Staff Software Engineer – Backend Job Vacancy at Drift (222 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116)

Vacancy : Staff Software Engineer – Backend
Company Name : Drift
Company Location : 222 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

Job Description

About Drift

Drift is the Conversational Marketing platform that combines chat, email, video, and AI to remove the friction from business buying. With Drift, you can start conversations with future customers now, on their terms – not days later. There are over 50,000 businesses that use Drift today to accelerate revenue, shrink sales cycles, and make buying easy. Our mission is to use conversations to make business buying frictionless, more enjoyable, and more human.

About Digital First

Drift is a Digital First company, which means Remote is the primary experience for all employees. For the majority of our positions, your location is flexible! If “Remote” is stated in the job location, that role can be located anywhere Drift is authorized to do business in the United States.

Select roles may require you to be located in a city where we have a Conversation Space (currently Boston, MA, San Francisco, CA, Tampa, FL, and London, UK – with more to come across the globe), or work hours associated with a specific time zone. If this is the case, it will be explicitly stated in the job description. Please work with your recruiter and hiring manager to learn more about where Drift is authorized in the U.S. and to determine if you are eligible for employment based on your location.

About the role

We are looking for Tech Leads to join one of several engineering teams to help tackle some of the most meaningful problems in the industry—from building adaptive AI for bot-supported conversations, to designing next generation conversational experiences, to bridging the gap between old and new ways to buy. Are you looking to have more impact and ownership in Engineering? You will lead a small customer centric team and own product delivery end to end.

As a Tech Lead, you’ll be responsible for managing a small engineering team and collaborating with Product & Design to set goals, milestones, and to synthesize customer stories into a development plan. You will be responsible for guiding architectural decisions, ensure excellent engineering quality and mentor engineers to do their best work!

Our Tech Leads support a wide range of technologies, from real-time messaging infrastructure that supports millions of concurrent users, to engaging experiences that help buyers to businesses in real-time, to machine learning systems that analyze and surface insights from billions of events.

Meet some of our leaders!

Whether you’re an intern or a principal, you will get to work on hard problems together. We want you to bring out your unique experience and specialities.

Melissa Leffler, VP of Engineering, joined January 2019. Melissa is building one of the best engineering teams in the business to take Drift’s products to the next level.
Trevor Rundell, Director of Engineering, joined Feb. 2016. Trun is the go-to guy for anything tech or getting deep on a problem.
Maggie Crowley, Sr. Director, Product Management, joined Dec. 2017. Maggie & the team own our bot features and built the interaction flow we use today.
Bernard Kiyanda, Director of Engineering, joined September 2019. Bernard and his team are instrumental in us expanding to our enterprise customers.
Ivan Saskor, Director of Engineering, joined October 2020. Ivan and his team are building out solutions to create efficiencies for sales teams to close deals through automation.
Jeff Orkin, Ph.D., Head of Drift AI Lab. Jeff and his team are responsible for all things AI and building tools using ML and NLP to continuously improve our platform.
Mate Rakic, Director of Engineering, joined June 2018. Starting out as a Tech Lead at Drift, Mate is now leading a team of engineers to innovate the way companies engage prospective buyers and make the process frictionless across the board.

What we’re looking for:

Ability to manage the technical direction and project timelines of an engineering team
Experience leading architectural conversations and owning technical solutions
Technical experts within their respective domains (front end, back end, full stack engineering)

You may be a fit for this role if you:

Can put yourself in the shoes of our customers to unite design & code and craft fantastic experiences
Enjoy working on the frontend, backend, or anywhere it takes to solve problems and delight customers
If you’re exceptional in a few areas (ex: you’re a javascript master or distributed systems guru)
Have a strong sense of ownership in guiding and leading engineering workflows
Take pride in creating results quickly by breaking projects down. We execute on small pieces to generate visible, incremental results.
Enjoy working with a diverse group of people with different expertise
Can stitch together many different services and processes together even if you have not worked with them before
Push for high standards in architecture, security and design

What you’ll be doing on the team:

Day 1 you will

Use your onboarding time to learn how things work here and to practice writing and shipping software that makes our customers successful
Start to dig in and get the basics down about our customers
Learn Drift-specific systems, product information, and review paperwork (we have to get that out of the way).
Have lunch with your manager and maybe your team

By the end of week 1 you will

Get to know your customer – Every team at Drift owns a different area of the product and our Customers are a super important ingredient to how we build products!
Have received a first look into Drift engineering systems, culture and product process through various conversations;
How Product Works at Drift
Engineering Path of Success/ Path of Failure
Auth & Debugging at Drift
Customer-centered Engineering
Review of Drift SDLC
Have transitioned from onboarding to your new team
Have your local dev environment set up and you will have completed your First-day ship!!!

By the end of month 1 you’ll

Meet all of your members from Design to Product and Customer Advocate!
Work with your tech lead to identify the “small rocks” (aka Team Goals) for your first month along with any other goals.
Also work with your tech lead to develop your list of personal/ professional goals.
Get an intro to chat duty and how our CA team interacts with our customers on a daily basis.
Ramp up by engaging in these product processes at Drift;
Take ownership of a “small rock” from a 1-pager
Contribute to story time
Participate in a green-lit kickoff
Write code toward your “small rock”
#Shipyard a completed product
Measure your impact!

Drift is committed to being an equal opportunity employer.

We know that applying for a new job can be intimidating. But guess what? At Drift, there is no such thing as an “ideal candidate.” We believe in the power of teamwork – and in the desire to learn something new every day. We believe in hiring people, not just skills. Take it from our CEO.

If this sounds like a company you would like to join and a role you would thrive in, please don’t hold back from applying! Whatever skills you bring to the table or background you’re coming from, we welcome you to start a conversation with us. We need your unique perspective for our continued innovation and success. We’re looking forward to learning more about you!

Drift is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at

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