We’re looking for a talented software engineer to work as a senior engineer and leader in our Engineering team.
You love being a technical mentor for your team. You understand how to identify and debug performance problems with browser rendering, and think deeply about how to structure your 2D games and interactive elements to make them fast and easy to modify, including your choices of algorithms and packages for physics simulation and collision detection. You've probably dabbled in 3D rendering and love playing with visual effects to push the bounds of what can be done on the web.
You'll be responsible for understanding upcoming business requirements and working out how to meet them as effectively and efficiently as possible. This will include developing roadmaps and timelines for your team, breaking down big new projects, and setting technical standards for engineering in a vertical slice of Stile's product. You will coordinate with engineering management and stakeholders in the Product and broader Leadership teams to gather requirements, establish priorities, communicate progress, manage technical debt, and set goals. You will become the owner for key systems that your team develops, and will guide the rest of the business and the engineering organisation to make effective use of them.
At Stile Education, we create incredible, engaging science lessons and couple them with an intuitive and flexible teaching platform that encourages a dialogue in the classroom. We back it up with a dedicated Support and Teaching team to help teachers use effective pedagogies, regardless of their level of computer savvy.
We’re a small team — 12 engineers — but we’re having a big impact. Stile is used by 1 in 3 Australian high schools and (nearly) 1 in 2 students in our target years (7-10). This is a rare opportunity to have a big influence on a team, and make a significant long-term change to education, critical thinking and science literacy. If that appeals to you, then send us an email.
a highly-motivated and talented team with many experienced engineers
a genuine commitment to the professional development of each engineer through training, coaching, regular feedback and increasing responsibilities
a daily release cadence, involvement of engineers in the design process, and a willingness to take risks
a large base of real customers as well as growth opportunities overseas
enormous respect for our employees’ work-life balance reflected in our parental leave policy, flexibility and sustainable project pace
a highly ethical and mission-driven company
a modern web tech stack featuring React, TypeScript, Ruby with strongly typed API boundaries using protocol buffers, and a highly-available, auto-scaling containerized deployment.
You can find out more about our product at https://stileeducation.com, and more about our company at https://stileeducation.com/who-we-are/join-the-team/.
We’ve already helped half a million secondary school students in Australia learn science. In the next few years, we’re striving to perfect our product within New Zealand and Australia and bring our lessons to the rest of the world.
We believe that diverse minds can help us build the best products for current and future teachers and students. We believe in inclusivity, equity, and overcoming unconscious bias in our industry. We welcome anyone who’s ready to take the next step in their software engineering career, regardless of the path they’ve walked to reach this point. If you love science and education, strive for excellence in software engineering, and identify as a member of an underrepresented group in our community, then please apply for this job - or any of our open positions!
You lead by example, enjoying an opportunity to get your hands dirty.
You love creating fun, educational experiences that help people think differently.
You think about systems, not just details - you consider how data flows, how to handle API errors, and how to make the next iteration easier to develop than the previous. Furthermore, you consider the ways that other developers might interact with your code and anticipate gotchas. After shipping your product, you think about how to monitor its performance and improve it further based on feedback.
You have a love-hate relationship with the eccentricities of CSS and WebGL, and look for ways to simplify and reduce opportunities for error when other people work with your code. You have a good grasp of security as it relates to frontend development, stay on top of new technology, and get a buzz from making the user happy. Beyond implementing the designs as given to you, you care about the user experience, being an innovative problem solver who strives to delight the customer.
You're confident working independently with the tools you know, but appreciate opportunities to learn, know when to reach out for help, and love to help others.
It doesn't matter if you're missing bits and pieces from our tech stack as long as you can show a track record of picking things up quickly.
You know that sometimes "more tech" isn't the answer. You love thinking about people, processes, and systems for continuous improvement, and use a balance of technology and people skills to have a huge impact.
You seek to understand your teammates rather than win today's argument. You win hearts and minds with carefully considered opinions, and know that success comes from having a whole team working together well. You raise up your peers' voices and enjoy nothing more than seeing your teammates succeed.
You have a strong desire to improve things around you rather than just getting the job done. That said, you know that value exists only once it's shipped and are pragmatic about delivering results.
There will never be enough time to do everything. You think about the value of competing projects and priorities, and enjoy finding the balance between things that are urgent today, and things that will set us up for success in the longer term.
You're a critical thinker who sees the system as a whole, and finds ways to cut to the core of the issue.
First, send us an email following the instructions at the bottom of this page. We'll get back to you within a few days.
We'll then catch up with you for a coffee (or video chat if we're in lockdown) to ask a few questions about what interests you and your past experiences.
Proceeding from there, successful candidates will need to complete a coding challenge, technical interview and past experience interview.
In these interviews, you will need to demonstrate:
Programming competence, systems design skills and software engineering knowledge commensurate with your experience level.
Resourcefulness and initiative, leading to high impact at past jobs.
Ability to ask the right questions, learn quickly, and tackle complex problems.
Ability to focus on the user experience, while balancing it against cost, security, and scalability considerations.
Experience indicator for applicants (these are advisory only and will vary for each candidate):
Many years of experience in the industry.
Has probably held technical leadership positions before, or has contributed a lasting impact on their workplace through other means.
Broadly knowledgeable about the industry as well as technology.
Deeply knowledgeable on many technical areas.
Send us an email including:
A cover letter addressed to Daniel Rodgers-Pryor telling us why you’re the best candidate for the job and also a paragraph on which Behaviours of an Effective Stile-ist most resonates with you or which you disagree with and why. Your cover letter should be no more than 2 pages long.
Stile is owned and led by engineers. Our team of world-class engineers work closely together to build exciting things on an intuitive and flexible teaching platform. We solve problems quickly while maintaining our relentless commitment to building high quality tools that last. We’re a small team who have outsized influence. The tools we create genuinely improve science education for thousands of students around the globe.
If you’re keen to have a rewarding, impactful career that will help improve scientific literacy amongst young people globally, we'd love to hear from you.