Junior Software Engineer

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At Forager we are building something new, something special that’s changing the way people think of shipping cross-border freight. We are solving new problems every day in order to change an old industry, and we need talented engineers who know how to help design solutions that will continue to drive our product toward success. 

What you’ll do 

As a Junior Software Engineer, you’re expected to do a lot of learning to help yourself rise to the next level of mid-level software engineer. Here, you do more than just write code; you’re hired to think, collaborate, create, teach, and learn. You’ll work closely with Product Managers, UX, and your engineering team to create solutions, develop stories, and execute them. You’ll be expected to advocate for the user and bring your experiences to the table to collaborate with the team as we solve complex problems.
As a junior member on the team, you’ll use your current knowledge and build on it as you are mentored by more senior members on the team, and encouraged to think critically about challenges every day. You’ll start stepping up to make decisions and own them, getting recognition for your wins, and support when you fail. 
All of our engineers are full stack, and our stack is JavaScript. But we appreciate that everyone brings their own strengths, and we know that balance is important. Whether your strengths lean toward APIs, data design, or UI development, if you are a strong engineer and willing to learn and teach, we want to talk to you! 

Skills you bring: 

We are looking for an engineer who has exposure to most of these areas: 

  • JavaScript
  • RESTful API design 
  • SQL and relational database architecture 
  • UI development with modern libraries 
  • Unit/integration testing 

Other qualities you have: 

  • A yearning to learn and grow 
  • Taking feedback and transforming it into your next accomplishment 
  • A collaborative attitude toward solving problems 
  • A need to ask why and understand the problem you’re solving 
  • The desire to help others and drive the team forward 
  • A Testing mindset, whether TDD or BDD, your code is covered 

The Interview Process: 

  • An introductory conversation with Talent Acquisition 
  • A 75 minute technical interview with a couple of engineers and a manager where we will spend some of the time on coding exercises, but also discuss situational questions to get an understanding of how you think. 
  • A 45 minute culture/team interview where you’ll get a chance to meet some more of the team and other Foragers!

Who we are: 

Forager is a logistics tech startup with one goal: simplify cross-border freight with a combination of purpose-built technology and decades of industry experience. We're building an automated and collaborative marketplace that connects cross-border shippers (customers) with their optimal carrier (trucking companies) based on region, price, and service rating. 
Forager is committed to keeping our employees, their families, and our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have made the decision to continue working remotely until further notice. This means all new hires will be onboarded and trained remotely.
Forager is an equal employment opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected characteristics. 

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ExpressFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • BalsamiqDesign
    • FigmaDesign
    • AsanaManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • HubSpotCRM
    • SalesforceCRM


2045 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

An Insider's view of Forager

What’s the vibe like in the office?

It's definitely lively! We have a great sense of camaraderie, so we're pretty casual overall. Whether we’re cracking jokes or putting our heads down and getting to work, we all share the collective goal of building something great.


UX/UI Designer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

SaaS tools help a lot, but if I'm working with someone outside of Product, I always invite them out to lunch. Knowing someone on a more personal level helps you understand the context behind their ideas. You get more insight into their problems and that informs your solutions. I collaborate best over burgers!


Product Manager

What makes someone successful on your team?

Empathy for sure. To be a successful software engineer, especially at a collaborative company like Forager, you have to view the world through a distinctly human lens. At the end of the day, we're not just writing code in a vacuum. We're writing code for other people.


Senior Software Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Forager's tech is built by and for logistics professionals, so obviously the team's ideas and experiences are key to its development. Their feedback actively shapes our platform. Once you know our team you can see their fingerprints on everything we do, because everything we do is a team effort.


Chief Operations Officer

How does your team reward individual success?

Raises and promotions are common for top performers, but what really makes Forager unique is the atmosphere. Logistics and tech can both be so competitive, but at Forager it feels like we're all on the same team. People are excited to shout each other out and celebrate your victories with you. You don't have to fight for recognition.


Product Manager

What are Forager Perks + Benefits

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity manifesto
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Forager offers a monthly well-being stipend for all employees.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Forager also provides 6 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
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