Lead Software Engineer - Headless Platform at WP Engine

| Austin
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Founded nearly ten years ago in Austin, Texas by well-known serial entrepreneur Jason Cohen (@asmartbear), WP Engine has maintained its scrappy startup roots while experiencing impressive growth. This growth provides many opportunities for engineers at WP Engine to solve hard problems at scale, yet we are still small enough for your contributions to have a noticeable impact on the company's growth and strategy.

We are searching for an experienced software engineer to join our rapidly expanding R&D team to help lead the engineering efforts on our next-generation hosting platform. We currently host +500k websites and server +4 billion web requests per day. Most of this traffic is served by WordPress, but our customers want to be able to develop their front-ends using modern web stacks like React and Node. This team will build a new hosting platform from the ground up and provide our customers with new ways to deliver digital experiences to their audiences.

Our culture is renowned; we believe it is meaningful to hire the best and ensure that we provide an environment where the best get better. If you are intelligent, great at solving problems, a hard worker, and an excellent teammate, you may be the engineer that we are looking for.

The day to day
  • Design, write, test, integrate, and maintain software applications that are resilient, robust, and perform at scale
  • Continuously improve WP Engine's secure, performant hosting platform
  • Write clean, maintainable code
  • Improve test coverage and build deployment pipelines to safely and rapidly push new code to production
  • Work closely with Product Management to ensure that your frequent, incremental code changes provide customer value
  • We are fanatical about automation because we invest for the future. You will be expected to constantly look for opportunities to automate and optimize
  • Research new technologies and incorporate them into new and existing systems and products
  • Be an outstanding teammate to the other members of your scrum team
Your expertise and passion
  • +7 years of writing high quality, maintainable, deployable, testable, and scalable software applications
  • +2 years experience developing distributed systems in Go and Kubernetes
  • Experience working with complex, large-scale public cloud deployments hosted across multiple regions
  • Production experience with containerization technologies (Docker and Kubernetes)
  • Experience with Node build processes 
  • Proven history of continuous learning and ability to stay ahead of technology trends
  • Natural problem solving abilities, an inquisitive personality, and an eagerness to take on the challenge of big problems
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excels in an Agile environment using Scrum methodologies
  • You are passionate about working alongside customers to determine solution best fits their needs
The perks & benefits
  • Compensation (We offer market competitive salaries)
  • Stock Options (Every employee is an owner in the company)
  • Health Benefits (100% Paid Employee Medical, Dental, and Vision)
  • IVF Benefits
  • Paid Family Leave - 16 weeks for primary caregivers and 5 weeks for secondary caregivers fully paid
  • 4% 401(k) (Make the most of retirement)
  • Life and Disability Insurance (100% Paid Life, STD, LTD, and AD&D)
  • Generous Vacation Time (Who doesn't like time off?)
  • Transportation (24x7 Downtown parking or commuter reimbursement)
  • Lunch (Provided Tuesday – Thursday)
  • Gym membership discount

WP Engine is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As a US employer, WP Engine is required to verify all employees, regardless of citizenship or national origin, are eligible to work in the United States

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WP Engine is on the corner of 5th and Lavaca, blocks away from the Colorado River and Congress Avenue.

What are WP Engine Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Pet Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

100% Employee Paid Medical, Dental, and Vision. Lunch provided Monday - Thursday. Equity - Every employee is an owner in the company. Paid downtown parking.

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