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Architect/Principal Software Engineer

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Posted about 2 months ago

At Scribd (pronounced “scribbed”), we believe reading is more important than ever. Join our cast of characters as we work to change the way the world reads by building the world’s largest and most fascinating digital library: giving subscribers access to a growing collection of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, documents, Scribd Originals, and more. In addition to works from major publishers and top authors, our community includes over 1.5M subscribers in nearly every country worldwide.

We’re defining the workforce of the future with  Scribd Flex,  a program that embraces multiple perspectives while leaning into our belief that no matter where each team member is, we trust them to accomplish our shared business goals. This program lets employees, in partnership with their manager, choose where they work while creating intentional in-person meetings with co-workers that build culture and connect us personally.

Remote employees must have their primary residence in certain locations: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, DC, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Ontario (Canada), and British Columbia (Canada)

This list may not be complete or accurate, and candidates should speak with their recruiter about their specific location for remote work.

About the role:

The applications engineering team at Scribd is looking for a passionate, driven, innovative and strategic technology leader who can guide our growing mobile, web, and backend technology teams to modernize our stack while delivering on business goals. This role will directly report to the VP of Applications Engineering team.

The Scribd product connects people with a wide variety of content across the responsive web, iOS, and Android. We support user-uploaded content, premium published titles and our own original published works. We have a complex technical system that supports massive traffic as well as high-touch reading and listening activity. The applications team owns payment processing, pricing and plans, seo, lifecycle management, SlideShare, along with web and mobile applications that users interact with on a daily basis. We are in the process of modernizing our entire stack (web, mobile, backend) and are looking for an architect who can guide us through it. This role comes with an incredible opportunity for impact not only from a technology perspective but also setting the stage for company growth for the next decade.

You will:

  • Partner closely with organization-wide teams including infrastructure, machine learning, applications eng, product management, design, marketing, business analytics and others to build a clear vision prioritized roadmap for the architectural evolution of our tech stack. 
    • Define and drive architectural strategy to enable a world class customer experience that includes quality, scalability, maintainability, and developer effectiveness as default characteristics.
      • Have a hands on approach to building critical software components, help debugging during incidents.
        • For each problem space, develop strong points of view for build vs. buy vs. partner. Prototype as needed to determine the best path forward.
          • Get buy-in and drive energy towards the future direction from engineers and leadership. 
            • Proactively identify risks and blockers that may delay the launch or impede the success of projects and work with partners to communicate effectively, assess alternatives, and take action to resolve.
              • Provide coaching mentorship to other senior/staff engineers. Coordinate tech design review process, spearhead ways to collaborate with engineers across the organization to facilitate a strong engineering culture.
                • Stay abreast of the latest technologies and industry trends to serve the interests and needs of the applications engineering team.
                • You have:

                  • 12+ years of experience in the software development industry, preferably in B2C companies at scale.
                    • 2+ years of experience as an Architect / Principal Engineer.
                      • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or equivalent, Master’s Degree preferred.
                        • You communicate clearly and effectively with technical and non-technical audiences.You are deep technically and can mentor and guide all levels of engineers.
                          • You're self-directed towards generating outcomes vs output.
                            • Strong record of thriving in a customer-obsessed product development environment with evidence of helping to define and influence overall product strategy.
                              • Experience in building high-scale service oriented systems that are optimized around speed, velocity and safety of development.
                                • An exceptional understanding of best practices for web technologies architecture — including but not limited to Databases, Ruby on Rails, Golang, Single Page Applications, Native App Development, React, Redux, JavaScript frontend frameworks and  application security best practices.
                                  • Ability to set strategic direction in working with senior leaders, but also loves getting hands dirty executing critical components.
                                    • Thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly-changing, high-growth environment.
                                      • Proactive, solution-oriented mindset and approach to problem solving.
                                      • Noce to have:

                                        • Experience in rearchitecting legacy systems and large scale technology modernizations focused on platform development.
                                          • Experience in subscription business models or loyalty systems.
                                          • Benefits, Perks, and Wellbeing at Scribd

                                            • Healthcare Insurance Coverage: Scribd pays for employee’s Medical, Vision, and Dental premiums and a portion of dependent premiums

                                            • 401k/RSP plans provided, plus company matching with no vesting period

                                            • Professional development: generous annual budget for our employees to attend conferences, classes, and other events

                                            • Quarterly Wellness, Connectivity Comfort Benefit

                                            • Concern mental health digital platform

                                            • Free subscription to Scribd + gift memberships for friends family

                                            • Leaves: 12 weeks paid parental leave, company paid short-term/long-term disability plans and milestone Sabbaticals

                                            • Generous Paid Time Off: Paid Holidays, Flexible Sick Time, Volunteer Day + office closure between Christmas Eve and New Years Day

                                            • Company-wide Diversity, Equity, Inclusion programs which include learning development opportunities, employee resource groups, and hiring best practices.

                                            Want to learn more? Check out our office and meet some of the team at www.linkedin.com/company/scribd/life

                                            Scribd is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

                                            We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. We believe that a diversity of perspectives and experiences create a foundation for the best ideas. Come join us in building something meaningful.

                                             #LI-Remote, #LI-Hybrid

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