Back-End Engineer

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Mid Level | W2 | On-Site | Full-Time


As one of our early engineers, you’ll help guide key design, architecture, and technology decisions. You will be a part of our platform team, helping us to build a platform to support our customer-facing and internal applications. You will help us to scale the system to meet the needs of our expanding userbase. This includes driving the product roadmap, bringing “design thinking” on product features, coordinating development efforts across the team, and working with the front-end team to ensure that our efforts are aligned.

What you bring to the table

  • 5+ years of developing Rails applications in production
  • SQL and relational database experience (not just using a database through an ORM)
  • Experience in building APIs (REST at least, GraphQL a plus)
  • Passion for startups and building products that will be used to change the face of real estate
  • Generalist mindset, excited to jump into many parts of the stack to ship working software
  • Ability to develop features without hand-holding in Rails, diving down into the database level as needed
  • Clear, effective communication skills, both written and verbal 
  • Experience with agile practices, including TDD/BDD, continuous delivery, object oriented design, etc
  • Comfort with asynchronous development: pull requests, chat, email, etc

Extra bonus points for

  • Sidekiq (or another background job system integrated with Rails)
  • GraphQL experience
  • DevOps skills (Ansible and/or AWS cloud a plus)
  • Front-end experience (especially React)
  • Mobile development experience
  • Proficiency in GitHub flow
  • Experience with pair programming (remote or in-person)
  • Open source contributions, side projects and gems  

About First

First is a venture-backed technology company at the intersection of artificial intelligence and real estate. We are building the operating system for real estate agents and intend to fundamentally change how real estate agents manage their most important asset - their network.

Our core product helps agents win listings from their network through more timely, targeted, and personalized outreach. We have won industry awards, and plan to stay at the forefront of innovation in this dynamic industry.

Why we love it here

  • We have an opportunity to work with a talented team on a mission to fundamentally change an industry
  • First is a fast-growing, venture-backed, technology company in its early days
  • First has a great culture focused on creating an environment where everyone on the team thrives
  • First has great health and dental benefits - we cover 100% of premiums and 50% for dependents
  • Durham, North Carolina is a fantastic place to live and work (we really do love it here!)
  • Check out our American Underground office


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

The company Benefits and Perks will carry over into the job post.

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This job has been featured since: Mar 11, 2019

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Benefits & Perks

  • Endless coffee supply
  • Equity ownership
  • Learn and grow every day
  • Change the real estate industry
  • Work with awesome people
  • Generous PTO
  • Full health, vision, dental from day 1 - we pay 100% of your premiums and 50% for dependents

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