Senior Software Engineer, Frontend - Insomnia (Shanghai)

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Interview Process

1. Phone interview. 2. Pairing and technical interviews. 3. Take home assigment.

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About Insomnia in Kong:

Kong creates software and managed services that connect APIs and microservices natively across and within clouds, Kubernetes, data centers, and more using intelligent automation. 
Insomnia, acquired in 2019, is a full-lifecycle API development platform that has quickly become an integral part of Kong’s product portfolio. 

Built for developers, Insomnia enables collaborative API design, debugging, mocking, and testing with the most popular API protocols (REST, GraphQL, gRPC, SOAP, SSE, and Websockets). As an open-source platform with 30K+ stars on GitHub, Insomnia has received rave reviews in the community thanks to its intuitive UI, snappy performance, and diverse plugin ecosystem.

The Insomnia team is on a mission to make API innovation frictionless. We know that APIs never rest, but that shouldn’t keep you up at night. With an emerging enterprise business and more than 500,000 users leveraging Insomnia at the world’s most innovative companies, we’d love for you to join us on this journey to build the API workflows that users have always dreamed of. 

Follow Insomnia updates at @GetInsomnia on Twitter. Check out the repo here: Read more about Kong: 

About the role:

A Senior Software Engineer, Frontend on the Insomnia Team at Kong is responsible for building out complex features in the Electron desktop application. Insomnia is an enterprise product with an open-source core, that is being offered to customers via both our desktop application and cloud experience. You will collaborate closely with the design org and work with cross-functional engineering teams to uphold standards and consistency.  You have a deep understanding of UI principles, an understanding of user experience, and the skill and drive to build scalable single-page web applications.

You will be responsible for the experience that hundreds of thousands - and soon, millions - of users are using every day to increase their API productivity.

Finally, you will work with our Insomnia distributed global team to build the future of APIs at Kong, by delivering the most modern platform for powering the “API World”, which is the world we all live and breathe today and in the future.

Why should you want to work at Kong?  

Market Opportunity - We are on a quest to build a $10b+ software company over the next few years and need YOUR help!
Why APIs Matter? APIs have been enabling innovation for decades!
Strong VC team, Series D, strong year over year revenue growth!

Technical Leadership - We are recognized as the leader in innovation in the connectivity space.
Marco, our CTO/co-founder - “We are the Cisco of L4 and L7” - CUBE Conversation, March 2021
We are the leading innovator in the connectivity space!

Amazing Team & Culture - Come be a "Konger" and find out what we mean.
Kong employees exemplify our culture at our 2022 Sales Kickoff

Building Great Products - Learn why the world's largest companies love our tech!
Over 250m+ downloads of our open source API gateway!  Over 40k+ stars on Github between Kong API and Kong Insomnia!
What you'll do:
  • Build and deliver upcoming features in Insomnia and improve the existing ones.
  • Work with product managers, engineers, and product designers to create meaningful experiences.
  • Help engineering and product become more effective by collaborating and inspiring everyone to achieve the best possible user experience.
  • Deliver high quality software and support it in a production environment used by hundreds of thousands of users.
  • What you'll bring:
  • Strong experience in Javascript, TypeScript, React.
  • Knowledge of building and consuming RESTful APIs, and real-time asynchronous systems with push/pull architectures.
  • Deep understanding of Electron and its internals a strong plus.
  • Strong understanding of the OpenAPI specification.
  • Strong understanding of non-blocking I/O.
  • Experience building high-quality and well tested frontend applications.
  • Passion in using the features that you build, which is the only way to build great products.
  • Strong unit and integration testing experience, both on the backend and the frontend.
  • Extraordinary UI implementation skills using technologies like HTML5, CSS3, React.
  • Excellent visual and written communication skills, to collaborate effectively with design, product, and engineering teams.
  • The ability to thrive in a rapidly changing, high-growth startup environment.
  • The ability to validate your work with qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Bonus Points:
  • Experience in GoLang.
  • Experience with GraphQL.
  • You have worked on technical products and data visualizations.
  • You have built SaaS, enterprise software, or developer tools.
  • You have built or collaborated on a component library.
  • You have already used Insomnia in your day to day work.
  • We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

    What is a Konger? 

    We are a group of makers, thinkers, and doers focused on helping today’s developers build tomorrow’s technology. Our teams work on the bleeding edge of API innovation to provide our users with a central nervous system for data and services. 

    We put design at the heart of everything we do, and we’re relentlessly focused on creating beautiful experiences for our customers. That’s why technology companies, major banks, e-commerce innovators, and government agencies put Kong in front of their most important web applications. 

    We believe in the power of Open Source and everything it stands for. That’s why developers around the world enthusiastically contribute on top of our open-source platform. 

    We are passionate about solving challenges that will fundamentally shape the future of technology, and we’re looking for the right people to join us on our mission. If you believe in taking ownership of your work, making an impact, and having fun along the way, we would love to talk to you.

    Kong Core Values: 

    Be Inclusive. We work together from anywhere to achieve our common goals. Our differences make us stronger. 

    Be Authentic. We are genuine, principled and confident without arrogance. Show respect and kindness, especially in tough moments. 

    Be Relentlessly Resourceful. We work with purpose, obsession and grit. It takes muscle to do hard things and doing hard things build muscle. 

    Be Customer Obsessed. We care. Customers are everything, we put them at the center of everything you do. We are all empowered to make an impact. 

    Be Curious. We value ideas over hierarchy. Never accept the status quo. We make bold bets, fail, and learn everyday. There is always a way. 

    Be an Owner. We are drivers not passengers and own the quality and outcomes of our work.

    About Kong: 

    Kong is THE cloud native API platform with the fastest, most adopted API gateway in the world (over 300m downloads!). Loved by developers and trusted with enterprises’ most critical traffic volumes, Kong helps startups and Fortune 500 companies build with confidence – allowing them to bring solutions to market faster with API and service connectivity that scales easily and securely. 

    83% of web traffic today is API calls!  APIs are the connective tissue of the cloud and the underlying technology that allows software to talk and interact with one another.  Therefore, we believe that APIs act as the nervous system of the cloud.  Our audacious mission is to build the nervous system that will safely and reliably connect all of humankind!  

    For more information about Kong, please visit or follow @thekonginc on Twitter.

    We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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