Senior Software Engineer at Narrative Science

| Chicago
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We are seeking a highly motivated, talented engineer to join our engineering team.  As part of the Software Development team, you will develop innovative products by building software quickly and iteratively in an agile environment. We are looking for someone to lead and influence the technical direction of a core component in our system. A person in this role must be comfortable collaborating with product managers, designers, and other technical leaders to solve challenging and ambiguous problems.  You will be a role model who will improve engineering standards across the team. If working on groundbreaking technology that turns data into valuable stories and insights for our customers in addition to influencing the direction of the engineering team sounds appealing to you, please consider joining our team.


  • Lead the development and delivery of critical engineering components

  • Coordinate across teams like Product, Design, and QA

  • Own solutions and software designs to meet product goals

  • Develop high-quality, maintainable software

  • Promote software engineering best practices across the team

  • Participate in code reviews

  • Mentor and grow junior engineers

  • Review architecture and software designs with other senior engineers

  • Identify, design and develop automation solutions to improve team efficiency

  • Dive deep to resolve problems at their root, looking for failure patterns and suggesting fixes

  • Support your products that are running in production

  • Participate in projects that improve the performance and usability of our product portfolio

  • Work in an agile team, including sprint planning, daily standups, and user story estimation

  • Be an ambassador for the team to both our internal and external clients


  • 3+ years of professional software development experience

  • Experience with mentoring junior engineers

  • Expert in at least one programming language and proficient in others

  • Has led the development and release of multiple product initiatives

  • Is passionate about creating high-quality, performant systems

  • Understands and promotes software architecture design best practices

  • Proficient in driving and optimizing the end-to-end software development process

  • Experience working with web technologies

  • Experience developing in Unix systems

  • Familiarity with Amazon Web Services

  • Proven capability for critical thinking, problem-solving and the patience to see hard problems through to the end with our clients

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills with both technical and non-technical audiences

  • Willingness to partner with a wide variety of people from diverse backgrounds, including engineering, product and professional services team members

About Narrative Science:

Narrative Science creates software that writes stories from enterprise data to drive understanding and results. Powered by artificial intelligence, our technology automatically turns data into easy-to-understand reports, transforms statistics into stories, and converts numbers into knowledge. Narrative Science works with customers including Deloitte, MasterCard, USAA, and members of the U.S. intelligence community, empowering them to understand and act on key business metrics, make better decisions, and focus talent on higher-value tasks  -- all through the power of data storytelling.

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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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.


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.


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.


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.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
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

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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