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Senior Backend Engineer – Python – Django

Senior Backend Engineer – Python / Django

at Cast & Crew

United States

At Cast & Crew, we’ve empowered creativity and supported the global entertainment industry for decades. Together with our family of brands – Backstage, CAPS, Checks & Balances, Final Draft, Media Services, Sargent-Disc, and The TEAM Companies we operate as a combined entertainment technology and services provider offering industry standard screenwriting accounting software, digital payroll products, data & reporting, and a host of creative tools. The industry continues to move faster than ever, and the need for our expertise, our technology, and our people has never been greater. We are a production’s best ally every step of the way. #OneCastOneCrew

About Backstage

Backstage matches creative projects with the best talent. We help staff over 50,000 creative projects a year in film, television, commercials, branded content, theater, experiential marketing and more. At our core is a strong belief in breaking down barriers and providing direct access to the best talent in the creative industry. We’re a team of customer centric, analytical and creative problem solvers with a passion for helping our customers make amazing projects together.

The Role:

Backstage is seeking a remote Senior Backend Engineer to join our passionate web team. Our backend web team consists of eight engineers, and includes mid and senior level engineers, tech leads, and an engineering manager. This team is a part of Backstage’s larger product and engineering department, which numbers approximately thirty high-performance engineers, designers, product managers, analysts, and quality assurance resources. We value curiosity, trust, and impact, and we foster a culture of constant learning and improvement where teammates work together to accomplish user-focused initiatives.

Our process is a modified Kanban process with the goal of delivering incremental value to the customer. Products are workshopped and then broken into milestones, with estimates driven by engineers, not managers. We uphold autonomy and trust our engineers to pick the best tools suited for their tasks, while working collaboratively towards mutual goals. In line with our goal to continue delivering value to the customer, we release multiple times a day, every day, and adhere to a robust QA and code review process before any code is released.

As a backend engineer, you will be working with cutting edge technology and new product development in a stable and rapidly growing company. You will be partnering with our product and tech leads to design and architect new features. This is an individual contributor role, and you will be empowered to make your own decisions about implementations and given autonomy to complete your work at your own pace.

The Senior Backend Engineer will report to our Backend Engineering Manager.

What You’ll Do:

    • Partner with product, marketing, business intelligence, and design teams to develop new product features and enhancements
    • Design engineering plans to meet the requirements of the product or goal
    • Design, build and maintain efficient, reusable, and reliable Python code
    • Contribute to and influence the overall backend architecture decisions
    • Work closely with product, marketing, and customer service to translate customer feedback into successful features and tools
    • Collaborate with backend engineers outside your feature team to maintain shared code and infrastructure
    • Coordinate with frontend engineers to provide a cohesive experienceUse both technical and relational skills to lead large scale projects to completion
    • Collaborate, mentor, and learn with a high-performing team of engineers

What we’re looking for from you:

    • Proven experience building a major product or feature from scratch at scale for a large public-facing web application
    • Advanced proficiency with Python and Django
    • Solid database skills in a relational database (i.e., PostgresSQL, MySQL, etc.)
    • Experience with Elasticsearch a plus
    • Experience in developing RESTful APIs
    • Strong unit test and debugging skills
    • Experience incrementally rolling out new features, components or refactors without blocking the rest of the team, and iterating upon and maintaining live products
    • Strong project management skills; able to organize, adhere to process, and execute projects across disciplines and by deadline
    • Excellent communication skills; you can articulate clearly, thoroughly, and concisely to technical and non-technical audiences
    • Comfortability with the entire development life cycle (inception to release) in an Agile environment
    • Collaborative, engaged, and adaptable; you are comfortable joining a team with a large, mature codebase with established engineering processes
    • Flexible and proactive, you’re able to shift gears quickly in a fast-paced environment
    • Familiarity with Javascript/React a plus

Backstage Holdings’ mission is to empower creative talent and streamline the content creation process for projects in film, television, commercials/branded content, social media, theater, music video, video games, and more. At our core is a strong belief in breaking down barriers and providing direct access to the best talent in the creative industry. We’re a team of customer centric, analytical and creative problem solvers with a passion for helping our customers make amazing projects together. Our mission: to empower creative talent and streamline the content creation process for projects in film, television, commercials/branded content, social media, theater, music video, video games, and more. Backstage provides solutions that manage the entire project lifecycle, including talent discovery and staffing, production, post production, and distribution. Our brands include Backstage, Coverfly, FilmFreeway, Final Draft, ShareGrid, Sonicbids, and Voice123. Visit our website for more information.

Backstage Holdings is part of Cast & Crew LLC, a family of individually innovative companies modernizing the ways in which content is created.

Compensation is commensurate with various factors including, but not limited to, relevant experience, qualifications, skills, training, licensure, certifications, geographic cost of labor, and other business and organizational needs. Compensation range for candidates in other locations may differ based on the cost of labor in that location.

The compensation range for this position is:

$160,000$185,000 USD

Benefits

Cast & Crew provides a comprehensive package of employee benefits including: Medical, Dental, Vision, PTO, health and wellness programs, employee discounts, and more! Note: Cast & Crew benefits are subject to eligibility requirements.

Due to the high volume of applicants, it is likely that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

CA residents: Your personal information may be collected in connection with certain services provided by Cast & Crew or its affiliated companies. A summary of your California privacy rights can be found at: https://www.castandcrew.com/privacy-policy/

Cast & Crew is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals based on job-related qualifications and ability to perform a job, without regard to age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, citizenship or marital status, and to maintain a non-discriminatory environment free from intimidation, harassment or bias based upon these grounds.