Software engineering
Web Development

Software Architect

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About the role

The engineering team at Smile.io believes in being proud of your code, owning what you ship, and embracing new tools to increase developer happiness. We believe small, empowered teams can ship products with the highest impact. We are remote-friendly, with engineers on our team working from home offices in Romania, Cyprus, New Orleans and more! Tell us where you'd like to work when you apply!

As a Software Architect, you'll be responsible for thinking holistically about the Smile platform. You'll build and design the foundation of Smile's future products, features and systems, paying particular attention to how they integrate for seamless, stable performance. You'll act as a technical lead for the team, mentoring and coaching software engineers to grow their own architecture skills.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Become an expert on Smile’s APIs, be able to design,  develop and extend APIs
  • Provide structured feedback and work closely with product engineering teams
  • Work independently or with our backend infrastructure team to create new features and enhance existing solutions
  • Be involved in proof of concept projects for new tools and platforms


You're an engineer who gets excited about turning ideas into reliable production code. You appreciate clear code that can be read by others and yourself 6 months down the line. You enjoy collaborating with other developers, and get excited about thousands of people experiencing a feature you shipped just minutes ago. You thrive on fast feedback loops & iterative development cycles.​ You've got experience working in a test-driven development environment and can help us adopt this approach at Smile.​

What we’re seeking:

  • Prior experience (5-10 years) improving the reliability of a SaaS product
  • 5+ years technical experience in software architecture/systems design
  • A capable engineer, with previous background building web or mobile applications
  • Experienced in full stack development and software architecture patterns, able to understand how a wide variety of technologies and systems interact with each other
  • The ability to build software systems given a set of technical designs
  • An ability to adapt to shifting priorities, demands and timelines
  • A great communicator, comfortable explaining complex concepts to both technical and
  • non-technical audiences

Traits or experience we’d love to see (you don’t need them all to apply):

  • Comfortable writing code in a few of Smile’s primary deployment languages (Ruby on Rails, Ember.js, React) and enjoys learning new languages and technologies
  • Thrives in a cross-functional, collaborative environment
  • Knowledge of secure coding practices and test driven development approach
  • Interested in solving open ended business problems with a combination of technology and creative thinking

About the company

We currently power over 30,000 rewards programs, reaching more than 50 million customers, and serving 100k API requests / hour. Our primary deployment languages are Ruby on Rails, React & Ember.js, but as a team we enjoy learning new languages and technologies - so this list could change! We use Github, Slack, and HerokuCI to communicate efficiently and ship code every day.​

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