Software engineering

Senior/Principal Software Engineer

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    Full-time candidat
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About the role

The basics

  • The stack: Postgres, Node.js/Express.js, React. Currently running on Heroku, eventually AWS
  • The product: we help CFOs at subscription companies do their jobs more effectively
  • The way we work:
  • This is a remote job - work anywhere you want! Any timezone on earth (or outside earth, whatever)
  • We are an asynchronous team - we don’t do scheduled meetings, and rely on each team member to pick their own schedule and to communicate clearly in writing and with recorded videos
  • We operate completely autonomously - no one will tell you what to do, we’ll just tell you the goals and you will figure out how to work towards them with the rest of the team
  • The role you’ll play on our team:
  • You’d be one of the first four engineers on the team, and the first very senior hire
  • You’ll work on database design and implementation, complex data management problems, API design and implementation, some front-end React app code, building and iterating on our product, collaborating with designers and founders, and making a product that users will love
  • Like all start-ups we’re scrappy, but not scrappy on compensation: Chiffer is committed to paying our awesome team members at market-rate, including benefits.


  • You’re an excellent senior engineer who has (senior: 5+ / principal: 10+) years of experience building web applications, designing databases and APIs, and working with others
  • You’re a great communicator via writing, and via recorded videos
  • You’re excited about working on a globally-distributed and diverse team, in an incredibly unique culture where autonomy, accountability, and ownership are equally as valued as your skillset.
  • That’s it.


  • Unlimited vacation
  • Completely flexible work schedule - work literally anytime (and anywhere) you want!
  • Benefits appropriate to your location (health/dental/vision in the USA)
  • Company wide retreats multiple times per year

The interview process

Our interview process is designed to focus on your skills as a software engineer, and your ability to communicate clearly. We’re a fully asynchronous company, so that’s how we will communicate in this interview process too

  1. We’ll do a quick review of your background based on what you include in your application email
  2. If it’s a fit, we’ll ask you to work on a ~90 minute exercise while recording a loom (or other screen recording) video
  3. If we like what we see, we’ll ask you some questions over email
  4. If everything seems like a fit, we’ll ask you to work on one more ~90 minute exercise while recording a video
  5. And finally, hopefully we’ll send you an offer. And hopefully you’ll accept!

About the company
  • Chiffer is an early stage startup that’s well funded by the top investors in America. It started in December 2020, and is currently 5 people. You’d be the sixth person.
  • Chiffer makes software to help CFOs of subscription companies do their job
  • To start, we’re helping them better see and understand the key subscription metrics that make-or-break their businesses - things like revenue retention, lifetime value, acquisition cost, and more.
  • We’re a global team - based in the USA, Russia, Pakistan, and Romania
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