Senior Software Engineer

Posted on Mar 30, 2023

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Job Details

Full Time
🌎 North America

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About Contra

Join the future of work. Contra was started by independents who were tired of outdated networks that were blind to the needs of digital professionals. Join our global team and help build the future of work.

🚀 Contra is looking for self-motivated, open-minded, and eager folks to join our growing team.

We’ve put together a pretty special global team — we’re not limited by location, so everyone on our team has unique backgrounds and experiences that have shaped our company culture for the better. Everyone who joins Contra adds another special dimension to that culture, so we’re looking for folks that have an additive mindset, and want to participate in building both a great product, and a great place to work. While past titles, years of experience, and educational opportunities have taught us all valuable lessons, they’re not used as hiring criteria. If you’re motivated by our mission and owning impactful projects, then Contra is the place for you.

If you’ve made it this far, we want to talk to you! Even if you do not think that you meet all of the requirements in the job posting, we really encourage you to take the leap and apply anyway. Surprise yourself! The best is yet to come ✨

Contra is committed to equal employment opportunities for all employees and to providing its team members with a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Contra are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, regardless of race, colour, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex, age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, pregnancy, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

The Position

Welcome to Contra! We’re an empathetic, kind, and humble team looking for Software Engineers to join us in building the Future of Work and the best community for independents. This is a full-stack role, meaning you’ll have the opportunity to contribute across our web applications and backend services, while focusing on a specific part of the stack that plays to your strengths and preferences, like Frontend or Backend.

Our team loves to innovate to benefit everyone and deliver a top-notch Developer Experience for our internal team: fast pipelines, great API tooling, and the like. If this environment resonates with your engineering values, we’d love to talk to you!

How you’ll add value at Contra

  • Contribute to our rapidly growing React and NodeJS codebases (both within our Turborepo powered monorepo and our stand-alone apps) — everything from our web application to our backend GraphQL API, to our internal services that power payments.
  • Contribute well-tested, end-to-end TypeScript code. We are big fans of Vitest for unit testing and Playwright for end-to-end testing.
  • Craft readable, performant, and scaleable SQL queries and database schemas to solve data modeling problems.
  • Help improve our internal design system, codebase architecture, application performance, and Developer Experience.
  • Participate in all parts of the product development process, like design critiques, code reviews, and cross-functional planning with your team.

Our stack

  • Backend: AlloyDB(PostgreSQL), GraphQL, GraphQL Helix, NodeJS, Redis, Temporal
  • Data: Airbyte, DBT, Google BigQuery, Google Colab, Looker
  • DevOps: ArgoCD, Docker, GitHub, Google Cloud Platform, Kubernetes
  • Frameworks: NextJS
  • Frontend: GLSL shaders, React, react-three-fiber, Relay, Stitches, styled-components, Suspense, Three.js
  • Languages: Typescript
  • Testing: Playwright, Vitest
  • Tools: Chromatic, Linear, Mergify, Posthog, Slack, Stream, Turbopack, Turborepo


  • Mission-driven. Our mission truly resonates with you and you would like to be a part of what we are building together at Contra!
  • A dedicated team player. You thrive in a collaborative, remote-only environment and you are comfortable with 8 am - 1 pm PST core hours!
  • Passionate about learning. Share a genuine curiosity for learning, always eager to pick up new skills. We don’t expect everyone to know everything but you learn quickly!
  • Goal oriented. Understand what you need to do in order to achieve your goals without needing all of the bells and whistles.
  • Committed to trying. Have the resilience and willingness to try and try again even if you fail after a few attempts!
  • Ambitious attitude. You bring a strong work ethic and contagious energy to your team as we work towards our North Star.
  • Path Paver. Joining a startup you enjoy taking ownership, building out processes and documentation that might not exist to share with your team members.

Our Hiring Process

  1. Intro call (15-30 minutes)
  2. Complete a Technical assessment (2 hours maximum)
  3. Technical interview (45-60 minutes)
  4. Non-technical (culture) interview (30 minutes)
  5. Strengths-based technical interview (30-45 minutes)
  6. Cross-Functional Interview (45 minutes)
  7. High-level technical interview with CTO & VPE (30-45 minutes)


Salary + Equity Range

  • $130k - $160k USD
  • Equity Value Range: $72k - $180k USD

Company Benefits

  • 🌎 Remote-first culture that is here to stay. Help build the future of work, from wherever you choose!
  • 🍎 Healthcare for employees. 100% health coverage for US full-time employees, and health reimbursements for all international contractors. Monthly reimbursements to keep you strong, healthy, and ready to work.
  • 💸 Well equipped. $4,000 laptop reimbursement upon starting + additional for equipment, co-working, and meetups.
  • 💰 Competitive salary and equity. With competitive base salaries and pre-IPO stock options, you win when we do.
  • 💰 401k matching for US full-time employees
  • 👋 Generous vacation policy. Ten paid vacation days, eight company holidays, five flex days, and a week off at the end of the year. Take time off when you need it most.
  • 👶 Flexible parental leave.
  • 💛 No-meeting Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Less disruptions means more time to do the work you love.
Senior Software Engineerat Contra