Senior Backend Engineer

Job description

About the Team

The Forem team is about 40 individuals from all over the world. In total approximately 87% of folks come from underrepresented backgrounds. Specifically for the engineering team, 74% of the team is from an underrepresented group in tech. Learn more here:

We are looking for a senior fullstack engineer with strong back-end skills. This engineer will work with our product-focused pods (context experience, ecosystem, and admin experience) ensuring that our users get exciting new features and bug fixes, while also contributing to frontend architectural decisions and paying down tech debt. This individual will need to take into consideration performance, accessibility, and user experience to ensure that we are providing a world-class community building experience for creators and users alike. The starting salary range for this role is $145,000 - $157,000 plus equity and is not location-based.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with Product and multiple engineering pods to ship around important milestones

  • Collaborate with designers to bring designs to life

  • Define, scope, prioritize, and estimate work

  • Ensure code is designed for accessibility

  • Write, test, document, and maintain code

  • Triage, debug, and fix bugs reported by users

  • Proactively pick new work, determining solutions and codepaths, working to unblock yourself either by asking for help or finding other solutions in an asynchronous, distributed culture

  • Participate in code reviews, design and implementation conversations, and post-incident reviews

Skills or Experience We’d Like To See

  • 4+ years of experience with Ruby on Rails

  • Experience writing high-quality, maintainable, readable code, with a focus on performance and accessibility

  • Experience with a range of testing tools

  • At least 1 year of experience with Javascript including vanilla javascript, and React (or Preact)

  • Experience working in an asynchronous, distributed team

  • High degree of empathy

  • Interest or experience in open source software and/or the open source community

  • Ability to focus on a big picture while shipping iteratively towards that goal

  • Thrives in a fast-paced start-up environment

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team

  • Strong communication and problem-solving skills and ability to interact with all levels in the organization

  • Experience working with a design system is a plus


Work/life balance and ensuring that folks have what they need for working and for life is incredibly important to us. Below are some of the benefits we offer:

  • Unlimited PTO with a minimum requirement

  • Generous employee equity

  • A remote-first, fully-distributed team that encourages schedule flexibility

  • A monthly wellness stipend to keep you at your peak

  • Free mental health services

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage (U.S. only)

  • An annual professional development budget to keep you learning and growing

  • Office setup budget and monthly Coworking stipend to make sure you have everything you need to work effectively wherever you are

  • 401K (U.S. Only)

Interview process

We want our candidates to have the best possible interview experience because this is as much about you finding the right fit as it is us finding a great new addition to the team. We value candidates from all backgrounds and experiences and want our interview process to be representative of that. Here is what you can expect:

  • Application review. Our application involves more questions up front so that we can get to know you better right from the getgo

  • Round 1: hiring manager interview with the Head of Engineering

  • Round 2: a short (90 minute) takehome that is meant to mimic real-life work and provide fodder for a synchronous technical conversation.

  • Round 3: Team interview covering your technical experience and talking through your takehome submission

  • Round 4: Team interview covering your core skills around communication, mentorship, and feedback

  • Round 5: wrap up. This is primarily a chance for you to ask any final questions you have about the role, team, or company.

We provide feedback for any candidate that participated in round 1 and beyond so that if Forem isn’t a good fit, you know why.