Lead Software Engineer, eCommerce

  • Boston, MA
  • Full Time
  • Engineering
  • Experienced

Why you should join the Embark pack:

Embark is growing fast as we pursue our mission to improve the life and longevity of all dogs through science and technology. Our DNA test is becoming a part of the global standard of pet care and enabling us to make advances in every area of care.

Our highly rated Dog DNA test allows you to discover your dog more than fur deep with the most comprehensive DNA test on the market. Designed by world leaders in dog genetics, in partnership with Cornell University, the Embark DNA test tells owners what breeds make up their pets, how to prevent future possible health problems, and what features and traits their pet might have. Behind the scenes, our scientists use the data people choose to share with us to create new advances to enable a better future for pets and the people who love them.

Interested in joining? We look for highly motivated and driven employees who will join us as Embark leads the cutting edge of creativity and innovation in the fast-growing consumer genetics space.

The team you’ll join:

On the e-commerce team, you will craft best in class, optimized digital experiences with Marketing, Product Management, and Design partners that span a full vertical slice, from UI to backend. The e-commerce team lives amongst a community of web development teams focused on Embark’s digital experience. Each Agile web development team consists of 3-4 engineers, a Product Manager, UX/UI designer, and/or an Analyst.

This year the team will:

  • Level up Embark’s marketing site to support millions of views a day while delivering a high conversion, best in class experience through optimization testing
  • Evolve Embark’s web architecture to enable Embark to continue to scale exponentially
  • Bring to life new and exciting business developments that make Embark a standard, global brand in providing pet wellness
  • Compound the delightful experiences we provide to our highly rated products

This is one of the most exciting times to join Embark!

What you’ll do:

You will lead engineers on your team while collaborating with cross functional leaders across Engineering, Marketing, Product, and Design to form best practices, processes, and decisions that lead Embark to become the global leader in pet wellness. Here’s a closer look at the day to day:

  • Provide technical leadership for how we migrate embarkvet.com from WordPress to a custom digital experience
  • Write and review reusable patterns that enable your team to rapidly and continually evolve systems
  • Coach your team through day to day technical tradeoffs
  • Lead your team through discovery and delivery of challenging, multi-month initiatives that require synthesis of information across cross-functional Embark teams
  • Collaborate with Product and Design to deliver a best in class product experience supported by your team
  • Peer with Engineering Managers to grow your team’s skills by identifying challenging opportunities
  • Foster a culture of  consistent, high quality data driven execution amongst your team
  • Inform the technical roadmap and architecture to enable our technology to support Embark’s continued exponential growth
  • Build strong relationships and contracts with teams that use your team’s services (e.g API consumers, internal tooling support, etc.)

Who you are:

  • At least a Bachelors in Computer Science or equivalent professional experience
  • 7+ years of professional web development experience as an individual contributor
  • Expertise in:
    • Building, maintaining and operating large-scale Ecommerce web applications
    • Optimization testing
    • CMS systems
    • Custom online storefronts (billing, checkout, product catalog, inventory, etc.)
    • Migrating architectures in an agile, phased approach
    • DevOps processes, systems and tooling
    • Developing, maintaining, and operating critical production systems
  • Also, deep experience in one or more of the following:
    • Frontend development with frameworks like VueJS, React
    • NodeJS
    • DevOps
    • Data architecture
    • Observability
    • Distributed web applications
  • Experience with:
    • TypeScript with NodeJS and Vue
    • A consumer-focused product company
    • Managing multi-month, multi-person projects and collaborating with non-technical partners and stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills, both written (design docs, RFCs, system documentation, user guides, PowerPoint management reports etc) and verbal (leading and facilitating effective meetings, training, pair programming etc)
  • Passion for dogs and genetics
  • Interest in staying up to date with the latest technologies, architectures, and management skills
  • Willingness to participate in on-call rotation including some weekends and holidays

What We Can Offer:

Embark is an employer who cares about your career and your wellness. We believe the best employees have a life outside work and we help you achieve balance and success. Some perks include:

  • A flexible vacation policy that lets you take off the time you need when you need it 
  • Paid maternal and paternal leave (for fur babies too)
  • Every other Friday off each summer
  • Dog-friendly office near South Station, Boston (when we got back to the office), with some flexibility (eg work from home 2 days a week, flexibility around child care needs, etc)
  • Perks tailored for dog lovers including subsidized pet insurance, dog-walking services, and paw-ternity leave
  • Startup perks with big-company benefits (401k match, commuter benefits, all-inclusive healthcare, HSA/FSA)
  • Competitive salaries and equity participation - every employee gets stock options
  • Fully-stocked office snack bar and regular office events
  • New iMacs and MacBook Pros, or laptops running Linux
  • Continuing education including attending conferences and company-provided resources to help with individual growth and development

Embark is an equal opportunity workplace and values diversity at our company. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, age, disability status, marital status, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by federal, state or local laws. See also EEO is the Law.


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