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Rent The Runway // designer dresses & accessories rental
Engineering, Full Time    Brooklyn, NY (Rent the Runway HQ)    Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2022
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About Us:

Rent the Runway (RTR)  is transforming the way we get dressed by pioneering the worlds first Closet in the Cloud. Founded in 2009, RTR has disrupted the $2.4 trillion fashion industry by inspiring women with a more joyful, sustainable & financially-savvy way to feel their best every day. As the ultimate destination for circular fashion, the brand now offers infinite points of access to its shared closet via a fully customizable subscription to fashion, one-time rental or ownership. RTR offers designer apparel, accessories & home decor from 700+ brand partners & has built in-house proprietary technology & a one-of-a-kind reverse logistics operation. Under CEO & Co-Founder Jennifer Hymans leadership, RTR has been named to CNBCs Disruptor 50 five times in ten years, & has been placed on Fast Companys Most Innovative Companies list multiple times, while Hyman herself has been named to the TIME 100 most influential people in the world & as one of People magazines Women Changing the World.

About the Team:

Our Engineering organization works across many areas - from our custom logistics management system to our user-facing products on web & iOS. Our Consumer team is dedicated to providing technical solutions to our customers needs: all while maintaining quality, scalability, & engineering rigor.

The Acquisition team is a cross-functional team that sits within the Consumer Engineering team. We work closely with the revenue & product marketing customer strategy teams to build optimizations, features, & systems for acquisition & membership funnels.

About the Job:

Our Senior Software Engineers use a service-oriented architecture to power our internal mobile app, website, warehouse operations technologies, & other applications. In this role, you will work on both new product features & technical enhancements as we believe in building for the future to enable performance & scaling.

What Youll Do:

  • Participate in all aspects of agile software development including design, implementation, testing & deployment of consumer micro-services.
  • Find architectural & internal design improvements to enable rapid growth in traffic 
  • Drive technical projects to success & provide mentorship in a fast-paced startup environment
  • Develop clean, testable, scalable systems using a variety of technologies & languages including Java, Kotlin, MySQL, MongoDB, Redis, Memcached, & RabbitMQ
  • Deliver software on a sustainable schedule that keeps work-life balance in mind.
  • Work with business stakeholders to identify software solutions to business challenges.
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams across Engineering, Product, Analytics, Marketing, Creative, & Design

About You:

  • You have a BA/BS in Computer Science, related degree, or equivalent practical experience with OOP concepts & design patterns using Java & Javascript
  • You have 5+ years of professional experience in software development, working on robust, complex systems that serve a high volume of users
  • You are comfortable working with various architectural patterns & understand when best to apply them.
  • You have a strong command of algorithms, data structures, & best practices
  • You have a passion for bringing great products into our world through collaboration & ingenuity
  • Youre able to understand, diagnose, & effectively articulate technical challenges & solutions
  • Youre able to handle ambiguous problems & make the tradeoffs without compromising quality
  • Experience with Ruby & Rails a plus 


At Rent the Runway, were committed to the wellbeing of our employees, & aim to create a workplace that fosters both personal & professional growth. Our inclusive benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Paid Time Off including vacation, paid bereavement, & family sick leave - every employee needs time to take care of themselves & their family.
  • Universal Paid Parental Leave for both parents + flexible return to work program  - because we know your newest family member(s) deserve your undivided attention.
  • Paid Sabbatical after 5 years of continuous service - Unplug, recharge, & have some fun!
  • Exclusive employee subscription & rental discounts -  to ensure you experience the magic of renting the runway (and give us valued feedback!).
  • Comprehensive health, vision, dental, FSA & dependent care from day 1 of employment - Your health comes first & weve got you covered.
  • 401k match - an investment in your future.
  • Company wide events & outings - our team spirit is no joke - we know how to have fun!
  • Hybrid Work - when our corporate employees return to the office post COVID they will have the option to work remotely 2-3 days a week, in accordance with Company policies. 


RTR is requiring all US corporate employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to work in person, unless an employee requires a reasonable accommodation for medical or religious reasons.  If you believe that you may require an accommodation, please apply for any roles that interest you & if hired, you will receive information on how to request a reasonable accommodation after your start date. RTR will evaluate all such requests in accordance with Company policy & applicable law.   

Rent the Runway is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable law, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age (40 & over), national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing & characteristics), veteran status, uniformed service member status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

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