DB.E - Principal Full Stack Engineer (React Native / Node )

Work Type: Contract

IMPORTANT: At the moment we are only considering candidates located in Latin America. Please do not apply if you are not located in Latin America.

About Empirical

Empirical empowers early and growth stage tech companies to create the right products in the right way by providing two pivotal services:

  • Product & Technology Leadership: Our clients entrust critical decisions to our network of top-tier US-based CTOs and CPOs. We provide fractional, project, or advisory based support, combining highly experienced talent with a flexible approach.
  • Product Development Teams: We provide our clients with high performing, senior product development talent through a scalable staff augmentation model and ongoing support. We focus on Latin America to find exceptional talent, with time zone and cultural compatibility.
We are proud to be a people first company, where we prioritize building meaningful, long lasting human connections with clients and team members alike, while embracing diversity and uniqueness. With this foundation and our focus on talent, we help create great products that people love.

Our values

  • We put people first
  • Strive to add value always
  • Lead with integrity
  • Have fun every step of the way

The Opportunity

Our client is seeking a passionate and highly skilled Principal Engineer to play a pivotal role in building and iterating on their platform. They're a dynamic and collaborative team working at the forefront of individual engagement for climate action. This is an exciting opportunity to leverage your expertise in a fast-paced environment, where quick experimentation and adaptation are key to finding product-market fit.

The project

Our client is a technology start-up working to drive individual engagement in positive verifiable climate action. This is an exciting opportunity to use your talent and skills to put a novel solution into the market at a tipping point in public awareness and engagement in climate.

Main responsibilities

  • Lead the technical development of the client's platform, including backend APIs, frontend UI, and cloud infrastructure management.
  • Champion an iterative development approach, driving innovation and technical excellence while help confirm product market fit
  • Balance the need for speed and experimentation with building maintainable and scalable code once feature validation is achieved.
  • Collaborate closely with product, design, and other engineering teams to translate user needs into high-quality, user-centric features.
  • Participate in architectural decisions that optimize for rapid testing and iteration while laying the foundation for future growth.
  • Manage and troubleshoot complex technical problems across the entire stack.
  • Continuously learn and apply new technologies to enhance the platform's capabilities.
  • Compile and review technical estimates to ensure project timelines and resource allocation are realistic.

Your qualifications and experience

  • Minimum 8+ years of experience in software engineering, with a proven track record of shipping production-level code.
  • Engineering leadership experience, including team member mentorship, cross-functional collaboration, and architectural decision making.
  • Experience building a product that was in the product/market fit phase.
  • Experience scaling a consumer product after product/market fit was found.
  • In-depth knowledge of full-stack development, including:
    • Backend technologies: Node.js with NestJS, GraphQL
    • Frontend technologies: React Native 
    • Databases: PostgreSQL
    • Cloud infrastructure: AWS (databases, containers, and serverless functions) managed with Terraform
  • Experience with CI/CD practices.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Fluency in English is essential.
  • Bachelor's degree (BS/BA) in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a
    related field (or equivalent practical experience).
  • A passion for climate action and a desire to contribute to a meaningful mission.

What we expect from you

  • 100% alignment with our core values!
  • Ability to work independently while being a highly collaborative team player
  • Comfortable working with minimal direction in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong critical thinking skills and a pragmatic approach towards solving problems
  • Ability to work independently and get things done with minimal direction
  • Strong documentation and verbal/written communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented and highly collaborative team player

What we offer

  • Remote/flexible work
  • Highly competitive compensation in US dollars
  • Opportunities for personal and professional development
  • Ongoing, 40 hours per week dedication
  • The opportunity to be part of an amazing, multicultural community of tech experts

Why work with us?

  • We pride ourselves on our core values and have proven that putting people first creates a thriving and collaborative work environment.
  • We seek to accommodate and balance individual needs with client needs, understanding each one of us is unique.
  • We offer benefits such as remote/flexible work, selective paid training, mentorship programs, referral programs and more.
  • We are selective in the projects we take on to ensure our teams are engaged in challenging, meaningful, enjoyable opportunities that will provoke creativity, innovation and growth!
  • Have fun every step of the way (if we are not having fun, we are doing it wrong!).

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