• Senior Software Engineer –Sydney, Australia

    Job Locations AU-Chatswood, New South Wales
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/6/2018 12:02 AM)
    Information Technology
  • Overview

    Posting Title: Senior Software Engineer – Contractor role for 6-9 months

    Work Location: Chatswood, NSW.

    Appen is a global leader in language technology. Appen provides critical language data and services to the world’s largest technology companies to help them develop and globalize their products that rely on natural languages.


    Appen’s customers include the developers of multi-lingual voice recognition-based products for personal and in-vehicle use, providers of search engines and social media networks that interpret and provide the most relevant answers to user queries in any language, and eCommerce companies that need effective multi-lingual search to ensure sales.


    Appen is headquartered in Australia with around 300 employees in Sydney, the United States, the United Kingdom and the Philippines. Appen is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) under the symbol APX.


    Appen has undergone extraordinary growth in recent years. Revenue was up 62% in 2015 to $83m. The company’s share price has increased over 5x since listing on the ASX in January 2015.


    The growth is a result of the accelerating demand for natural language processing and machine learning that requires high quality data and services. Appen is a global leader in these data and services and has leveraged this demand to successfully win new customers and to develop new services.


    The company sees this growth continuing and is investing to fuel the momentum.


    We are looking for a senior full stack software engineer to join our existing engineering team working on our Ampersand tools. This stack is comprised of Python, PostgreSQL and AngularJS. In this role, you will be working on both existing and new projects. You are expected to function in a guiding role on architectural decision, provide input on user experience, build prototypes, MVP and ultimately a final product. The new product will be based on already existing functionality as well as many new features. You should be a self-starter, work well independently as well as contributing to the team, be comfortable in an Agile (scrum) development environment, changing requirements and be willing to help wherever needed as this is a very small and effective team.


    As a Senior Software Engineer, you will also communicate with users both within and externally to Appen, coordinate all development activities surrounding the projects as it relates to engineering and ensure great communication and transparency into the project development to the rest of the company. This is a great opportunity to not only enhance existing features, but also work on product features from its inception, see it through to completion while hanging out with a bunch of nice people.


    In this role you will report to the CTO in the San Rafael, CA office. 


    • Actively participate in the research and design of the product as well as the market
    • Build out initial prototypes and an MVP
    • Estimate, prioritize, plan, and coordinate development activities
    • Coordinate with entire engineering team and provide input on technical issues
    • Support product in a production environment in AWS
    • Assist in building out a larger engineering team


    • 10+ years of relevant experience
    • Familiarity with building highly scalable and available web applications
    • Highly experienced in Python
    • PostgreSQL in a production environment
    • Exceptional proficiency using HTML/CSS/JavaScript
    • Familiarity with AngularJS a big plus
    • Experience with SOA, TDD and other development best practices
    • Experience with hosting production application on AWS a definite plus
    • Ruby acceptable
    • A love for creating awesome user experiences


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