Sr. Backend Developer

We are looking for an experienced onsite developer to work with our client’s e-commerce business. The ideal candidate would have experience with large backend codebases (like Python/Django) and some experience or interest in Typescript and Node.js. We are looking for someone who is self-motivated and is able to work with the product team early on in a project, plan and identify requirements, see a project through to completion, and mentor junior members of the team along the way.

About thelab

We’re an agency of makers with deep expertise in solving creative, production, and
technology challenges. Our focus is on making better work to help brands work better, and our production roots ensure that every great idea gets delivered right. From branding & design, photoshoots and video production, e-commerce builds or anything in between, thelab mixes inspiration and hard work to produce results that mean business. Oh, and we host a mean barbecue too.

We will be

An awesome place for you to grow and learn. We stay open-minded about ideas and make sure our technology is always up-to-date, because we believe the best work gets made when we evolve our skills together. thelab is large enough to get an amazing variety of work, but small enough to stay flexible and work with smaller brands and startups too—we even have a few products of our own. You’ll work on a lot of different kinds of projects, and you’ll do it with reasonable timelines, surrounded by an inclusive community who wants to see you succeed (no brogrammers, please!). And you’ll generally finish your day with plenty of time left over to meet your friends for a drink—or grab one with your new team.

What our interview process looks like:

  1. We’ll schedule an initial phone interview so we can get to know you, answer any questions you may have, and see if we might be a good fit for you and vice versa.
  2. From there, we’d want to bring you in for an onsite interview and would email you details about a general architectural problem beforehand. 
  3. At the onsite interview, we’re looking to understand your thinking process—not your knowledge of algorithms. That’s why we won’t be asking you to do whiteboard problems, but instead, we’ll ask you to explain your high-level approach to the architectural problem we shared, articulating it to both an experienced and junior dev. 

You are/can

  • A team player who thrives in a collaborative environment—no lone wolf mentalities!
  • Eager to help your coworkers and pitch in to get the job done
  • Not afraid to fail and always looking to learn from those failures
  • Able to understand different approaches and comfortable using older tech when it’s a better fit 
  • Develop server-side functionality in Python and Node.js
  • Be a technical lead on projects, including digesting and documenting project requirements, breaking development tasks into smaller pieces, and delegating work to less experienced developers
  • Work together with other Sr. engineers to architect new projects
  • Deploy and manage web services using Docker, AWS, Terraform, and Ansible
  • Manage multiple projects and deliverables occurring concurrently during a sprint
  • Implementation of backend functionality on Django e-commerce websites as well as a few microservices in Django, Flask, and Express
  • Mentoring less experienced developers through code review and pair-programming
  • Deploying and managing web services and infrastructure (DevOps) via infrastructure-as-code tooling

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