Lead Backend Engineer and Architect (remote global)

Job description

Make is seeking a full-time Lead Backend Engineer and Architect to craft large-scale software. Beyond problem solving and pull requests, it’s important for this person to effectively lead a remote team, communicate well with enterprise-level clients and have a genuine enthusiasm for their craft!

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:

    • Do I thrive when given detailed tasks of what to do, how to do them and when to do them?
    • Or do I thrive when given requirements + priorities...and prefer to self-manage my tasks? (this is what we're looking for)

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. It's important that this role helps bring clarity to ambiguous requirements or product needs...ultimately creating clear technical solutions.

About Make (letsMake.com)

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. 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.


Role and Responsibilities

  • System Architecture: successfully document and architect large-scale, enterprise codebases

  • Backend Development: engineer applications and systems with many features and integrations

  • 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
  • Technical Solutioning: Turn functional requirements into clear technical solutions
  • Communication: communicate well with sophisticated clients who work at enterprise brands


Start Window:
 April - May 2023

Employment: Full-time (Contract)

Communication Requirements: Must (1) have good communication skills, (2) fluent in English, (3) and be available for video calls during the workday. 

Prior Experience

  • Architected, built and/or re-platformed at least 2 large-scale systems from scratch

  • +7 Years of back-end experience (ie: Node, Serverless, etc)
  • Integrated numerous 3rd party services into a system architecture

  • Developed or worked with custom APIs

  • Computer Science degree or related major (exceptions made for exceptional candidates)

  • Prior experience working at an agency (nice to have)



  • Loves problem solving

  • Has a strong work ethic

  • Enjoys self-managing by looking for what can and should be done

  • Follows-through on responsibilities

  • Attention to detail

  • Honesty

  • Positivity