Principal Engineer

In the public markets, you can buy and sell your shares of companies freely. Interested in owning a bit of Tesla? Log into your favourite brokerage and buy a share. 

But what if you want to own a bit of SpaceX? The company is private and not listed on public markets; therefore, there is no easy way for you to buy a share. What if you worked at SpaceX or another startup, earned shares and wanted to sell them? Unfortunately, you’d run into the same problem and be unable to sell the shares you’ve worked so hard to acquire. 

Until now. Hiive is a fintech/marketplace startup connecting buyers and sellers of stock of pre-IPO companies. Fresh off of a Series A led by one of the most successful investors in the world, growing 50% per quarter and looking for a person like you to join. 

As a Principal Engineer, you will be a leader on the engineering team, responsible for aligning a team of engineers to deliver on a specific mission as the senior-most technician on your team. You will be a primary, hands-on contributor to the product development process. You will direct the efforts of engineers on your team and level their skills. You will work directly with product and engineering leadership to deliver core features of our application, create a robust, scalable, and secure infrastructure, and build an excellent and supportive engineering culture.

A great candidate would…
  • Have a proven track record of leading small cross-functional teams of engineers to deliver high-quality releases on time.
  • Consider themselves highly capable at hands-on development of one or more of Typescript, React, and Elixir.
  • Be prepared to own the software architecture top-down across their team’s functional area.
  • Have a consistent attention to detail in their work that inspires others to ship better code.
  • Have advanced knowledge of the security, performance, and operational requirements of running code in a production environment.
  • Be able to evaluate possible technical implementations and consult with leadership on decision making.
  • Conduct code reviews and ensure the team is shipping complete features and producing quality code.
  • Advocate for best practices and continually iterate on internal processes to empower the engineering team to produce top-notch work.
  • Assist in the hiring process of a growing engineering team.
  • Invest in mentoring to help the rest of the team grow their skills.
  • Be comfortable working in a small company including directly with the founders on building a product and a company.
  • Adapt well to a quickly moving environment.
Required Experience
  • Previous experience leading cross-functional engineering teams. Our teams are typically between 4-6 engineers, with a mix of seniority between frontend, backend, and full-stack engineers.
  • Substantial expertise building frontend with React and Typescript or backend systems with Elixir and Phoenix.
  • Previous experience working with relational databases.
  • Previous experience working with Typescript and GraphQL.
  • Previous experience working with DevOps (infrastructure and deployments).
Preferable Experience
  • Experience building GraphQL APIs with Apollo Client and Absinthe.
  • Experience with Vercel and Next.js.
  • Understanding of Postgres databases design and optimization.
  • DevOps know-how, specifically deploying and configuring AWS services and Kubernetes with Terraform.

Compensation, Benefits & Perks: 

  • Highly competitive salary, commensurate with experience and contribution.
  • Opportunity to participate in ownership of a rapidly growing early-stage startup through our employee stock option plan.
  • Comprehensive 100% employer-paid health and dental premiums, and a health spending account.
  • Preference to those willing to work hybrid in our Mt. Pleasant, Vancouver, BC HQ, with a first-class view of the mountains. Open to Canadian-based remote candidates.
  • An engaging social calendar, including bi-weekly catered lunches, bi-weekly “Friday bar,” team workouts, annual summer party and holiday party, two “onsite” all-team retreats each year, semi-annual team-building events, and Hiive Womens’ Network events.
  • Significant opportunities for growth into team leadership and management roles.
  • Entrepreneurial culture, and a small and dynamic team.
  • Sponsorship, immigration and relocation for exceptional candidates.

Hiive is committed to fostering an inclusive workplace where all individuals have an opportunity to succeed.

The pay range for this role is:

200,000 - 340,000 CAD per year (Vancouver HQ)

240,000 - 300,000 CAD per year (Remote - Canada)

250,000 - 350,000 USD per year (Remote - United States)


Vancouver, Canada

Remote (Canada)

Remote (United States)

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