Senior Lead/Staff Software Engineer, Growth (Remote, Americas)

United States
21 Jul 2021
22 Sep 2021
Those seeking economic independence need more Shopify.The Growth Orgplays a vital role in delivering on this vision by reaching entrepreneurs and helping them succeed in their ambitions. In fact, all of our work is evaluated through a singular lens that asks, "Are we enabling the most entrepreneurs to achieve economic independence?".

We're looking for strong, forward-thinkingSeniorLeadSoftware Engineers(also referred to asSeniorStaff Engineers) who will use their expertise and passion to multiply the overall output of their engineering team. As a technical leader, you'll help drive your team's vision to its implementation, vitally important in a space like Growth.Software Engineers in the Growth Org build and iterate on product and internal systems to improve our customer activation, conversion, and retention. We build merchant-facing products to generate leads, and build tools and platforms which enable internal teams to identify, experiment, optimize and launch high-impact initiatives at scale. We work in a fast-paced environment and have the opportunity to work on both existing products and to build new products from the ground up. You can learn more in the video below.

As with all engineering teams at Shopify, Senior Lead Software Engineershave a passion for solving complex problems with performant code.Our teams deploy new code many times a day, and our production scale is massive.We are ingesting hundreds of thousands of search results, and hundreds of millions of requests a day. A unique --and critical-- aspect of Growth Engineering is that your projects will directly impact active merchant growth - a critical success metric for Shopify, and a highly significant figure reported regularly during public quarterly reports. If you get excited by driving the technical direction and craft growth of a team working on projects with end-to-end ownership from the backend to the front-end whose results drive highly-visible top-line company growth, then come join us!


What you'll do as a Senior Lead Engineer in the Growth Org at Shopify:
  • Learn and grow constantly to feed your passion for self-improvement and make those around you better
  • Design and build highly available, resilient and scalable platform primitives & API
  • Work through problems with your team, roll up your sleeves, form an opinion and advocate for engineering-specific roadmap items
  • Collaborate with other Shopify leaders, executives and external partners to provide the best commerce experience for our merchants

Experience and skills that are important for success in this role:
  • A proven track record of success in leading software development teams -strong technical mentorship is a must
  • Deep experience building large scale, high throughput distributed systems and scaling web services, particularly those using and analyzing large amounts of data
  • High level of fluency with and experience using technologies and frameworks like (but not limited to) some of our most-used languages - Ruby on Rails, GraphQL, Java/JEE, Node.js, PHP, Python, React or React Native, Golang, Kubernetes - or deep experience with any object-oriented language and relevant transferrable technologies
  • Experience with marketing technologies, SEM, SEO, ad tech, marketing funnels, growth loops
  • Experience with relational databases and SQL
  • Proficiency in systems thinking and systems design concepts like transactions, atomicity, idempotency, etc.
  • Use the right tool for the job, fix problems are the right level of abstraction and optimize to meet both functional and non-functional goals
  • A passion for efficiency and collaboration, with a history of establishing great relationships across UX, Product Management, Product Marketing, and Data teams distributed across multiple time zones
  • A commitment and drive for quality, technical excellence and results balanced with a creative mindset
  • Curiosity and passion to constantly learn new things; Shopify changes fast, and we need the people who work here to be able to change and learn fast too
  • Raise the quality and speed (team efficiency) bar and move the platform into a position of maximum leverage

We know that looking for a new role can be both exciting and time-consuming, and we truly appreciate your effort. Jane is an actual real live person (👋🏻) and is looking forward to learning more about you through your application. And remember, we want to know what you're really interested in building and why you want to build it at Shopify, so please give us as much detail on this as you'd like in the answers on the next page. 👍 📖

Shopify is now permanently remote, and working towards a future that is digital by default. Learn more about what this can mean for you:

Our belief is that a strong commitment to diversity & inclusion enables us to truly make commerce better for everyone. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities, and/or people with intersectional identities. Please take a look at our Sustainability Reports to learn more about Shopify's commitments to our communities, and our planet:

At Shopify, we understand that experience comes in many forms. We're dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team - so if your experience is this close to what we're looking for, please consider applying.


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