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Web Engineer

Remote   |   Full Time

Working at Thinking Machines

Thinking Machines is a technology consultancy building AI & data problems to solve high impact problems for our client. Our vision is for the Philippines to become a global hub for data science. To do that, we create data cultures, one organization at a time.


We’re a company made up of intellectually curious, civic-minded, forever-learning individuals. We believe that great data science products are built with care for people, and that the best way to drive inclusive innovation is to start with a diverse team.


Our field of work is incredibly dynamic, so we want to work with people who are committed to growing with us. We want to hire people who can demonstrate an ability to learn, then provide them with personalized coaching, growth opportunities, and a great working environment to get them to world-class.


Role Description

As a Web Engineer, you will be working with our team to create and maintain web apps that our clients will use to interact with our machine learning products and data pipelines. It will be your job to make sure our users can intuitively make sense of our solutions. This can be in the form of an interactive map with various feature layers, a custom dashboard with features beyond Tableau’s capabilities, a knowledge base that leverages our ML predictions, or a mobile web app that uses the camera to classify different items in a store shelf. No two projects will be completely the same! 


You will be involved in designing, creating, and maintaining both frontend and backend components. If you have been focusing on one over the other thus far, we still encourage you to apply, but expect that you will need to train up to become a full-stack developer to be fully effective in the team.


You must be comfortable working with APIs -- expect to build web applications that will consume both internal and external APIs. You will also be responsible for building and maintaining web services that will interface our ML models with apps.


At the end of the day, we are committed to giving our clients the best user experience when using our web apps.


Across the board, you are expected to have great code hygiene. Readable, documented code is at the core of our collaborative projects. Even better if you are already routinely testing your code. Finally, it is very important that you are comfortable using version control systems (ideally Git!)


Since the startup space can get crazy, we are looking for someone who is up for any challenge and has the initiative to seek out ways to be useful. We move fast, and we expect you to keep up!

Requirements

We’re looking for someone who meets the following profile:

  • Enjoys coding - You must be very comfortable with writing and explaining code.
  • Great code hygiene - You are not the only one who will read and work on your code. You must be able to write clean, clear, and maintainable code for the whole team.
  • Makes things fast - Time is our most precious resource. You can always throw money at things to make them faster but that’s not very engineer-y.
  • Builds sustainably - It’s okay to labor over a new thing once or twice, but if we have to do this a third time, we need to think of how to scale it with less effort. Suggest best practices, create frameworks, build reusable code!
  • Communication skills - You’ll be explaining things during most conversations either internally or externally. Therefore, you need to know how to phrase yourself to be understandable depending on who you’re talking to. Documenting your code is a given, and you also need to write technical documentation in the form of manuals, guidelines, etc.
  • High initiative - Sometimes, the team won’t know that they need you. You need to be aware of the projects people are working on and support when applicable. You don’t need to know how to use/fix the printer.


Qualifications and Competencies

We are open to engineers of varying seniority. At its core, we need engineers that have strong fundamental, language-agnostic skills. You must be able to create and deploy web apps, as well as design and build APIs. We believe that great engineers do not necessarily perfectly match our tech stack in the beginning, but will be able to pick it up quickly.

Huge plus for people who have the following:

  • 2+ years of working experience on web development
  • Experience using some or all of our usual tech stack
    • Python, Javascript
    • Vue.js, React
    • Django, Flask
  • Experience working with databases
  • Experience using Docker
  • Experience doing DevOps and/or SysAdmin functions


Benefits and Perks

We offer the following compensation and benefits:

  • Competitive salary — the compensation amount is positively correlated with the difficulty and scope of the job, relevant experience, fit, and skill factors.
  • Fully remote — due to the global pandemic, we have shifted to a fully remote company for the foreseeable future while we monitor the situation.
  • Individual professional development budget — an annual budget for conferences, training courses, books, and software are available to sharpen your skills and build new ones to help you grow in your role.
  • Full health benefits — generous health insurance package.
  • Regular 1:1 meetings with the leadership team to discuss career and personal goals, job progress and any questions and concerns.

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