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Platform Engineer

GitStart

GitStart

Software Engineering
South Africa
Posted on Friday, April 26, 2024
◯˚GitStart turns tickets into PRs for engineering teams. We're growing fast, with 13k+ PRs shipped to prod for Firefox Mobile, Cal.com, Drata, Supabase, StoryBook, Union Bank, and more.

Your Mission

We are seeking a Platform Engineer to join our dynamic team. This role involves working on the core platform, improving its scalability, and ensuring high performance. The ideal candidate will be responsible for the full software development life cycle, from conception to deployment.

  • Become the architect behind our core platform services like the GraphQL federation gateway, GitSlice infrastructure, and webhooks processing.
  • Collaborate closely with our engineering team to define the platform's direction and address challenges with skill.
  • Lead the way in DevOps initiatives, from managing databases to deploying services with precision.
  • Spearhead the formation of a dedicated platform team as we grow.

Responsibilities

  • Design, develop, and implement software solutions on the platform.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to deliver high-quality products.
  • Ensure the performance, quality, and responsiveness of applications.
  • Identify and correct bottlenecks and fix bugs.
  • Help maintain code quality, organization, and automatization.

Who we are searching for

  • Boasts at least 7 years of experience in software engineering, with a strong background in backend/platform development.
  • Adept at managing complex service ecosystems, guiding projects to success with ease.
  • Proficient in key technologies like PostgreSQL, Elixir, TypeScript, and Python, or eager to learn.
  • Knowledgeable in GraphQL, API design, and building service-oriented architectures.

Desired Qualities

  • Driven to enhance GitStart’s platform, aiming for top performance and reliability.
  • Thrives in collaborative environments, aligning platform development with broader company goals.
  • Comfortable in a DevOps setting, handling both software development and operational tasks.
  • Forward-thinking, always ready to improve our team and technologies for the platform's future.
  • Values innovation and efficiency, contributing to the evolution of GitStart’s tech landscape.

Work on Hard Problems

GitStart.com Automatically Manages AI Models And Developers Across The Globe. Engineering Teams Assign Tickets And Get Back Ready To Merge PRs. This Requires Rebuilding The Entire Engineering Stack End-to-end, With Pieces Like

  • AI-first SDLC - split the software development life-cycle in steps where specialized AI models can generate code and loop in humans to make sure errors don’t propagate.
  • Ticket writing LLM - load context from the codebase and past tickets to write engineering ready tickets
  • GitSlice - securely share subsets of a codebase

Backed By the world’s best

We Are Supported By The Best Investors In Our Field, Neo, YC, Bonfire VC, And The World’s Best Engineering Leaders

  • Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott
  • Google VP Parisa Tabriz
  • Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi
  • Instagram VP Maria Zhang
  • Director of Google Bard Jack Krawczyk
  • Circle CTO Li Fan
  • Airbnb founder Nate Blecharczyk
  • Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi
  • Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo
  • Andela founder Iyinola Aboyeji
  • Gigster founder Debo Olaosebikan
  • Replit CEO Amjad Masad
  • Former Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer
  • And more

Join An Amazing team

Team Includes

🔥 >50% former founders, many of mission driven organizations like mPharma (Africa’s best health tech startup, 1k people $100m raised) and CodePhenix (Europe’s largest coding bootcamp for inmates) 🧑‍🔬 Patents holders 🧠 A national math olympiad winner and former Typescript team member 🌍 ~16 nationalities for ~19 people 🤫 And more: a published poet, a sailing world champion, a cricket team coach, two musicians drawing hundreds for concerts, etc. Also, the number one thing newcomers notice is that people are truly kind 😇. More on this when we meet!

Perks and Benefits

Non-standard stuff

  • ⚖️ 10 years options exercise windows — most startups employees never exercise their hard-earned equity options because the standard clause forces them to buy it within 3 months of departure. We care so much about equity that on top of giving offers way above market, we switched to a new legal documents software solely because the old one didn’t support changing the default “3 months” to “10 years”.
  • 🛂 Visa Sponsorship: Dream of living somewhere new? We'll help sponsor your application and help with the visa.
  • 👋 "We Got Your Back" Budget: Life's little necessities shouldn't be a hassle. Need daycare, new glasses, or a taxi ride? Consider it covered.
  • 🌱 Growing You Budget: Your personal and professional growth is our priority. Are you continuing your studies, studying something new or want to learn a new skill. We will help!
  • 🌎 We are a fully remote company — We hire the best people in the world without restriction. Work wherever and in whichever timezone you want, and travel around the world to meet the team during quarterly onsites.

Standard stuff

  • 📈 Equity for everyone who’s full-time
  • 🌏 Onsites
  • 🏝 Unlimited Paid Time Off
  • 🐣 Parental leave
  • 🖥️ WFH Budget
  • 🍽 Meals with fellow GitStarters
  • 📞 Something missing? Tell us

Finally, we offer competitive compensation and meaningful equity along with a chance to make a significant contribution to changing the lives of millions of engineers across the world.

Hackweek Based recruiting

We are weird about hiring. We’re skeptical of resumes and we don’t trust interviews (we’re happy to talk though!). Since nothing beats working together, we love inviting people for a hackweek (or hackweekend) - come hack on a problem with us and see if you like it!

It’s compensated, of course. And fast: we typically extend offers within 3 working days, starting from the end of the hackweek.

Not sure whether this is for you? Read this candidate's feedback!

See, I've been in the industry for quite a long time. And I had lots of interviews and interviewers throughout my career. Some were good, while some sucked big time; as usual. HOWEVER, and I'm not even exaggerating when I say this - interview experience with GitStart was not even ONE OF the best, but absolutely THE BEST I ever had in my 15 years career. Every person that I spoke to in the process was EXTREMELY charismatic, really eager to learn about myself and, what's more, it was absolutely obvious that they LOVED GitStart. I have NEVER EVER EVER seen anything even remotely like this. So how was the process? Amazing! I actually enjoyed it and was looking forward to more of it :D