Senior Software Engineer (Ruby, react.js, AWS)

| Chicago

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.
Headquartered in Chicago, we operate all over the U. S. and in select international markets.

Here's where you come in. We're looking for motivated, energetic and flexible team players that want to be part of something big. If you're a self-starter looking to carve out a niche at an early-stage, high-growth company, Kapow is the place for you.

WHAT WE OFFER 

A culture of ownership-both in attitude and equity, a fun workspace with a built-in bar, a prime Chicago location on the river at Wacker & Wells (just steps from the CTA and Metra), weekly team lunches (and we take snack requests), the latest engineering tech, first-class health care, fun off-site adventures, and the best damn team out there-changing corporate events forever.

WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING

  • Developing features for the Kapow platform using Ruby/Rails, Git and MySQL
  • Writing Javascript using React, Webpack, NPM, Yarn and related libraries
  • Building API's
  • Using source version control tools
  • Doing cloud based deployments 
  • Working in 2-week sprints and you'll be participating in all Scrum activities
  • Designing and architecting software features
  • Enjoying one of the top-rated office spaces in Chicago!

REQUIRED SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 5+ years of relevant software engineering experience on an app framework like Rails, Spring, Django.
  • Front-End HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript experience. JS frameworks/libraries React, Angular, Ember, Vue.
  • Comfortable developing API's (GraphQL, RESTful, JSON)
  • Familiarity with third party API integrations
  • Experience working in cloud environment like AWS (EC2, S3, Elasticsearch, ElasticBeanStalk, CloudFormation)
  • Proficient with SQL and databases like MySQL, PostgreSQL.
  • Fluent in Unit Testing (RSpec, Cucumber, or equivalent in your favorite language)
  • Experience with continuous integration environments and deployment tools (Jenkins, Travis CI)
  • Scaling applications and platforms to larger scale with server/application performance optimization
  • Best practices around system security and encryption schemes
  • Programming structures (multi-thread, single thread)
  • Fluency in Agile principles and core manifesto thinking. 
  • Prior experience working with ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) tools such as JIRA, Rally (CA Agile Central), VersionOne, TFS
  • You are a problem solver and an executor who can thrive in an agile environment

NICE TO HAVE:

  • Experience developing microservices
  • Experience with e-commerce transactions and related security
  • Experience with A|B and Multivariate testing methodologies and techniques
  • Experience developing and improving e-commerce platforms
  • Application architecture principles (Kruchten 4+1, UML, TOGAF ADM, C4, DDD, XP, Continuous Design)
  • Experience with distributed systems architecture
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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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 Kapow | Cvent

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 Kapow | Cvent 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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