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Full Stack Engineer, Data Tooling

| Austin
Come work with us!
Smarter Sorting is a VC funded, Austin-based startup that uses data-driven technology to turn Household Hazardous Waste into a reusable product. We’re on a mission to use machine learning to build the world's first smart chemical database (and save the world)! By helping North America's largest retailers and biggest cities identify items in their regulated waste stream, our tech literally turns waste into product, saving our customers money and increasing reuse.
The Smarter Sorting team is made up of top-notch talent who are driven circular economy practitioners. We're determined to build world-class tech that transforms the chemical waste management industry, speeding our advancement towards a zero waste future.
We are seeking experienced and self-driven Full Stack Engineers who live and breathe Ruby and are excited to dive into data. Our Full Stack Engineer will architect and develop a suite of data ingestion and curation tools for internal and external use. As a member of the data team, this individual will help build the future data platform for the regulated waste industry and also contribute to our cloud platform services. This individual will work with a talented, distributed engineering team that is focused on delivering products on a scalable and efficient platform.


  • 2+ years of experience as a Full Stack Ruby Engineer
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Informatics, Information Systems or other quantitative field is preferred
  • Ability to design and build successful full-stack applications in Ruby, Rails & Python
  • Experience supporting and working with cross-functional teams in a dynamic environment
  • Experience with relational SQL and NoSQL databases such as Postgres, Mongo & ElasticSearch
  • Data pipeline experience is a major plus


  • Build and maintain our outward facing data portals, internal toolsets and provide the glue for our machine learning efforts
  • Work closely with our Product Team to determine requirements for data projects
  • Deliver tools for scalable data editing and sourcing
  • Design and build a suite of data ingestion and curation tools for internal and external useIdentify, design, and implement internal process improvements for automating manual processes, optimizing data delivery and re-designing infrastructure for greater scalability
  • Deploy secure applications on docker K8s architecture
  • Own one or more home-grown data toolsets
  • Contribute to the deeper platform stack, making contributions to our platform and ETL infrastructure

You are:

  • Understanding of security considerations
  • Passionate about clean functional code
  • Interested in learning new techniques
  • Able to define and complete a fault-tolerant web application with minimal guidance
  • Able to work in a distributed team environment
  • Extremely clear communicatorEnthusiastic about data

Your Success Metrics:

  • 1 month: Rapidly learn our current web-application portfolio. Take ownership of one of our home-grown tools. Groks our platform infrastructure.
  • 3 months: Design and build out tooling for up to 3 mechanical and internal campaigns. Design and build one or more admin tool for operation admins to rapidly deploy campaigns and monitor results. Contribute to the platform migration to Architecture 2.0.
  • 6 months: Fully own two or more data tooling applications. Become a full contributor to the larger platform.

If this sounds like you, apply now!

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • IonicFrameworks
    • SinatraFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • DockerDatabases
    • InVisionDesign
    • WrikeManagement
    • MailChimpEmail


We are in the heart of East Austin right next door to Lustre Pearl and Scotty's BBQ. Our 2,500 sq ft. office used to be an auto body shop. #ReUse

An Insider's view of Smarter Sorting

What's something quirky about your company?

We always have baby goats, bunnies and chickens attend all of our company events because they've been scientifically proven to sharpen business acumen and bolster synergy.

Jared Robertson

Software Engineer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team is working to develop a product that will bring back of store technology into the 21st century. We are helping clients better manage all of their back of store processes by providing tools that work for them instead of tools that they have to work with. It's fun to be a part of a team that is building out a revolutionary product!

Maya Lozada

Product Manager

What does career growth look like on your team?

Smarter Sorting is extremely supportive of our career growth. One of our values is 'We will become experts.' I'll be getting my HR certification this year and it will be completely funded by our Administrative department. We also buy our employees any books they need for continuing education.

Valerie Lara

Director of HR & Recruiting

What is your vision for the company?

My vision for Smarter Sorting is to revolutionize the industry with smart technology. I truly want to maximize the salvation of unsold or unwanted items and force people to second guess the word “waste.” Internally, I want to create a culture where genuine, talented people can learn and grow.


VP of Customer Success

What are some social events your company does?

Every day at Smarter Sorting is like a social event. Our internal slogan is "party all the time". Snack days are held every Thursday and feature local treats. We invite baby goats & bunnies to all company events. We also facilitate volunteering opportunities for our employees including Dress for Success, Austin Habitat for Humanity and lots more.

Jocelyn Wakham

Operations Associate

What are Smarter Sorting Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
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