Principal Full-stack Engineer

R&D – Engineering /
Full-time /
At Instructure, we believe in the power of people to grow and succeed throughout their lives. Our goal is to amplify that power by creating intuitive products that simplify learning and personal development, facilitate meaningful relationships, and inspire people to go further and careers. We do this by giving smart, creative, passionate people opportunities to create awesome products and tools. And that’s where You come in!

Who we are:

    • Pioneers: we are the first Instructure development center placed outside of the United States.
    • On a mission: Our field is education. We strive to elevate student success, amplify the power of teaching, and inspire everyone to learn together.
    • Product enthusiasts: We develop products, such as Canvas, with millions of users worldwide.
    • Engineers: We love to understand what is happening under the hood. We are generalists, rather than obsessed with one language or framework
    • Engineers: We love to understand what is happening under the hood. We are generalists, rather than obsessed with one language or framework.  Currently, we use Node.js, React, and Ruby on Rails, but will adapt as needed.
    • Cloud-native: we are one of the biggest AWS customers, everything is Dockerized, running in the cloud
    • Productive: our teams have flexibility in how they work, Some use Scrum, others Extreme Programming, whichever fits best.

What will you do

    • Take comprehensive ownership of technical aspects, ensuring product usability and viability.
    • Prioritize organization and team success, demonstrating that collective achievement outweighs individual success.
    • Translate business and product needs into a clear, optimized technical strategy.
    • Communicate complex technical concepts clearly, collaborating effectively across R&D.
    • Create detailed documentation, architecture diagrams, and prototypes to guide development.
    • Maintain a high technical standard, mentor team members, and support their growth.
    • Stay hands-on, setting a coding standard and driving technical direction across the stack.
    • Keep abreast of and integrate modern technologies and practices.
    • Working with teams spanning multiple domains, helping them adapt to common patterns and best practices.

What we look for:

    • 10+ years in software development with proficiency in a wide range of Full Stack technologies.
    • Node.js or Java, AWS, Docker, Kubernetes, infrastructure-as-code tools (Ansible, Terraform, Salt, Puppet), front-end, preferably React experience.
    • Ruby experience is a plus, but openness to learn other languages is a must.
    • Deep understanding of web standards, responsive design, cross-browser compatibility, security, a11y, i18n.
    • Experience with frontend tools like Webpack, Babel, npm, and version control systems like Git.
    • Track record of designing and maintaining database solutions that support scalability, reliability, and performance requirements.
    • A wide variety of experience in backend technologies, APIs, and cloud platforms, preferably AWS.
    • Strong problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and the ability to lead technical initiatives.
    • Excellent communication, collaboration skills, and experience in leading technical teams and projects.
    • A bias towards action, with the ability to produce artifacts that clarify and advance technical discussions.

Get it on all the awesome at Instructure

    • A fun, friendly, and helpful company culture
    • Competitive compensation
    • Restricted Stock Unit Program
    • Private Medicover healthcare + cafeteria plan/SZEP card
    • Employee Stock Purchase Program
    • Wellness motivation through PandaFit
    • An extra week off for the whole company every year
    • Employee recognition program through Motivosity
    • Goal-setting, proactive reviews, and internal training
    • Employee assistance program
We’ve always believed in hiring the most awesome people and treating them right. We know that the more diverse we are, the more diverse our ideas will be and when we openly welcome those ideas, our environment is better and our business is stronger.
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