Software Architect
$200,000 USD/year Pay is set based on global value, not the local market. Most roles = hourly rate x 40 hrs x 50 weeks ($100 USD/hour)

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Are you the best software architect in your company? Can you identify patterns in complex systems and see ways to make them 10x simpler? Do you enjoy designing software that maximizes the use of existing code? Do you wish you could expand your technical career without requiring more time on HR or project management? If so, you’ll love our approach of driving the direction of products starting with the core technology.

In this role, you will join a passionate and experienced team responsible for all of the important technical decisions on every product in our extensive portfolio of enterprise software solutions. You’ll spend your time making strategic technical design decisions, such as:

  • What are the core data structures used by the app? Why were they chosen? How are they mapped or applied to the domain of the problem? What were the tradeoffs or alternatives?
  • What is the rationale behind critical technical dependencies or limitations this product has? Are there new and creative ways to overcome them?
  • Can the product be broken down logically into smaller, more manageable components?

What you will be doing

  • Each week you will have a different design problem to work on and a technical spec to create products with distinct tech stacks and business domains.
  • You will uncover the “high-order bit” decisions by interviewing other technical leads, analyzing the data structures and code/design documents.
  • You will make important design decisions that specify how to rearchitect products in a cloud-first way on systems such as AWS and GCP.

What you will NOT be doing

  • You will not be making any decisions based primarily on saving money. This is a strategic technical design position that provides clear leadership for our engineering organization to execute on.
  • You will not participate in daily scrum meetings, making low-level decisions, performing code reviews, or debugging.
  • You will not be talking to customers or developing a backlog of wishlist features.

Candidate requirements

  • At least 4 years of experience making important architecture and design decisions on software projects, such as the application of architecture design patterns or significant open source technologies
  • Experience making technical design decisions involving the use of cloud computing services
  • Experience making technical design decisions for a complex software product
  • Ability to simplify complex ideas and communicate them with clear, logical thinking

Nice to have

  • A university degree that includes the study of data structures and algorithms, or equivalent experience

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About the role

About Crossover

What you will learn

We believe in continuous growth and strive for constant improvement. As part of our team, you will learn new technologies, products, and industries daily, and our comprehensive suite of playbooks will equip you with the foundation to develop and enhance your existing expertise. 

We also provide a unique CTO Remote Camp for all new hires. This full-time, fully-paid training program covers all of the unique aspects of our Cloud Architecture and Design approach. You will get daily feedback to accelerate learning and growth far beyond typical classrooms or training programs throughout your training. Our curriculum includes several bite-sized training videos explaining how we design great software. Here’s an example of how to make and validate Important Technical Decisions.

Work examples

How do you enhance an application that is expensive to maintain? We believe that before adding features to a product, it is vital to ensure that it has a simple and strong core. When we acquire a product, we challenge ourselves to rebuild it entirely using today's cloud services and patterns in under 5,000 lines of code. This challenge helps us quickly get to the core and identify all the gems that can't be replaced with off-the-shelf software and services.

Our approach begins with writing the spec to build the existing product as-is. This "Technical Teardown Spec" aims to document what is core and why all the important technical decisions were made. Sometimes, historical decisions are made for great reasons that still hold true today. Often, we'd do things differently. While we write the teardown spec, we inject our opinions and insights alongside the facts we've learned. 

Once the technical teardown is complete, we write the rebuild spec that describes the important decisions necessary to rebuild the product in 5,000 lines of code.

These are examples of specs our organization has produced for Sococo:

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