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Engineering, Full Time    Arlington, VA // New York City    Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
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Quick Take: Axios is a new digital media company that gets you smarter, faster with news that matters. We're hiring a Head of Backend Engineering!

Why it Matters: Delivering great products means great backend technology. The Head of Backend Engineering will set standards for Axios while growing, coaching, & holding accountable the staff that delivers it.

The Details: Ideal candidates will embody an entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for Axios mission & will be responsible for the following:

  • Work closely with the CTO to build a vision for technology at Axios
  • Set standards & define best practice for backend engineering
  • Hire, retain, & grow the world-class talent Axios needs to succeed
  • Coach & mentor staff to help them grow in their abilities as they work on cross-functional product-oriented squads
  • Ensure all engineers in your domain are delivering high-quality technical output
  • Work closely side-by-side with staff as needed to help them through tricky problem solving
  • Demonstrate excellent judgment in technical decision making
  • Be an authority on systems architecture & ensure squads are aligning their technical choices to the bigger picture
  • Hold yourself & your team accountable to delivering high-quality, pragmatic results that meet the needs of the business in the timelines provided


  • Proven track record as a successful software engineer with deep, current technical experience
  • Experience leading & managing multiple teams of developers in a fast-growth environment
  • Deep, current technical capacity with software development, architecture, data design & implementation, & enterprise-grade software delivery
  • Proven track record of creating pragmatic, maintainable systems using industry-recognized best practices
  • Significant, current knowledge of Python, Node, related frameworks, & technologies
  • Experience with front-end technologies, specifically React, is a major plus

Dont forget:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health insurance (100% paid for individuals, 75% for families)
  • Primary caregiver 12-week paid leave
  • 401K
  • Generous vacation policy, plus company holidays
  • Company equity
  • Commuter & cell phone benefit
  • A commitment to an open, inclusive, & diverse work culture
  • Annual learning & development stipend
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