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Lead Back End Engineer (United States)



Software Engineering
United States
Posted on Friday, May 17, 2024
Lead Back End Engineer

About The Role

We are looking for an experienced backend software engineer to join our team. As an early team member you will have a broad ownership and impact on the technology, the product, and our culture. You will work alongside a first-rate engineering team on implementing exciting new features and making the platform more scalable and performant.

We have challenges at all levels of the stack, from building beautiful web technology and training NLP models to optimizing Postgres and ElasticSearch queries to deal with an ever-growing scale. We have a heavy JVM footprint and are fans of gradle, Dropwizard, Dagger, jOOQ, Docker, Prometheus and Grafana.

We’d love for you to take ownership of features, write performant, elegant code and make architectural decisions.

What we value

  • Strong communication skills in an open environment.
  • Skills to work independently and make decisions with minimal supervision.
  • Interest in working in a dynamic environment with dynamic objectives.
  • Individual autonomy and ownership, building quality products.
  • Being open to giving and receiving feedback.

About You


  • A passion for shipping high-quality product that delights users
  • Extensive experience in Java
  • Interest in the data products space, and a love of building tools that empower lawyers to do more
  • Interest and curiosity about the bigger picture of building a company, including go-to-market, customer development, people, and marketing
  • Interest in helping us build an engineering organization
  • Interest in ownership and autonomy
  • 5+ years as a professional software engineer
  • Time Zones: GMT-08:00 to GMT+04:00, but flexible

It's Also Great If You Have

  • Strong software engineering fundamentals
  • Worked with elements in our tech stack:
    • Product: Java 21, JOOQ, DropWizard, Dagger
    • Data: Postgres, Elasticsearch, Tensoflow/Keras
    • DevOps: AWS, On-Premise
  • Experience in building, deploying, maintaining deployment infrastructure
  • Experience building data-intensive applications, such as NLP, search and indexing, and data processing
  • Interest in being involved in engineering design decisions

What we offer

  • All-remote work style, work anywhere. Ideally within UTC+4 to UTC-7
  • Equity plan
  • Competitive salary
  • Private medical care
  • New laptop and a work-from-home stipend for necessary accessories
  • Generous PTO / sick leave
  • Opportunity to lead our company as we disrupt the legal world

About The Interview

Step 1 Intro chat to tell you about what we are building and find more about your interests. We are looking for ownership, autonomy, and intent but we also dig deeper into communication. Technical chat for us to deep dive into your past work and interests. the conversation will cover some light technical discussion about your past projects. Mostly, we want to know that you can code and ship fairly involved systems, and speak to them with clarity on the details. This tends to be a good indication that an engineer had strong ownership and showed autonomy in making product or technical decisions. This should take about 45 minutes.

Step 2 Take home project (~2-3 hours). We simplified something we already built and will provide skeleton code for you to work on. The idea is to see your technical skills, as well as for you to find out if you like what we are working on.

Optionally, we would love for you to meet the rest of the team if you like to before you make a decision.

The typical interview process takes 5-10 days from start to finish.