Neighbors (https://ring.com/neighbors), launched in 2018, is a hyperlocal social networking app providing real-time crime and safety alerts from neighbors and public safety agencies. With Neighbors, you can always know when and where things are happening in your area, and share updates to keep you and your community informed. The Neighbors app is available on iOS (4.8 stars), Android (4.6 stars), recently launched on Web, and is also included as an embedded experience within the Ring app. Neighbors is used by millions of people each month.
A day in the life
The Neighbors App Mission Teams are responsible for the core of the Neighbors user experience. These teams own the core Neighbors backend services and the Neighbors mobile applications. The teams have built services and apps written in a number of different programming languages including Go, Java, Ruby, Swift, Objective C, and Kotlin.
About the hiring group
The Neighbors experience is built around a social network feed, with a feed being defined by a user?s ?alert area?? Alert areas are unique for every customer, and are defined using geospatial data. The backend team is responsible for managing geospatial data systems, originally powered by PostGIS, and now powered by ElasticSearch. Geocoding, geospatial queries, geographic points (latitude / longitude) and geographic shapes (i.e. proximity to home, zip code, county, city, state) define how End Users, Public Safety Agencies, Third Party News Services, and the Neighbors News team interact with one another.
These teams use a diverse set of AWS technologies including: S3, DynamoDB, SQS, Kinesis, API Gateway, Cloudwatch, Elastic Search, Lambda, Cloud Auth, Redshift, Athena, Pinpoint, PostGIS along with Amazon?s standard Builder Hub Tools. The team consists of a combination of backend, full-stack, and mobile application developers.
As a Senior Software Development Engineer, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the definition, vision, design, roadmap and development of core applications and services within the Neighbors team at Ring. This role will work closely with a cross-functional team of engineers (mobile, front-end, backend), product managers, designers, and marketers to design, test, learn, and iterate on solutions in a fast-paced environment.
??Be responsible for the design, development and maintenance of core services
??Work with team members to investigate design approaches, prototype new technology and evaluate technical feasibility
??Lead architecture and design of new features, from conception to launch
??Help to improve engineering processes and tools to increase team effectiveness
??Be part of an agile development process to deliver high-quality software
??Be given the opportunity to autonomously deliver the technical direction of services, against the feature roadmap
??Work with extraordinary talent and have the opportunity to hire and shape the team to best execute on the product.
??Mentor and coach junior software engineers in order to improve their skills, and make them more effective, software engineers
The ideal candidate:
??Has a strong foundation in software development, design patterns, and cloud computing
??Has experience working with large scale cloud systems, understanding how to architect and build them
??Is highly effective and thrives in a dynamic environment with multiple, changing priorities
??Knows what is important when shipping products to customers and has been through the process from start to finish
??Promotes robust and maintainable code, clear documentation, and delivers high quality work on tight schedules
??This role involves design, architecture, implementation, and operation of large-scale cloud systems.