Lead Software Engineer: Platform Team


  • Location
    • New York
  • Date Posted
  • 23 Mar 2020
  • Function
  • Software Engineering

Hello, World! Codecademy has helped over 45 million people from around the world upgrade their careers with engaging, accessible, and flexible education on programming and data skills. We provide over 200 hands-on interactive lessons ranging from Python to R to Javascript and everything in between. Our learners have gone on to start companies, new jobs, and new lives thanks to what they’ve learned with Codecademy, and we’re thrilled to be working to take that impact to the next level.

Codecademy was started in 2011 by two college students in a dorm room at Columbia that were frustrated by the huge gap between education and employment. A few years later, we are a rapidly growing, diverse team of 75+ in SoHo, NYC. We’ve raised over $40m in venture capital funding from top investors including Union Square Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Naspers, Y Combinator, and more.

If you want to help build a business that impacts tens of millions of people each year and helps them lead better lives, join us!

The Platform Team owns three key initiatives at Codecademy:

  • 1) security
  • 2) data
  • 3) payments

As a senior engineer on this team, you will take ownership of security initiatives around authentication and authorization. You will also manage integrations and subscriptions for our payment services.

What you'll do

  • Work closely with the Data Science team (which mainly works in Ruby, Ruby on Rails, and Golang) in owning data infrastructure, data warehousing, and ETL pipelines (we use Redshift, Looker, Apache Airflow, and MongoDB)
  • Manage integrations and subscriptions for our payment services
  • Architect efficient and reusable back-end systems that drive complex web applications
  • Collaborate with Product Designers, Product Managers, and Software Engineers to help Codecademy deliver compelling products
  • Identify and resolve performance and scalability issues

What you'll need

  • A minimum of 8 years of experience developing web applications
  • Strong understanding of NoSQL (MongoDB) and SQL (Postgres) databases -- We currently use a combination of PostgreSQL, MongoDB, and Amazon Redshift
  • Experience with containerization technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes
  • Experience with ops technologies such as EC2, ECS, Puppet, Ansible, Terraform, and Chef
  • A passion for testing best practices; can write unit tests in your favorite language with your eyes closed
  • Experience with Golang

What will make you stand out

  • BS/MS in Computer Science or engineering is helpful, but not required
  • Proven empathy for our users, such as a background in education or past experience using our site