Staff Software Engineer: Front End at Optera (Greater Boulder Area, CO or Remote)

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Who is Optera?

We build software to help the world’s largest companies stop climate change. Our market-leading products provide companies with the tools and insight they need to reduce the environmental impacts of their businesses, supply chains, and products. We are backed by some of the most respected US-based venture capital firms and have a robust client list, including leading Fortune 500 companies such as Dell, Cisco, HPE, Williams-Sonoma, and Target.


What problem are we solving?

In short, Optera is the data solution to stop climate change. Major corporations are the largest source of carbon emissions. Across the globe, companies are responding to pressure to address climate change by setting goals to aggressively reduce emissions by 2050. Our software enables corporate teams to collect, manage, and analyze emissions data across their operations, supply chain, and products, all with the aim of achieving their goals and halting Climate Change.


Why work at Optera?

Our team dedicates our skills, talents, and time to make the world a more sustainable place for future generations. We have a collaborative and dynamic culture where everyone plays a critical role and has room to learn and grow. Balance between work and life is key to our success, and we provide our teammates the flexibility, space, and support to thrive personally and professionally.


Why this opportunity?

Optera is growing faster than ever and we are rapidly expanding our market leading product and services. We are seeking a Staff Engineer to help us architect, design, and build out our product. Join us on our journey to deliver the best sustainability management software in the world.


The role and responsibilities

  • Guide team software development efforts towards successful project deliveries.
  • Establish best practices and conventions that speed up development and enhance product robustness.
  • Work in close collaboration with Product to iterate over product ideas, translating them to requirements and planning their delivery.
  • Identify and encourage areas for growth and improvement within the team.
  • Facilitate technical conflict resolution with active listening and critical thinking.
  • Our team and company are growing! Help hire, support, and mentor our future engineers.


Your qualities

  • Dedicated to making impactful products that awe customers and enable them to plan for a more sustainable future.
  • Be part of and foster a supportive, collaborative environment where we as a team are capable of solving complex and challenging problems.
  • Dedicated to producing quality, testable code with accommodation for CI/CD.


Your experience/qualifications

  • Experience leading greenfield software projects, making widely impactful design decisions, and collaborating with product stakeholders to create intuitive solutions that meet and exceed customers' needs.
  • Expert in at least one modern frontend framework with ample experience in others (React, Angular, Vue).
  • Well versed in hosting infrastructure that enables effective deployment methodologies and product delivery
  • Demonstrable understanding of effective UX design.
  • Architecting extensible applications for production deployment and runtime.
  • 2+ years of senior/lead front end engineering experience.
  • Outstanding understanding of industry security practices including but not limited to Web Application Security and SSO.
  • Designing of efficient interfaces between user facing applications and surrounding supporting systems

Nice to have

  • Experience in Energy or Sustainability industry
  • Experience in startups


Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Optera is committed to creating a diverse environment that is safe and welcoming to all. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We take this very seriously and expect that you do too.



  • Unrestricted PTO and flexible work schedule
  • Health insurance including dental and vision
  • Short and Long term Disability Insurance
  • 12 weeks maternity/paternity leave (8 weeks paid)
  • Wellness budget
  • Budget for home/office workstation
  • Professional development budget
  • 401k with 3% company match and ESG investment options
  • Company-wide Bonus program 
  • Colorado Eco-pass (regional bus pass)
  • Team happy hours, retreats, hikes/bike rides, yoga, and ping-pong


Location: Boulder, CO preferred; remote considered

Position: Full-time

Base Salary: $160,000 - $185,000 plus bonus and option for equity


How to Apply

Please send a brief cover letter and resume to with the subject line “Staff Engineer Front End – Built In - [Your Name].” 


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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
  • People Operations
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • TypeScriptLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • PandasLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • Twitter BootstrapLibraries
    • CircleCIFrameworks
    • Next.jsFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • PlaywrightFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • TerraformFrameworks
    • FastAPIFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • AWS (Amazon Web Services)Services
    • GitHubServices
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • FigmaDesign
    • Google DriveManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • CodaManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • HubSpotCRM
    • Google HangoutsCollaboration
    • SlackCollaboration


Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, Optera's office sits just around the corner from the famous Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado. We're surrounded by great restaurants, bars, and coffee shops -- with easy access to the bus station, parking, and of course gorgeous nature!

An Insider's view of Optera

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I really appreciate how Optera leadership embraces individualism. A culture of authenticity breeds a very healthy work/office environment.


Associate Consultant

What projects are you most excited about?

Complex projects with large datasets are really exciting. It feels like I’m a kid in a sandbox with endless possibilities to build something useful. The more data points in the project, the more opportunity to design decision-making tools that are impactful and often provide unexpected insights to our clients across the ESG landscape.



How does the company support your career growth?

Optera is highly invested in career growth. I've been able to grow from a mid- to senior-level role effectively because of supportive coworkers and an environment that has not only given me the opportunity to explore new responsibilities, but also enabled me to take them up with confidence. It’s inspired me to give back to my team in the same way.


Senior Software Engineer

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

Great ideas come from all levels of the company. Ideas that seem incremental at first glance, when shared and refined, can influence the entire company direction. Our most significant products came from our team trying to solve new problems with clients. I see this “good ideas come from anywhere mentality” as a superpower for Optera.


Chief Innovation Officer, Co-Founder

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

We get every other Friday off, which has given me the time I need to make appointments and take day trips without disrupting my work. On top of that, we all take time off and our coworkers support our workload so we can truly unplug. I feel encouraged and rewarded for taking mental health days and doing what I need to do to take care of myself.


Software Engineer

What are Optera Perks + Benefits

Optera Benefits Overview

Optera offers a flexible work environment that allows for trust and autonomy -- while providing the benefits that enable team members to feel fully supported in doing their best work. The full team takes every other Friday off for "Recharge Fridays" on top of an unlimited time off policy. Optera also provides high-quality healthcare plans, a 401k match, and generous stipends for wellness, home workstations, and professional development.

Volunteer in local community
Team members have 20 paid hours of time each year to dedicate towards volunteering in the local community.
Partners with Nonprofits
Rocky Mountain Institute, Business for Social Responsibility, CDP, WWF
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Optera has employee-run committees for social events, maintaining and elevating our values, and building a robust justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion program.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Long-term and short-term disability insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
High-quality United Health Care plan options provided
Wellness Programs
Employees receive an annual wellness stipend to support physical and/or mental health.
Team workouts
Team-member led, professional yoga and kettle bell workouts, remote and in-office
Mental Health Benefits
Employees receive an annual wellness stipend to support physical and/or mental health.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Roth and standard options, with a company match. Employees have the option to choose environmental/sustainability/governance (ESG) focused funds for their retirement investments
401(K) Matching
Optera matches employee contributions up to 3% of compensation
Company Equity
Options pool available for limited number of key positions
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
For all parents, 12 weeks with 8 weeks paid
Flexible Work Schedule
Optera allows for a flexible work schedule. We trust our people to manage their time and schedules to balance work and home/family life
Remote Work Program
Many Optera employees work fully remotely, with many others taking a hybrid approach between home and the office.
Family Medical Leave
Sick Family Member/Medical Leave: 12 weeks with 8 weeks paid
Restricted work hours
We're currently piloting a program where Optera is closed every other Friday to allow team members to spend more time with family and doing the things they love outside of work.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Flexible Time Off (FTO) allows employees to take the time they need for vacation, illness, and mental health. We encourage employees to use FTO and will check in if someone isn't taking enough time of
Paid Volunteer Time
Team members have 20 paid hours of time each year to dedicate towards volunteering in the local community.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Flexible Time Off (FTO) allows employees to take the time they need for vacation, illness and mental health.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Employees are free to dress in any manner that makes them feel at their best and according to the requirements of their position and meetings that day.
Commuter Benefits
EcoPass: Public transit pass provided to all CO-based employees
Company Outings
Biking, hiking, skiing, and other activities on an ad hoc basis. Company sponsored picnics, happy hours and holiday parties for employees and guest and/or immediate family and pets, whenever possible
Game Room
A highly competitive ping-pong league dominates our current game room!
Stocked Kitchen
Snacks, coffee, tea, and bubbly water.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Team members can sign up to bring their dogs to the office and we have a multitude of furry friends who make appearances on video calls.
Relocation Assistance
On a case-bay-case basis
Fitness Subsidies
Employees get a $200 annual stipend to use on personal wellness. Uses have included counseling sessions, workout classes, camping equipment, races, and massages.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
A $300 annual home workstation stipend, plus a company laptop replaced every 3 years
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Professional Development - reimbursement up to $500 per year (doesn’t roll over) must be related to current or future role
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Monthly sessions led by team members to share their knowledge about emerging trends in sustainability and climate change.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We provide a $500 annual professional development budget for every employee to use on external learning opportunities. A company-wide bonus is tied to everyone on the team using this budget.

Additional Perks + Benefits

Recharge Fridays: Our office is closed every other Friday to allow team members more time to be their whole selves. Employees spend the day enjoying nature, pursuing hobbies, spending time with family, and focusing on personal well-being.

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