Principal Software Engineer
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Principal Software Developer (Principal Crafter)
Who We Are
At 8th Light, we take a human-centered approach to software design and development, strategically collaborating with the people writing the code as well as those using it. We embrace the need for adaptability in a constantly changing world. We are a team of polyglot generalists — thinkers and doers ready to take on most any challenge that we encounter.
As an employee-owned software consultancy, our team of expert developers and designers hold the title of "Crafter" to reflect our dedication to quality, our emphasis on continual learning, and our belief that software is truly a craft — something that we take pride in. We value colleagues who enjoy learning and teaching, which supports our collaborative organization. You will be mentored and supported, and you’ll further your expertise as a technologist, a manager, or both.
We enjoy working with empathetic, passionate collaborators who value the work they do. If this approach to software design and development resonates with you, we'd love to talk.
Who You Are
You’ve shown long-term repeated success on a variety of projects, typically over the course of 8+ years. You can be the go-to leader for any software development engagement. You have a broad and deep range of expertise that allows you to make an immediate impact on projects. In your previous experience, you have:
- Built high-quality, maintainable software collaboratively, incrementally, and pragmatically
- Built larger features or subsystems
- Used context-appropriate automated testing to inform software design choices and catch bugs
- Debugged and refactored pre-existing code to incrementally improve it
- Collaborated with teams using Git, MacOS/Linux, and CI/CD
- Addressed architecture-level concerns such as scalability, security, reliability, and performance
- Led projects or teams
- Brought together people from different functions and perspectives in forums that encourage idea sharing, collaboration, and problem solving
- Made thoughtful recommendations and set direction in the face of ambiguity
- Mentored and shared knowledge with colleagues
- Actively sought out and effectively given feedback
- Communicated empathically with stakeholders and colleagues
- Collaboratively led stakeholders to balance technical considerations with product and user needs
What You’ll Do At 8th Light
As a lead technologist on projects, you’ll work with a variety of clients, typically one to two in a year, and in a variety of languages over the course of your career with us. You’ll lead more complicated projects, leading teams to do so. You’ll work with colleagues who share your passion for creating software. You’ll invest time developing your skills and sharing what you know. You’ll be responsible for:
- Making immediate contributions to projects, rapidly building trust with clients
- Working pragmatically to balance technology choices while delivering high-quality work within deadlines
- Leading architecture and software design discussions
- Generating new potential solutions to challenges (technical and non-technical) in partnership with team members and clients
- Leading or initiating formal feedback conversations with teams and clients via retrospectives
- Clearly articulating and documenting outcomes and driving forward action items
- Ensuring your team has a healthy, prioritized, estimated backlog
- Managing high-level project roadmaps as the team lead for large engagements
- Maintaining relationships with client technical leaders
- Regular syncs with the client to provide status updates, and for identifying and evaluating risks and presenting potential solutions
- Serving as a manager or mentor to those on your teams
- Identifying and resolving blockers to team progress
- Contributing to 8th Light by serving as a mentor to apprentices, leading or designing workshops internally or for clients, representing 8th Light in the tech community, or supporting our hiring processes
A Note on Compensation:
8th Light has recently adopted a compensation strategy that allows us to be competitive in each market for which we hire. Thereby, salary ranges for each position are not only determined based on experience and knowledge base, but also regional labor markets.
To enquire further into the range in your market for this position, contact us at email@example.com.
THE NATION-WIDE RANGE FOR THIS ROLE: ~$131,200 to $196,800
Nice to Have
We work across many areas, and encourage anyone with the experience listed to apply. Given recent client requests, we would particularly like to encourage applicants with experience in the following areas:
- infrastructure as code
- data engineering
- CI/CD pipelines
- native mobile development
We truly hope to hear from you.
We recognize that creating a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization is an ongoing journey, and we’re excited to share our journey with you. We have a proud tradition of hiring talented colleagues with unusual career experiences. We're more interested in your experiences, results, and impact than brand names, degrees, or keywords that may appear on your resume. We appreciate your time in completing a few application questions to help us get to know you better.
8th Light is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status.
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
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