Lead Software Developer

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How would you make your mark if you knew you could influence beyond your current projects?

ThoughtWorks is a global software consultancy with an aim to create a positive impact on the world through technology. Our community of technologists thinks disruptively to deliver pragmatic solutions for our clients' most complex challenges. We are curious minds who come together as collaborative and inclusive teams to push boundaries, free to be ourselves and make our mark in tech.

Our developers have been contributing code to major organizations and open source projects for over 25 years. They’ve also been writing books, speaking at conferences and helping push software development forward, changing companies and even industries along the way. 

As consultants, we work onsite with our clients to ensure we’re evolving their technology and empowering adaptive mindsets to meet their business goals. You could influence the digital strategy of a retail giant, build a bold new mobile application for a bank or redesign platforms using event sourcing and intelligent data pipelines. You will use the latest Lean and Agile thinking, create pragmatic solutions to solve mission-critical problems and challenge yourself every day.

Lead Developers act as the primary point of contact for our clients, ensuring that teams are successful in their delivery. As a Lead Developer, you will bring a strategic mindset to projects and spend time negotiating with clients in order to bring a technical vision to life. Having a balance of high-level and tactical mindsets is a must, as you will spend time both with clients and alongside your fellow teammates. 

You’ll spend time on the following:

  • You will lead or take part in the entire cycle of software consulting and delivery from ideation to deployment and everything in between
  • You will act as a mentor for less-experienced peers through both your technical knowledge and leadership skills 
  • You will design solutions and choose technologies that solve clients’ problems while staying within constraints
  • You will use continuous delivery practices to improve software delivery speed
  • Work in collaborative, product-focused teams to build innovative customer experiences
  • Utilize the latest technology thinking from our tech radar in your work
  • Apply a variety of languages to your work and continue to code alongside Developers; you will never go post-technical in this role

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • You’re well-versed in two or more languages (C#, Ruby, Java, Javascript, etc.) and are comfortable with the latest Object-Oriented technology 
  • You have led software development teams using Agile, Lean and/or Continuous Delivery approaches such as TDD, continuous integration, pairing, and infrastructure automation
  • You have experience influencing others and always advocate for technical excellence while being open to change when needed 
  • The ability to develop and execute a technical vision with a focus on business value
  • You’re willing and able to commit to travel to client sites in order to solve their business problems
  • You’re resilient in ambiguous situations and can approach challenges from multiple perspectives
  • We would love it if you’re up to speed on functional programming paradigms and languages like Clojure, Scala, etc.
  • Bonus points if you have knowledge of cloud technology such as AWS, Docker or Kubernetes
A few important things to know:While we’ve traditionally been a traveling consultancy, travel is not required for this role at the moment. We anticipate the need for travel to our client locations in the future when it’s deemed safe.
 
Candidates must possess work authorization that does not require H-1B visa sponsorship by ThoughtWorks or dependent EAD.
 

Not quite ready to apply? Or maybe this isn’t the right role for you? That’s OK, you can stay in touch with AccessThoughtWorks, our learning community (click "contact me about recruitment opportunities" to hear about jobs in the future).

It is the policy of ThoughtWorks, Inc. to provide a work environment free of discrimination. The Company will take affirmative action to ensure applicants and ThoughtWorks employees are treated without regard to race, color, religion, sex/gender, national origin, ethnic origin, veteran or military status, family or marital status, disability, genetic information, age, sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity. This also includes individuals who are perceived to have any of the aforementioned attributes. ThoughtWorks will adhere to all federal, state, and municipal laws and regulations governing employment.

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Location

Across from Chicago's iconic Millennium Park, our office offers indescribable lake views and access to some of the city's greatest attractions.

What are ThoughtWorks Perks + Benefits

ThoughtWorks Benefits Overview

Personal development programs and training tailored to the career path that you choose
Allowances for books, conferences & training, cell phone, local transit, and high-speed internet
Opportunities for global assignments/travel
Internal conferences & community events

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Employee-led and driven groups created as a way to help connect underrepresented employees with each other for support, networking, and relationship building.
Daily stand up
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Diversity, equity, and inclusion have the power to create transformative social change.
Unconscious bias training
An interactive session where participants will learn what unconscious bias is, where it comes from, how to spot it, and how it can have an impact in the workplace.
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Communities of passionate individuals committed to growing diversity, equity and inclusion at ThoughtWorks
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We strive to be equitable, reflective, and inclusive of the society we live in. Home to all: regardless of age, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, background or identity.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Mental Health Benefits
Behavioral Health Program is a free, confidential service to all employees to help with everything from mindfulness and managing stress to planning your new home purchase.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401K with Employer Match up to $4500/Year. Roth (post-tax) and Traditional (pre-tax) options available.
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
All permanent employees are granted Stock Appreciation Rights (SARs) upon their hire date.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
$100/year for parenting classes
Generous Parental Leave
Birth mothers are eligible for twelve (12) weeks. Birth fathers, adoptive parents or parent through surrogacy are eligible for (6) weeks.
Remote Work Program
While we’ve traditionally been a traveling consultancy, travel is not required at the moment. We anticipate the need for travel to our client locations in the future when it’s deemed safe.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Generous Vacation Accrual Beginning Day 1 with Year-Over-Year Rollover
Sabbatical
12 week paid sabbatical after 10 years of employment
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
7 personal/sick days per year
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Up to $130/month to cover public transportation and bicycle expenses when working in your home office.
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Employees get free lunches on Friday when in their home office.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
$1650/year to support your unique career development needs
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

Allowances for books, conferences, cell phone, local transit, and high-speed internet
Personal development programs and training tailored to the career path that you choose

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