Director of Backend Software Engineering

| Chicago

PowerReviews is a fast-growing software company who partners with more than 1,000 global brands and retailers to help them improve product and shopping experiences. Through user-generated feedback like reviews, Q&A, and customer surveys, PowerReviews connects the entire shopping experience giving both businesses and consumers critical information for making informed decisions.

As a Director of Backend Software Engineering, you will own the delivery of new features and on-going effectiveness for core areas of our software platform. In addition to daily hands-on development, you will manage engineers and work closely with stakeholders to shape the technical roadmap.

About Our Team
We build and maintain a scalable platform that evolves to ever changing business requirements. We learn from our experiences to always improve our software, and we have fun and celebrate our successes.

Our Tech Stack

We use AWS with many of our applications written in Java and using open-source technologies. Our engineers also look to adopt modern technologies to solve our business challenges.

Languages: Java 8 and 11, Ruby on Rails, Javascript, Elixir, and Python

Frameworks: Spring (Boot, MVC, Security, etc.), React.js

Databases: PostgreSQL, Neo4J Graph Database, ElasticSearch, Snowflake

AWS: DynamoDB, RDS, Redshift, S3, ElastiCache/Redis, EMR, Lambda, Cloudfront, SQS, SNS, CloudFormation, ECS/Docker, Linux

Developer/DevOps tools: Jenkins for CI and Deployment, Sumologic, Datadog, Maven, Git

Key Responsibilities

  • Professional experience (7+ years preferred) with hands-on Java development, database modeling and design, and scalable web architectures and demonstrates a deep understanding of Java technologies and tools such as Spring Boot, Spring MVC, SQL, Hibernate/JPA.
  • Manage software engineers (3+ years, managing 5+ engineers).
  • Collaborate heavily with product in leading sprint teams to deliver product enhancements.
  • Identify and solve important technical problems with front-end, QA, product, devops and UX teammates in an agile development environment.
  • Share ownership and establish expertise on large sections of our codebase while identifying, learning, and applying a variety of technologies and working in the AWS ecosystem.
  • Promote high quality code both through leading by example and by mentoring engineers via pairing, design review, and extensive participation in code reviews.
  • Reduce the complexity of our code base, infrastructure, and production operations to maximize the effectiveness of our platform.

Other Requirements

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Perks

  • Casual work environment
  • Yearly training budget for learning and conferences
  • Unlimited vacation and flexible work from home policies
  • Company lunches provided weekly; snacks always available
  • On-tap wine, beer, kombucha, iced coffee and cold brew
  • Rooftop, on-site gym, and office events
  • Sports leagues and ping-pong tournaments

PowerReviews is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) that welcomes and encourages all applicants to apply regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify and/or expression, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital or parental status, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy or other reasons prohibited by law.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • TableauAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SalesforceCRM
    • MarketoLead Gen

Location

1 N. Dearborn, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60602

An Insider's view of PowerReviews

What does your typical day look like?

My favorite part about being on the Technical Support team at PowerReviews is receiving really difficult issues and finding creatives way to solve the problem. It helps keeps things interesting and no days are ever the same.

Chris

Technical Support Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Since starting at PowerReviews, I've had the opportunity to work with individual clients to now serving as the VP of Customer Success. Here I’m able to do what I love while also growing in my career.

Jessica

VP, Client Success

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

In the past year our teams have collaborated to deliver over 14 differentiated products, features and capabilities to bring value and ecommerce best practices to our clients and most importantly, delight their customers.

Rachel

Director, Product Management

What are PowerReviews Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
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