Lead Engineer, Full Stack Software

Lead Engineer, Full Stack Software

Full Time

San Francisco, California


The Position

As a lead engineer at Sofar, you’ll be spending your time between architecture, technical leadership, and individual contribution on a day-to-day basis. You’ll take ownership of projects spanning different technologies, platforms, and across all layers of our applications.

We have a small fleet of customer-facing apps that are in production - spotter dashboard, sofar spotter app, and the trident controller to name a few - and we’ve got a lot more exciting projects in the works that we haven’t made public yet. You’ll focus on some of these, building out the applications and supporting infrastructure.

You have expertise in fullstack web technologies, but are comfortable managing projects with hardware and embedded application elements.

As a lead engineer you’ll demonstrate both project and technical leadership, as well as being a cultural role model for the team and company.

Essential Job Functions

  • Lead projects and prioritize tasks (using SDLC and Agile software development best practices).
  • Guide and mentor junior engineers in a supportive environment that values learning and experimentation.
  • Research, architect, design and implement systems applying advanced understanding of backend, database, and APIs/web services best-practices.
  • Build consensus by communicating decisions, status and goals to all internal stakeholders.

Bonus Points

  • Experience with large IoT applications and frameworks.
  • Experience building SaaS and Data services products.
  • Experience with data science and machine learning.
  • Experience and/or passion for DevOps, CI and reliability.
  • Science!


Minimum Job Qualifications

  • A passion for Sofar’s mission, and a connection to the world’s oceans.
  • College Degree (or equivalent learning experience) required.
  • 5+ years professional experience, and demonstrable  management/leadership experience. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Deep technical knowledge of common software languages, web systems, technology infrastructure and technical frameworks. Some of the bits we use: AWS, Docker, Kubernetes, postgreSQL, Tensorflow, Java Spring, Node.js, React.js, Angular.js, Python, C++, DDS, WebSockets, WebRTC.
  • A flexible work schedule and be on-call off hours, as needed.
  • Demonstrate initiative and self-motivation, conscientious and provide complete follow-through on areas of responsibility.

Employee Conduct

It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.

How to Apply

If this job aligns with your passion and experience, we would love to hear from you! 


Email your resume and a short cover letter explaining why you’re excited about the open position to recruiting@spoondrift.co and we will get back to you ASAP.


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