About the Role: If you’re a 10x principal-level frontend engineer with deep knowledge of web technologies and frontend frameworks… if you love the idea of building a platform that unlocks humans’ abilities to be more effective by partnering with AI… then this job posting is for you.
As Storytell’s Principal Software Engineer, you will focus on the development, design, and execution of Storytell’s enterprise AI platform. You’ll work alongside our AI experts and frontend engineers to integrate our DistillAI algorithm into every aspect of the platform, and you’ll get to work leverage leading LLMs from OpenAI, Anthropic, Google, Hugging Face and others.
We are a small, early-stage, fast-moving team. We really listen to the market; our truth comes from our users. You’ll get opportunities to see the immediate, daily impact of your code getting into users’ hands. We work in public as much as we can, doing user-driven rapid prototyping offsites, and even sharing our engineering demos with the world. Ship. Iterate. Repeat. We’re all about shots on goal, and building the right thing fast, instead of the wrong thing right.
You’ll play a crucial role in leading and shaping the future of our software engineering efforts and the engineering team. You will be responsible for elevating engineering best practices, leading architecture conversations, and ensuring the delivery of high-quality software solutions with a focus on integrating leading AI/ML technologies into our SaaS platform. You should be extremely capable, willing to get your hands dirty, excited about joining an early-stage company, and thrive off of the pressures and challenges of working in an unstructured startup environment. You will have the opportunity to make an impact with a small team of bright, capable individuals who are eager to learn. Help us build a team of superstars and shape the future!
This Role Reports Into: DROdio, CEO
Job responsibilities: This is the scope of work the job entails — although we are all Crew, so we help each other succeed outside of these core responsibilities
1. Leadership and Team Alignment:
Ensure the delivery of high-quality software solutions: Create an enterprise-grade SaaS platform with a focus on usability, stability and scalability.
Be a leader in the engineering organization: Mentor and develop team members. Help more junior engineers learn software engineering excellence skillsets and work together effectively within teams and across teams. Show leadership through modeling of technical excellence, elevating org-wide practices, and guiding long-term vision.
Foster an “impact-first” mentality: Help team members understand how their work ties to the business objectives. Nurture a customer/user mindset. Motivate others to be curious, ask questions, and do think without being asked. Create a culture of agility and service.
Foster a culture of innovation and continuous improvement: Support appropriate levels of investment in DevOps infrastructure engineering culture to create engineering excellence across “people, process, and technology.
2. Strategic Planning and Direction:
Work with DROdio, the CEO, and Erika, the CCO, to set the overall strategic direction for the software engineering department.
Understand the priorities of other departments to align on project direction and engineering priorities.
Ensure the alignment of engineering strategies with the company's business goals.
3. Technical Oversight:
Advocate for technical excellence and integrity, with measures and standards for code quality, platform performance and issue resolution
Manage technical debt and trade-offs effectively.
Oversee the adoption of best practices in software development.
4. Collaboration and Communication:
Collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams, including product management, design, and QA.
Communicate technical concepts and strategies effectively to non-technical stakeholders.
Requirements for this role: These are the minimum requirements we are looking for in this role
10x, high-impact principal-level engineer with a focus on shipping high-quality code with velocity
Experience working in world-class engineering teams and delivering enterprise SaaS technology & product experiences.
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field.
Proven experience in leadership roles within high-performing software engineering teams.
Strong technical background in software development and architecture.
Excellent leadership and mentorship skills.
Strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities.
Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
Experienced and adept at What I Need From You (WINFY) in cross-functional interfacing
Living our shared values
The ideal candidate: Will also have these skills in addition to the minimums above
Has worked with AI foundational large language model APIs from leading providers like Hugging Face, OpenAI or Anthropic
Has worked with frontend frameworks such as React, Vue, Angular, etc.
Has deep familiarity with the GCP product suite and has migrated from Cloud Run to Kubernetes
What does "Great" look like for this role? This is how you'll know you're performing this job at a level of excellence
Can deliver a stable enterprise-grade SaaS platform that is constantly innovating
Engineering team is happy, productive, and performing at a level they didn’t realize they were capable of
Builds a strong public engineering brand and culture that positions Storytell as a leader in AI for knowledge workers
Our North Star Metric (NSM) is Skyrocketing!
Our NSM is how we measure usage and has recently surged 100X. It's a measure of the breadth x depth of usage of our product. Learn more about the NSM here.
Life at Storytell
We transforming AI tooling into better outcomes for enterprise knowledge workers using an approach we call DistillAI.
Everyone is Crew: We are here to build an impactful company together while supporting each other in our personal and professional journeys.
The Power of Now: “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One Is called Yesterday and the other Is called Tomorrow” - Dalai Lama
We Prioritize Courageous Candor in our Interactions: We communicate with each other in “Clean” ways. We create a safe environment for feedback and define ARCI in our interactions to drive clarity.
We follow the three levels of clean communication in the workplace.
We Default to Transparency: We “flip the bit” and justify opacity instead of defaulting to it.
We are a Learning Organization: We know the only failure is a failure to learn.
We are building a remote-friendly company. The Founders are based in the San Francisco Bay area and we work in a distributed manner across several US time zones.
Learn about our Vision, Mission and Strategy:
We are building AI-driven platform that converts any content into Story Tiles™ and uses AI & ML to create useful knowledge — “stories” — to break down organizational silos internally, and fuel go-to-market and recruiting efforts externally.
Dig into our Vision, Mission and Strategy here.
Our Shared Values:
We believe that being aligned on our shared values is the foundation of how we build, belong, and how we show up for each other and to the broader ecosystem. You can find our shared values here.
Don't Meet Every Single Requirement?
Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Storytell we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.
We offer you an opportunity to:
Work directly with our C-level executive team
Exercise your problem-solving skills
Learn the fundamentals of a startup
Grow in your career journey through support on many dimensions, such as:
Learning and practicing clean communication
Build our systems and processes
Make a huge contribution to the future of Storytell, AI – and the world!
We will support you if you want to become a Founder someday
The Founders at the very beginning of Storytell