We're looking for a Backend Architect/Staff Engineer with backend expertise to join the Architecture team at Zapier. Over 3 million professionals already use Zapier to save more time, but there are millions more to reach. Do you want to help shape a sustainable backend architecture across a growing set of product teams so that we can support our mission to make everyone more productive at work? Then keep reading...
We know applying for and taking on a new job at any company requires a leap of faith. We want you to feel comfortable and excited to apply at Zapier. To help share a bit more about life at Zapier, here are a few resources in addition to the job description that can give you an inside look at what life is like at Zapier. Hopefully, you'll take the leap of faith and apply.
Zapier is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce.
Even though our job description may seem like we're looking for a specific candidate, the role inevitably ends up tailored to the person who applies and joins. Regardless of how well you feel you fit our description, we encourage you to apply if you meet these criteria:
You’re a force multiplier for engineering. Everything you do is in the service of making the engineering team more efficient at delivering higher quality, more secure products for our customers. This might be code, documentation, lightning talks, mentoring, research, or whatever it takes.
You’ve scaled large systems. You’ve worked with small 3 tier systems, in a cloud/SaaS environment, and you’ve scaled systems up to support millions of customers with polyglot microservices and event-driven architectures. You have preferences on particular technologies and patterns, but you know there are always tradeoffs and carefully consider teams and use cases before making recommendations. You’ve built systems that have failed, and now you know how to design systems that are resilient to failure.
You balance long and short term. You’re careful to resist taking shortcuts that lead to excessive technical debt, but you’re also not an “architecture astronaut.” You make pragmatic architecture designs and decisions based on real-world experience and the input of the engineering team, and you help experiment with new technology and patterns in a sustainable way. You don’t build excessive abstractions or unnecessarily risk the business on unproven technology.
You help teams build understandable systems. You know that architecture is often about telling a story so that engineers have a shared understanding, and we can simplify complex models through high-level diagrams. You always start projects with specs so that everyone is on the same page. You may be familiar with models like C4, but you’re not overly dogmatic to the point of slowing things down. You know that code is an important part of the story, so you’re also interested in automated ways of keeping documentation up-to-date.
You're a mentor. You’re not only interested in growing systems but also people. You want to help other engineers learn new technologies and techniques, and you’re equally ready to learn from other engineers.
You're in North America or South America. We love our team-members in other parts of the world, but for this role we do need a high level of availability within UTC -3 to -8.
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Location: Wherever you currently live!
Zapier is a 100% remote company. If you want to work remote, that's great. If you want to work near others, that's cool too. Our distributed company lets us work with the best people. You don't have to be located in the USA either. Some team members live in the United Kingdom, Thailand, India, Nigeria, Taiwan, Guatemala, New Zealand, Australia, and more! You just need the skills and drive to succeed in this role and the ability to work from anywhere.
*While we take care of our international folks as best we can, currently, healthcare and retirement plans are only available to Canadian, UK, and US-based employees.
How to Apply
We have a non-standard application process. To jump-start the process we ask a few questions we normally would ask at the start of an interview. This helps speed up the process and lets us get to know you a bit better right out of the gate. Please make sure to answer each question.
After you apply, you are going to hear back from us, even if we don't seem like a good fit. In fact, throughout the process, we strive to make sure you never go more than seven days without hearing from us.
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Zapier is an equal opportunity employer. We're excited to work with talented and empathetic people no matter their race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, or age. Our code of conduct provides a beacon for the kind of company we strive to be, and we celebrate our differences because those differences are what allow us to make a product that serves a global user base.