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Staff Backend Engineer



Software Engineering
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, March 30, 2024
Instrumental helps the world’s most admired electronics brands build better hardware. Our mission is to drive manufacturing efficiencies through technology that empowers teams to build products better, faster, and with less waste. Brands like Bose, Cisco, and SolarEdge use our technology to optimize their manufacturing processes and deliver superior products in less time.
Our backend engineers work closely with fellow engineers and our product team to extend the web application our customers use to make mission-critical decisions about their manufacturing lines. Engineers at Instrumental work closely with stakeholders and in some cases, customers, to build a deep empathy for the challenges that drive our innovation.

What's Great About This Role Is:

  • Make an impact: You’ll work in a highly cross-functional, fast-paced, and iterative environment where you are empowered and expected to participate in fulfilling our company mission to eliminate half of the inefficiencies in manufacturing – a $12T problem.
  • Deliver AI-powered features: As a backend engineer, you’ll deliver AI-powered tools that many of our customers did not know were possible. That includes working with our ML and front-end teams to translate complex AI concepts into easy-to-understand and actionable features.
  • Learning and growth: Our unique approach to developing software means that you’ll have an opportunity to wear different hats across different projects while working with a massively supportive, low-ego team that values transparency and rapid iteration.

We're Looking for Someone With:

  • Demonstrated ability to operate at startup scale; ready to tackle evolving challenges that require incremental and fast-paced innovation.
  • Deep care for the end-user experience and who approaches technical solutions from the end-user's perspective.
  • Minimum 8 years of experience with most of that working on web backends, preferably with a JVM-based language. Front-end experience is an added bonus.
  • Proven ability to communicate with fellow engineers and cross-functional partners – someone who knows their audience and adjusts accordingly.
  • Strong track record of working on complex projects where data design and architecture is central to the customer experience; 5+ years of working with SQL and relational databases.
Prior experience with manufacturing is not expected.
We’re a growing team that works collaboratively, is supportive of each other, and is highly energized by the opportunity for a large impact. We actively work to promote an inclusive environment, valuing passion and the ability to learn. You’re encouraged to apply even if your experience doesn’t precisely match the job description!
The following is a representative annual base salary range for this position within the Bay Area: $180,000 - $196,000. In addition, job level & salary opportunity are evaluated through our interview process – more senior applications are welcome to apply as we review the experience, skills, and abilities of each applicant.
Instrumental is very proud to offer a highly-rated variety of benefits including: Health, Vision, Dental, Public Transit/Commuter Plans, and Parental Leave.
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