Staff Software Engineer - Cloud Development

| Chicago
At Relativity, we make software to help users organize data, discover the truth, and act on it. Our e-discovery platform is used by more than 13,000 organizations around the world to manage large volumes of data and quickly identify key issues during litigation, internal investigations, and compliance projects.
Here you can own your career in a community of values-driven people who help our customers around the world solve complex data challenges. If this sounds like the place for you, check out the details of this position below.
The Staff Engineer practices software engineering and leads a team of software developers to apply software engineering best practices and principles to deliver high quality, maintainable, reusable, reliable, performant, and scalable software on schedule. Specifically, this individual will help design and lead the implementation of the project to transform a large complex .NET based software product to use a container based model that can fully take advantage of a cloud environment. It will be best in class using the latest cloud technologies creating a performant, scalable and elastic product. The Staff Engineer works closely with the architecture team and upper management to review and designs using software engineering best practices and processes, and to identify and mitigate risks to the on-time delivery of software. The StaffEngineer will use their expertise to mentor other technical leads to create consistent efficient process for developing these cloud components. 

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with product architects to design, document, and execute on a containerization strategy.
  • Evaluate container and orchestration technologies and make a recommendation of technologies and designs based on the product requirements.
  • Develop best practices for implementing and usage of container technologies so that they are consistently implemented across the product by all teams.
  • Partners with management and the architecture team to set and communicate team goals and vision aligned to business requirements;
  • Takes on independent critical projects which may impact the company's short- and long-term goals and strategies.
  • Offers coaching to ensure the teams stays focused and delivers against the goals and design, adapting to changing business requirements.
  • Specify non-functional software requirements and analyze all requirements to determine design feasibility within time and cost constraints and mentors others to do the same.
  • Estimate software development timelines and be accountable to the timelines by actively managing risks and changing requirements.
  • Provide input into system software architecture development by working with Advisory, Principle Engineers and Architecture team as required.
  • Design and lead the design of software using abstraction, low coupling and high cohesion, modularization, encapsulation and information hiding, interfaces, and separation of concerns.
  • Implement and lead the implementation of software using the practical application of algorithms, defensive programming and exception handling, fault tolerance, design patterns, and best practices of Object-Oriented Design (OOD) and Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) such as SOLID (Single Responsibility, Open-Closed, Liskov Substitution, Interface Segregation, and Dependency Inversion).
  • Test and lead the test of software with traceability back to requirements emphasizing the practice of Test Driven Design and the use of autonomous frameworks and Continuous Integration
  • Offer solutions to improve agile software development processes and practices (SCRUM) to advance engineering efficiency to maximize resources and reduce expense.
  • Provides project and professional guidance and mentoring to team members.
  • Provides solutions to varied and ambiguous issues, utilizing judgment to select methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
  • Ensure the adoption and application of software development tools (IDEs, test frameworks, static analyzers, etc.) to improve engineering efficiency to maximize resources and reduce expense.
  • Identify and offer solutions to reduce technical debt

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with cloud technologies including containers, orchestration tools, monitoring, delivery pipeline and other technologies used in a container based environment.
  • Experience specifically with Docker, Kubernetes and Azure are ideal.
  • Ability to understand and design a macro scale architecture of a software technology or product line.
  • Ability to works on critical issues and the most complex projects as needed by the organization.
  • Ability to decompose larger problems into software development work as self-contained, minimally inter-dependent tasks for team members to implement.
  • Ability to segregate software using abstraction and interfaces.
  • Ability to efficiently multi-task and manage multiple concurrent tasks by identifying differing priorities relative to changing business need.
  • Ability to consistently identify and deliver technical improvement feedback to team members in a supportive and constructive manner to achieve demonstrable results over time.
  • Excellent problem solving.
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork to facilitate collaborative problem solving amongst team members.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication to clearly, succinctly, and completely communicate intent (both technical and non-technical) in interactions with team members and management.
  • Excellent time management to ensure time (both his or hers and that of his or her team) is optimally allocated to meet prioritized business need.
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Math or other related subject.
  • Knowledge and experience in working with Agile development methodology.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BS or equivalent in Computer Science or related disciplines
  • At least 12+ years designing and coding software for commercial-grade systems
  • At least 12+ years writing software that tests software in an automated fashion
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Relativity has over 160,000 users in 40+ countries from organizations including the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 70 Fortune 100 companies, and all of the Am Law 200. Relativity's cloud solution, RelativityOne, offers all the functionality of Relativity in a secure and comprehensive SaaS product. Our company has also been named one of Chicago's Top Workplaces by the Chicago Tribune for seven consecutive years.
If you’re ready to grow with us, we’d love to hear from you.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable law.

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We’re a community of passionate, life-long learners tackling challenging problems. We care about each other and about our community.

An Insider's view of Relativity

How does your team reward individual success?

Rewarding success is one of my favorite parts of my role. Formally through annual bonus plans, thank you notes in our HR system and of course through promotions. I also like to submit nominations to be recognized at company meetings and spotlights in department newsletters. We move fast at Relativity it’s nice to slow down and just say thanks!

Jessica

Operations Manager, Customer Success and Support

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

On the Certification team, I develop exams and study content for our end users. To ensure that our exams are valid, I work with almost every team embracing their expertise and industry knowledge into the development process. It takes continuous interdepartmental collaboration to keep exam content accurate as the Relativity platform evolves.

Sean

Certification Specialist

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

As an Application Support Specialist, I have increased my technical knowledge in SQL database management, Network Administration, and Server Infrastructure. Prior to coming to Relativity, I had zero knowledge of e-Discovery, and now provide On-site training to our clients teaching them about the various e-Discovery tools Relativity has to offer.

Kamal

Application Specialist II

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

We have a semi-annual Hackathon where our engineers get to work on their own feature ideas for 3 days. The ideas that emerge have blown our minds and eventually become part of the product. In addition to design sessions that each team has, we also regularly have Relativity talks. These talks are a great way for engineers to share their experience.

Cindy

Manager, Software Engineering

What are some social events your company does?

Our annual user conference, Relativity Fest, is such a tremendous opportunity to get one on one face time with our partners. Fest draws 2,000 platform users and practitioners from all different facets of the industry and being able to connect with them and hear their stories is extremely powerful.

Michael

Platform Account Manager

What are Relativity Perks + Benefits

Relativity Benefits Overview

We have a great selection of benefits from very competitive insurance plans to fun office perks!

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Bonuses are based on a combination of how the company performs as well as how the individual performs.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Everyone starts with 18 days of PTO, plus 11 paid holidays every year. Our office is also closed between Christmas and New Years, which does not take away from your PTO balance.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Tax-free transportation opportunities.
Company Outings
We have our annual Summer Jam (picnic that includes friends and family), our User Conference - RelativityFest, and a holiday party each year.
Game Room
Our Cafe houses ping-pong, foosball, and a variety of arcade games - including Killer Queen (a multi-player game that is one of few in the country).
Stocked Kitchen
We have tea, coffee (including fancy espresso machines), a variety of LaCroix, soda, and many other things. We also have fresh fruit delivered twice a week in our pantry areas.
Some Meals Provided
Meals are often provided during morning or afternoon training sessions. There is also always plenty of leftover food from such meetings that employees can dive into after the attendees are finished.
Happy Hours
Different for each team, but always a great time!
Recreational Clubs
RelWOW (Relativity Women of the Workplace), Several Intramural Sports Teams (kickball, softball, volleyball, etc.), Vertikal (climbing group), Working Moms Group, Queeries, and several more.
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
All full-time employees (non-contract) receive $3,000/year to pursue professional development opportunities.
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

We also offer a Divvy bike share discount, have Fooda discounts in the office, and offer DRYV Laundry Service for those who have workout clothes that need washing!

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