STACK: Swift and Kotlin for our mobile apps. GraphQL between our apps and the backend. Backend is Node.js, TypeScript, and PostgresQL. We host with Heroku.
APIs YOU’LL SWEAR AT: Facebook and Google (for our reviews feature), Twilio (for telephony), Postmark (for sending emails that don’t end up in SPAM).
PRODUCT: iOS and Android native mobile apps that give small/indie business people a second phone number just for work. It makes it easy for them to separate their personal lives from business with features like auto reply to missed calls, and extra tools to help them grow. Check out usechalkboard.com to learn more about us.
THE JOB: Backend developer building out our GraphQL API, all experience levels welcome from mid-level right through to lead/senior.
REMOTE?: Yes, fully remote working (UK & Europe currently). If you’d like to work from a local co-working space, we offer a £250 ($350) a month allowance.
LOCATION: Beehive Lofts is our lovely HQ workplace in Ancoats, Manchester, UK. Great coffee, lovely teas, dog-friendly, more sofas than DFS, plants (and then some). Fun fact: it used to be home to legendary Manchester nightclub Sankey’s.
FOR YOU: Great salary (£35-£55k / $50-$75k depending on your experience level), 25 days off + public holidays, flexible hours, MacBook Pro or BYOD allowance, plus £400 ($550) to spend as you wish on your home workstation.
FUTURE GOALS: We see a future where thousands of businesses around the world are using Chalkboard to communicate with customers and teammates – on the move, in retail locations, out in the real world.
FOUNDER: We’re headed up by John Jackson, who has already built and sold 2 tech businesses. We are funded directly by John’s investments so we’re in full financial control.
TECH PRINCIPLES: We have a mature test suite and endeavour to maintain it as part of our development process. All code changes are peer reviewed. We think the best features are a result of tight collaboration between product and engineering. We use the best tools for the job, but they need to be proven.
DEV PROCESS: Each feature moves through product design, architecture, development, testing, and release, in a Kanban-style workflow that we manage in a tool called Shortcut (formerly known as Clubhouse).
PRODUCT PRINCIPLES: We believe in a strong focus on user experience, convention over configuration, accessibility, low touch high volume, no stiff business jargon, and always championing local business.
MUST HAVES: We are looking for mid-level upwards. So you should have 3+ years commercial experience, and have experience working with Node, TypeScript, relational databases, developing APIs, and writing tests.
HOW WE HIRE: With respect for your time, and transparency. First some simple technical questions, then an intro call to make sure we’re all on the same page. Next a short own-time challenge that takes no more than a few hours, and finally an interview (sometimes 2).
TO SUM UP: Join a financially secure start up with a grand plan, an experienced team building quality products using sound technical principles, and a well-written codebase. Help millions of small and local businesses to operate, grow, and thrive.
If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, we can’t wait to hear from you!