Principal Engineer, Back-End

Vangst • Remote

Posted Sep 07, 2022

Employment Type



Who You’ll Be Working With 🥳 We are a small group of experienced engineers looking for another to join our ranks. We love code and maybe more importantly we love our everyday lives. We try our best to support each other with both by being a remote-first team with an asynchronous mindset. We love working on challenging problems and breaking them down. We love deciphering how to bring real business value. More than anything we love working with each other, being supportive, and working towards our common goals. At Vangst we feel we’re making something big and impactful - and we’re just getting starting... Come join us!

Company BenefitsBenefits for this job may vary

Dental, Medical, & Vision Benefits
Flexible Time Off / Unlimited Vacation
Lunch & Learns
Paid Parental Leave
Relaxed / Casual Dress Code
Short-Term & Long-Term Disability
Work From Home / Remote
Career Advancement
Career Training
Inclusive Environment


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What You’ll Be Doing ¨🦉 As a Principal Engineer you’ll be expected to lead technical discussions and decisions, as well as help coach and embody good engineering values. You’ll help us grow and scale our codebase and our team. We’re looking for someone who leads by example and is capable of owning what they work on. Day-to-day you’ll be coding, reviewing other people’s code, occasionally responding to and investigating bugs, and thinking about how to make things better.

As a Principal Engineer you’ll be responsible for ensuring that OKR level goals are aligned with our initiatives; for proposing technical changes and architectural changes that support better outcomes, or solve and support performance and scaling problems; play a central role in department, organizational and business strategy; and most importantly be able to see the future... jk - we just mean we’d like you to be able to see risks and dependencies and help us identify “icebergs” that may delay or cause a project to fail.

🦾 As a backend-focused engineer, you’ll be responsible for:
GraphQL API Various data-sync services managing data and various services that support the API Elasticsearch AWS / googleCloud services Heroku and some Dev-Ops as a service responsibilities Collaborating with Product and other Engineers to breakdown problems, and find appropriate tools and solutions to provide maximum business value. As a Principal engineer, you’ll also be in charge of making decisions that influence what we will work on going forward.

Physical Requirements

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Working Environment

What you’ll be working with: 🧰 Our backend toolbox and ecosystem includes:

SQL (postgresql) Ruby on Rails GraphQL Ruby (various gems like GraphQL Batch) ActiveAdmin Github (and github project tools) Sendgrid Segment Hubspot Elasticsearch/Chewy Chargebee Various AWS tools (s3, cloudfront, sqs) Various Google tools (geolocation, places, jobs) and lots of SEO considerations. Heroku for deployment/pipeline mgmt


âś… You Must: Be a good person to work with. Have a minimum of 2 years of experience working with Ruby on Rails in a production setting. Have at least 7+ years of experience solving hard problems, and deploying production code. Speak to differences and tradeoffs in architectural decisions. Be able to refactor existing code and implement new patterns. Collaborate with Product and talk about feature tradeoffs and how technical decisions effect features. Be self-motivated and self-managing, with excellent organization and communication skills. Solve technical problems of high scope and complexity. Have experience with performance and optimization problems. Demonstrate ability to both diagnose and prevent problems. Help to progress and improve our processes and standards. Maintain and advocate for these standards through code review. Be a good person to work with (yup - twice).


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$170,000.00 - $210,000.00 / year

About Vangst

Vangst is the cannabis industry’s hiring platform. Vangst helps cannabis companies find the talent they need to grow their business. From on-demand gig workers to trained & credential full-time employees, Vangst has built the industry’s go-to talent marketplace for all cannabis hiring. Vangst is proud to work with 1,200+ of the cannabis industry’s leading businesses.

Since raising their seed round in 2018, Vangst has become one of the fastest growing companies in the cannabis industry and was recognized as one of Fast Companies most innovative companies.

Today, over 300,000 people have full-time jobs in the cannabis industry and this number is expected to triple over the next five years. Vangst is on a mission to fill every job in the cannabis industry.

Vangst’s headquarters is in Denver, CO. Vangst is a Series B company and backed by Lerer Hippeau, Colle Capital, Level One Fund, Snoop Dog’s Casa Verde Capital, and others.