Lead Software Engineer (Data & Microservices) - (Remote - US)

San Francisco, California
Product Management & Engineering – Product Engineering /
Who We Are

At Firstup, our mission is to improve the employee experience at every moment that matters, large and small. As the communication pipeline for the world's workforce, we now serve 40 of the Fortune 100 companies, reaching and connecting more than 17 million employees daily.

Our employees are experts in the employee experience, workforce communications and technology. 
Joining Firstup means joining a movement to make work better for every worker. As the world’s first intelligent communication platform, Firstup meaningfully engages employees at every moment from hire to retire, and delivers engagement insights to help companies support, promote and retain their talent. Our movement has taken root and is evident in our world-class customer base. Now we need your help. Ready to make a difference in the world?

Our Values

Every employee is an owner with responsibility and credit for our progress.
Leadership is in our build and we see change as a catalyst for improvement.
We win as a team, committed to help our coworkers and customers thrive.

Role Overview

As Lead Software Engineer you will be responsible for delivering innovative solutions and services while constantly improving our approach to architecture, scale, availability and fault-tolerance. You will partner with others across the company in shared code bases and contribute directly to other services when needed.


    • Guide and mentor, the team in building scalable SaaS applications with a focus on deliverables for quality, value, and speed.
    • Foster a collaborative environment and mentor the team through technical challenges and career growth.
    • Direct the team’s technical and architectural perspective with a focus on the long and short-term roadmap goals.
    • Continuously gain knowledge about technologies that could help improve and scale the current technology stack of the domain.
    • Oversee the daily operations of the team to make sure they are on track and unblocked.
    • Take ownership for the team's technical decisions and consults other technical leads, when necessary, with focus on amplifying impact from each team member.
    • Maintain expertise in technology stack and product knowledge.


    • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field of study, or commensurate experience required.
    • Over 8 years of experience building reliable and high performance large distributed systems with an emphasis on streaming and data pipelines.
    • Hands-on experience building distributed platforms on AWS or GCP.
    • Proficient in languages used on our platform, including NodeJS, Python and Java.
    • Hands-on experience with streaming platforms such as Kafka and Spark.
    • Skilled in building and maintaining large data processing platforms.
    • Experience in building microservices platforms and RESTful APIs.
    • Experienced with scheduling tools such as Airflow, Dagster, StepFunctions.
    • Experience with data modeling and warehousing best practices.
    • Familiarity with enterprise BI tools such as Tableau, Metabase or Looker and integrating those into SaaS platforms.
$170,000 - $200,000 a year
Firstup expects the base salary for this role to be between $170,000-$200,000. The starting rate of pay may vary based on factors including, but not limited to, position offered, location, education, training, and/or experience.
Why Firstup?
Because you care - about people, the work you do, and the connections you make. Work is such a large part of life; it only makes sense to make it awesome.
If you want to engage brilliant minds in a high-growth and inclusive environment where ideas are rewarded regardless of who they come from, join us. This is a rapidly changing space so if you thrive on ambiguity, are hungry for a challenge, and have the guts to speak your mind, you could be a perfect fit.
We offer an excellent PTO program, great health benefits, a casual and friendly environment, remote work, and a leadership team who truly believes in your growth – both personally and professionally.
Firstup is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment and to all employees, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, protected disability, veteran status, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state or local laws.