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Lead Software Engineer

| Chicago

Are you passionate about software?

Is coding as much art as it is science?

Do you like the challenge of building great products that are feature rich – but also easy to use?

Would you like to work in a collaborative environment where sharing knowledge and ideas is not only encouraged – but expected?
If you answered yes to all the above, then you belong at Cvent by Kapow!

We are looking for Lead Software Engineers to join our rapidly growing Technology Team. Kapow's Technology Team is responsible for the design, development, and operation of the company's suite of cloud-based software products.

 
Who we are

Kapow, now a Cvent company, is an industry-leading event platform that allows companies to find, book and manage memorable, scalable and essential corporate events. We help companies grow revenue quickly by combining 10,000+ unique, pre-packaged experiences, national partnerships with restaurants, retailers and other special event venues, and the service and expertise of local event experts. Kapow empowers customers to drive stakeholder collaboration, boost attendance, fill pipeline, measure success and produce bottom-line results from their event programs. Based in Chicago, we operate all over the U.S. and in select international markets.

What You Will Be Doing

· Work on large-scale Internet applications, where performance, reliability and scalability, are critical design goals – not after-thoughts.

· Developing beautiful, interactive and easy to use features for the Kapow platform using Ruby on Rails, React with MySQL backend and ElasticSearch

· Lead and mentor teams of dedicated engineers to build powerful products in an iterative Agile environment.

· Collaborative code reviews with programming peers 

What You Need for this Position

For this particular role, we're looking for individuals that can not only contribute at a senior level, but can also make the whole team better by mentoring other team members. This role is hands on – you'll get to design and code along with performing code reviews, providing mentorship, and planning team assignments. Aside from that, the prerequisites for joining our development team are simple. We care more about your attitude and aptitude than the specific tools and technologies you have used in the past. You need to have a strong passion for software development and must take pride in your coding. You should also have great analytical skills and ability to handle complex, modular software development in a collaborative team-based environment. 

In addition to this, you will have a leg up if you also meet the following criteria:

· 1+ years of experience leading and mentoring other software engineers.

· 5+ years of programming experience in one of the following: Ruby on Rails, Java, node.js ideally with Web Services and API development

· Experience with developing microservices

· Experience with one or more of the following datastores: ElasticSearch, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, or other NoSQL technologies

· Experience using Amazon AWS platform

· BS, MS or PhD in Computer Science OR related technical discipline. Equivalent experience also considered.

Kapow offers a fun, collegial work environment tailored to sharpening your technical and professional skills. While we have evolved from startup to mid-sized company, our Technology Team has preserved an entrepreneurial and merit-driven culture where meaningful initiative and contribution are recognized and rewarded.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • OptimizelyAnalytics
    • FigmaDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • TumblrCMS
    • WordpressCMS
    • IntercomCRM
    • SalesforceCRM
    • SendGridEmail
    • Salesforce InboxEmail
    • PardotEmail
    • PardotLead Gen

Location

Located on the Chicago River across from Merchandise Mart, Kapow’s offices are close to public transportation, bars and restaurants.

An Insider's view of Cvent | Kapow

What are some social events your company does?

We have event experts and experienced planners on staff and we partner with many of the country's best restaurants, retailers and venues. So, our quarterly team outings have included rock climbing, rooftops, murder mystery parties, escape races, game nights and more. We also have monthly happy hours at our in-house bar and impromptu karaoke nights.

Olivia

Marketing

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Right now, my team is focused on scaling our marketplace. It’s been a really exciting initiative for us all to collaborate on prototyping concepts and implementing the right solution for us. It is so satisfying to work on such a tenacious team whose attitude and curiosity truly reflects in the benefits our product provides our clients.

Addie

Technology

What makes someone successful on your team?

Successful members of our engineering and product team have an insatiable sense of curiosity - wanting to understand how something works, how it’s used and how it could be better. This drive for continuous improvement leads Kapeeps to develop amazing features and propose innovative ideas they are proud to work on and unlock meaningful results.

Mehul

Technology

What is your vision for the company?

Kapow is a leading corporate events technology company, backed by the leader in the industry, Cvent. However, at our core, we are powered by real event experts, melding innovative technology with flawless execution and a sense of fun. Our mission is to save our customers time, create awesome experiences and make events easy to plan and execute.

JC

GM

What projects are you most excited about?

Our product team is ambitious and imaginative, so Kapow is moving fast on lots of exciting projects. As we expand the volume and types of inventory we offer, we're revisiting and refining everything behind how we build and relate our marketplace listings. It's a fascinating challenge that's also preparing us for some very cool future features.

Jorin

Technology

What are Cvent | Kapow Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Kapow has an internal employee advisory group that fields departmental requests to maintain and enhance our culture, organizes social events, takes snack requests, and mentors coworkers.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Kapow hosts company outings Annually.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Employees get free, catered lunch on Wednesdays
Happy Hours
Kapow Happy Hours are hosted quarterly
Professional Development Benefits
Promote from within
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