Senior Front-End Engineer

Company Details

Descartes Labs is a geospatial intelligence company with science and technology at its core.

The Company

Descartes Labs is a geospatial intelligence company with science and technology at its core. Launching out of Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2014, we build models of the earth to power the analysis of the world’s largest physical systems. Our data science and software solutions create new sources of operational advantage for Agriculture, Consumer Packaged Goods, Mining, and Government.

Descartes Labs is proud to be a remote-first, deliberately distributed organization that recognizes that people have different needs and motivations for building a life and career that matters and works for them. For this reason, we are open to our employees working from any location, in a way that enhances their well-being, productivity, and role. We focus on helping our employees produce positive outcomes and we recognize that the path to getting there will look different for different people.

The Role

As a Senior Front End Engineer you will build web applications for analysis, visualization, and delivery of data with a focus on geospatial applications. You will bridge dual responsibilities serving the customer elegant and consistent user interfaces, while also delivering scalable and distributed, fault-tolerant software. The bulk of your work is done in collaboration with UI/UX designers and engineers, backend engineers, and product managers, but you will also independently identify and advocate for improvements and innovations in our products.

Your Impact

  • Build and ship frontend UIs backed by our team of highly skilled engineers and scientists
  • Deliver a positive customer experience across our suite of products and diverse customer base
  • Implement frontend scalability requirements that support both the customer and the data
  • Collaborate on internal and external documentation requirements
  • Establish repeatable practices and code for maximum deployment speed and scalability
  • Mentoring through best practice setting, code reviews, and paired programming while promoting a positive culture
  • Participate in on-call rotations with your team and actively improve service health

What You Bring

  • 5 – 10 years of experience in a front-end engineering or similar role
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or related field or equivalent experience
  • Proficiency with modern frontend framework (you can find our tech stack listed below)
  • In-depth understanding of the JavaScript/TypeScript language and CSS preprocessors (e.g. Sass, PostCSS, etc.) or CSS in JS
  • Developed and maintained web applications for a variety of customers, from science to business experts
  • Disciplined approach to testing and code quality assurance
  • Experience with server-side concepts, e.g. microservices, database, caching, performance, monitoring, CI/CD and scalability
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and enthusiastic collaboration with a distributed, fully remote team

Our Tech Stack

  • React
  • Redux
  • Typescript
  • Bazel with Webpack
  • SASS
  • Balsalmiq and Figma
  • gRPC
  • Github

Who You Are

  • Curious. You are always exploring and experimenting, interested in why and how, seeking not only to understand but to make work and the world better. You enthusiastically share your learning with others and actively seek information and knowledge.
  • Conscientious. You are determined, always keep your promises, and are forward thinking. Principled and integrous, you take your commitments seriously.
  • Humble. Unpretentious and self-aware, you cultivate compassion for others and take responsibility for your mistakes. Egoes are barriers to doing the best work and always learning.
  • Open and Inclusive. You are receptive and interested in new ideas and perspectives, even when those perspectives don’t agree with your views. You value and respect difference and create ways for all people to contribute to the organization.
  • Collaborative. You know it takes a team to get anything accomplished and you actively and inclusively work across the organization. You listen intently and openly and are always focused first on creating the best results.
  • Adaptable. You are able to navigate changing circumstances and environments with ease and approach uncertainty with enthusiasm, while inspiring others towards effective goal setting and accomplishment.

Top Reasons to Work at Descartes Labs

  • We pride collaboration over ownership, iteration over perfection, principles over rules, and discussion over directives
  • We’re using the world’s top technology to solve the world’s largest problems with a strong focus on sustainability, environment, and impact science
  • We look at Descartes Labs as a work environment where people are included, treat their colleagues with professional regard and respect, and thrive as a result
  • We’re a highly collaborative company that constantly promotes success through teamwork
  • We strongly encourage and enjoy a flexible work environment
  • Descartes Labs offers a generous compensation package including competitive salary; choice of medical plan; dental, life, and disability insurance; a 401K plan; paid holidays and paid time off

You belong here! Nobody checks every box and if your experience and interests match some of the above, we want you to apply.

Descartes Labs is committed to building a diverse community, where employees feel they belong, even if they are different. Scientific discovery is in our DNA and the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be; diversity fuels innovation!

Accommodations will be provided as requested by candidates during all aspects of our interview process.

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