Principal Software Engineer

| Greater NYC Area
ABOUT VTS
VTS is the fastest growing PropTech company in the history of commercial real estate (CRE). We have transformed a $15 trillion dollar industry with our award-winning platform which is used by more than 700 of the world’s leading landlords and brokers to manage their revenue. We’re continuing to expand our product offerings with our plan to build the industry’s first and only end-to-end, transactional leasing marketplace, truva.com. Truva will enable tenants to search for and lease space with VTS landlords and broker clients online - a process that has traditionally been offline and difficult. 
 
It’s an exciting time to join the VTS team - we recently reached unicorn status after raising $90 million in series D funding led by our clients (believed to be the largest venture financing in the history of commercial real estate software), we recently made the Forbes Cloud 100 list of the hottest private cloud companies, and are featured in Crain's best places to work!
Our headquarters are in NYC, but we have hubs in other major US cities, Toronto, CA and London, UK.
Learn more at vts.com or @WeAreVTS
ABOUT THE ROLE
Our mission is to be Commercial Real Estate’s modern operating system, the place where deals happen, customer relationships are nourished, and real-time market data comes to life. We're growing at an incredible pace and are looking for a Principal Engineer to join our growing platform team in New York City. We're looking for a thought leader for our engineering team, motivated to help us rethink how we build software, drive those changes across engineering, and eager to continue growing and mentoring.
Help us scale our business to meet the needs of our growing customer base and develop new products on the VTS platform. You'll be a critical part of our growing company, working on a cross-functional team to implement best practices and raising the bar in technology, architecture, and process. You’ll have the chance to work in an open and collaborative environment, receive and give hands-on mentorship and make a significant impact on our business’ next phase of growth.

What You'll Do

  • Influence the direction of the foundation group, ensuring we continue to solve the most important challenges to VTS’ infrastructure
  • Lead the way by staying up to date with tools, trends, technologies and best practices, and then sharing that knowledge in a meaningful way to advance the overall state of technology for the entire organization
  • You will own key areas within our platform by envisioning, designing, creating, building and supporting key components of the VTS infrastructure, which needs to operate with a high degree of operational excellence
  • Support and mentor our senior and staff engineers by being the go-to-person for questions but never be a bottleneck, see around the corner and anticipate engineers' needs, broadly distribute knowledge, and generally evangelize the platform
  • Be responsible for software architecture including determination of current limitations and compatibilities between subsystems, selection of new concepts and methodology, and development of major components
  • Lead by example and produce high-quality code that establishes coding standards and best practices for the team
  • Create technical requirements, software design specifications and other forms of architectural documentation
  • Investigate and resolve application issues, bottlenecks, and inefficiencies
  • Exert technical influence over multiple teams, increasing their productivity and effectiveness by sharing your deep knowledge and experience
  • Effectively communicate technical and business risks to stakeholders to ensure that the most informed decisions are being made
  • Play a critical role in planning, working closely with senior leaders to develop plans, resource requirements, and influence our long-term technical and business strategy

About You

  • Solid CS fundamentals with experience across a range of disciplines, with more than one area of deep knowledge and experience
  • 10+ years of software engineering experience, with a proven track record of leading large-scale, high availability and fault-tolerant SaaS or consumer applications
  • Proven track record of senior technical leadership at a company with a strong engineering culture
  • Extensive experience with web applications development, web services, and distributed systems
  • Deep understanding of system performance trade-offs, load balancing, and engineering for high availability.
  • Extensive experience with database design, queueing, caching, containers, APIs, security and the operational aspects of running large systems
  • Excellent planning/execution skills including estimating and schedulingExtensive experience designing, building and owning large scale distributed systems
  • Capable of driving and delivering thin slices of end-to-end functionality on a regular cadence with data-driven feedback loops
  • Strong problem-solving skills; adaptable, proactive and willing to take ownership and deal with ambiguity
  • The ability to work in a highly collaborative environment
  • Strong customer empathy and a focus on quality
  • Ability to create consensus among passionate stakeholders in a dynamic, fast-paced environment through excellent verbal and written communication skills

About Our Team

  • We have a 60+ person engineering team
  • We work in small, cross-functional teams that include product managers, designers, and QA Analysts
  • We value continuous learning in our everyday work
  • We deploy daily and rely heavily on automated testing and CI
  • We use Agile development and lean startup principles and practices to deliver products
  • Our stack: Ruby on Rails, React, Heroku, Postgres, AWS, Swift, Android
  • Learn more on our engineering blog

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VTS embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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Technology we use

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    • SqlLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
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    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases

Location

We are right in Bryant Park, conveniently located between Grand Central, Penn Station, and Times Square subway stations.

An Insider's view of VTS

What are some social events your company does?

I spend a large part of my week at work, so being around great people is very important. The vibe at VTS is very friendly, and there are plenty of opportunities to share knowledge and to socialize, including brown bags, catered lunches, happy hours, team outings, and other events.

Rafael

Staff Software Engineer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

I collaborate with other teams on the company when there’s a piece of code that I’m working on that relates to another topic or domain expertise, I’ll ask for help. Everyone’s really into the idea of collaborating because we know that it’ll create a better product!

Anisha

Software Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

VTS has a culture of constant learning--the most seasoned members of our team are still humble and curious. I’m challenged daily to keep reading, trying new things, and sharing my experience. VTS brings in experts to keep us learning, and I’m given coaching and access to resources that help me grow. I feel like everyone here wants me to succeed.

Chrissy

Director, Product

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

A creative environment is critical for great marketing! The main way I try to do this is encourage everyone's ideas - and recognize that while I may have more experience, this is the first time for all of us at this company, so my job is to guide the team towards great ideas, not be the source of all of them.

Amy

Chief Marketing Officer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

This year we completely redesigned our product strategy process. Several cross-functional forums provide an avenue where anyone in the company can suggest projects and influence prioritization. Feedback on the new process has been incredibly positive. It’s helping to keep the whole company aligned on our most promising and impactful initiatives.

Niall

SVP, Engineering

What are VTS Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in Local Community
Eat Lunch Together
Intracompany Committees
VTS has an LGBTQ task force, a culture committee, and several D&I working groups and more!
Open Door Policy
Team-Owned Deliverables
Team-Based Strategic Planning
Pair Programming
Open Office Floor Plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious Bias Training
Someone's Primary Function is Managing the Company's Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
VTS offers health club discounts!
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
VTS offers equity to every full-time employee.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Return-to-Work Program Post Parental Leave
Company-Sponsored Family Events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Semi-annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and Learns
Promote from Within
Mentorship Program
Our mentorship program includes 1-to-1 program.

Additional Perks + Benefits

On top of all the awesome perks listed above, VTS also offers a $1500 yearly education stipend to all full time employees. This helps support acquiring new skills, meaning the VTS team continues growing their career and broadens the set of tools we can bring to any given problem.

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