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Are you an experienced Technical Lead or Architect who is looking for an exciting new challenge? Are you passionate about solving complex technical problems while keeping the greater business goals in mind? Do you want to challenge the status quo, provide constructive feedback, and bring out the best in your team? If you’re a leader who thinks strategically and has long-range goals in mind, this role at Thinkific may be the perfect fit for you!

As a Principal Engineer at Thinkific, you’ll act as a force multiplier, making our Engineering team better by advocating for best practices and helping less experienced Engineers find ways to level up their skills. You’ll speak to the technical aspects of the product, connect planned work to business strategy, and most importantly, have the interpersonal skills to influence others around you towards these goals. You’ll also act as the technical mind behind a major area of the business and be responsible for investigating, analyzing, documenting, and communicating potential technical solutions for business problems, working as a leader with a long-term, strategic focus.

In this role, you will:

  • Be the technical leader within a significant key area of the business
  • Help your peers make good technical decisions—this includes providing high-level technical estimates, technical options, and feasibility opinions
  • Tackle technical challenges that span multiple technical and organizational systems
  • Develop prototypes to further explore and support ideas that come from your research
  • Help inform technical decisions that consider the product as a whole and that are best for the organization long-term
  • Interact with various areas within the company in order to create shared understanding and buy-in for initiatives
  • Not be afraid to question the status quo, to passionately debate decisions, or to tackle challenges in unknown territory
  • Mentor other Engineers on solving complex problems
  • Review technical proposals of other Engineers and peers
  • Play an active role in our hiring process, from interviewing candidates to conducting assignment reviews

To be successful in this role, you must:

  • Have 3+ years of experience in a Senior Engineer, Technical Lead, or Architect role
  • Be an expert in at least 1 programming language, preferably Ruby or Javascript
  • Display expert-level knowledge of software design and architecture
  • Have experience writing technical specifications
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication abilities
  • Understand the needs of customers and users and be comfortable interacting with customers on a regular basis

You might be the person we’re looking for if you:

  • Are eager to learn and grow—you’ve likely had some post-secondary education or have equivalent professional experience in a similar role, and you continue to seek opportunities to level up your skills
  • Have demonstrable experience architecting cloud-native solutions
  • Have experience in a SaaS environment using a shared code and infrastructure model
  • Are an expert in more than one programming language
  • Display expert-level knowledge of one or more web frameworks

Bonus points if you:

  • Have business analysis and requirements gathering experience
  • Can engineer for a wide range of devices

This is an incredible role for the right candidate. We can’t wait to meet you!

About us:

We’re about the results of online learning and the people along the way! Thinkific is a software platform that enables entrepreneurs to create, market, sell, and deliver their own online courses.

Our mission is no less than to revolutionize the way people learn and earn online by giving them the tools they need to turn their expertise into a sustainable business that impacts both them and their audience. We believe in meaningful, innovative work: we’re building and expanding an incredible product that empowers course creators around the globe while working collaboratively to learn and succeed together. Together, we’ve served over 50,000 course creators and more than 25 million students, and these numbers are growing each day!

Why we think you’ll like working with us:

  • Be part of a team of incredibly talented, passionate, and driven people focused on building and innovating on a best-in-class learning platform
  • Make an impact with your work—each person has an equal opportunity to contribute to our goals and every day, we get to see how Thinkific is empowering both course creators and their students
  • Join one of the fastest-growing companies in Canada and find opportunities to grow in your own career—offering advancement opportunities for our team members is important to us!
  • Contribute to Thinkific’s award-winning culture—we’re one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures and a certified Great Place to Work!
  • We offer competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision, and mental health coverage, and an Employee and Family Assistance Program to support the wellbeing of you and your family
  • Whether you’re at our Vancouver HQ or working from home, you’ll have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with Thinkers on your team and across the company through team-wide events, meet and greets with new team members, and regular social events
  • Have fun with our team, even while we’re working remotely—join us for an online games session, virtual trivia and paint nights, at-home fitness challenges, or even an online coffee brewing demo!
  • Get additional health and wellness support through a lifestyle or health spending account to put your dollars where you need it most, whether that’s subsidizing your gym membership, covering out-of-pocket expenses, or getting new gear
  • Enjoy our open vacation policy and flexible work environment, because we know the importance of having a great work-life balance (and sometimes, you do your best work in slippers)
  • Learn and Grow is one of our values and we take it seriously, providing opportunities through lunch and learns, training, workshops, mentorship, and our $1500 education allowance
  • Grow your career AND your family at Thinkific—you’ll be taken care of with our parental leave top-ups as you add to your family
  • Meet the many @dogsofthinkific (and yes, they’re as cute and cuddly as they look)
  • Work with the hardware you’re most comfortable with, and upgrade or replace your system when you need to with our technology bonus
  • Get set up for success, whether that’s at the office or at home. Whether you need a monitor, laptop stand, keyboard, mouse, or even a desk, we’ll work to ensure you have what you need to do your best work
  • Be confident bringing your whole self to work—we’re proud to be an inclusive company with a diverse team and values grounded in ethics and equality
  • Here at Thinkific, we know that the different perspectives on our team have led to amazing ideas, more innovation, and, ultimately, our success as a company. Our team welcomes applicants of all backgrounds, experiences, beliefs, identities, and statuses. Whoever you are—we can’t wait to meet you!