Platform Engineer, Lead at Narrativ

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About Narrativ

Narrativ is the marketplace for unbiased product recommendations by experts on the open web. We exponentially increase match rate and augment commerce content with real time conversion data—turning honest recommendations from expert voices into a brand safe, multi-billion dollar acquisition channel.

Demand for expert recommendations has exploded, surpassing the need for simple price comparison and ushering in the era of the Intentional Shopper. This is a lean in, high intent shopper who seeks the whole story to find the products best suited to her individual needs.

Our product graph—100M+ products mapped to all of the rich stories about them and over $26B of live purchase data —powers our high match rate. Our market research tools help editors author better, higher converting product recommendations.

Why we’re special:

  • Ambitious technology: Our technology mines and organizes the world’s product data in a way that’s useful (rather than intrusive) for consumers. We built a product graph featuring 80mm SKUs enriched with $20bn of monthly cart data, making it the largest database of products matched to product recommendation.
  • Talented team: Fast Company recently named Narrativ one of the 50 best workplaces for innovators, fashion disruptor by Financial Times, and a technology pioneer by the World Economic Forum. We’re here to pursue greatness, embrace challenge and relentlessly improve every day.
  • Fast growth: Narrativ drove $50mm in revenue for partners like Sephora, Nordstrom, Ulta Beauty, Chanel, Goop, Revolve, and more.

Join us for the opportunity to impact billions of shoppers on our mission to improve the value of every recommendation -- to create a better Internet for shoppers.

The Job:
 
Engineers at Narrativ have the opportunity to choose between the technical and management tracks. The team lead is the first level in the people management track. You are expected to spend 70% of your time contributing high-quality code. The other 30% will be spent on management tasks like coaching and mentoring team members, organizing JIRA tickets, and communicating progress/priorities with the rest of the organization. You will be primarily responsible for ensuring that your team members have the autonomy, mastery, and purpose that they require to contribute and expand their skill sets to get to the next level.
 
Narrativ serves SmartLinks on some of the biggest publishers in the world, and our systems operate at scale with little latency and no downtime. We invest significant resources in automation and testing so that we can safely deploy code multiple times a day. Come join us and help us continue to improve our team! 
 
Core Responsibilities Include:
  • Develop business-impacting features by writing clean, efficient code (Python, Javascript)
  • Ensure quality by writing thorough unit, integration, and end-to-end tests
  • Design and deploy automated self-healing infrastructure (Terraform, AWS)
  • Implement automated system monitoring, troubleshoot and resolve system outages
  • Support and administer a variety of stateful systems including Redshift, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch, and Redis
  • Continually work to improve team capabilities with training, documentation, code reviews, pair programming, and collaboration
  • Mentor and supervise 4-6 individual contributors, play key role in the sprint planning process
Requirements:
  • 5-7+ years building backend systems in Python
  • Motivation to achieve results in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Strong communication skills and drive to improve
  • Previous experience leading successful development teams a plus

Narrativ is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or veteran status. 

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • JenkinsLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • SparkFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • AWSDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

Our office was right in the center of Grand Central and very close to Bryant Park. But now we are operating fully remote!

An Insider's view of Narrativ

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office has an open layout that helps inspire collaboration, conversation and idea sharing. We are a growing start up so there is a mix between heads down work and banter. Some ideas are around how to best service our clients and others are about dooms day prepping and our water intake :)

Nathalie

Head of Talent

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

We are building a brand new self serve portal to onboard new clients on to the Narrativ platform. This will decrease time and resources needed to get new users on our platform while increasing the immediate value our clients see.

Kavya

Software Engineer/ Data Analyst

What does career growth look like on your team?

At Narrativ we have a culture of deep appreciation and your impact is rewarded. We make sure engineers have measurable and achievable goals that they define based on their own interests. I have seen engineers really up their game during my time here.

Joseph

Senior Data Engineer

What is your vision for the company?

Narrativ is building technology that challenges the world we live in. Those who join our team should share our passion for fixing commerce and have the courage to challenge the status quo.

We’re on a thrilling pursuit to fulfill the promise of technology and we’re building a league of extraordinary humans.

Shirley

Founder & CEO

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

One of the biggest challenges we are solving for now is translating our vibrant and collaborative office culture to be as vibrant and collaborative in a remote setting.

Nathalie

Head of Talent

What are Narrativ Perks + Benefits

Culture
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Narrativ is led by founder & CEO Shirley Chen. Her experience as a female founder has taught her the importance of a diverse team, a value that is shared by the entire org.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted Once per week.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
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