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Staff Software Engineer, Desktop

The team behind Slack’s Desktop application is looking for a Staff Engineer to join us in building one of the most heavily used pieces of software in the world.

As a team member, you’ll be strategizing, designing and building solutions that lie at the heart of Slack’s most used client. You and the team are responsible for a critical layer of infrastructure between Electron – the open source framework that powers our app – and the frontend of Slack. Ultimately your work will empower the tens of millions of people that rely on Slack every day. You’ll focus on bringing the latest native capabilities to our platform, ensuring consistent integration with the OS, and laying a high-performing foundation for frontend engineers throughout the organization.

Slack has an empathy driven, diverse, and supportive culture and in turn we look for curious, inventive people who strive to build delightful and empowering software while growing a little every day.

If this sounds like a good fit for you, get in touch.

What You Will Be Doing

  • Designing and implementing well-tested, scalable, and high performance code impacting millions of users every day 
  • Strategize & collaborate  with product, design and engineering to guide the 9-month roadmap for Slack’s most used client
  • Transforming complex requirements with insightful and forward-looking approaches that go beyond our team and solve cross-functional problems
  • Evaluating and implementing new technologies to improve performance and stability across the desktop ecosystem
  • Owning the Desktop application infrastructure, leading its  long-term health and expanding on its underlying systems. 
  • Assisting our skilled support team and operations team to triage and resolve production issues.
  • Living in harmony with a healthy work-life balance across the board, including your managers and directors

What You Should Have

  • Fluency in TypeScript or JavaScript and in depth knowledge of the web ecosystem
  • 4+ years of relevant experience building desktop applications, perhaps but not necessarily with a web-based framework like Electron
  • Strong understanding of frameworks like React and Redux
  • Comfort with the shell and a variety of operating systems
  • Mentoring and the ability to model standard methodologies for unit tests, code review, design documentation, debugging, and troubleshooting
  • Strong interpersonal skills, e.g. ability to convey complex technical concepts to designers, support, and other engineers is something you are used to
  • Excellent communication skills and a collaborative mindset

Bonus points If You Have

  • You’ve worked on a large scale Electron based application
  • You’ve worked on a native desktop app before and have a strong understanding of the internals of Windows, MacOS or Linux
  • You’ve written Objective-C or C++ integrating with native APIs
  • You've used Slack and are excited to make it better for millions of users

The base pay range targeted for this role is $169,167- $203,000 USD. This base pay range is for illustrative purposes only. This position is eligible for additional compensation and benefits including: incentive compensation; health benefits; flexible spending account; retirement benefits; life insurance; commuter benefits; paid time off (including PTO, emergency time off, paid sick leave, medical leave, volunteer time off, civic duty leave, bereavement leave, floating holidays and paid holidays); parental leave and benefits; mobile phone and internet allowance; perks stipend; and other employee perks and benefits. 

The actual offer, reflecting the total compensation package and benefits, will be at the company’s sole discretion, and determined by a myriad of factors including, but not limited to, years of experience, depth of experience, and other relevant business considerations. The company also reserves the right to amend or modify employee perks and benefits at any time


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