Principal Software Engineer (multiple openings)

| Chicago

about dscout

We are dscout. At our core, we are People Nerds. We empower our customers to meet the people who matter to them in the moments that matter most. Many of the world’s most influential tech companies use dscout to deliver better products and services, alongside customer-obsessed companies and agencies like Lyft, Nike, IDEO, and REI.

Product and UX professionals use our platform to build, field, and analyze user research via our web-based platform while scouts (research participants) share in-context moments from our native mobile apps on iOS and Android. For example, in the past 30 days we’ve conducted close to 500 research missions, had over 40,000 entries submitted by our scouts, and conducted over 500 real-time video user interviews.
 

our platform

Our platform is built on cutting edge technology with React.js frontend and Elixir backend tied together by GraphQL APIs with a small part done in Ruby/Rails and REST APIs. We make heavy use of PostgreSQL and Redis for our storage needs and we host our platform on Heroku. Another core part of our offering are two mobile apps - iOS and Android - that are written in Swift and Java respectively. We also employ WebRTC, Twilio, and Websockets for live video streaming and our Data Science team uses Python for NLP, video / audio processing, and data mining.

Eight years and 30K commits later, we've maintained a tidy code base that is well documented and battle tested by hundreds of thousands of users.
 

you are

We’re looking for smart, creative, and driven Software Engineers to build great software with us. You've worked in product development as an engineer for 10+ years, creating and launching new technologies and products across the full stack. You love to write code, create maintainable and resilient designs, and have a holistic view of cloud-based, SaaS-focused architectures from DevOps, to backend, to frontend. You are hands-on, self-directed, and feel at home in a fast-paced agile environment and have a history of driving process improvement within your team and across the organization. You also love to share your expertise, collaborate with and mentor others, and you thrive in a team-based environment.

If you are excited about joining a company where you can make an impact, you like the challenge of building an incredible product, and you thrive in mentoring other engineers in order to build a great engineering team, we’d love to hear from you!
 

the job

what you will do

  • Be an active member of a cross-functional product development team that frequently interfaces with business stakeholders
  • Drive continuous improvement on your team, across the department, and help other engineers to grow
  • Be a polyglot engineer ready and willing to work across the stack
  • Set the long-term direction for platform scalability, security, and maintainability
  • Work across the stack to deliver product and platform features and improvements
  • Be responsible for the technical quality of the platform
  • Work closely with the design team to implement user-friendly and modern products
  • Apply DevOps mindset to improve the Continuous Delivery pipeline and other operational aspects of our SaaS platform

what you need to have

  • 10+ years experience as a software engineer
  • Desire and a proven track record of leading and mentoring engineers
  • Strong experience leading agile and/or lean software development process improvements
  • Expertise with cloud-based SaaS architectures and evolutionary design
  • Ability to work across the full stack with expertise in either front or backend development and a strong working knowledge of the other side
  • At home with Agile, DevOps, and CD with experience in leading continuous improvement of the software development process
  • Experience with cloud architectures - Heroku, AWS, or others
  • Plus: entrepreneurial experience in a small business or startup
     

what we provide

Here at dscout, we are a team of passionate research, sales, technical, marketing, design, success, and operations professionals. We are driven by the power of research—how in-context insights from real people can build products and services that are more people-centric. We value learning, sharing, and building. We deeply value being a diverse and inclusive team and company, and we are looking for team members who align with that belief. We are proud of what dscout is today and we would love the opportunity to build our future with you.

In addition to joining a smart and passionate team that provides a great learning opportunity, you will get:

  • A strong compensation package with bonus structure. Your success is tied to company success. We are all in this together.
  • An incredible set of core benefits as well as a 401k with match, solid PTO policy, and generous company holidays. We are committed to helping build your future.
  • Exposure to the inner workings of a growing company. And open, transparent communication within our team. You will know what is happening and why it matters.
  • An education stipend. Keep learning and sharpening your skills.
  • A beautiful workspace along the Chicago Riverwalk, in the heart of lots of places to eat, drink, and play. Read more about our new office space here!
  • Plenty of snacks, drinks, and caffeine to keep you powered throughout the day, and a weekly happy hour to relax with the team.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • ElixirLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ApolloLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • PhoenixFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • TrelloManagement

Location

Our office is in the northwest corner of Chicago's bustling Loop neighborhood, right along the Chicago Riverwalk. Entertainment is just steps away!

What are dscout Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
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)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available
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