Senior Back-End Engineer

Engineering Boulder, Colorado


The Position

Do you dream about creating a more sustainable future? At Uplight, we are motivating energy users and providers to accelerate the clean energy ecosystem. Working with over 80 of the world’s leading electric and gas utilities, Uplight provides an end-to-end customer energy experience. Uplight delivers personalized experiences that customers have now come to expect–improving satisfaction, increasing revenue, reducing the cost to serve, and contributing to carbon reduction goals. We are B Corp certified,  enabling us to put our values into action by not only making decisions for the benefit of our shareholders, but also for our customers, environment, employees, and community.

We are seeking a Senior Back-End Engineer to join our team and help us achieve our ambitious goals for our business and the planet.

What you get to do:

This role is part of a new team being formed to build the platform and infrastructure for a new API and developer portal empowering our customers to build solutions for a more sustainable future. As part of this new team, you will help define the culture and processes with us as we build out the team together. You will:

  • Design and deliver high-quality, well tested, scalable backend software systems.
  • Shape the engineering future of the company by contributing to architectural decisions and informing the overall platform strategy.
  • Guide the technical specification process to make and document technical decisions and collaborate across teams to understand use cases and edge cases.
  • Ensure quality and robustness through CI/CD pipelines and other quality assurance practices.

Skills and experience are necessary, but we hire on value alignment first, so if you feel you would be a good fit with us, still consider applying.

What you will contribute:

The project you’ll work on will be critical to the future of the business and used extensively by both internal teams and external customers, so this is a great opportunity to grow technically and have a huge impact on a mission-driven company.

On the technical side, you’ll have the opportunity to work with cutting edge cloud architectures and help define how we scale our data-driven platform.  Most of our work will be in Python, but all we expect is knowledge of a modern programming language, an understanding of software development fundamentals, and a willingness to learn and work with Python. We are believers in the importance of developer experience and testing for long term success, so our code and processes take advantage of the latest in Python static typing, object-oriented design, and automated testing and deployment.

What you bring to Uplight:

We are looking for an experienced backend software engineer who brings relevant expertise to the table in a pragmatic and cooperative way. This is a senior role, so you should have a proven track record of successful design and delivery of backend systems including:

  • Senior-level understanding and experience with a relevant programming language in the context of backend development (Python, C#, Java, etc.)
  • An understanding of software engineering fundamentals, and the ability to articulate design trade-offs
  • Experience with multiple database types and an understanding of data schemas 

Bonus Points:

  • API, SDK, or developer portal experience where developers were your primary customer
  • Cloud infrastructure management and dev-ops knowledge
  • Greenfield engineering experience or other experience that required dealing with ambiguity and involved personal and team ownership of solutions. 

What makes working at Uplight amazing:

In addition to all the standard medical and dental benefits, that kick in Day 1, we:

  • Are proud to be over 300+ rebels with an important cause by helping to create a more sustainable planet.
  • Are committed to the environment, our employees, and our communities. 
  • Are focused on career growth by following defined career ladders
  • Take our work and mission seriously and….we love to laugh!

We also:

  • Provide a 401k Match
  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance 
  • Monthly wellness stipend 
  • Peer to peer recognition program 
  • Management by objective bonus plan 
  • Innovated flexible time off 
  • Keep you energized with plenty of food and drink (when our offices reopen)

Salary Range: $105,000 to $136,000 (dependent on experience)

Uplight provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.