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Principal Engineer



Software Engineering
Staten Island, NY, USA
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2023

As a fully remote Principal Engineer at Observable, (, you will work end to end on the planning and development of new features critical to Observable’s users, often in collaboration with partner teams (product, design, etc.). Compensation for this role includes a competitive salary and benefits plus generous equity.

What you will bring

  • Minimum of 10+ years of experience and track record of feature development and delivery across a frontend and backend stack.
  • Strong experience with JavaScript, React, Node, Python, Go, Ruby or Swift.
  • Inclusive mentoring, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to coordinate the work of others when needed and to be a positive influence on other team members across the company
  • Good computer science fundamentals, including data structures, algorithms, and software design with excellent investigative and debugging skills.
  • Ability to write readable, maintainable self-documenting or well-documented code to solve complex problems with simple, elegant solutions

What you will do

  • Guide and influence the design, development, testing and maintenance of the full software stack
  • Work closely with developers, product and other cross functional teams to ship new features and innovations to Observable’s platform and product
  • Be part of a close-knit engineering team that ships new code into production multiple times a day.
  • Take initiative, prioritize and manage workloads, and meet project deadlines.
  • Have empathy for our users, and nurture the quality and development of the data practitioner experience as much as you do for the quality of our code.
  • Work well and collaborate effectively in a team of diverse skills (engineering, design, product, advocacy).

More About Observable

Observable is a Series B startup that helps everyone make sense of the world with data.

We’re building a place where people can work together to explore, analyze, and communicate with data. Uncover new insights, answer more questions, and make better decisions - right in the browser. Start by forking a project from teammates or from the largest community of visualization experts and data practitioners (scientists, analysts, developers). Bring your data in from spreadsheets or database connectors. Use components or write custom code along any JavaScript library. Observable lets you work with your data however you want.

Observable is the collaborative data canvas, built for and powered by community.

Thank you for your interest! 🙏 We can’t wait to hear from you.