Backend Software Engineer at theSkimm

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theSkimm's Tech team is a group of experienced, resourceful programmers who are comfortable building tools throughout the stack. Our mission as an engineering team is to build the connections between theSkimm's editorial team and its growing audience, wherever they are. 


You will be responsible for designing and building the next generation of products in theSkimm's membership offering. Although the platforms for these products may vary, the design patterns and programming principles necessary to build and distribute them are often the same. We're looking for software engineers of all experience levels to help us deliver applications and services that drive our organization forward. Primary responsibilities include: 

  • Programming across Rails, Node, and/or React applications 
  • Building connections between theSkimm's content and its distribution platforms, often via RESTful APIs 
  • Offering suggestions to improve the Tech team's development workflow in the cloud (AWS) 
  • Automating common development tasks using a variety of tools (scripting, Circle CI, Slack bots, etc) 
  • Professional experience in web development at scale 
  • Proficiency with application development in a modern language like Ruby, Go, Python or Elixir 
  • Smarts, humility, and comfort being resourceful in a fast-paced environment 
  • Strong critical thinking and communication skills 
  • A welcoming and collaborative work style 
  • Familiarity and enthusiasm for theSkimm: passion for our audience and mission
  • Interest in mentorship and and systems thinking
  • Familiarity building systems that leverage AWS services like RDS
  • Experience with Kubernetes
  • Experience with development operations and continuous integration tools (Git, Circle, etc) 
  • Strong SQL skills, especially familiarity with PostgreSQL 
  • Experience shipping and maintaining production deployments with an interest in operations and developer experience 
  • Experience and comfort working on small teams responsible for large portions of a big business 
  • Comprehensive insurance plans, commuter benefits and 401(k) starting on your first day 
  • Competitive salary & equity packages 
  • Flexible vacation policy and generous holiday observances 
  • One Medical Membership 
  • Gym membership reimbursement 
  • Catered Friday lunches and monthly gatherings 
  • A vibrant office environment full of books, couches and a roof deck 
  • Complimentary access to theSkimm’s growing suite of membership products 
  • The opportunity to be part of a values-driven, hardworking and diverse group of people building a membership company that makes it easier to live smarter 

theSkimm is a membership company dedicated to helping female millennials live smarter lives. By seamlessly integrating into our members existing routines, we've become a trusted brand to more than seven million people. We're fundamentally changing the way our members consume news, consider products or services, and take action on important things happening in their lives. Our flagship product, the Daily Skimm, is still the fastest growing email newsletter on the market, and we've grown our product suite to fit into other routines at home, work, and on-the-go. theSkimm App debuted at #1 in News in iTunes, our podcast "Skimm'd from The Couch" reached #1 in Apple Podcasts within hours of launching, and more than 200,000 people voted with us in the 2018 midterm elections. 

As theSkimm grows, we're committed to helping our members tackle big decision-making moments in life by giving them the information they need to make informed and empowered choices whether that be in civic engagement, finance, career, health, and more. Founded in 2012 by two friends on a couch, we've since grown to over 100 employees based in NYC. We are passionate. We are a TEAM. We work hard, but we know when to take a break to enjoy each other's company. Our products help people live smarter lives and we're building a brand trusted by millions of female millennials across the country. Join us! 

This is a full-time role based in New York, NY.

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50 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010

What are theSkimm Perks + Benefits

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include In-office fitness classes.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
theSkimm provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Summer hours, Flexible start and end times.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
theSkimm offers employees professional development opportunities like Onsite training courses.
Lunch and learns
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
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