Principal Engineer - Hiive, Vancouver, Canada, Hybrid / Remote

Introductory paragraph

Hiive is looking for a Principal Engineer (Elixir/Typescript/React) to join our product team and work on an Elixir Phoenix GraphQL backend API that powers our Typescript and React app.

Hiive is a fintech/marketplace startup, backed by seasoned professionals with decades of experience in venture capital, private equity, and capital markets. The company has built a revolutionary trading platform for buyers and sellers of shares in private late-stage venture-capital backed companies and “unicorns,” bringing a rational, beautiful and modern technological interface to a messy and opaque traditional market.

About us

My name: Logan Leger
My position: VP, Engineering
Company name: Hiive
Company website:
Company headquarters (country): Vancouver, Canada
Company info and history:
We’re growing fast and hiring multiple positions across the engineering team. Come be a part of an excellent and supportive engineering culture!

We’ve been using Elixir since day 1. We’re big fans of Elixir; our engineering organization is full of long-time Elixir developers, including myself. Our backend processes large transactions using complex business logic. The system is evented using an asynchronous event bus. The backend also has a large GraphQL schema powered by Absinthe. It serves a frontend built with TypeScript and React.

About the job

Job title: Principal Engineer
Job description:
As a Principal Engineer at Hiive, you will be the senior-most technician and a leader on the engineering team. You will build hands-on with the product and be a primary contributor. You will direct the efforts of your fellow engineers and level their skills. You will work directly with technical leadership and the founding team to deliver core features of our application, create a robust, scalable and secure infrastructure, and build an excellent and supportive engineering culture.

Salary range: Highly competitive salary with the opportunity to participate in ownership through our employee stock option plan.
Position on remote work: We are a remote team with a strong in-person culture at our Vancouver HQ. Sponsorship, immigration and relocation for exceptional candidates.
Qualifications or experience required:
We would expect qualified candidates to have architectural level expertise. This includes substantial experience working with Elixir and working mastery of React. Qualified candidates might have around 7 years of experience (this is illustrative but not a requirement).

What the successful job applicant will be working on:

  • Architecting new feature sets in collaboration directly with the founding team
  • Proactively finding new ways to improve the system and our team
  • Leading implementations and mentoring other developers
  • Perform code reviews
  • Assist in the hiring process of a growing team

About the interview process

Our interview process has 3 rounds.

  1. A quick, 15-minute chat to get to know you and learn about your experience. You’ll also get a chance to learn about us, the job, and the team.
  2. A 90-minute technical interview where we’re collaborate on an implementation. This is a real-world engineering problem, not a puzzle. We’re trying to learn how you process requirements, ask questions, and approach work that approximates what you’ll do day-to-day.
  3. A 45-minute chat with the team you’ll be working with to make sure we’re a good fit for you and you’re a good fit for the team.

Further info

Feel free to DM me on the Elixir Slack with more questions! I am the hiring manager.

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