Staff Software Engineer, Backend



Software Engineering
Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2023

About Collective:

Collective is on a mission to redefine the way businesses-of-one work. Collective’s technology and team of trusted advisors enables our members to achieve financial independence by taking care of everything from business incorporation to accounting, bookkeeping, tax services and access to a thriving community, all in one integrated platform. We believe in empowering self-employed people to enjoy the same tax savings that big companies get.

Featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Yahoo, Bloomberg, Financial Times, Techcrunch and more. We’re backed by General Catalyst, Sound Ventures (Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary), QED Investors, Google’s Gradient Ventures, Expa and prominent investors who have financed and built iconic companies like YouTube, Substack, Twitch, Box, Hims, Instacart, Lyft, and more.

About the Role

We are building the customer experience that scales Collective’s primary offerings - Onboarding, Bookkeeping, Payroll and Taxes. The role offers an exciting opportunity to be the architect of the backend of these core products. You will be part of a high-impact set of teams that builds the application used for our customers and for internal operations. Our primary technology stack is React, Django and Postgres DB.


  • Craft the v2 architecture for Collective BE platform that delivers more complex interactions while maintaining a consistent experience wrt API, maintainability and reusability
  • Work cross-functionally with product, design, and other engineering counterparts to novel products and features that our users will love
  • Ensure timely delivery of complex, multi-disciplinary, and highly visible projects by participating in the full development cycle: technical design, development, test, experimentation, analysis, and launch
  • Contribute to standards that improve developer workflows, recommend best practices, and mentor junior engineers to grow their technical expertise
  • Participate in writing design docs and reviewing code
  • Work closely with product and design giving feedback on specs and mocks

What we want you to bring

We’re looking for someone who meets the minimum requirements to be considered for the role. The preferred qualifications are a bonus, not a requirement.

Minimum requirements

  • Have 8+ years of experience developing platforms for user facing applications with Python or another modern language such as Go or Java
  • Strong foundation in core data modeling, API design concepts and service oriented architecture
  • Solid understanding in concepts like graphQL, idempotency, API response latency, cloud deployments and troubleshooting
  • Ability to understand the business needs with respect to designing the architecture, while effectively communicating complex ideas to the rest of the team and stakeholders
  • Prior experience or strong ability in tech leadership responsibilities, such as taking charge in technical decision-making, strategizing for and managing technical debt, and creating roadmaps for future developments
  • Track record of mentoring senior engineers
  • Passion for working with users, building a platform that supports great user experience spanning web and mobile
  • Comfortable working in a highly agile, intensely iterative software development process
  • An appreciation for the importance of good documentation -- internal and external
  • Attention to detail, especially around performance, accessibility, reliability and security

Preferred requirements

  • Has shipped a platform that has been used by other external applications/customers via APIs
  • Experience working with a remote team
  • Experience working with a global or otherwise multicultural team
  • Entrepreneurial spirit. You are self-directed, innovative, and biased towards action in fast-paced environments. You love to build new things and thrive in ambiguity and even failure

Equal Employment Opportunity

At Collective, we don’t just accept differences — we celebrate them, we support them, and we thrive on them for the benefit of our employees, our customers, and our community. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. If you’re good at what you do, come as you are. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. Collective is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.