Lead Software Engineer


Austin, TX, USA

Full time

Oct 21

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NOTE: Candidates must be US citizens/Permanent Residents located in NY, CA, WA or TX or be willing to relocate

Lead Software Engineer 

Who Is AppSumo

AppSumo is the tech powerhouse you’ve probably never heard of. We’ve helped launch MailChimp, Evernote, and Dropbox (to name a few) — over 1,500 startups have come through our doors and become household names in software. (Learn more about us here!)

Our motto? The tools you need to run your business shouldn’t put you out of business. And we’re committed to bringing our community the absolute best deals on software. With thousands of successful product launches and over a million entrepreneurs served, we’re looking to take AppSumo to the next level. 

That’s where you, the Lead Software Engineer, come in.


About This Role

This job is about assessing where the biggest business opportunities exist on our site and implementing cutting-edge solutions that improve the AppSumo platform. In this role, you’ll work on customer-facing products and watch your code impact millions of users within days! We work hard and ship fast, but we still keep a high bar for quality and testing. 

We recently rebuilt our platform with an updated tech stack that includes Python, Vue.js, Javascript, Node, AWS, ElasticSearch. Currently, we run a CICD environment. 

On the day-to-day, you’ll be:

  • Leading and coaching a small team of engineers on best practices for architecture, coding, and delivery  
  • Collaborating with the team to define roadmap
  • Working with our product and design team to deeply understand and communicate the needs of our users
  • Designing and building software to reach an audience of millions, using Python and Javascript
  • Building infrastructure to handle hundreds of petabytes of user data using Postgres, ElasticSearch, Redis, and more 
  • Working in a CI/CD environment with Python and Jenkins, and touching on AWS and Docker
  • Partnering closely with customer support to respond to user issues and solve them in a permanent, scalable way

This is a unique role best suited for someone who wants to take the step into leadership. They can fearlessly run point on feature development, delegate tasks and use their broad expertise to work through the whole stack. Our ideal candidate has:

  • 5+ years of industry experience, preferably with an e-commerce SaaS/PaaS company
  • The desire to coach other engineers
  • Knowledge of 3rd party integrations
  • Experience owning an entire feature from start to finish
  • Familiarity with Python, Javascript, and AWS 

In your first six months, success means learning the code base and shipping out three meaningful features to the AppSumo website.


Who Thrives at AppSumo

Every company is unique, and we want to make sure we’re a good fit for you. Here’s who we’re looking for:

  • You’re resourceful and seek creative solutions when faced with obstacles
  • You get sh*t done — results > Powerpoints
  • You love to learn. If you geek out over tech and design after hours, you’ll fit right in
  • You don’t take yourself too seriously — save your blazer for your cousin’s wedding
  • You like to get your hands dirty — good leadership means rolling up your sleeves 


Pay & Benefits

We provide a competitive compensation and benefits package. Due to the coronavirus, our team is remaining remote through the end of 2020, and it is currently optional to go into our Austin office. 

When at the office, you’ll be equipped with a standing desk, a monitor, and any other tech you need to feel productive. Oh, and you can bring your dog to work. We love your dog :)

In addition, we offer a stocked fridge, any snacks you want, and (once we’re allowed outside again) two all-expenses paid company trips with the team to the local Sheraton — just kidding: last year, we went to an all-inclusive resort in Costa Rica; you can check it out here.

At AppSumo, we treat all of our teammates like adults and trust that when you have something to do, you’ll get it done. If you need to run an errand, hit the gym, or meet a friend for lunch, you’re encouraged to do so. You can work from home as often as you need to, and you’ll have unlimited vacation days to go on adventures. (Everyone says it, but we mean it: We expect you to take time for yourself.)

We’re committed to creating a diverse, supportive, and collaborative working environment — every person we bring onto the team helps cultivate a culture that we’re proud of.

Up for the challenge? Let’s do this :)

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