Swiftly, Inc. Remote Full-time

Company Description
Swiftly is on a mission to help cities move more efficiently. We are the leading transit data platform for agencies to share real-time passenger information, manage day-to-day operations, and improve service performance. Today, over 150 transit agencies in 8 countries – including LA Metro, MARTA, SEPTA, and MBTA – rely on Swiftly to improve on-time performance by up to 40% and increase passenger information accuracy by up to 50%. The result is better service reliability, increased ridership, and more efficient transit operations.
Engineering at Swiftly
Engineering at Swiftly is not only about writing code – we believe in creating empowered product teams that work together to conceptualize new features and bring them to life. Each team aims to strike a balance between delivering incremental improvements, creating prototypes to test new ideas and mitigate risks, and building scalable software using industry best practices. We’re guided by a mission to positively impact transit riders, and we embrace humility and intentionality in how we make technical decisions so that we best meet our customers’ needs.
Even though Swiftly’s HQ office is located in San Francisco, CA, we are open to candidates in most locations across the U.S. as well as Ontario and British Columbia, Canada. At this time we are unable to provide Visa sponsorship.
About the Role
This person will join our team that owns the real-time source of truth for our system, algorithmically generating complete real-time passenger information and surfacing actionable historical insights. Your software will be used day-to-day by transit professionals to manage service, identify opportunities to improve service, and keep passengers informed through partner apps and integrations.
This is a full-stack team responsible for real-time data processing, the API layer, and the client-side SaaS web applications used to visualize the network, adjust service, and analyze the agency’s performance data. The team’s goals include generating complete and trustworthy data, surfacing more options for operations to manage service and turn real-time insights into action, and scaling to more and larger accounts. Individual responsibilities will vary over time based on your skills and the needs and prioritization of the team collectively, but the opportunity is to work on a variety of systems that will make a tangible impact to public transit and Swiftly as a company.
Experience with data systems and processing on the backend makes you a good fit for this role, along with designing and building cloud-based Java backend services and APIs. Additionally, as this is a full-stack team, experience collaborating with peers to deliver end-to-end experiences across frontend and backend is desired. In general, we’d love to see candidates apply who enjoy product development as a means to enable you to solve problems end-to-end with your teammates.
We encourage you to apply if the above is exciting to you and if you meet half or more of the below requirements. Above all else, we value candidates who angle toward growth, leveraging a positive attitude and the aptitude to relentlessly seek and solve problems to deliver impact. We know the tech landscape is ever-changing and strongly support individual growth. If this is exciting to you, then we’d love to talk!

Responsibilities

  • Design, build, deliver, maintain, and extend features and functionality that solve real customer problems
  • Contribute technically to Swiftly’s real-time data processing system, jobs, historical queries, APIs, and data analysis tools
  • Partner with product management, design, and engineers to discover the right solution to customer problems. This may include building quick prototypes to assess the right technical design and to accurately estimate the level of effort
  • Help your team make progress on our product vision by consistently delivering incremental value, especially by anticipating dependencies, breaking down work into smaller batches, and demonstrating work in progress
  • Seek feedback on system designs by identifying technical tradeoffs, presenting proposed solutions in a clear way, and documenting decisions
  • Leverage modern software engineering principles and deliver robust, maintainable, extensible code
  • Elevate those on your team by seeking and giving code reviews, pairing, and ultimately by embodying and proliferating excellent teamwork
  • Take ownership of your product and code, and reflect on how you and your team can improve by engaging in team retrospectives and embracing a continuous improvement mindset

You’ll be a good fit if…

  • You are excited to be part of a mission-driven company. Regardless of your why, it is important that you care about the work we do
  • You have 3+ years of relevant software engineering experience
  • You have experience building systems that process data in real-time
  • You’re comfortable working with Java and accompanying libraries/frameworks
  • You have experience building APIs to surface data and SQL to query data
  • You have experience with cloud-native architectures and cloud services (AWS preferred)
  • Bonus if you have experience with any of the technologies in the broader tech stack the team leverages (Apache Kafka, Python/JupyterHub, JavaScript/Vue.js, AWS Step Functions)
  • You love applying technology to solve real problems for customers and users, and you seek solutions that do so by knowing when to work within the constraints of existing systems and when to design new solutions
  • You embrace a mindset of continuous learning – helping both yourself and those around you adapt as technology constantly evolves
  • You are a dynamic team player and seek to make valuable contributions wherever it is most needed at any given time to support your team’s goals
  • You’re open to receiving feedback (a core Swiftly value!), approach technical debates with humility, and participate in blameless postmortems when things go wrong