Software Engineer, Front-End at Narrative Science

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We are seeking a highly motivated, talented engineer to join our Chicago team.  As part of the Software Engineering Team, you will participate in the full software development life-cycle.  We expect that all engineers can work full stack to some degree, but most engineers have a primary competency. Our front-end focused engineers spend most of their time on refining requirements with the UX team and building out intuitive user interfaces in collaboration with the team.  

You will do well in this role if you love making practical changes and seeing your products in use. Someone who is “service-minded” will fit in well on our team, meaning you naturally like to find pain points and figure out how to solve them. In general, you enjoy helping people and believe that a great product comes from great team collaboration. You take delight in debugging unfamiliar problems and push yourself to be growing as an engineer. You should find reward in persevering to solve customer pain points.

Our Team

This role will be on the Data Acquisition team which focuses on the problem of getting customers’ data to the Lexio platform, mapping the metadata into our ontology, and running data analytics to find insights. We aim to onboard new customers in minutes, not days or weeks.

The Data Acquisition team does a wide breadth of type of work. From third-party integrations and ETL pipelines to UI/UXs that make it intuitive to configure the setup of the system. Wherever we can, we automate repeated logic or at least provide suggestions that reduce the burden of setup. The team is also responsible for understanding the semantics of new data sources, understanding how business experts use the systems, and then building the automation that allows a new data source to be synced into Lexio.

We are looking for an engineer to own the front-end challenges the team faces, but we expect engineers to work to some degree across the remit of the team. This individual will excel in the data acquisition team if they love the idea of getting into the weeds of data and finding the kernels of knowledge.


  • 2-4 years of professional software development experience

  • Proven expertise of JavaScript, common frontend libraries and modern front-end frameworks (React/Redux, Vue, Ember, and AngularJS, , etc. ), and development tools like Gulp and Grunt

  • Demonstrated ability to write clean, helpfully-commented and readable code

  • A drive to learn constantly with an analytical and problem-solving mindset

  • Experience with  HTML5, CSS (LESS/SCSS familiarity a plus), and related tools

  • Strong knowledge of how web browsers interact with backend services

  • Experience writing end-to-end Selenium tests or other UI integrated tests

  • A desire to grow as both a back-end and front-end engineer


  • Knowledge of REST: Ideal candidates will have experience building REST services as well as coding clients to them

  • Experience with developing with scripting languages, such as Python

  • Experience with Unix / Linux systems (e.g. Ubuntu, CentOS, RedHat, etc.)

  • Familiarity with cloud computing, particularly AWS

  • Experience with continuous integration systems (Jenkins, CircleCI, etc)

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.

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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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