Senior Principal Engineer

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We are seeking a Senior Principal Engineer to join our Lexio product development team. Lexio combines data analysis, natural language generation, and an intuitive user experience to reimagine Business Intelligence. A person who is great for this role is someone who uses creativity and innovation to make Lexio better for the end-user every day. 

We expect that all engineers can work full-stack to some degree, but we also know that most engineers have a primary focus.  You will have technical ownership over significant parts of the Lexio codebase. You will be challenged with a diverse set of projects including  greenfield product development and system-level platform improvements.

While technical work will be your primary focus, a person for this role has to be a problem solver at their core.  You have to be a collaborator who is energized by working with the entire spectrum of the Lexio team; engineering, product, design, customer success, and go-to-market. You need to be hungry to build something great and resilient to the fact that customer and user needs often change.  You take delight in:

  • Working on unique technical problems in the emerging field of data storytelling
  • Working in small teams to efficiently design and build solutions to novel problems
  • Mentoring people and believing that a great product comes from great team collaboration

Qualifications

  • 7+ years of professional software development experience
  • Proven expertise of Python or equivalent
  • Experience with Unix / Linux systems (e.g. Ubuntu, CentOS, RedHat, etc.)
  • Familiarity with cloud computing, particularly AWS
  • Demonstrated ability to write clean, helpfully-commented and readable code
  • A drive to learn constantly with an analytical and problem-solving mindset
  • A passion for growing as an engineer and helping others grow
  • Experience with owning a technical roadmap, defining developer standards, and promoting best practices across the engineering organization 
  • A knack for debugging unfamiliar problems 
  • Proven experience dealing with ambiguity

Bonus

  • Experience with statistics and/or machine learning
  • Experience building modern front-apps (e.g. React/Redux, Angular, Vue)

About the Engineering Team @ Narrative Science

The Engineering team at Narrative Science specializes in delivering high-value cloud-based solutions to customers. Specifically, we are responsible for building and innovating on an insightful and personalized data storytelling platform. We work a lot with data pipelines, analytics, natural language generation (NLG), continuous deployment tooling, and cloud architecture.

Culture @ Narrative Science

Narrative Science believes that data storytelling can empower everyone to understand and take action from their data. Our mission is to build software that leverages artificial intelligence to automatically turn data into easy-to-understand reports, transforms statistics into stories, and converts numbers into knowledge.

Our core virtues (mission-driven, impactful, team first, innovative) are ingrained in everything we do, from how we develop our technology to how we interact with customers to how we hire people. Since 2020, we have embraced a remote approach and are on a journey to ingrain that in our culture.  All while being immersed in our culture of learning, collaboration, innovation, and customer impact.

At Narrative Science, we embrace the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of our future employees, colleagues, customers, partners, and other stakeholders. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Location

Located in the heart of the loop, our office provides easy access to public transportation and some of Chicago's favorite destinations.

An Insider's view of Narrative Science

What are some social events your company does?

Our social committee (which is comprised of volunteers from all different teams) plans a variety of events throughout the year including company outings and in-house parties to embody the company culture. Thanks to this committee, the NS team enjoys everything from pop-up game nights to an annual holiday party, summer party and Oktoberfest.

Lyndsey Harrell

Talent Coordinator

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

At Narrative Science, teams collaborate every day. When it comes to background, experience, and points of view, we are a very diverse company, and our employees take full advantage of that. It isn't uncommon to see functional teams pulling in members from other teams to work on initiatives together or even just to get another opinion.

Anna

Director of Growth Marketing

What makes someone successful on your team?

Successful people on my team have a passion for customers & a drive to deliver the best results to them. They're creative problem solvers who thrive in a collaborative environment. Each customer has unique needs & high-performers in Customer Success are experts at identifying those needs and rallying every resource necessary to take care of them.

Keelin

Senior Vice President, General Manager

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

At Narrative Science, we support a spectrum of innovation ranging from our standard engineering process, through Hack Days and Hackathons, to our ongoing Incubator team. Narrative Science is only successful if we hire smart and self-motivated people, so we’re committed to giving them the support and space they need to innovate.

Nate

Distinguished Principal, Product Strategy and Architecture

What are some things you learned at the company?

On the job learning isn’t just a role description, it’s a reality. In 6 months, I have learned Python scripting, HTML tagging, and API configuration. Colleagues taught me about NLG & NLP, Gross & Net Retention, and freshwater & saltwater eels. But most importantly, NS has taught me that we shouldn’t be afraid of data, data should be afraid of us.

James Gill

Solutions Consultant

What are Narrative Science Perks + Benefits

Narrative Science Benefits Overview

We offer a full range of benefits including Medical, Rx, Dental, Vision, FSA (for medical and dependent care expenses), Commuter Benefits, Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, Paid Parental Leave, and 401k options for you and your family. Our people manage their own schedules, work hard, take time off when they need it—and come back refreshed and ready to dive back in.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We thrive on knowledge-sharing and giving back to our community. Our employees speak at events, with other tech organizations, and we work with non-profits to support our communities.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Join one of our amazing employee groups—NS Cares, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, Women’s Group, Social Committee.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings once per quarter.
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Standing desks. Catered weekly lunches. Flexible vacation policy. Company events. Free eats & drinks. Free gym access & bike parking. Personal MacBook Air. Community engagement opportunities. Internal learning and development opportunities. Referral program & incentives.

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