Full Stack Product Engineer

Published on August 01, 2023

We're building the future of designer collaboration.Like developers, designers need advanced tools to match their increasingly collaborative and complex workflows. But unlike developer tools, designer tools for collaboration haven’t kept up with the industry.Thanks to a strong engineering background and backing from world-class investors, we're able to finally give designers the sophisticated infrastructure they need to work together at scale.Our mission is to empower design teams of all shapes and sizes to create truly great user experiences by working together more closely.

£60 - 100k + stock options

We're looking for a full-stack product engineer to build beautiful & functional products from start to finish based in the UK. We’re flexible about when you work and believe in experimentation – whether that’s with how we build things or how our teams work. We’d love to chat with you if you like the sound of this and love to build great user experiences!
We are a "remote-first" company and there's no requirement for anyone to come into the zeroheight office on a regular basis - more details on what remote-first looks like

About zeroheight 🖼

We’re building the world’s UX infrastructure and lowering the barrier to creating great user experiences by enabling any company in the world to have a sophisticated design system. We’re allowing companies to design and develop user experiences in a much more systematic way and deliver high-quality UX 10x faster.
We've built a design system documentation product that people love, and thanks to this we've grown through word-of-mouth to 1600+ customers including multiple Fortune 100s. We're the market leader in our category, doubled our team in 2022, and have the backing of world-class investors like Tribe Capital, Y Combinator, and Adobe. But design system documentation is just the beginning... we're now perfectly positioned to become the leader in DesignOps and transform how products are built 🚀
You can learn more on our About us page.
What would you be doing? 👩‍💻
We're still small (14 product engineers, 65 people total) so you'd be working on building all types of features by teaming up with a designer and product manager. You'll have start-to-finish ownership of the features – this brings accountability but also an awesome sense of pride when users love your work. You'll be involved in planning scope to ensure we deliver value to our users quickly.
Here are some examples of recent features to give a taste of what you could be working on:
  • new ways of easily syncing design documentation across multiple style guides
  • moving some of our most important functionality to serverless functions on AWS Lambda
  • improving how teams collaborate through more advanced commenting and dynamic page linking 
You'll also be included in some things that are outside the traditional "software engineering" domain. Things like helping with support queries, planning the product roadmap, project management for your features, and discussing wider company processes. There’ll also be plenty of opportunities to share your work, new technologies you’ve been exploring, and things you’ve learned with the team. Joining now is great if you want to broaden your skills or you'd like to create your own startup at some point.

How is zeroheight different? ❄️
Here's what we think zeroheight does differently compared to another job you might be considering:
  • a focus on QA and UX – we take UX quality seriously and make sure everything is excellent before we ship. This also means we have to be careful about scope-creep to ensure we have time to polish
  • ownership – you'll own a feature from start-to-finish. This means you have the freedom to choose how to build it and you're responsible for the implementation and release
  • everyone plans – we try to get everyone involved in planning and scoping features to prevent a top-down approach where engineers are just pumping out feature specs
  • document all the things – we use Notion for our process documentation and try our hardest to answer every question with a link. This means we have a great knowledge-base that we're constantly improving
  • 10% time – we have a day set aside every 2 weeks to work on whatever you like
Our tech stack 📚
We use React to build any new UI components, paired with Storybook to work on them in isolation. We then integrate them into the main product. The bulk of the existing codebase is written in Marionette (Backbone.js) so we're working on a smooth transition (instead of a massive rewrite).
On the backend, our main server is in Rails (Ruby). We host our database and cloud infrastructure on AWS and use serverless functions (AWS Lambda) for a few things.
One word of warning – if you're super passionate about a particular tech, our early-stage startup might not be the right place for you. We're focused on getting things done and shipping an amazing product; we'll use whatever tech helps us get there.
Are we a good match? 💚
If these points mostly resonate, let's have a chat:
  • You love creating beautiful UIs with precision and attention to detail; you understand how important design is to a successful product
  • You're curious to learn about the design process and design systems.
  • You relish the excitement of an early-stage startup – you have a proactive attitude and a strong desire to succeed in a startup environment where you'll need to be efficient and adaptable to change.
  • You're looking for somewhere to grow – you want to get stuck in and have a real impact in the company's future. You're flexible and not afraid of taking on more responsibility as we grow.
What we're looking for 🌱
Required experience
  • 3 years or more working as a software engineer
  • Experience with modern JavaScript frameworks / libraries such as React, Angular or Vue
  • Some experience with backend
Useful / Bonus experience
  • Ruby
  • AWS / Servers
How do we work? ⚗️

Each of our teams works in the way that works best for them, and they experiment with their approaches too. In general, teams tend not to have traditional standups and share plans and updates over Slack instead – we really value flexibility and this kind of thing allows people to read the updates in their own time. Hours are flexible – we have a recommended weekly total and times we try to keep our meetings between, but we’re keen you can fit your work around things you might need to do at home.
We have regular retrospectives to take a look at how we can improve our processes – both at a team level and across Engineering. Teams also do sprint planning either weekly or fortnightly to schedule work, and we tend to rotate responsibility for facilitating these around the team.
The feature roadmap is planned quarterly by the whole team. We base it on a consolidation of the feedback from our users and our strategic plans.
Let's make this happen! 🤸
zeroheight is entering a very exciting phase – our documentation tool is used by tens of thousands of people every week and we're in a great place to build on that. Over the next few years, we'll be creating the design system tools of the future and we'd love you to come along for the ride.
Here's how it will work:
  1. Submit your CV
  2. Hello 👋 (45m, video call)
  3. Product engineering exercise 🕸 (1h, video call)
  4. Coding ⌨️ (1h, video screen share)
  5. Meet with the founders🙌 (1h, video call)
  6. We make a decision quickly and let you know
We know that you might not have all that much spare time, so only the product engineering exercise and the coding session need any preparation, and not more than an hour on each. We try to be flexible with scheduling these too so you can fit them around things.
That's it. Now don't be shy!
Further details on the interview process can be found here
DEI statement 💖
At zeroheight we live and breathe our values, building an inclusive and diverse team is what makes us great. We are proud of the culture we’ve created and by embracing individuality we continue to add to our culture.
We look to hire the best, give an amazing experience throughout and we don’t discriminate against who or what you are. Our employees are encouraged to be their authentic selves, allowing us to celebrate our differences and learn from one another. All we ask is that you be yourself, love what you do and give 100%.
Take a look at our current DEI stats here.
About us
Find out more about our team and company perks here – budgets for things from snacks to health and wellbeing, and plenty of things to bring people together as a team :)
You can also get a quick overview of what life’s like as a Product Engineer at zeroheight from one of the team here.