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Backend Engineer

Umbel is a high-energy, fast-growing startup based in Austin, Texas. We help the most admired brands in sports and entertainment find new fans, drive highly relevant interactions with them, and increase ticket and sponsorship revenue. With unprecedented first-party audience insights, teams, venues and brands keep audiences engaged before, during, and after live events. In 2018, Umbel merged with MVPindex.

Umbel is looking for an exceptional Backend Software Engineer to join our team and help build the backend of our core product, and development of new-from-the-ground-up products.

Using a host of modern platforms and technologies, we move and manage a substantial scale and variety of data. You will be involved in building complex, fully distributed ETL pipelines, writing systems that manage data at substantial scale, building tools and features to support cutting edge analytics, and designing projects for long-term reasonability, scale, and extensibility.

What You Must Have

Ambition and optimism, offset with realism. We are an ambitious startup with big goals. We take big chances and know that optimism and perseverance are the keys to wild success — and we are tested on that daily. If this excites you, great. If uncertainty is uncomfortable, this might not be the right place for you.

Curiosity backed by execution. This is a tech startup, and you should be prepared to geek out on the intricacies of big data. There’s a lot to learn and define, and you will naturally need to be obsessed with staying ahead of the curve. But it doesn’t stop there. You must leverage that learning and turn it into creating amazing experiences both inside and outside of the workplace.

Motivation and determination. Exciting — and daunting — challenges face us every day at Umbel and MVPindex. We excel in the pursuit of challenging goals and are looking for fighters, who go to bed and wake up each day with a fire in the belly.

What You Must Do To Be Successful In This Position:

  • Write high-quality, performant, and reliable code
  • Rapidly architect, prototype, and build out new features
  • Participate in code reviews
  • Push back, think creatively and have fun building products
  • Participate in on-call rotation

What Skills & Experience We'd Like You To Have:

  • Python and Django or a similar web application framework
  • Writing well tested code that utilizes third party APIs
  • Building Web Applications and Software-as-a-Service Platforms
  • Good foundation in algorithms and data models and the ability to apply those principles to real-world software problems
  • Strong experience working with relational databases and an understanding of the trade-offs involved in interacting with SQL systems
  • Experience with NOSQL data stores, ideally Cassandra & Elasticsearch, are a big plus
  • Experience working with fault-tolerant, resilient, highly-available distributed systems
  • Testing, including unit, performance, and load testing
  • A demonstrated history of working with different technologies and a capacity to grown and learn difficult things continually
  • Exceptional communication is a must

What You Will Get Out Of It

  • A team of talented, hard-working colleagues
  • The opportunity to invent new solutions, grow your career and enhance your skill set
  • Option for 100% employer-paid health insurance
  • Unlimited paid vacation policy
  • Competitive compensation
  • The ability to learn and grow from technology innovators and disruptors
  • An incredible office location in downtown Austin, parking included
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