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Software Architect

| Austin

We’re on the hunt for an experienced technologist to be our software architect. You’ll collaborate across the company with product managers, engineers, designers, and leadership to push Square Root and our product, CoEFFICIENT, forward. This role is a combination of an architecture advocate and a technical leader with business perspective. You’ll take ownership of the architecture and weigh the goals, costs, and benefits to translate business needs into a technical strategy and timeline. To make it all happen, you’ll need tech savvy, good instincts when it comes to designing enterprise-class web architecture, and a passion for making others around you successful.

Sound like your bread and butter? Keep reading!

The Gig

  • Solve complex challenges including how to navigate a variety of needs such as evolving a legacy architecture, new feature development, rapid scaling, security, and multi-tenancy
  • Balance long-term vision with short-term pragmatism, and communicate the two in context of each other, helping the team understand the rationale
  • Weave your experience and feedback from our team + clients into a technical vision for our product
  • Nurture our product engineers to think with architecture design in mind through mentorship, coordination of work, and feedback on their ideas
  • Explore opportunities with our Sales team and use your experience to unearth creative solutions and appropriately scope them in conversations and contracts
  • Learn and grow, picking up new technologies and patterns as the product and the industry evolves. You’ll be working with Ruby, Rails, and front-end Javascript frameworks like Angular and React
  • Play a role in helping Square Root grow!

About You

  • You’ve demonstrated your ability as a leader and technologist with 10+ years of software engineering experience
  • You’ve got experience with SaaS architecture in a cloud setting, leveraging containerization, serverless tech, event driven architecture, and microservices
  • You’re an excellent communicator. You understand the goals, know what’s practical to achieve, are willing to compromise, and clear + concise in explaining to any audience (engineers, remote teams, customers, and business leaders)
  • You’re innately curious and fanatical about learning, especially when it comes to understanding dev best practices, trends, and techniques
  • You’ve got a good eye for security and scale. You can whiteboard with the best of them, and also do code reviews to help folks implement the details
  • You're a natural teacher and allow your students to make mistakes as they learn -- and challenge you when you make mistakes, too
  • You’re positive, empathetic, adaptable, and always ready to pitch in and help.
  • Experience with Rails + the Ruby stack and ecosystem is a strong plus.

We're always looking for people to add to and evolve our culture + company. We want you to bring your unique experience and perspective, so don't worry about checking all the boxes. If our values and mission resonate with you, please apply!


  • Please apply with a cover letter that details why you’re a fit for the role and Square Root!

Our Radical Culture

Our culture is at the core of everything we do. As we grow we’re not only looking to hire the best and brightest, but we’re also looking for people that share our values. This is the code we live by:

  • Think big. Do bigger. Big ideas are meant to be pursued. We have a bias for action, iteration, and impact.
  • Be Customer Inspired. Our customers’ toughest challenges inspire us to build innovative software. We delight them by deeply understanding their business and driving results.
  • Partner. We’re approachable, dependable, and collaborative. We go above and beyond to help our customers, our partners, and one another succeed.
  • Thrive. We revere personal and professional growth. We recognize individuality, embrace authenticity, and celebrate each other’s success.

The Good Stuff

Founded in Austin, Texas, we’ve been bootstrapped and profitable since our start in 2006. Along the way, we’ve added a slew of benefits + perks inspired by our team of Radicals. Here’s a sneak peek:

  • Flexibility: no dress code, office hours, or vacation policy
  • Competitive benefits and compensation
  • Cozy campus of five 1920’s craftsman homes in downtown
  • Radicals get $3,000 a year to learn anything (seriously!)
  • Team lunches, stocked kitchen + bar, coffee-snob compliant coffee machines

Square Root is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • ExpressFrameworks
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • Neo4jDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • Survey MonkeyAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • HTMLDesign
    • CSSDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • IntercomCRM
    • SalesforceCRM
    • Campaign MonitorEmail
    • SendGridEmail
    • MarketoLead Gen


We have a cozy campus of three 1920’s craftsman-style homes in the historic district of Clarksville, just a few blocks away from downtown Austin.

An Insider's view of Square Root

What projects are you most excited about?

I find our Move a Metric projects really exciting at Square Root. We work with clients to identify a key metric to improve. Using a combination of data science and technology we formulate a plan to help the client move that metric in a positive direction. Through this program, we’re able to show strong business value.


Customer Success Director

How does the company support your career growth?

Career goals at Square Root are supported by mentorship, a learn anything budget (that really is for learning anything!), and regular 1x1's with our CEO to talk about anything! More than that, though, we have a team that supports growth by always providing new and different opportunities to develop skills and show off ones you've gained.


Marketing Manager

What are some social events your company does?

Square Root invests in work/life balance. They take care to include my family regularly in events like holiday parties, the family picnic, happy hour invites, and much more. When they do, the attention to detail and care to make the moment special for us really makes an impact. It isn’t just checking a box.


Sales Director

What are Square Root Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement

Additional Perks + Benefits

Our perks are inspired by our values and team. For example, in 2015 we added a $3,000 annual budget for each Radical to Learn Anything. Our Thrive value and the team’s passion for personal + professional growth inspired this perk. Through feedback surveys and 1-on-1 conversations, we continue to learn what matters most to our team. Each thing we add is meaningful, not just a box to check.

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