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Lead Backend Engineer and Architect (remote global)

  • Global, Texas, United States

Job description

Make is seeking a full-time Lead Backend Engineer and Architect to craft large-scale, custom software experiences. Beyond problem solving and pull requests, it’s important for this person to effectively communicate and have a genuine enthusiasm for software!

Our team is passionate about creating world-class software (like this) and we want you to make us even better. If this sounds like it might fit what you’re looking for too, read on, and get in touch.

Manager of One

We rely on everyone at Make to do a lot of self-management and take initiative. People who do this well are ‘managers of one,’ and we strive for everyone to fully embody this principle. That means setting your own direction when one isn't given. Determining what needs to be done, and doing it, without waiting for someone to tell you to. A good way to answer this is be asking which of the following helps you thrive in your work:

    • I thrive when given detailed tasks of what to do, how to do them and when to do them
    • I thrive when given requirements + priorities...and prefer to self-manage my tasks

A Passion For Solving Problems

Our clients have real businesses, real customers, real opportunities and real pain points. We quickly learn their product and internal workings. Our customers view us as trusted advisors and thought leaders. This role materially shapes the products, platforms and features that our award-winning team will produce.

About Make (

Make is a highly personable design and engineering agency based in Texas and with team members worldwide. We’re passionate about creating world-class software that people enjoy using. We’re a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, designers and other great folks. Our work has been featured in Techcrunch, Mashable, US Weekly, CBS News, Texas Monthly and The Today Show. We’re proud to have a portfolio of work that viewed by millions of people every week and that’s been featured 25+ times in the Apple App Store and Google Play. At the end of the day, we view this as our life’s work and not more than our work life.

Culture + Remote Work

We’re not only passionate about our craft but also about our culture. We deeply believe that work is purposeful and that culture is one of the most important parts of any team.


  • System Architecture: architect large-scale, enterprise codebases
  • Backend Development: build large functionality and systems
  • Tech Lead Responsibilities
    • Determine how new features should be built
    • Lead and manage other experienced engineers
    • Collaborate with the other tech leads on core product decisions and architecture
  • Code Quality: Write thoughtful code that helps real-world needs
  • Communication: communicate well technical and non-technical people

Job requirements

Start Window: spring - early summer 2024

Employment: Full-time in either USA (employment) or international (contract)

Communication Requirements: Great communication skills, fluent in English and available for video calls during the workday

Travel: Up to a handful of trips per year

Prior Experience

  • Tech Lead: 4+ years in a role creating technical solutions, making key technical decisions and building large features
  • Backend Development: 8+ years minimum experience developing large-scale software
    • Node.js: 4+ years
  • Architecture: Have architected at least 2 large-scale software projects or architected large feature sets for existing software

Nice To Have Experience

  • FinTech (mobile banking, payments, deposits, transactions, etc)
  • Okta, Plaid, Stripe
  • Amazon Developer Certifications


  • Loves problem solving

  • Strong work ethic

  • Enjoys self-managing

  • Responsible

  • Attention to detail