Senior Software Engineer, API

| Greater Denver Area

Checkr’s mission is to build a fairer future by improving the understanding of the past. Since graduating Y-Combinator in 2014, Checkr’s product has shifted the on-demand economy and has continued to scale into serving enterprise companies across various industries. As a company that provides modern and compliant background checks for global enterprises and startups, Checkr knows first hand how difficult it may be for individuals with prior criminal history to find employment and we want to help provide fair chances for the formerly convicted. A career with Checkr provides the opportunity to make an impact on the professional lives of millions of people and we encourage all qualified individuals to apply for our roles.

Checkr is an API first company. We develop world-class developer friendly REST APIs and webhooks. Checkr is looking for experienced API Platform Engineers to work with us to continue developing and building tools, processes, standards and a great developer experience for our newly formed API Platform Team. The primary goal of this team is to develop and implement overall API strategy, standards, best practices, developer experience, set of frameworks and tools to 

  • Accelerate the development of APIs
  • Scale our products better with our APIs
  • Provide top notch API experience to our customers and internal teams alike
  • Provide a holistic and seamless API Lifecycle Management experience to create, control and consume APIs with solid foundational analytics.

Our platform team is open-source first, with multiple open source maintainers and even more users of some of our tools outside the company than inside. 

What a typical week may look like at Checkr:

  • Understanding internal and external developers needs around APIs to design and build a great developer portal
  • Collaborate with other engineering teams to come up with API standards for our internal and public APIs
  • Provide metrics, monitoring, observability, logging and tracing APIs. 
  • Understand and implement versioning and deprecation strategy for our APIs
  • Work on building sandbox test environment for APIs.
  • Be part of a development community to enhance standards and continue to improve on our tooling and developer portal

What we value in an API Platform Engineer:

  • You have 5+ years of experience building distributed systems with a focus on performance, scalability, and security.
  • You are a strong communicator, enjoy working in cross functional teams, and a strong influence on other engineers.
  • You have a passion for API design and development
  • You have curiosity in figuring out how to deliver clean, robust and scalable code
  • You have experience with at least one or more of the following -- microservices, API design, infrastructure services (Kafka, API Gateway, RPC frameworks) or open source software
  • You understand how to build out reliable distributed systems and can deeply discuss tradeoffs

Brownie Points:

  • Proficiency in Kong, Mulesoft, Apigee or other API Gateways
  • Academic background in computer science or equivalent (BSc or MSc)
  • Experience with microservices

What you get:

  • A fast-paced and collaborative environment where we leverage the latest technology
  • Hands-on coaching and professional development
  • Competitive compensation and opportunity for advancement a true meritocracy
  • 100% medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Unlimited PTO policy
  • Gym membership, transportation reimbursements
  • Catered lunch, dinner, and snacks

Equal Employment Opportunities at Checkr

Checkr is committed to hiring talented and qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds for all of its tech, non-tech, and leadership roles. Checkr believes that the gathering and celebration of unique backgrounds, qualities, and cultures enriches the workplace.

Checkr also welcomes the opportunity to consider qualified applicants with prior arrest or conviction records. Checkr’s commitment to diversity extends to hiring talented individuals in spite of a prior criminal history in accordance with local, state, and/or federal laws, including the San Francisco’s Fair Chance Ordinance.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • D3JSLibraries
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • SparkFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • JIRAManagement

Location

Surrounded by hip bars, restaurants and Colorado's State Capitol, there's always something new to see and do near our office!

An Insider's view of Checkr

What’s the vibe like in the office?

After 5 years of working at Checkr, I'm pleased to say that the vibe in the office hasn't changed! It's still a fun, vibrant and progressive environment where I'm constantly learning. If you're energized by smart, humble and ambitious professionals, you'll love Checkr.

Ashley DiRuggiero

Human Resources

How does the company support your career growth?

Checkr has helped me grow in my career with challenging Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) each quarter. Because my individual OKRs are aligned with company-wide stretch goals, achieving them means that I am an integral part of moving the company forward AND getting new experiences under my belt!

Temi Vasco

Accounting

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

The sales team is on the front line with customers which gives us strong customer insights and a tremendous opportunity to shape the product strategy of the company. We bring that feedback to the executive team on a regular basis to influence the company's GTM strategy.

Kristen Faris

VP, Industry Strategy

What are Checkr Perks + Benefits

Checkr Benefits Overview

Checkr provides generous benefits and perks including comprehensive healthcare, unlimited PTO, commuter benefits, gym reimbursement, work from home Wednesday and an annual learning and development allowance.

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Checkr offers equity in the form of Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) that vest over a 4 year period.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary or secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Checkr provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times and a company wide initiative to work from home on Wednesdays.
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Checkr pays $100 a month for commuter benefits.
Free Daily Meals
We provide free breakfast on Monday. Employees get free lunch and dinner on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
Stocked Kitchen
Checkr has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited drinks, snacks, coffee and tea.
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted Once per month.
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
Checkr reimburses $50 a month for gym memberships.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Checkr has a $2,850 budget per person for additional learning and development.
Lunch and learns
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