We’re looking for a Senior Software Engineer to help build and make Aptible the best security management platform for startups.
This is a unique opportunity to be a high-impact, early member of the Aptible Team. You’ll be responsible for architecting, building and scaling backend services for a product Aptible is building to help our clients improve their security posture.
We see a future where it’s easy to bring a great idea into the world using the internet, while respecting data security and privacy. The next generation of businesses will design security and privacy into their operating processes. If every business is going to be a software business, every business will need to be a security business.
We’re working to make information security a core competency of every startup. We envision a world in which startups have access to great information security, are empowered to focus on their businesses instead of on compliance, can scale faster and more efficiently, and are confident that they’re creating quality products.
Commitment to the Team We’re passionate about building a diverse team of talented people who accomplish great things together, regardless of where they are. We talk a lot about the science of high-performing teams and how to make Aptible the best environment to support that kind of team. If you love the mutual support and camaraderie of a strong team that wins together, we want to hear from you.
Commitment to Each Other We commit to each other as individuals, one on one. We measure our commitments carefully and hold each other accountable, which means we’re able to deliver more for our colleagues and customers in the long run. We set only a few very clear, ambitious goals as a company each quarter, and talk about them constantly to reinforce focus. We make time to recognize, praise, and reward those who consistently deliver on their promises.
Commitment to The Mission Startups are hard, and we expect challenges and missteps. We love winning, but most of all, we value getting back up and getting better at what we do. We are deeply motivated to build trust on the internet by empowering teams, and we respect grit and perseverance in furtherance of that mission.
Growth Over Perfection We fail often and early, and learn from it. We talk about improving constantly. We praise those who give feedback early and often. We put effort into being good at giving feedback: When we give feedback, we make each other feel big, not small. This helps create an environment where we can take reasonable risks, which in turn helps us make decisions quickly and learn fast. We expect managers to delegate a lot, and acknowledge that delegation means sometimes letting someone make what you think is the wrong decision.
Teaching as Learning We are a team of learners. We value and respect teaching as the best way to learn, and make time to share information openly. We set explicit goals around training, and devote resources to developing and improving our internal training. We praise those who share knowledge in public — by asking and answering questions in team chat, writing documentation, and writing for our customers.
Taking Responsibility Over Giving Responsibility Identifying problems is a good start, but we love solving them more. We think and talk a lot about how we can improve, and work hard at it. We value and reward those who take initiative. We don’t like meetings where we only talk about problems.
Asking Why We ask “why?” a lot in order to understand root causes. Asking why helps us cultivate focus and make high-quality decisions quickly. We don’t attribute mistakes to human error. We view them as a starting point for an inquiry, not the end.
- You’ll lead on creating a set of backend services that support our product goals, and enable frontend engineers to meet Aptible’s target delivery dates
- You’ll partner with Product and Design to effectively plan new features, avoiding bottlenecks and maximizing velocity when it comes time to implement
- You’ll mentor other engineers on architectural principles and backend engineering patterns
- You’ll inform the product roadmap and implementation decisions based on feasibility
- You’ll ensure that our product is maintainable, meaning that other engineers are able to contribute new functionality easy, and without frequent technical debt
- You’ll ensure that our product is reliable, meaning that it’s performant, has high uptime and few bugs
- You have experience building and scaling web applications with real users
- You enjoy mentoring other engineers on your team
- You can take specifications from Product and Design and come up with a plan for how to implement them
- You stay up to date on the latest backend technologies and patterns
- You provide clear, useful documentation to other engineers
- You can weigh the pros and cons between different architecture designs (e.g., monolithic vs. microservices, REST vs. GraphQL, etc.)
- You have experience writing code that’s used and maintained in production for years, not months
- You’re proficient in the languages and databases we use, including: Rails, PostgreSQL, Redis
- Work from Anywhere: Enjoy the flexibility of working from home, a local co-working space, or your favorite coffee shop.
- Open Vacation Policy: We encourage you to take the time you need, when you need it — for any holiday or matter of personal importance.
- Paid Parental Leave: We offer job-protected Paid Time Off — 12 Weeks, Fully Paid — for all parents to bond with a newly born, adopted, or fostered child.
- Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance: We offer comprehensive health care for employees, with 100% of premiums paid by Aptible.
- Hardware & Software: We help you create your ideal office setup and provide any software you’ll need.
- Company Travel: We come together in-person at least two to three times per year, in locations around the globe.