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Robots & Pencils

Sr. Web Developer Backend - (Python)

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Our work is driven by our team’s desire to be pioneers.

In 2009, we created Robots & Pencils with the then-contrarian view that mobile would be more transformative than the Internet. Turns out we were right.

Today, our thinking is rooted in the belief that, in the age of unprecedented technology acceleration, maintaining a competitive advantage requires new strategies and a focus on innovation.

Our approach has been to create a company designed to follow the talent, allowing us to amass an unfair share of hyper-skilled people who call Robots & Pencils home. A team of people who not only develop innovative solutions to transform businesses, but also create products that have been previously inconceivable.


Our Core Values:

  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Top Drawer
  • Always Learning
  • Heart
  • Discipline
  • Efficacy
  • Together


Robots & Pencils Offers:

We care about Talent. Hard stop.

We do this in many ways, by offering:

  • An attractive compensation package
  • Excellent benefits Medical, Dental, Vision etc. (this routinely gets reviewed each year for enhancements)
  • Paid stat/federal holidays, vacation and sick days
  • Flexible paid stat/federal holidays (because we care about what you care about and want to celebrate our culturally diverse team!)
  • R&P branded swag
  • Parental & adoption leave top up / salary continuance
  • 401K/RRSP matching


But we also know a job isn’t just defined by the above, so we pride ourselves in being a company that also offers: 

  • A #FollowTheTalent mentality -- meaning you can be located anywhere in North America and work remotely. (We have 10+ years of experience building virtual working environments #WeKnowWhatWereDoing)
  • A dynamic, fast-paced environment where we’re constantly #alwayslearning.
  • And lastly, a team that cares about you and wants to drive the talent experience. How do we do this? Over the years we’ve hosted comedian shows, had holiday parties, happy hours, brunches with the CEO, surprise coffee runs for the team, health & wellness events and prizes, trivia nights, surprise dinners for R&P team members and their family and so much more! (And yes, we’ve prioritized a way to do these things in a virtual setting and not just in person - thank you Zoom!)

Job Description

Are you a curious, adaptable, self-driven developer who demonstrates expertise by communicating your ideas clearly, and respectfully to those around you? Do you accept the ideas of others, and change your approach in the spirit of learning, and of shared principles, patterns, and practices? Do you challenge the ideas of others in the spirit of reaching the best possible outcome, and as a result of explorations sparked by being adaptable? Does the code you write reveal a journey toward simplicity on the other side of complexity?

Robots & Pencils is a talent led organization with a helper culture, and an unfair share of creative makers who are passionate about finding a far better way to deliver new products to market, and to develop innovative solutions that transform businesses.

As a Senior Robot, you will work with talented developers, creative designers, experience designers, stakeholders, and clients to:

- Deliver solutions, products, and product features in an array of industries

- Craft APIs that support mobile apps, web apps, slack apps, etc.

- Provide, and ensure top-drawer software by actively participating in continual improvement, and engaging peer review

- Support business development in the creation of budgets and schedules for projects

- Share knowledge and insights with team members through various channels, such as mentorship, lunch & learns, examples, and exercises, etc.


You should have:

-  5+ years of delivering software

- B.S. or higher in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or equivalent work experience- Working knowledge of microservice architecture and Django, Flask, or equivalent

- Strong understanding of SQL and RDBMS systems (i.e. PostgreSQL/MySQL) and design patterns (i.e. normal form)

- Strong understanding of common design patterns, and adjacent technologies (i.e. some or all of: MV[Whatever], Repository, REST, GraphQL, Swagger/OpenAPI/JSON Schema/OData, Git, Docker, Kubernetes)

- Strong understanding of the full web technology stack (i.e. HTTP, caching, headers, cookies, client-server)

- Strong understanding of software security practices

- Understanding of rule engines, event processing, and real-time data analysis

- Proficiency in working with API’s and third party integrations

- Disciplined approach to testing, quality, and behavior driven development

- Understanding of CS concepts (i.e. APIs, services, nTier, microservices/SOA, data structures and normalization, data access patterns, profiling & optimization)

- Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies

- Ability to collaborate and communicate with various team members across multiple timezones

- Sharpies, Post-its and robot dreams


- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to share insights, and expectations with stakeholders, clients, team members, and various levels of management

- Github profile or link to open source work

- Devops experience in Azure, AWS, or GCP

- Experience with Infrastructure as Code (IaC) (i.e. Terraform, Ansible, CloudFormation, etc.)

- Experience with implementing, configuring, or otherwise taking advantage of continuous integration

- Experience with multi-tenant architectures (SaaS)

- Exposure to no-SQL

- Background or experience in education, financial, or healthcare industries

- Experience building time machines

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