Litera
Litera helps you focus on what matters.
Chicago, IL

Lead Software Engineer (RoR)

| Chicago
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Our Story: Litera, headquartered in Chicago, IL, is a fast-growing software company and one of the leading legal technology suppliers in the world. Serving more than 90% of the world's largest law firms, our software is used by hundreds of thousands of lawyers every day. As a company recognized as one of the best places to work, we believe professional development, rewards programs, open communication, and transparent leadership all contribute to a unique and open work environment. Our employees are driven, energetic, passionate, and have the ability to make a direct impact on the future of the company.

The Opportunity:

The Lead Software Engineer plays a significant role in the success of our engineering teams. Your time will largely be spent working directly with engineers and our product team to ensure continuous delivery of quality product. You'll build new features for our customers and build new integrations with our vendors and partners. We operate with an agile scrum SDLC, and as a Lead Software Engineer you'll help refine stories by defining scope, schedule, and staff requirements. You'll participate in the development lifecycle from start to finish, and have influence over how we change and adapt our processes to meet the needs of our customers and the business.

A Day in the Life:

  • Guides the design and implementation of large business initiatives
  • Meets with our product team to talk through possible solutions to our customers most pressing problems.
  • Negotiates scope and communicates trade offs
  • Prioritizes and assigns stories weekly
  • Manages and oversees pull requests
  • Grooms story backlog with Product Managers
  • Participates in code reviews
  • Mentors, coaches, and sponsors team members
  • Encourages high test coverage and adherence to best practices

Role progression:

Within 1 month, you will:

  • Complete our developer onboarding process
  • Meet your team and learn the nuts and bolts of our business, and where we're going
  • Familiarize yourself with our technology by pair-programming with teammates and attending training sessions presented by your peers

Within 3 months, you will:

  • Work closely with your team on day-to-day engineering tasks
  • Unblock team mates and ensure progress is being made smoothly
  • Assist with communication and presentations to stakeholders
  • Get involved with building regular processes for keeping our technology hygiene high
  • Manage and oversee pull requests for your team

Within 6-12 months, you will:

  • Feel ownership and accountability over your sections of our application and code base
  • Become a subject matter expert in 1 or more parts of our code base
  • Anticipate and resolve technical issues at the product level
  • Work across scrum teams for platform level enhancements and changes

About You:

  • Excellent written, verbal, and video based communication skills (we're a distributed team)
  • Experience of at least 1 year as a lead of 2+ engineers
  • You have a strong technical background with Ruby and Rails
  • Proficient working with git and Jira based pull request workflows
  • CI/CD experience (Jenkins, TravisCI, CIrcleCI, Bitbucket, etc)
  • Experience with React is a big plus!
  • Keen to help architect solutions and scale a product
  • A high bar for quality software
  • Enjoy brainstorming product and technical ideas
  • Excited by the idea of scaling apps to millions of users
  • 3+ years relevant experience, with solid knowledge of:
    • Ruby and Ruby on Rails
    • ReactJS
    • Postgresql
    • Familiarity with AWS, Docker, Rollbar
    • Cross-browser compatibility issues and ways to solve them
    • PDF document processing experience a big plus
  • A strong desire to keep learning new things!

What Sets us Apart?

  • Work with a team that has a proven track record.
  • Our company growth will challenge and encourage you to broaden your skills.
  • Generous allocation of paid time off, and flexible work hours.
  • Available merit-based cash bonus plan.
  • Many opportunities for rewards and recognition!
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What are Litera Perks + Benefits

Litera Benefits Overview

Litera proudly offers a comprehensive suite of benefits designed to serve the diverse needs of our unique workforce. While we are committed to enhancing and expanding our benefit offerings, the information in this document is meant to familiarize you with the benefits and programs currently in place.

Your medical, dental, vision, commuter benefit, and traditional 401k payroll deductions are through a pre-tax plan. The plan provides tax savings by reducing employee premiums from gross salary prior to calculation of federal income and Social Security taxes.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We believe in giving back to our community. All full time employees are given one Volunteer Day Off per year that can be utilized at any point. Some employees even coordinate to participate in groups.
Partners with Nonprofits
Litera partners with Cardz for Kidz, Comic Relief, Genesys Works, & more!
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
There is always something going on at Litera thanks to our Employee Engagement Group. From baking contests, step challenges, desk decorating, and giving back to organizations in need.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
All hiring managers will going through certifications before hiring at Litera. In order to be a certified hiring manager, you must go through unconscious bias training.
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Litera's Diversity & Inclusion Champions Network has one major goal which is “to make Litera a safe space where every employee feels like they can bring their whole self to work".
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Litera has completely revamped our hiring process. You can expect: inclusive job descriptions, certified pre-employment assessments, diverse interview panels, & a shift in assessing our culture fit.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Litera employees can contribute up to $3550 annually for individuals & $7,100 for families to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers 100% of preventative services, 80% of basic services, and 50% of major services.
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Our plan provides employees with free access confidential assistance to help you and your family meet the challenges that life, work and relationships can bring.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Litera provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by Principal. We match 4% of contributions up to $11,400 maximum on each paycheck with immediate vesting .
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes working remotely on occasion as needed.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
During COVID, have provided extreme flexibility with working hours, provided all team members with a cash bonus to purchase items to enhance their “home office"
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

As a global company, Litera strives to put diversity & inclusion at the forefront and make it a constant topic of conversation. Our employees come from all walks of life and we find it essential to embrace all cultures and backgrounds.

Our core values are the key driving forces behind nearly everything we do! From collaborating with one another to assisting our customers, our values are always front and center of the way we work at Litera.
Our open work setting means each team is accessible and our executives are always approachable. This focus on open communication and transparent leadership contributes to a unique and cooperative work environment.

We are extremely focused on career growth and opportunities for professional development for our employees. Our outstanding recognition program shines a spotlight on employees that go above and beyond by celebrating their hard work and wins.

Our employees are driven, energetic, passionate, and have the ability to make a direct impact within the company. We may be biased, but we believe our people are the best and brightest in the industry, and we’re always looking to expand our team!

An Insider's view of Litera

How does your team reward individual success?

Litera is very generous when it comes to rewards and recognition. Just one example of this is how we recognize top performers in the organization every quarter based on our Core Values. The individuals get to spin a virtual prize wheel where they can win anything from cash, surprise birthday parties, or a new pair of shoes picked out by our CEO!

Nicole

Manager, Recruiting

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Our culture is heavily focused on collaboration and growth, and everyone is approachable, from the CEO right through to the developers. Though I'm in sales, I regularly speak with our customer success, product, and marketing teams.

Abhijat

Vice President, International Sales

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

The best part of working here has been the opportunity to grow and learn. I started when I was 23 and have had many different roles and responsibilities on my journey with the company.

Nick

Product Manager

What is your vision for the company?

At Litera, we know that a great culture emerges from the people you hire. We hire the best and brightest, and take pride in taking care of our employees who in return, take care of us and our clients.

Brittani

Chief People Officer

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

I'm inspired by the talented group of people I work with. One of the many benefits of working with a small company is that everyone has a direct impact on the outcome of our business. There is a sense of pride and ownership.

Kim

Business Analyst

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