Skilljar is seeking a Principal Software Development Engineer to join our fast-growing engineering team. This person will be part of the engineering leadership team at Skilljar, and will be responsible for helping guide the evolution of our platform, collaborating closely with engineering teams on architectural designs as well as the adoption of new technologies, tools, and processes. We’re looking for someone with a successful track record building high performance SaaS solutions at scale in an agile development environment. You will be joining a rapidly growing team, where you will have a direct impact on our platform and engineering culture.
We’re looking for a motivated, self-starter who is comfortable wearing multiple hats and thrives in a dynamic environment. You must be nimble, highly-collaborative, and able to think on your feet. This is a great opportunity to join a rapidly accelerating startup that has dozens of Fortune 1000 and mid-market clients on its roster.
Guide the evolution of our core systems and capabilities while supporting new greenfield product/engineering initiatives.
Drive innovative ideas to improve performance, scalability and resilience in a large-scale database and event-driven architecture.
Be an active participant in the Design Review process, evaluating and providing feedback on projects and architectures.
Establish technical standards and influence Skilljar’s system architecture, engineering practices, and engineering methodologies.
Support engineering teams in solving hard problems, building high quality, scalable, and architecturally sound systems that are aligned with our business needs.
Produce both detailed technical work and high-level architectural designs.
Function as a leader and mentor, setting excellent examples for other engineers.
Research, investigate and define new areas of technology to enhance existing products or new product directions.
Participate in the hiring and onboarding process for new engineering team members and continuously provide technical guidance to other engineers.
BS degree or higher in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or equivalent.
10+ years of software development experience building web applications at scale using Django, Spring, or an equivalent MVC framework.
5+ years of technical leadership, leading technical architecture, providing technical direction and mentorship to one or more engineering teams.
Preferred 5+ years experience with relational database solutions such as PostgreSQL, and queuing and event streaming implementations like RabbitMQ and Apache Kafka.
5+ years of cloud hosting experience. AWS preferred.
Hands-on experience delivering high-quality product features, with excellent judgment on balancing time-to-market, scalability, and long term ownership.
Proficient in analyzing, designing and developing reliable and scalable solutions with best practices and compliance with industry standards.
Experience with utilizing best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, secure coding practices, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations.
Experience influencing change and driving alignment across engineering teams in adopting new processes for improving code quality, code security, and scalability.
Highly self-directed and comfortable presenting ideas and championing change.
A collaborative team player with excellent communication skills.
US work authorization and criminal background check are required.
Backed by prominent financial institutions, including Mayfield, Shasta Ventures, and Trilogy Equity Partners, Skilljar is the leading enterprise customer training platform, transforming the way organizations onboard, engage, and retain their customers. Trusted by leading global companies like Zillow, Slack, Tableau, Liberty Mutual, Cisco, Verizon, and U-Haul, Skilljar provides the essential tools and foundation for successful customer and partner engagement and enablement.
We are a team of bright, dedicated Skillets with startup drive and a passion for education. Headquartered in Seattle, WA, Skilljar is currently operating remotely, with employees based in Washington, Oregon, California, and Colorado.