Senior Software Engineer at Forager

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At Forager we are building something new, something special that’s changing the way people think of shipping cross-border freight. We are solving new problems every day in order to change an old industry, and we need talented engineers who know how to help design solutions that will continue to drive our product toward success.

What you’ll do

As a Senior Software Engineer, you’re expected to do more than just write code; you’re hired to think, collaborate, create, teach, and learn. You’ll work closely with Product Managers, UX, and your engineering team to create solutions, develop stories, and execute them. You’ll be expected to advocate for the user and bring your experiences to the table as a technical leader, setting an example for the less experienced engineers on the team.
As a technical leader, you’ll have ownership of projects. You’ll make decisions and own them, getting recognition for your wins, and support when you fail. You’ll guide and mentor those engineers on your team, and you can expect the same from your manager and other tech leaders.
All of our engineers are full stack, and our stack is Javascript. But we appreciate that everyone brings their own strengths, and we know that balance is important. Whether your strengths lean toward APIs, data design, or UI development, as long as you are a strong Senior Engineer and willing to learn and teach, we want to talk to you.

Skills you bring

We are looking for Senior level engineer, who has experience in most of these areas and mastery in some:

  • Mastery of a server-side language. (JavaScript is a strong preference)
  • RESTful API design
  • SQL and relational database architecture
  • Frontend Javascript development in React (or another modern component library)
  • Unit/integration testing
  • DevOps experience is a strong bonus
Other qualities you have
  • A collaborative attitude toward solving problems
  • A need to ask why and understand the problem you’re solving
  • The desire to help others and drive the team forward
  • A Testing mindset, whether TDD or BDD, your code is covered
  • Knowledge in freight would be a strong bonus
The Interview Process:
  • An introductory conversation with Talent Acquisition 
  • A 75 minute technical interview with a couple of engineers and a manager where we will spend some time on some coding exercises and some time discussing situational questions to get an understanding of how you think. 
  • A 45 minute culture/team interview where you’ll get a chance to meet some more of the team and other Foragers! 
  • A 30 minute interview with our Chief Technology Officer 

    Forager is a logistics tech startup with one goal: simplify cross-border freight with a combination of purpose-built technology and decades of industry experience. We're building an automated and collaborative marketplace that connects cross-border shippers (customers) with their optimal carrier (trucking companies) based on region, price, and service rating.
    Forager is committed to keeping our employees, their families, and our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have made the decision to continue working remotely until further notice. This means all new hires will be onboarded and trained remotely. 
    Forager is an equal employment opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected characteristics.

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    Technology we use

    • Engineering
    • Product
    • Sales & Marketing
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      • SqlLanguages
      • ReactLibraries
      • ExpressFrameworks
      • Node.jsFrameworks
      • PostgreSQLDatabases
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      • BalsamiqDesign
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      • JIRAManagement
      • TrelloManagement
      • WordpressCMS
      • HubSpotCRM
      • SalesforceCRM


    2045 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

    An Insider's view of Forager

    What’s the vibe like in the office?

    It's definitely lively! We have a great sense of camaraderie, so we're pretty casual overall. Whether we’re cracking jokes or putting our heads down and getting to work, we all share the collective goal of building something great.


    UX/UI Designer

    How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

    SaaS tools help a lot, but if I'm working with someone outside of Product, I always invite them out to lunch. Knowing someone on a more personal level helps you understand the context behind their ideas. You get more insight into their problems and that informs your solutions. I collaborate best over burgers!


    Product Manager

    What makes someone successful on your team?

    Empathy for sure. To be a successful software engineer, especially at a collaborative company like Forager, you have to view the world through a distinctly human lens. At the end of the day, we're not just writing code in a vacuum. We're writing code for other people.


    Senior Software Engineer

    How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

    Forager's tech is built by and for logistics professionals, so obviously the team's ideas and experiences are key to its development. Their feedback actively shapes our platform. Once you know our team you can see their fingerprints on everything we do, because everything we do is a team effort.


    Chief Operations Officer

    How does your team reward individual success?

    Raises and promotions are common for top performers, but what really makes Forager unique is the atmosphere. Logistics and tech can both be so competitive, but at Forager it feels like we're all on the same team. People are excited to shout each other out and celebrate your victories with you. You don't have to fight for recognition.


    Product Manager

    What are Forager Perks + Benefits

    Friends outside of work
    Eat lunch together
    Daily sync
    Open door policy
    Team owned deliverables
    Team based strategic planning
    Group brainstorming sessions
    Open office floor plan
    Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
    Diversity manifesto
    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
    Forager offers a monthly well-being stipend for all employees.
    Mental Health Benefits
    Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
    Company Equity
    Performance Bonus
    Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
    Generous Parental Leave
    We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Forager also provides 6 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
    Flexible Work Schedule
    Family Medical Leave
    Vacation & Time Off Benefits
    Generous PTO
    Paid Holidays
    Perks & Discounts
    Casual Dress
    Commuter Benefits
    Company Outings
    Stocked Kitchen
    Some Meals Provided
    Happy Hours
    Professional Development Benefits
    Diversity Program
    Lunch and learns
    Promote from within
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