Staff Software Engineer - Contractor

Published on March 27, 2024

The RealReal is leading the way in authenticated luxury consignment, online and in real life at our brick and mortar locations. Founded in 2011, our company is growing fast and fundamentally changing the way people buy and sell luxury goods — a multi-billion dollar industry. Our in-house experts inspect every item and our commitment to authenticity sets us apart, creating a foundation of trust with shoppers and consignors. The RealReal is also the first luxury member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s prestigious CE100 USA.

The RealReal is the world’s largest online marketplace for authenticated, resale luxury goods. Through our work, we are committed to contributing to a sustainable future, both for fashion and for our employees. Authenticity is a core component of our business; we value it in our products and we celebrate it across our teams by encouraging every TRR employee to bring their REAL authentic selves to work each day. We’re hiring, and we’d love for you to join our dynamic team!
We seek a dynamic and experienced Staff Software Engineer to join our engineering team. As a pivotal contributor, you'll be tasked with driving our software solutions' design, development, and implementation. This role is ideal for a seasoned engineer who thrives in a collaborative environment, is passionate about building scalable and high-performance systems, and is eager to tackle complex challenges.
In this position, you will play a critical role in shaping the future of our technology stack, mentoring junior engineers, and ensuring the delivery of robust, secure, and innovative products. Your contributions will directly impact the growth and success of our company as you work closely with cross-functional teams to align technology development with strategic business goals.
What You Get To Do Every Day
  • Design and Develop: Lead the architecture and development of software solutions, making strategic decisions that influence our technical direction.
  • Collaborate and Communicate: Work closely with cross-functional teams to align technology development with business objectives, effectively communicating technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Code Review and Quality Assurance: Perform rigorous code reviews and advocate for best coding practices to ensure our products are efficient and maintainable.
  • Mentorship: Provide guidance and support to junior engineers, fostering their professional growth and contributing to a culture of excellence.
  • Stay Ahead of the Curve: Research emerging technologies and trends in software engineering, identifying opportunities to enhance our projects and processes.
  • Problem-Solving: Address complex technical challenges with innovative solutions, anticipating potential issues to ensure smooth project execution.
What You Bring To The Role
Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field.
  • At least 5 years of software development experience, with a strong background in Ruby on Rails or Elixir.
  • Proven experience with the development, scaling, and maintenance of distributed systems.
  • Solid understanding of software engineering principles, architectural design, and agile development methodologies.
  • Excellent analytical abilities and problem-solving skills, with the capacity to work independently on complex issues.
  • Effective communication skills, capable of conveying complex ideas clearly and concisely.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Experience leading projects and mentoring junior engineers.
  • Familiarity with AWS 
  • Familiarity working with ML teams
  • Experience with e-commerce pricing
  • Contributions to open-source projects or a strong GitHub portfolio.
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The RealReal is the world’s largest online marketplace for authenticated, resale luxury goods, with more than 30 million members. With a rigorous authentication process overseen by experts, The RealReal provides a safe and reliable platform for consumers to buy and sell their luxury items. We have hundreds of in-house gemologists, horologists and brand authenticators who inspect thousands of items each day. As a sustainable company, we give new life to pieces by thousands of brands across numerous categories—including women's and men's fashion, fine jewelry and watches, art and home—in support of the circular economy. We make selling effortless with free virtual appointments, in-home pickup, drop-off and direct shipping. We do all of the work for consignors, including authenticating, using AI and machine learning to determine optimal pricing, photographing and listing their items, as well as handling shipping and customer service. At our 13 retail locations, including our twelve shoppable stores, customers can sell, meet with our experts and receive free valuations.

The RealReal is committed to providing an equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, or Veteran status. We will consider qualified applicants for a position regardless of arrest or conviction records. At TRR, People Come First. That’s why diversity and inclusion are vital to our priorities as an equal opportunity employer. You can read about our Diversity Equity and Inclusion program here.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.