Experienced Backend Engineer, Seattle

Seattle, WA /
Engineering /
Full-time
Formidable is a boutique engineering consultancy and open source software organization, specializing in React, React Native, GraphQL, Node, and the architecture of large-scale JavaScript applications. We are a team of consultants working together to find holistic and sustainable solutions to challenging 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.

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 is a full-time position in the Seattle area, where you'll join our established team of engineers. In light of COVID-19, this will be a work-from-home role until further notice. We do operate a physical office located in the Fremont area in Seattle that you may work from once we are able to safety return to in-person working. (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
    • An understanding of engineering for the web: client/server architecture, REST, and modern best practices
    • The ability to communicate the benefits of technical solutions to non-technical project stakeholders effectively
    • Patience and drive to both learn from and mentor others
    • 5+ years of software development experience
    • 2+ years of professional experience in Node

Experienced In

    • JavaScript, both modern techniques and core concepts
    • Git, especially with teams
    • 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)

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 Employees

    • 5 weeks of PTO annually
    • Unlimited sick time
    • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision
    • A supportive and collaborative internal culture
    • Flexible work schedules
    • A Home Office Stipend so you can buy a desk, monitor, and more
    • A MacBook Pro, or equivalent Windows or Linux laptop
    • Annual Health & Wellness bonus
    • ...and much more to support your life, both at work and outside of work!

Simple and Fair Salaries

    • We employ a simple and fair salary system that pays everyone the same salary for the same work. This Open Pay system is competitive in a fast-growing market and provides transparency to what is typically an opaque and unbalanced negotiation.
    • This role, Experienced Engineer, encompasses multiple different levels: Software Engineer IV, Senior Software Engineer I, Senior Software Engineer II, and Tech Lead. The annual salaries for these levels is $137,000 to $171,000.
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 the US. We are not offering working visa sponsorship at this time.