exciting: If you love constantly keeping up with exciting new companies and emerging digital trends, this is the job for you.

We're in the New East Side area close to Michigan Ave, Millennium Park, the Riverwalk, restaurants & hotels. There's a shuttle for Metra riders too!
helps online retailers take their businesses to the next level by improving the user experience, both technologically and aesthetically.

What you’d do: Develop new business by seeking out and building relationships with e-commerce firms, software companies, and service providers in Chicago.

What they’re looking for: A creative and energetic problem solver with an expert understanding of digital commerce, tech and sales. You also need to have experience developing marketing plans, as well as with partner management, networking, and team leadership.

Customer Success Manager at Managed by Q

What makes it exciting: With more than $16 million in funding and plans to expand across the country,

offers you the chance to be part of an early-stage but rapidly growing startup. Oh, and you get to be part of the team that keeps the offices of other exciting companies like Blitsy, Sprout Social, and Cards Against Humanity running.

What you’d do: Manage relationships with customers and constantly look for ways to help the product team better meet their needs.

What they’re looking for: A creative hustler whose interpersonal skills go far beyond being “a people person.” You also need a Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of customer-facing work experience. If you’ve worked in a high growth tech startup before, you’ll have a leg up.

Content Marketing Specialist at kCura

What makes it exciting: With more than 130,000 active users including more than 190 of the top 200 U.S. law firms,

We’re a community of passionate, life-long learners tackling challenging problems. We care about each other and about our community.
’s e-discovery systems bring the legal profession into the 21st century. Plus, this job lets you put your English or communications degree to good use.

What you’d do: Write marketing copy in a variety of formats including e-books, case studies, and blog posts. You’d also be part of a team that develops and implements long-term communications plans, and improves the company’s messaging.

What they’re looking for: An organized writer with three years of marketing experience who’s used to interdisciplinary collaboration. If you’re good at coming up with visuals that complement your written communications, all the better.

JavaScript Engineering Manager at Morningstar

What makes it exciting: Founded in a one-bedroom Chicago apartment in 1984,

was a data-centered startup before startups — or big data — were cool. As its JavaScript engineering manager, you’d get to keep up on emerging web technologies and implement them for a company your hard-to-impress in-laws have heard of.

What you’d do: Lead multiple teams of web engineers, and coordinate their efforts with those of server-side teams. You’d also work heavily with JavaScript and ensure that Morningstar products look consistent across browsers and platforms.

What they’re looking for: A skilled software engineer with at least five years of experience in HTML, JavaScript and CSS development. You also need experience being a manager of managers. Huge plus if you’re an active contributor in an open-source community.

Account Services Business Analyst at Fieldglass

Why it’s exciting: With over 450 employees worldwide and growing,

helps household brands like American Airlines, Salesforce.com, and Panasonic manage their flexible workforces and independent contractors. Still, the company encourages open doors and active collaboration, and offers great perks like generous paid time off and stocked kitchens.

What you’d do: Become an expert in the Fieldglass application and provide support and training for clients, partners, and team members.

What they’re looking for: A great communicator with strong analytic skills and technical understanding. They also want two years of relevant work experience, and will throw an extra glance at your resume if you’ve supported a software application before.

UX/UI Developer at bswift

Why it’s exciting:

uses cloud-based technology to make employee health care and benefits management easier and more efficient. As their UX Developer, your work would be one of the company’s key selling points.

What you’d do: Collaborate with designers and product managers to make the front-end user experience as intuitive and appealing as possible.

What they’re looking for: An expert in HTML and CSS with two or more years of experience with front-end web app development. You also need working knowledge of JavaScript and jQuery as well as responsive cross-platform design. Experience with data visualization and Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign are a huge plus.

Photos via Civis Analytics, Codifyd, Managed by Q, bswift, and Morningstar.

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