Senior Staff Engineer, Frontend Architecture

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At CircleCI, we enable developers to do better work every day. We’re solely focused on helping our customers ship quality code, faster. Our organization is growing to meet the demands of our customers, and we'd like an experienced Frontend Architect to join our adventure!

You'll join us as a frontend technical lead for our product engineering organization. Your deep knowledge of user experience and user interface design, as well as frontend architecture and modern UI tooling will help us craft experiences that will empower developers worldwide. You'll be at the forefront of crafting powerful and intuitive user interfaces and setting the standards for frontend engineering across our organization.

What you’ll do:
  • Work across teams and architect solutions that allows for iterative, autonomous development and future scaling.
  • Navigate and lead cross-organizational projects across our various web application experiences and be a strategic partner and actively work with engineers, product managers, designers, user researchers, and more to help shape the future of our product experiences.
  • Collaborate to design tooling and processes to support the engineering organization in the creation of intuitive and scalable UIs.
  • Foster a user value first approach across teams, leading by example. And lead the waydefining the standard methodologies for our growing teams and organization.
  • Share rotating on-call duties for our incident response.
What we're looking for:

We’re seeking someone who thrives in a collaborative environment, is naturally curious and interested in learning, has strong communication and collaboration skills, is pragmatic and end-user focused, and helps others grow through sharing their expertise, leading by example, and encouragement.

If you are someone that has strong opinions on frontend development, design, and implementation that are based on deep experience and knowledge of modern SaaS frontend development you might be a phenomenal fit for this role.

  • 10+ years of technical leadership experience working in a modern cloud company with technologies such as TypeScript, React, web sockets, data visualization, REST and GraphQL APIs, and with some proven experience across the development stack.
  • An ability and interest in learning new languages and technologies. We use Typescript and React, Clojure, Go, Python, Kubernetes/Helm, MongoDB and PostgreSQL, and RabbitMQ. Read all about our tech stack here.
  • A pragmatic approach to frontend development - focusing on end-user value over technical complexity.
  • Strong understanding of the complexity of multiple engineering teams working in shared UI codebases and libraries.
  • Demonstrated experience owning the design and implementation of highly technical user experiences across a modern web application. This work should include near-real-time data access, data visualization, and interfaces that scale from single data points to thousands and more.
  • A high degree of comfort in dealing with ambiguity. This is a role for someone looking to solve difficult challenges across many teams and not merely build solutions in a vacuum.
  • Incident Response experience

What else are we looking for? Here are some of the specific traits we want in our future frontend architect:

Someone that encourages open communication, values feedback loops, and is open to being wrong and having their mind changed. You’re proficient in English in verbal and written form.

Our Senior Staff Engineers know the ins and outs of modern software delivery, agile/scrum methodologies, and how to apply them to drive effective, timely, high-quality delivery. They work in the open, providing transparency into your work and progress.

We want someone to foster ideas, write problem statements, diagram solutions, and proactively consult so other engineers understand the implications of their ongoing work. Someone with experience providing technical direction for teams with other architects, engineering managers and directors, and engineers of all experience levels.

We're also remote first, and globally distributedOur ideal candidate has experience working with distributed teams across multiple time zones. Learn more about our remote-first culture here.

CircleCI Engineering Competency Matrix:

This role equals level Senior Staff Software Engineer (E5) on our Engineering Competency Matrix, our internal career leveling and expectations for engineers. Find more about the matrix in this blog post.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

About CircleCI

CircleCI is the world’s largest shared continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform, and the central hub where code moves from idea to delivery. As one of the most-used DevOps tools that processes more than 1 million builds a day, CircleCI has unique access to data on how engineering teams work, and how their code runs. Companies like Spotify, Coinbase, Stitch Fix, and BuzzFeed use us to improve engineering team productivity, release better products, and get to market faster.

CircleCI is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.

This role will report to Director, Engineering, Blake Walters. 

Colorado Salary Range: $160,000 - $200,000/year


Level: Mid-Senior Level

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
    • GolangLanguages
    • ClojureLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • SalesforceCRM
    • MarketoLead Gen


Downtown Denver, North Capitol Hill area. Your favorite coffee shops and restaurants are all steps from the office, as well as transportation lines.

An Insider's view of CircleCI

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The Denver office is collaborative, ambitious and exciting. We are located downtown near a bunch of fun bars and restaurants. Everyone comes into the office everyday looking forward to the challenge at hand, which is refreshing to start your day with!


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How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Building a business in which collaboration is a cultural norm is a team sport! Slack and video chats with team leaders and team members alike, I find the frequent sharing of our best ideas and insights really encourages team players, gains support for critical initiatives, and provides a level of trust to converse openly about difficult issues.


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What makes someone successful on your team?

Our team and office culture is so engaging. It’s awesome to be in a place where we’re actively curious about what other roles in the company do and what their challenges are. That reinforces two core attributes of successful sales executives that are curiosity and passion for both our customers and our peers.


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How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Through cultivating open and honest communication. I encourage my team to voice their ideas, think outside of the box, and to take ownership to find creative solutions to resolve customer issues.


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How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

Everyone on the team and the company can and will reach out to me. I also attend weekly stand-ups in our Denver office, regularly ask for feedback in our team slack channels, and stay in touch with managers and ICs when it comes to deals, problems, etc.


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What are CircleCI Perks + Benefits

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Diversity Program
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend

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