Senior Software Engineer

Whisker is the maker of Litter-Robot, Feeder-Robot, and At Whisker, we believe pet parenthood can always get better. 

As leading innovators in pet tech and refined pet accessories, we work tirelessly to solve problems and deliver smarter insights for pet parents while enriching the lives of pets. Whether it’s a self-cleaning litter box that automates scooping, an automatic feeder that helps pets develop healthier eating habits, or a modern cat tree that delights both humans and felines, we strive to deliver better solutions for consumers while transforming pet care along the way. To us, having a pet is the best thing ever. At Whisker, life together just keeps getting better.

Whisker is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan and Juneau, Wisconsin with 500+ passionate team members.

What You’ll Do:

The Senior Software Engineer will be responsible for ongoing AWS IoT development, integrations with third-party IoT products, co-management of our agency partner, system debugging and more.  The Sr. Software Engineer will also provide support to the mobile application team when developing new interfaces and debugging issues.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary.

  • Leads and mentors junior Software Engineers
  • Collaborates with stakeholders to define project requirements and objectives
  • Architects scalable and high-performance systems
  • Provides technical guidance and makes decisions regarding technical aspects of projects
  • Maintains and expands AWS IoT environment
  • Develops new features or bug fixes for backend solutions
  • Develops new IoT integrations for connected hardware products
  • Works with design team on implementing new application designs
  • Performs unit and functional testing to ensure the quality of your work
  • Works with the support team to identify and resolve issues
  • Experiments and creates proof of concept prototypes for new features
  • Assists with development of new features or bug fixes for mobile apps
  • Will perform additional responsibilities when required

Our Tech Stack:

  • Cloud-native, serverless infrastructure on AWS
  • REST APIs with AWS API Gateway and GraphQL APIs and engines
  • DynamoDB and other serverless databases
  • Modern TypeScript and Python codebases

High-Level 2-Year Scope of Product Development:

  • Focus: Continued development of our IoT pet backend platform
  • Database: Design new and maintain legacy systems
  • Transaction Management: Create highly reliable high speed data systems
  • Will perform additional responsibilities when required 

What You’ll Bring:

  • BS in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, or equivalent in experience
  • 2+ years of TypeScript
  • 4+ years of experience developing backend services with AWS
  • 4+ Experience with AWS systems: DynamoDB, IAM, IoT Core, ECS, Kinesis, Lambda, API Gateway
  • 4+ years of experience with Python
  • 4+ years of experience with containers
  • 4+ years of experience with GraphQL
  • 4+ years of experience with OAUTH
  • Experience shipping software products to market
  • Ability to work closely with design staff and to implement design direction 
  • Ability to take ideas from concept to prototype
  • Ability to write clean code with an emphasis on maintainability
  • Ability to work in cross-functional teams
  • Maintains confidentiality of proprietary information
  • Ability to maintain a professional atmosphere in a fast-paced environment with numerous interactions and interruptions
  • A high degree of initiative, self-motivation, and ability to motivate others
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with Team Members and colleagues
  • Comfortable with office pets (cats, dogs) 

Not Required but Nice to Have!

  • Experience with Agile methodologies
  • Experience as a team leader
  • Familiarity with IoT systems / hardware integrations
  • Familiarity with JIRA, Confluence, or similar tools
  • Familiarity with Magento (1 or 2)

Benefits & Purrks: 

Join a tenacious, inventive company that empowers team members to chart their own path, lead by grounding decisions in the “why”, and has a strong sense of empathy and openness to new perspectives. Be a part of exciting growth, work with incredible people, and create tomorrow’s pet products—plus a whole lot of extras. You will also be provided with:

  • Premium Medical/Dental/Vision insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • PTO
  • 14 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • 401K with 4% Match
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Top of the line equipment
  • Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Pet Insurance

Statement of Inclusivity:

We believe different perspectives make Whisker better and strive to create a place where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive.

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