Backend Engineer, Ontario

Ontario /
Engineering /
Full-time
Formidable is a boutique engineering consultancy and open source software organization, specializing in React.js, React Native, GraphQL, Node.js, and the architecture of large-scale JavaScript applications. We are a team of consultants working together to find holistic and sustainable solutions to challenging software and process problems for our clients. We build products for some of the world’s biggest companies while helping their internal teams develop the skillset to create and maintain thoughtful and scalable systems.

As one of our first engineers in Ontario, you will work with other Formidable engineers using a modern JavaScript stack to implement new applications, features, and tools for companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 100s. You will regularly collaborate with client teams to provide project leadership, mentorship, and technical expertise. When you’re not working on client projects, you’ll have a chance to contribute to our community-leading open-source software.

We make sure our employees get opportunities to grow within Formidable and participate in daily decision-making processes. Our engineers are leaders in the community and frequently speak at key conferences. Working with other Formidables, you are guaranteed to continually cultivate your skill set by staying atop of industry trends and tools.

This role is a Formidable full-time position for residents of Ontario, Canada. It will be a remote work-from-home role to start. Sorry, no relocation assistance is available.

If you’re interested in joining a collaborative community that supports employees and understands the importance of maintaining a work-life balance, we would love to talk to you!

You Have

    • An interest in working in a client service role – advocating for the positive long-term impacts of code health and smooth developer experience, while being sensitive to client goals and timelines
    • Understanding of engineering for the web: client/server architecture, REST, and modern best practices
    • Understanding of high-availability, monitoring, and reporting, incorporating them into each project from the very beginning.
    • The ability to communicate the benefits of technical solutions and architectural concepts to non-technical project stakeholders effectively
    • Patience and drive to both learn from and mentor others

Experienced In

    • JavaScript, both modern techniques and core concepts
    • Building production systems that scale
    • REST APIs and frameworks like Express
    • GraphQL APIs and frameworks like Apollo Server
    • Persistence layers like DynamoDB or PostgreSQL
    • Setting up monitoring and alerting (NewRelic, CloudWatch)
    • Version control for code collaboration on teams
    • 3+ years of professional software development experience
    • 2+ years of professional experience in NodeJS


Extra Credit

    • Experience leading teams
    • Experience with React and the surrounding Open Source ecosystem
    • Familiarity with Typescript
    • Familiarity with Kubernetes / Lambda / Containerization
    • Familiarity with Terraform
    • Experience implementing CI/CD pipelines
    • Open Source contributor

What We Offer Our Ontario Employees

    • 3 weeks of PTO annually and unlimited sick time
    • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision
    • Flexible work schedules
    • Annual Health & Wellness bonus
    • A supportive and collaborative internal culture
    • ...And much more to support your life, both during and outside of work!
Inclusion is one of our core values. We don’t discriminate by race, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in Canada. We are not offering Canadian working visa sponsorship at this time.