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Senior Engineer

| Greater NYC Area
Senior Backend Engineer

About Narrativ

Narrativ is a NYC-based tech startup that is building a better internet for shoppers. We use machine learning to connect products with all of the content created about them to answer retail’s trillion-dollar question, “what should I buy?” 
With a library of more than 1 billion products matched to expert reviews from top commerce publishers like Buzzfeed, NYT Wirecutter, and Hearst, Narrativ enables retailers such as Macy's, Ulta and Dermstore to tap into $25B of annual consumer spend. 
In June 2018, The World Economic Forum honored Narrativ as a Technology Pioneer for building technology to democratize commerce.
We come from Bensonhurst to Beijing and view the breadth of our team's life experiences as a core competitive advantage. Our team hails from 10 countries, has worked for the likes of Google, Glossier and McKinsey and more than one-third of Narrativ employees are first-generation college graduates.

The Job

At Narrativ, we believe in a dual track progression for Engineers, offering opportunities to advance in people management and technical contributions. This role is the first level of technical management. As such, you will be a member of one of our engineering teams, and spend 70% of your time contributing high quality code to our systems. The other 30% will be spent on technical leadership tasks like architecture design, conducting teaching sessions to share knowledge with the team, code reviews, and planning. You will be the go-to expert on your team, and will be responsible for constantly increasing the total knowledge of our organization - always learning something new or teaching something to someone else.
You will be working on a cool system, solving problems for customers at scale. We serve SmartLinks for some of the biggest publishers in the world, and our systems handle high volumes of traffic with little latency and no downtime. We embrace the philosophies of DevOps, and invest significant resources in automation and testing so that we can safely and seamlessly deploy code throughout the day. Come join us and be part of a talented, constantly improving 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)
  • Support and administer a variety of stateful systems including Redshift, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch, and Redis
  • Implement automated system monitoring, troubleshoot and resolve system outages
  • Continually work to improve team capabilities with training, documentation, code reviews, pair programming, and collaboration
  • Participate in the sprint planning process

Requirements

  • 4+ years building backend systems in Python
  • Expertise with distributed systems design and various infrastructure tools
  • Ability to work independently on feature level tasks and system design
  • Motivation to achieve results in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Exceptional level of organization and strong attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills and drive to improve

Why Narrativ?

  • We offer competitive salaries and cover 100% of health, dental and vision
  • We are challenging monopolies and architecting a new business model for media
  • We have weekly happy hours, monthly company outings and our Slack emoji game is the best in the business
  • We are committed to making a societal impact by building sustainable technology to #EndThe404 and open-sourcing many of our projects to contribute to the broader digital community
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.
Please, no third-party resumes for this role. Candidates submitted by agencies will not be reviewed.
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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

We're right in the center of Grand Central and very close to Bryant Park.

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?

Helping our clients strategically optimize their performance with the unique and comprehensive data our platform offers is always an exciting challenge. Data can be daunting, but when analyzed the right way, is the most powerful tool to drive successful results

Greg

Growth Manager

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 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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