Principal Backend Engineer - Node.js

Posted on Indeed on May 27, 2021

Who we are

Statusphere is a woman-led product recommendation network that helps people discover products they love from people they trust. We're focused on scaling word of mouth marketing and pioneering innovations in social shopping online. We are in search of a Principal Backend Engineer that can help us scale our platform and develop new product offerings.


As a Principal Backend Engineer at Statusphere, you will use your mastery of JavaScript, Node.js, and Postgres to deliver web services that contribute to Statusphere's key product and business outcomes. You are a thoughtful engineer who wants to work on a small, product-focused team. You will follow established coding guidelines, contribute to process improvements, write and maintain clean application code, and avoid investing copious amounts of time optimizing things that don't matter. You will be a productive team member both independently and in collaborative and supporting capacities.

What you will do

  • Spend most of your time doing heads-down coding
  • Use continuous delivery to ship incremental improvements at least once per week
  • Participate in code reviews to spot issues around architecture, performance, security, and consistent coding patterns
  • Follow and improve upon Statusphere's engineering guidelines, code style, and continuous delivery process
  • Communicate plans, progress, blockers in team review meetings
  • Frequently ask clarifying questions about the intended impact of the work, weighing options, and devising creative solutions to complex problems
  • Assist with training and onboarding of team members as needed


  • Extensive experience designing and building RESTful APIs
  • Expertise in Postgres and relational database architecture/schema design
  • Mastery of JavaScript, Node.js, and Express.js
  • Strong understanding of modern-day web application architecture
  • Ability to investigate incidents, and differentiate memory, I/O, and CPU bottlenecks

Nice to haves

  • Experience designing, maintaining, and deploying large and growing distributed systems
  • Experience with highly available, high throughput REST APIs
  • Experience with AWS (RDS, S3, Elastic Beanstalk, Lambda)
  • Experience managing CI and CD configurations
  • Experience with RPC and Graph API design
  • Proficiency with React and ability to support front-end as needed

Compensation & Benefits

  • $100,000 - $160,000 (negotiable) plus bonuses
  • Eligible for employee stock options after 1 year full-time at the company
  • Flexible, remote work
  • Coworking space/home office stipend
  • Continued learning stipend
  • Health, Vision, & Dental Insurance
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Generous Paid Time Off policy
  • Being part of a fast-growing company (Statusphere has grown by more than 400% in the last 2 years)

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States

If hired you will be officially brought on as an employee of Code Hangar, which is currently undergoing a merger with Statusphere.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

About Statusphere

For those who want to make better, faster shopping decisions online, Statusphere is a product recommendation network that intelligently matches shoppers with mission-driven products that align with their values and unique needs. In three years, Statusphere has grown its network to more than 9,000 members and hundreds of top brands (including Conair, Ole Henriksen, and Fossil).

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