Senior Software Engineer – Backend at Output Inc.

Location: Remote, US
Salary: $120,000 Annually
| Full-time
Output Inc.

Title: Senior Software Engineer – Backend

Love music? Come sit with us. At our core, we help creative people make better music with cutting edge technology.

Output is one of the most influential and fastest-growing music-making software companies in the world used by the likes of Drake, Bjork, Rihanna, and Coldplay, to name a few. Our focus is to inspire a new generation of music makers with a platform that brings the power of a studio to anyone, wherever they are. With groundbreaking products providing new sources of inspiration and sound; here at Output, we are on an endless journey to revolutionize the way creators make music.

Since raising a $45 million Series A investment, the Output team is growing, and we’re looking for a Senior Backend Engineer to build and evolve highly scalable and available API platform capabilities to support rich new music experiences for our users specifically in the Discovery space – including browsing, recommendation, personalization, search, and other experiences. The ideal candidate will have deep experience as a backend software engineer ranging from distributed systems and micro-services architecture to CICD, SRE and software engineering best practices. This candidate will also have experience rebuilding backend stacks while the plane is in flight’. We’re looking for someone who has intrinsic motivation, is detail-oriented, technically savvy, and energized to chart the course for our Discovery future tech platform capabilities roadmap.

How you’ll add value:

  • Build, evolve, deploy, monitor, and maintain backend services to power critical user experiences with focus on high availability, low latency and scalability
  • Provide backend services technical leadership for your cross-functional team and large complex projects – be able to lead technical scoping, architecture and system design
  • Actively participate in scrum process – work breakdown, grooming, estimation, planning and execution of software development work as part of a scrum team
  • Provide architectural leadership for projects – Understand critical tradeoffs and prioritize paying down tech debt along the way
  • Build, operate and maintain infrastructure, tools, and CI/CD deployment pipeline. Take operational responsibility for the services that are owned by your team
  • Be a role model for the team on SW engineering best practices, leading by example
  • Lead technical projects from start to finish – ability to apply lean process
  • Strong judgment to drive project trade-off decisions between complexity and lead time
  • Advocate for making quality implicit in our engineering processes and practices

What you’ll need to be successful in this role:

  • 5-7 years experience delivering impactful, high-quality backend software applications for large scale production systems
  • Broad experience and exposure to backend architectural patterns, technologies, frameworks, languages and tools. Aversion to monoliths – tendency towards micro-services architecture when appropriate
  • Solid SRE background and high value placed on uptime of production systems
  • Experience with the following technologies, frameworks, languages and tools
    • Developing and maintaining restful services in NodeJS, Python, Ruby, etc
    • Database technologies such as MySQL, Postgres, NoSQL, GraphQL, etc
    • Domains such as auth, identity, search, queues, etc
    • Domains such as recommendations, personalization, and machine learning
    • Configuring and using cloud hosted infrastructure like GCP, Heroku, or AWS
    • A few of the following – containerization/docker, load balancers, caching, CDNs, etc
    • Test driven development including unit, integration and regression testing and automation for backend services and APIs (Datadog, RUM, synthetics, dashboards, logging)
    • DNS configuration, security best practices, migrating to the cloud, etc
    • Mature backend services CI/CD processes and deployment best practices
    • Experience with feature flagging, A|B testing, progressive rollout and safe deployment techniques
  • Experience working with cross-functional product teams
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills – Ability to propose solutions and back them up with sound reasoning
  • Bonus: Passion for democratizing music making and empowering creative music makers

Additional information:

  • Base compensation range: $120,000-$170,000. This compensation range is based on the United States labor tier 1 market and may be adjusted based on actual geographic location and years of experience
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis
  • Output is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Output’s employment decisions are made without regard with race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Output has made a name for itself as one of the fastest growing, creative, and influential music-making software companies in the world. The likes of Kendrick Lamar, Bjork, Rihanna, James Blake, Imagine Dragons, Justin Timberlake, Nine Inch Nails and many more use our software to write music as well as hit shows and films like Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, and Black Panther.

We are a strong group of like-minded music makers and music lovers sharing the common goal of helping music makers around the world be creative. We’re bonded by music. We’re motivated by challenging and fulfilling work. And we always do it while having fun.

We have adapted our working styles and have successfully launched new products, achieved record sales and we continue to thrive as a team all while working remotely. We have embraced the work from anywhere revolution and will continue to hire all roles remotely unless otherwise stated. Our Los Angeles office will remain open to those needing a space or looking for a place to collaborate with other teams. Our culture has always valued our employee’s work-life balance and we offer 5 weeks of PTO, excellent health care, and a community of music enthusiasts- with access to our music studios (once it is safe to return).

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