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Chief Engineer, Back-End

Join the team that is transforming music technology

MakeMusic in seeking a Senior Software Engineer, Web (Back-End) in our Boulder, Colorado office. You will work in an agile, open and collaborative environment, focused on the back-end systems currently running the core of MakeMusic business. If you are interested in playing a role in the future of music technology then you have come to the right place. At MakeMusic we all share a passion for creating the next best thing in the world of music and we are always searching for great talent. MakeMusic is an industry leader in interactive music learning, notation software and virtual instrument technology.

Our systems include customer-facing websites, APIs, back end systems, and integrations that support our SaaS software business.  Our engineers are responsible for end-to-end ownership from design and development to testing and production using CI and CD.  Our cross-functional teams have a high level of autonomy and are empowered to not only solve the problem but fix the root cause.

As a Senior Engineer on the team we look to you to have the depth of technology experience and communication skills to be a mentor to junior members and influence the entire team in architecture, systems engineering, and engineering best practices.


Who You Are:

  • Problem solver seeking constantly evolving technologies and software development methods. We want you to become part of our Culture of Learning!
  • Bachelors in Computer Science or STEM degree, OR demonstrable experience
  • Highly experienced professional with mastery of several areas of the broader software engineering domain
  • Enjoy mentoring junior developers and have experience doing so
  • Comfortable with healthy conflict as it relates to shipping a good product
  • Nice to have any experience with Financial Systems Architecture & Integrations: Zuora, Braintree, NetSuite, etc., experience with PCI compliance
  • Highly experienced maintaining, improving, and scaling highly operational web systems
  • Mastery of at least one high level language (C# / .NET, Java, or similar) with expert knowledge of OOD, common OO practices, and Design Patterns (in any language), and professional experience with several other languages ideally in differing paradigms (functional vs. OO, scripting languages, etc.)
  • RESTful API knowledge: create, maintain, debug (.NET, RoR, Node, Python/Flask, etc.)
  • Domain Driven Design, experience with or desire to implement microservice architectures
  • Experience with storage technologies at scale including RDBMS such as SQL Server, PostgreSQL and NoSQL such as Redis, ElasticSearch
  • Experience with software engineering technologies such as Git & GitHub, TeamCity, AWS, unit testing, XP, DI/IOC

Our Stack:

  • C# .NET in all shapes and forms, including .NET Core, Python, Javascript, SQL
  • Visual Studio 2017, VS Code
  • Microsoft SQL Server, Redis
  • AWS with IaaS, PaaS, SaaS tools for operational concerns
  • TeamCity for CI and test automation. NUnit, XUnit, pytest.
  • Git & GitHub, pull requests, code reviews

Our Story:

MakeMusic joined the company's TrainingPeaks and TrainHeroic under the umbrella company Peaksware in beautiful Boulder, Colorado which has been recognized as one of Outside Magazine's "Best Places to Work" for five years. Through a unique approach to deliberate practice, each company within Peaksware develops software solutions and provides services focused solely on their respective markets to help guide people along their own journey of improvement and skill development.

SmartMusic is award-winning interactive music software that provides a deliberate practice environment for students in band, orchestra, and choir. With a subscription to SmartMusic, students have unlimited access to the world’s largest accompaniment library for all ages and skill levels, which includes thousands of pieces of music.

Our Philosophy:

  • DevOps -  We want developers to have insight and ownership over code in production, integration tools, infrastructure, and deployment process.  Developers should always ask what it takes to support their systems/code in production.  We value The Phoenix Project as a reference guide.
  • Product Efficiency is achieved upstream - The further down the development pipeline we have to fix bugs or rework features, the more expensive it is.
  • Small, Cross-Functional Teams - QA, Dev, Design, CI, and Product working on a focused and shared vision.
  • Complexity - It's easy to make something complex, but difficult to make it simple.  We should always be fighting complexity.  Can we deprecate systems/code?  Do it.  Does the system need to be that complicated?  Do we build vs buy?
  • Small Batch Sizes - Constantly work towards shorter release cycles as a means to shore up quality, help make sure we are working on the right things at the right time, stabilize operations, and cut down on waste.
  • Performance matters -  We value engineers that know not to over optimize solutions, but always think how code will perform at expected scale.
  • Minimum Process Necessary - We strive to be pragmatic.  Some process is necessary, but don’t forget the fundamentals of Agile.  
  • Managing Technical Debt - The vast majority of work is maintenance.  Engineers need to have practical philosophies on refactoring.  We like the theory of Broken Windows, YAGNI, and refactor as you go.  We appreciate Clean Code, Working Effectively with Legacy Code, and Pragmatic Programmer as reference guides.
  • Data Driven - Let’s use the data to help inform what to work on, what is causing performance issues, who is using our features...  Ultimately it's the objective plus the narrative that produces great product.

Benefits and Perks:

  • 100% company paid medical plan for employees with buy-up options as well as dental and vision insurance for employees (dependent coverage available)
  • $1,200/year fitness reimbursement to purchase any items related to healthy living
  • 3 weeks of PTO for all new hires. Increases in PTO at various years of service
  • 4 week paid sabbatical for all employees after 7 years of employment
  • Stocked kitchen with snacks and drinks
  • Dog friendly office
  • Music Studio for all to practice, jam, and record
  • subscription
  • On-site workout area access: treadmill, bike trainers, rowers, and full weight lifting gym with CrossFit equipment, with changing rooms and showers and towel service
  • Corporate discounts on gym memberships and top-brand gear
  • Beautiful North East Boulder, CO location
  • Flexible work schedule in a culture of trust with option of working remotely 1-2 days/week


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