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NodeJS / Cloud Backend Engineer


1 year ago

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Play is adding to our team of talented, passionate people who want to lead the charge in revolutionizing how teams create digital products. We are building a transformative platform that empowers teams to design, build, test and share mobile products—directly from their mobile device. If you’re looking to work at a company leading the future of product design tools, we’d love to chat with you!

LOCATION: Play is based in NYC but all positions are flexible / remote. EST time zone preferred, but not mandatory.


— Work with service and client engineering teams to help architect solutions for the backend systems that power and connect the different Play platforms (iOS & Web)

— Reducing technical debt through backend system improvements and interactions from client applications

— Work with the team to test, release and maintain Play's backend systems

— Writing secure and tested code

— Work with our leads to architect and maintain a scalable, complex, multi-platform backend layer with realtime elements

— Continue building improvements and creating new CI/CD pipelines

— System design and documentation


— NodeJS / Typescript

— Lerna

— Bash

— Fastlane

— Jest

— Google Cloud / Firebase (Functions, Auth, Firestore, Cloud Store, PubSub, Real Time Database, Logging, Scheduler)

— Github Actions


— Ability to take ownership of work items and with a product-first mindset

— Extensive experience working in Cloud-based environments (Google Firebase preferred) and architecting solutions with its cost structure in mind

— Ability to dive deep into systems to find areas of improvements, optimizations, and issues

— Experience in architecting and maintaining a scalable, complex, multi-platform backend layer with realtime elements

— Extensive experience with JavaScript / Typescript / Node.js

— Extensive experience with automation—Tests, CI / CD is a must

— Previous experience writing client side code (Web / Mobile)

— Solutions oriented, highly organized, methodical, detail-oriented, and reliable

— Strong communication and collaboration skills & the desire and ability to work independently

— An understanding of what it means to be a good teammate—and the ability to put that understanding into practice

— A passion about learning and improving the craft of engineering


— Competitive salary & compensation package (opportunity for equity)

— Health, dental & vision insurance


— Generous PTO & paid holidays

— 401k


Play transforms the traditional design and development process by empowering teams to collaboratively design, build, test and share mobile products—directly from their mobile device.

Play was founded by four partners: JoonYong Park, Michael Ferdman, Eric Eng and Dan LaCivita, who all come from different backgrounds and disciplines. We all worked together for over 15 years at design and technology agency, Firstborn, which was founded by Michael in 1997. After creating hundreds of digital experiences for clients, we shifted our focus to rethinking how teams could design and build digital products, in search of a better way.

We’re on a mission, not just to build another design tool, but to create a new paradigm that empowers product teams to create more thoughtful and impactful digital products.

Play is an equal opportunity workplace. We are dedicated to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or veteran status.


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