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Senior Software Developer



Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Sunday, May 26, 2024
Observable is redefining how businesses create and share data apps by giving developers the tools they need to create their best dashboards, applications, and reports. Our open-source Framework allows developers to build dashboards locally while our secure hosting service makes it easy for teams to share data apps and discover deeper insights together. We have a large community of data practitioners who love Observable, and we are building on this success to bring Observable to more teams and businesses of all sizes.

We are looking for a Senior Software Developer to join our small engineering team. You need experience working in professional web development, but we are open to candidates with more backend experience or more frontend experience. This is a whole new part of the platform, and most of the features you work on will be new, not updates or rewrites or maintenance; you’ll have to do technical design and architecture as well as coding. Our work spans the full stack from the open-source Framework library (TypeScript), to the cloud infrastructure hosting it (Cloudflare edge workers, R2, S3, Docker), to the API (TypeScript, Node, Postgres) and frontend (TypeScript, React) of .

You don’t have to have experience with all that, but you have to be excited about learning what you don’t know! Since we’re a small team, you’ll have to get going fast, and we don’t have much in the way of formal training — but everyone is happy to help and pair-program all the time, and excited to teach and learn from you.

What You Will Do

  • Design, develop, test, deploy, maintain and improve software.
  • Be part of a close-knit engineering team that ships new code into production multiple times a day.
  • Write code, create reliable and sustainable systems, and develop prototypes quickly.
  • Take initiative, prioritize and manage workloads, and meet project deadlines.
  • Empathize with our users (including on our user support rotation), and nurture the quality of their experience as much as you do the quality of our code.
  • Work well with a team of diverse skills (engineering, design, product, marketing).

What You Will Bring

  • 6+ years of experience of feature development across a frontend and backend stack.
  • Experience with one or more general purpose programming languages including but not limited to: JavaScript, Python, Go or Ruby.
  • Good computer science fundamentals, including data structures, algorithms and software design with sound investigative and debugging skills.
  • Familiarity with open source, cloud, or application platforms.
  • Ability to write readable, maintainable, self-documenting or well-documented code to solve complex problems with simple, elegant solutions.

Join our team!

Observable’s end-to-end solution includes our open-source Framework that developers use to build performant, expressive data apps; a platform for hosting projects; and tools to manage the data workflow. Our team is fully remote and we strive to foster a culture that is collaborative and data-driven while being fast-paced.

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