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Founding Backend Engineer

Vocode

Vocode

Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, February 5, 2024
Mission

The mission of the Founding Backend Engineer is to move Vocode’s product forward by taking direct ownership for delivering relevant aspects of our roadmap, and helping to create an environment where engineers of all experience levels can flourish.

🤹🏽‍♀️ Profile & Experience

  • ≥3 years of experience as a significant contributor on an established engineering team and intentionally pursuing early stage opportunities, or a similar level of experience as the CTO, VP Eng., or senior technical IC at an early stage company,
  • Deep mastery of backend engineering as an IC, and require little guidance from peers and leaders when writing code. You may have specialized in a particular language or framework along the way,
  • Whilst likely to have an action bias, you appreciate and seek technical strategic guidance and input when scoping projects and planning your work, and if not yet a strong strategic contributor, you would like to develop this muscle,
  • You are able to identify and work towards defined standards and styles as an individual, and have broad exposure to a variety of configurations of planning, estimating, and executional cycles – but may not yet able to draw on a deep playbook for helping to drive team performance either as an IC or a leader
  • Familiar with the occasional uncertainty and open ended nature of delivering work at an early stage startup, and a few muscles developed to help mitigate such uncertainty in your IC work (e.g. seeking to understand commercial outcomes rather than just building to spec).

🪢 Real Things You’ll Do

Here are some real examples of the sort of work you might expect to do in this role:

  • Own the backend portion of our overhauled dashboards

Working alongside a front end engineer, the Founding Backend Engineer would have taken overall responsibility for scoping and shipping the next generation of dashboards used internally at Vocode, and by our customers around the world. This requires strong engineering skills, and a playbook for acceptance testing, deployment, documentation, and project management – which as a founding engineer, you will need to flex regularly.

  • Deliver improved observability for the engineering team

As we help our customers scale from thousands to tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of calls, we need to invest in observability. The Founding Backend Engineer would have taken overall responsibility for delivering improvements to Sentry to assist with debugging calls, deriving useful aggregate metrics, and generally making it effortless for us to analyze performance of a large volume of concurrent tests.