Software Engineer, Figfile

Remote - US Full Time
$149K - $350K Yearly

Published on April 24, 2024

A design platform for teams who build products together.

Figma is growing our team of passionate people on a mission to make design accessible to all. Born on the Web, Figma helps entire product teams brainstorm, design and build better products — from start to finish. Whether it’s consolidating tools, simplifying workflows, or collaborating across teams and time zones, Figma makes the design process faster, more efficient, and fun while keeping everyone on the same page. From great products to long-lasting companies, we believe that nothing great is made alone—come make with us!

The FigFile Platform team is responsible for the backend services storing and synchronizing Figma Design and FigJam files. We are perhaps best known for operating the Multiplayer service, which powers the low-latency collaboration in Figma's editors. We’re also responsible for Figma’s file abstractions, including the File object, images, and videos. And core infrastructure abstractions like content storage (S3, Dynamo), and APIs internal systems used to access Figma file data. 

As a part of our team, you'll play a pivotal role in providing a seamless experience for both our internal and external developers, ensuring they can interact with Figma files effortlessly. We have many large, challenging projects ahead, and are looking for engineers with strong distributed systems experience, who have operated mission critical "online" systems at substantial scale. \

Ideal candidates will have experience working in large-scale cloud deployments and implementing scalable patterns. They’ve implemented and maintained robust & reliable, distributed systems that form the backbone of core product infrastructure. Most importantly, they love building for builders!

This is a full time role that can be held from one of our US hubs or remotely in the United States.

What you'll do at Figma:

  • Work with amazing engineers, building infra that makes working with FigFiles fast, easy, and secure.
  • Work with engineers across the company to build innovative new features that operate at scale.
  • Design, build, and operate scalable infrastructure.
  • Engage with stakeholders to understand their needs and work with them to figure out what we should be building next to serve our customers.
  • Improve engineering standards, tooling, and processes.
  • Help debug production issues across services and multiple levels of the stack.

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • 4+ years of experience building and scaling distributed systems.
  • Proven track record of identifying opportunities for and successfully shipping high-quality products in high growth environments.
  • Excellent technical communication skills and experience working across multiple teams and functions.
  • Experience mentoring other engineers and promoting a collaborative team culture
  • Have excellent problem solving skills. You use a systematic and thorough approach. You think from first principles and have a bias for action. You are driven by impact. You are willing to work on grungy problems if they have a high impact on the business or the health of the infrastructure.
  • Care deeply about the quality of the software / systems you build. You have an artisan mentality and are always looking to improve your craft. At the same time you are able to strike the right balance between idealism and pragmatism.

While it’s not required, it’s an added plus if you also have:

  • Experience with some of the following areas:
    • Working in a multi-language environment. We own services written in Rust, Ruby, TypeScript, and Go.
    • Cloud infrastructure
    • Building and maintaining APIs
  • Finally, Figma is a close-knit company with a strong culture that promotes inclusivity and collaboration, taking ambitious goals and having fun doing so. You deeply value these traits and see yourself actively contributing to it. 

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At Figma, one of our values is Grow as you go. We believe in hiring smart, curious people who are excited to learn and develop their skills. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with the points outlined in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Pay Transparency Disclosure

If based in Figma’s San Francisco or New York hub offices, this role has the annual base salary range stated below.  

Job level and actual compensation will be decided based on factors including, but not limited to, individual qualifications objectively assessed during the interview process (including skills and prior relevant experience, potential impact, and scope of role), market demands, and specific work location. The listed range is a guideline, and the range for this role may be modified. For roles that are available to be filled remotely, the pay range is localized according to employee work location by a factor of between 80% and 100% of range. Please discuss your specific work location with your recruiter for more information. 

Figma offers equity to employees, as well a competitive package of additional benefits, including health, dental & vision, retirement with company contribution, parental leave & reproductive or family planning support, mental health & wellness benefits, generous PTO, company recharge days, a learning & development stipend, a work from home stipend, and cell phone reimbursement.  Figma also offers sales incentive pay for most sales roles. Figma’s compensation and benefits are subject to change and may be modified in the future. You may view our Pay Transparency Policy by clicking on the corresponding link.

Annual Base Salary Range (SF/NY Hub):
$149,000$350,000 USD

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