Software Engineers design, develop, test, and maintain software applications.
In their day to day, they apply engineering principles and knowledge of programming languages to build software across web, desktop, mobile, hardware, etc. They work cross-functionally to understand and implement requirements for the end user. Depending on the area of focus, Software Engineers may further specialize into Frontend, Backend, Full Stack, Infrastructure, etc.
Guide to Crafting an Effective Software Engineer Job Description
Job Descriptions help teams align on the experience and skillset needed for a new role. They help in hiring and evaluating candidates through the recruiting process and beyond.
A job description should include the following information:
Job Title: Typically 1-4 words that encapsulate the role clearly. Eg. Frontend Engineer - Latin America, Fullstack Engineer (Contract)
Company summary: A brief pitch of the company’s mission and direction. Ideally, it should include information about the company’s series funding round and headcount.
Job Purpose: Offers a summary that outlines the role's level, scope of responsibility, and importance. It answers the question "why does the job exist?"
Job Duties and Responsibilities: Includes 5-7 bullet points, ideally arranged by order of significance. This section allows teams to align on the key scope of the role, and allows applicants to gauge if the role is right for them.
Must have skills: Allows teams the opportunity to discuss non-negotiable candidate background requirements for the role, prior to starting the hiring process. This section also allows applicants to assess if they are a fit for the role.
Nice to have skills: Including "nice to have" requirements section can make a position seem more accessible to a broader range of candidates. This can encourage individuals who may have most but not all core qualifications to apply, potentially expanding the talent pool.
Compensation and benefits: Including details about compensation and benefits in a job description helps attract top talent, fosters transparency and streamlines the hiring process. Additionally, it is now legally mandated in various jurisdictions across the US, to specify salary ranges for each role in the job description. Example. NYC, California, Colorado and many more.
Example Job Description
About the company ABC Tech, a Series A startup, is revolutionizing the world of healthcare with its innovative telemedicine platform. With the recent $10 million investment, the company is poised for rapid growth and expansion. ABC Tech's platform connects patients with a network of top-tier healthcare professionals, offering convenient and accessible healthcare solutions. Their cutting-edge technology not only streamlines medical consultations but also ensures the highest standards of patient care. With a focus on scalability and a commitment to improving the healthcare landscape, ABC Tech is well on its way to becoming a major player in the telemedicine industry, improving healthcare accessibility for all.
About the role We're hiring a early to mid-career engineer to focus on building user-facing frontend and full stack product features. Depending on your interests, there's room to work on backend and AI-focused features as well.
What you'll do
You will partner with our product managers, designers, and founders to deeply understand the needs of our users and create a product that serves those needs
You will develop and execute against both short and long-term roadmaps, making effective tradeoffs between business impact, user experience, and a high-quality technical base
You will improve the team and company –– you will be an active participant in our culture (mentorship, interviewing, and new initiatives)
You will support your fellow engineers through feedback, code reviews, and advancement of internal tools, technologies, and processes.
You will help translate specs/designs and wireframes and abstract user problems into high-quality code.
What we're seeking
1+ year(s) of professional experience writing user-facing production code
Experience with React/TypeScript and/or Python
Excellent communication skills and a desire to work collaboratively
Experience building and shipping user-facing products
Nice to have
Have a can-do attitude
Juggle a mix of large and small projects, often with overlapping priority and urgency
An entrepreneurial mindset that balances creative problem solving with the desire to run through walls to deliver and own outcomes
A proactive self-starter who takes ownership of their work even when working remotely
Salary and Benefits
$X - XK per annum and meaningful equity
Support for personal and professional development outside of work
Opportunities to grow within the company
Comprehensive health and dental benefits covered 100%
Reimbursements for physical and mental wellness
All the tools you need to do your best work, including laptop, monitor, desk, chair, and more
Flexible work schedule
Unlimited PTO plus mandatory 2 week vacation
We’re hiring remotely across the US and US-friendly timezones
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