Senior Backend Developer
About The Position
Belonging. We all know it when we feel it—when we feel connected to and a vital part of a larger community. It’s hard to create, hard to define, and even harder to measure. And yet, everyone wants to feel it. That’s where Venn comes in. And where you can make an impact.
Venn is on a mission to help people everywhere feel a deeper sense of belonging in their homes and neighborhoods. We build world-class technology platforms, physical and virtual spaces, and local programming and expertise that combine into our seamless “Neighborhood as a Service” offering. We’ve spent the past five years developing our model for maximum impact, and now we’re scaling globally.
Are we a tech company? Yes, but we’re the most human tech company you’ll ever meet. We want people to use our platform to leave it—to connect with neighbors, support their local economies, and give back to their communities. Simply put, we want them to Build Their Neighborhood. And there’s a place for you and your ambitions to help us do just that.
Whether you’re an engineer who wants to put your skills to work building a business that makes a positive social impact; a designer who wants to explore the interplay between digital and physical experiences; or a relationship manager who wants to lead the alignment of whole cities’ interests for the benefit of all…there’s a place for you at Venn. If you do any of these things or many more, and you’re ambitious and like to work hard and be nice, come join the more than 100 Venners on a mission to make it easier to meet neighbors around the corner than strangers around the world.
The Engineering Team — Venn’s software engineers develop the tech products that power Venn’s Neighborhood Engagement Platform. The products range from mobile apps and smart home solutions that help our community members enjoy our personal and community services, events, and spaces, all the way to a robust internal platform that helps Venn and its partners operate with great efficiency.
The Technology — Our solution is built on top of cutting-edge technologies. We run everything on AWS and are mostly serverless. The server-side language of choice is Typescript on Node.js, and Federated GraphQL is our API layer. On the client-side, we use React and React-Native for our mobile. We are big fans of automating everything and doing as little manual labor! CI/CD processes are running on CircleCI, we deploy infrastructure-as-code, and since we don’t have legacy code (well, almost...), we are doing things right for the first time.
A partial list of the technologies & services we are using includes: AWS lambda, ECS, API Gateway, SNS, SQS, Postgres, Elasticache, GraphQL, Apollo Server, React, Serverless Framework, Terraform, and many more.
The Position —
These days we are putting together a platform team to support the different verticals of the venn ecosystem. This team is to be made of all-senior devops and backend engineers, and will be tasked with evolving our existing infrastructure and platform code so they can support the expected growth of the product and business scale.
We will be starting with this modus operandi:
- Excellence, not perfectionism
- Culture of candor
- High level of autonomy, BYOI (-initiative)
- Team goals over personal goals
... but as this is a new effort, as an early member you'll have a major part in shaping the what and how.
You are expected to be a tech-lead of sorts, as besides the hands-on work, you will also be leading bigger initiatives outside the immediate scope of the platform, mentoring other developers in the process.
- 6+ years of programming experience, using modern languages
- Worked on numerous projects in diverse business domains
- Been involved in developing consumer products and know what to do with your user data
- Experienced in cloud environment development
- Have practiced Test-Driven Development and/or Continuous Integration & Delivery
- Strong analytical thinking, systematic problem-solving skills
- Degree in computer science or equivalent
- Experience with the AWS ecosystem, including managing it with infra-as-code tools
- Have contributed to, or managed an open-source project
Venn is an equal opportunity workplace. We believe in the strength of inclusive communities and thrive to build a work environment that mirrors the diversity of the cities that we love.