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Shop is on a mission to change how we shop. From the fastest checkout experience in Shop Pay to all-in-one order tracking and easy ways to find and shop local brands in app, Shop is making shopping better one step at a time for both shoppers and the merchants they buy from.

We're looking for a Tech Lead Software Engineer to join our team as we turn Shop into one of the most beloved products and brands in the world. We want shoppers to be able to develop meaningful connections with the brands they love, and we believe that Shop is the answer to helping foster those relationships with the powerhouse of Shopify merchants we love and support.

At Shopify, Tech Lead Engineers (also referred to as Staff Engineers) use their expertise and passion to multiply the overall output of their development team. As a technical leader, you’ll lead the technical design, and drive your team’s vision to its implementation, through the development of high quality code, and of course, you’ll be hands-on in the code and contribute technically as well. You will largely contribute to creating and fostering a culture of collaboration and knowledge as a mentor to other engineers. Merchants that depend on Shopify for a highly scalable, performant, and reliable platform benefit directly from the work you do. Here are just some of the stories from the teams who build and scale Shopify.

Intrigued? We’re recruiting Tech Lead Software Engineers to join teams in either of these disciplines. Based on your experience and interests, let us know which one you identify with most in your application!

Back End Development
On the Back End development side, we’re looking for engineers with a passion for solving tough problems with performant code to power Shop and Shopify APIs and data processing pipelines. Our teams deploy new code many times a day across Shop and Shopify backend systems, we are mindful of the impact our code has on performance, and our production scale is large. With billions of requests a day, we’re serving many millions of buyers and millions of sellers who will see your work within seconds – an important and incredibly rewarding responsibility. While Shop has its own services, we have plenty of interactions and integrations with the Shopify core codebases. There is no red tape and we leverage this fact whenever it supports our goal of building high quality products faster. Shopify is the largest Ruby on Rails application in the world and we're a big part of the Rails community.

Mobile Development (React Native, Android & iOS)
On the Mobile development side, we’re looking for engineers with a passion for shipping performant, high-quality mobile consumer experiences. The Shop app is built using React Native for which we have developed sophisticated tooling and development pipelines that allow us to more easily build and maintain high-quality features at speed. We leverage seamless over-the-air updates to distribute internal testing of work-in-progress pull requests to thousands of staff users and ship production versions with server-side-controlled feature flags and end-user performance monitoring. This allows us to move at a fast pace with feedback loops and iterations in the collaboration between our development teams and the design and product management teams. These features combined with our many millions of daily users give opportunities to do early-stage testing and quickly learn how our technology and products perform and if we are bringing value to our users.

Front End Development
On the Front End development, we’re looking for engineers who appreciate the blurred line between web and mobile development. We’ve come a long way at reducing the distinction between web and mobile development and will continue to leverage the best of these two disciplines to make development across both areas easier and more impactful. As a frontend engineer, you’ll work with web and mobile products in close collaboration with other software development teams, designers, product managers, and marketers to not only build incredible web products and marketing campaigns but also shipping those features in our mobile products. Besides Ruby on Rails for some web projects we use the latest web standards in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and modern technologies and frameworks like Typescript, React, GraphQL, Apollo, to develop great web and mobile applications that scale and perform well on all devices. We have well-established onboarding and growth programs to help engineers bridge the gap between web and mobile development. In fact, many of our mobile engineers come from a web development background and are now some of the most important contributors to the mobile products our users love and use daily.

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