Principal Software Development Engineer at Skilljar (Seattle, WA)

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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.

The Company

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.

Skilljar is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
    • PythonLanguages
    • Twitter BootstrapLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • Vue.jsFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM


Headquartered in Seattle, WA, Skilljar is currently operating remotely, with employees based all over the US.

An Insider's view of Skilljar

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Even though Work and Life are often happening in the same room these days, Skilljar encourages everyone to create a daily ritual that signals a "Start" and "Stop" to the workday. Whether it's simply shutting down your laptop, taking an end-of-day stroll, or brewing a cup of tea to wrap up the day; the team supports creating a balance.


Digital Marketing Specialist

What projects are you most excited about?

I’m most excited about evolving our platform from Heroku onto AWS and giving us more control over our app (and cost savings).

We get to tackle the challenges of deploying software (build, test, deploy, monitor, etc.), and it’s a cool (and challenging) opportunity to introduce fundamental changes in our infra while continuing to support our devs.


DevOps Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

The biggest way that Skilljar supports my career growth is in providing me with the flexibility and trust to take on new projects. My managers and the leadership team give me a lot of control over my job and how I want to grow. I have learned and grown more in my short time here than I have been able to in the last few years in my previous roles.



What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

The biggest problem my team is solving is how to scale the company. We have a solid foundation already. However, as we grow, we're choosing systems and processes to position us for growth. It is challenging and exciting to be a part of this process. It's rewarding to see our impact on other teams and the long-term benefit to the whole company.


Financial Analyst

What are Skilljar Perks + Benefits

Skilljar Benefits Overview

At Skilljar, we value our employees' wellness. As a result, we strive to provide a great set of benefits. Skilljar pays 100% of our employee premiums for medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance! We also cover 50% of premiums for dependents you add to our plans.

Our extensive perks and benefits include:
Long and short-term disability
Life insurance
Flexible Time Off
401(k) Retirement Savings
Employee stock options
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Great events - virtual company and team events, happy hours, trivia/game nights, and more!

Intracompany committees
We have a volunteer-based fun committee. They have a budget side aside that they use to help through quarterly events for the entire company.
Daily sync
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Company catered lunch and employee-led, weekly lunch and learn meetings

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