Senior/Lead Backend & Ops Engineer

| Greater Boulder Area
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*Boulder/Denver area candidates preferred, but remote will be considered for good fit applicants!

Our Culture

We have thrived for five years by being a scrappy, driven, and fast-paced organization by hiring hungry, compassionate, happy and smart people who want to see us succeed.

Our growing 25-person organization off Pearl Street in Boulder is driven, collaborative, helpful, kind and employee-first.  We value work-life balance while understanding that delivering world-class software products for our clients is at our core. 

People love to work here and we are proud of that. We regularly meet to ensure that your personal and professional goals are met and that you have fun here too. We have a generous benefits package including full health coverage for employees, monthly stipends to be used on ski-passes or the gym and no shortage of snacks and outings together.

We’re just getting started.

About Backbone

Backbone is a next generation workflow platform streamlining the complex manufacturing, design, and product development process for consumer goods companies. Backbone’s all-in-one product development application increases productivity, reduces error, enhances communication, and helps get products from concept to market faster.

We have grown 300% year over year with clients like Warby Parker and allBirds, for the past few years. We have a healthy runway, incredible investors, and happy customers. Come join us!

About You

We’re looking for an experienced engineer who is capable of full stack development but with a strong emphasis on backend and infrastructure. 

Ideally, you’ve built entire products from the ground-up, including setting up and maintaining their production operating environments as they scaled to serve thousands of daily users or more.

You’re a fast learner and also an enthusiastic teacher. You level up those around you by being a willing mentor, and you recognize that engineering excellence is a team sport. You understand that all technical choices have trade-offs, and you’re willing to explore all sides of a debate. You can self-direct and self-manage your work while also demonstrating strong written and verbal communication skills throughout the process.

This is a unique opportunity to own & help lead our backend scaling efforts, from architecture and data models to infrastructure and devops. 

Backend coding experience:

  • API design
  • Data modeling, and database systems, especially Mongo, but SQL helpful
  • Cross-cutting concerns such as authentication, authorization, caching, error handling, background jobs, logging
  • Automated testing, including unit & integration/E2E tests
  • Secure coding practices (OWASP Top 10)
  • Strong fundamentals in Javascript and Node ecosystem

Ops/infrastructure experience:

  • CI & CD, including automated test environments, deployments, rollback, etc.
  • Secure infrastructure, including hardening of virtual machines, network and other control layers
  • Excellence in operational monitoring, logging and alerting
  • Strong fundamentals in HTTP, REST, and Linux

Nice to have, but you will also get the opportunity to learn/grow these skills on the job:

  • Configuration management frameworks (e.g. Chef, Puppet, or Ansible) and/or infrastructure-as-code (e.g. Terraform, CloudFormation)
  • Familiarity with AWS cloud services, especially those supporting web-based Saas (S3, Lambda, EC2, ECS, IAM, etc.)
  • Experience with Convox or similar PaaS
  • Experience with Elastic stack

Technical stack: Strong overlap in this stack is desired, but suitable substitutions may be considered:

  • Node
  • Typescript
  • Mongo
  • AWS
  • Docker
  • Terraform
  • CircleCI
  • Angular
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A block off of Pearl Street, Backbone resides in the Boulder One Building, facing a beautiful patio and fountain. The perfect Boulder location!

An Insider's view of Backbone

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I was surprised, in a good way, about how casual and comfortable our office is. Nothing about our office is intimidatingly professional. Everyone is professional, for sure, but in a supportive way rather than in a scary, looking-down-on-you way. Everyone has everyone else's best interests at heart, and it's lead to a really tight team.


Junior Growth Marketer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

We're building a quicker, more effective, more robust solution for people in the PLM space to replace antiquated, out of date systems. What we're doing really is revolutionary. We're becoming the one-stop shop that everyone in the consumer goods space can go to.


Senior Software Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I started as one of the first interns at Backbone, and I've been given opportunities to excel at every turn. It's been a lot of hard work, but I've always felt really supported here. My team leader has given me more and more responsibility as time has gone on, and I'm excited to see what I can do in my first management role.


Communications Manager

What does your typical day look like?

One of the things I love about Backbone is that I don't really have a 'typical' day. Every day looks different. I kind of act as a bridge between the a lot of our different teams because we do a lot of inter-team work. Sometimes I sit in on client calls work, because I know the platform so well. We all wear a lot of hats here!


Implementation and Operations Analyst

What are Backbone Perks + Benefits

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
We want you at your best so full-time employees are offered full health insurance through our carrier.
Life Insurance
All Backbone employees can elect for life insurance coverage through the company's HR portal.
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Boulder One has an amazing full featured gym with discounted services so you can walk just a few steps out of the office to get your leg day in.
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga, Sponsored race teams.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
We currently offer a company 401(k) retirement plan which enables you to select from various funds
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
We enjoy having everyone in office however we do enable all employees to work remotely pending their manager's discretion.
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Semi-annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Backbone's unlimited paid vacation policy allows employees to take as many days off as they need, providing they comply with a 2-week notice policy and get manager approval.
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
We work with a lot of amazing brands so the office is a fashion show on any given day. We keep it pretty casual so we can focus on the work instead of what to wear.
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Boulder's a tough place to park, so we pay for all of our employees to use the local garages around the office.
Pet Friendly
Backbone's pet policy is occasional bring your pet to work days.
Relocation Assistance
For full-time employees, Backbone currently offers moving cost and travel expense reimbursement.
Fitness Subsidies
Backbone offers $100 per month for health and fitness related services.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Backbone hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

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