ABOUT SKYSPECS:

SkySpecs envisions a future where wind energy is the most affordable form of electricity in the world. We are making this possible by bringing together data insights and automation to help wind farm owners and operators better invest in, maintain, and manage their wind assets for sustainable returns and affordable delivery to the market.

In 2016 we entered the wind energy market as an autonomous drone inspection company, and quickly became the leader in North American and Europe. Today, SkySpecs is a global company with customers in 26 countries on 5 continents. Along with our acquired partners Vertikal AI and Fincovi, we provide end-to-end solutions from robotics and AI-driven predictive analytics for wind blade and drivetrain maintenance, through to financial asset management. Our team is constantly innovating and raising the bar for the industry and our customers, and we live our mantra to “Under promise and over deliver” in everything we undertake - and we have a lot of fun along the way!

WHAT WILL I BE GETTING MYSELF INTO?

SkySpecs will probably be unlike any place you’ve ever worked. You will find a high energy environment filled with incredibly smart people solving hard problems. SkySpecs values collaboration, multidisciplinary problem solving, and a mantra of ‘under-promise, over-deliver’. SkySpecs is at a critical growth period where there are an endless number of opportunities to make an impact.

As a Senior Backend Engineer, you will work with our web engineering team to grow our Horizon platform. You will take feature requirements from our product team and translate them into database and microservice changes that the whole team can be confident in. Our platform is built using Node.js, GraphQL, PostgreSQL, and a whole bunch of AWS tools.

Some highlights for your coming year could include:

  • Drastically expanding the amount and type of 3rd-party data ingested into Horizon.
  • Standardizing and scaling up how data gets shared across 15+ services into 5+ frontends.
  • Applying your craft to real and urgent problems the world faces in its journey towards renewable energy.
  • Helping an "early stage" engineering-rooted company grow quickly into a healthy, smoothly-operated "mid stage" organization.

IN A GIVEN WEEK, YOU WILL:

  • [10%] Work with product managers and other engineers to understand proposed changes that intersect multiple systems across all levels of the stack.
  • [10%] Work with other engineers to break down these well-architected changes into milestones and stories for you and your peers to work through in sprints.
  • [60%] Ship and review a bunch of code. Examples include:
    • Spinning up a new microservice and attaching it to our federated graph.
    • Migrating 10s of millions of images to a new datastore while maintaining continuity.
    • Building new queries and mutations to extend the functionality of our data model to new use cases and workflows.
  • [20%] We leave free for you to pursue your own passions for how to improve Horizon and/or our codebase.

MUST HAVES:

  • Deep knowledge and professional experience creating scalable APIs.
  • Working knowledge of cloud service platforms.
  • Experience working with Relational and NoSQL databases.
  • Experience with version control, testing frameworks, continuous deployment, and continuous integration tooling and workflows.
  • Experience collaborating with cross-functional engineering teams.
  • Exhibits team values (see below).

BONUS POINTS FOR:

  • Familiarity with our stack: JavaScript, Node.js, GraphQL, PostgreSQL, AWS, React.
  • Experience with managed, serverless application development.
  • Experience developing containerized systems.
  • Experience implementing role-based permissions, granular permissions, and other security models.
  • Experience building component-based frontend software.

OUR ENGINEERING TEAM VALUES PEOPLE WHO:

  • Have strong opinions that are loosely held
  • Are self-accountable
  • Plan and communicate collaboratively
  • Ask forgiveness, not permission
  • Are humble
  • Operate autonomously
  • Under promise and over deliver
  • Pursue passions
  • Listen well

SO WHY SHOULD I WORK AT SKYSPECS?

Glad you asked; it’s not a one-way street. We want to sell you on why we’re the best, too.

  • We really trust our employees and we go above and beyond. To that end, we work with a flexible work schedule.
  • You’ll receive the respect and loyalty of your teammates (and we’re not just saying that; it’s actually a thing around here).
  • We offer a fun, energetic, often entertaining workplace that is open and accepting of all interests.
  • (When we can) We get to work in downtown Ann Arbor, which equates to restaurants, shops, coffee houses and bars just outside our front door.
  • (When we can) We love to hangout with the team socially, sponsor tailgates, and share knowledge in casual settings. We like each other so we enjoy doing stuff together.
  • We offer medical, dental, vision insurance, 100% employer-paid disability and life insurance
  • We support our parents: 16 weeks' paid maternity leave & 6 weeks' paid paternity leave

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