PRINCIPAL SOFTWARE ENGINEER, APPLICATIONS

| Chicago

We’re here to ensure the advertising industry and the people in it are healthy and engaging positively and effectively with those around them. We’re here, ultimately, to improve the lives of people working in the media industry. And we take our responsibility seriously.
 

ABOUT US

We build Basis, Centro's answer to the challenging and convoluted digital advertising landscape. Our engineering teams across North America work closely with product managers, designers, and testers, creating well-crafted solutions to the complex problems of our industry. Our sales team is top notch, and is hitting their targets for rapidly growing our client roster. As an engineering organization, we are aggressively optimizing to reach this scale, while at the same time building industry-leading features that will land even larger clients.

Our software embodies Centro’s guiding principle of providing “Raving Fan” service. We put in extra effort to strike the best balance between simplicity, usability, and scalability. Are you excited by the challenge of collaborative, cross-disciplinary problem solving alongside a group of highly dedicated and passionate engineers? Join Centro’s team and help us build the future of digital advertising.

 

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborate with developers, designers, product managers, and testers to build great solutions to complex digital advertising problems.
  • Work on projects spanning our entire stack, including our React UI, Rails middle-tier, Java services, databases, caches, and external API.
  • Participate in a collaborative software development process. Lend and receive feedback on RFCs and pull requests.
  • Integrate Centro’s software with external systems. Ad tech is an ecosystem. Centro wins by working with everyone from ad servers, exchanges, DMPs, billing and reconciliation platforms.
  • Build and extend Centro’s culture of growth and self-improvement. We expand our skills with lightning talks, lunch and learns, book clubs, and the occasional fun programming exercise.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 8 years or more of professional software experience.
  • Proven history of leading engineering teams, building web applications in a similar technology stack.
  • Proven track record of successfully making large-scale changes to existing production applications including data model/database refactoring, performance optimization, and pattern/practice improvements.
  • Strong grasp of data modeling, SQL, query optimization, and tuning for read/write performance and scalability.
  • Ability to train, mentor, and excite fellow developers on industry trends, best practices, and professional
  • development.

 

OUR STACK

  • Ruby, JavaScript, Java
  • AWS, Docker
  • PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redis
  • Rails, Node.js, React, RabbitMQ, Sidekiq

Centro is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, gender, age, disability or any other basis protected under the law. 

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ExpressFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • Maria DBDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • MixpanelAnalytics
    • PixelmatorDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • Aha!Management
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM
    • Oracle EloquaLead Gen

Location

The Chicago Loop is a great place to work, located in a central area of Chicago accessible to major public transportation, dining and shopping.

An Insider's view of Centro

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Instead of balancing work and life, it’s about blending the two. As a parent, I may need to leave for part of the day or before 5. Everyone here understands and I don’t feel guilty. Even if I’m not sitting at my desk from 9-5, my work and my teams work will still be done on time. Centro is giving me the opportunity to live the best life I can.

Matt Klaers

Manager, Financial Reporting

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

There’s an incredible balance of freedom, drive, and fun that I’ve only experienced at Centro. On an engineering team retreat this summer, the plan was to code from 10 AM – 2 PM on a fun team-based competition and then go outside to enjoy the day. The team would not stop coding until 10 PM! Of course, this was followed by 6 hours of karaoke.

Mike

VP, software engineering

What are Centro Perks + Benefits

Centro Benefits Overview

While our people work to change an industry, we reward them with industry-leading perks. It’s not just about the free snacks and onsite yoga (although they help)—it’s about making sure Centrons feel happy, healthy and fulfilled when they come to work.

Culture
Volunteer in Local Community
Centro offers each employee one day per calendar year to use for community work or volunteering opportunities. Local offices regularly organizes group volunteer activities for employees.
Partners With Nonprofits
Centro partners with local non-profit organizations to support various causes and to organize group volunteer events for employees.
Friends Outside of Work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany Committees
Open Door Policy
Team-Owned Deliverables
Team-Based Strategic Planning
Group Brainstorming Sessions
Open Office Floor Plan
Diversity
Documented Equal Pay Policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly Diverse Management Team
Unconscious Bias Training
Someone's Primary Function Is Managing the Company’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
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