Senior Backend Engineer at Searchlight (W19)
$170K - $190K  •  
Talent Intelligence improving quality of hire
San Francisco, CA, US
6+ years
About Searchlight

Searchlight's mission is to build the best teams by helping companies hire the whole person, beyond resumes and interviews.

Searchlight's intelligent hiring software creates a profile of a candidate's team fit, strengths, and areas of growth through the people who've worked with them before. Our platform then matches the candidate to unique team profiles to predict top performers. Our customers like Zapier, Discord, and Chainlink now have the data they need to hire efficiently and effectively.

We've raised $20M from investors like Accel, Founders Fund, and Soma Capital.

About the role
Skills: JavaScript, GraphQL, Node.js, React, TypeScript, PostgreSQL

Why Searchlight?

Searchlight is revolutionizing a new category of data-driven hiring, focused on data infrastructure that closes the loop between recruiting and post-hire outcomes.

Fresh funding from top-tier investors like YC, Accel, and Founders Fund

Fast-growing team tackling an initial $140B market opportunity with a category-defining product

50 NPS with customers like Zapier, Udemy, and Coda

Women-led and mission-driven company, founders are Forbes 30U30 with backgrounds from Stanford, Uber, Google, and McKinsey

Opportunity for meaningful ownership, leadership, and autonomy

We are looking for a teammate we can count on to:

Given an initial design and technical plan, consistently deliver an end-to-end new product feature

Collaborate with other engineers to scope product requirements and write technical specifications

Be shockingly efficient and results-driven to deliver software improvements to our users

Produce high-quality, production-ready, readable, maintainable code

Lend your technical expertise to unblock and invest in other engineers on your team

Relevant Experience:

4+ years of experience software engineering, preferably at least 2 years at a seed, Series A, or Series B company

Expert in at least one modern engineering framework, and has showed aptitude to pick up new frameworks quickly

Our stack is React, Apollo GraphQL, Postgres, Node, JavaScript / TypeScript

Success Profile:

Self-starter and fast learner

Sharp at problem solving, critical thinking, and systems thinking

Proactive communicator, both verbal and written, around technical decisions and project deadlines

Primarily motivated to deliver high impact solutions to users rather than by using the latest coolest technologies

Biased towards action and speed of delivery

Within 1 week you’ll...

Onboard with our team

Ship your first commit on day one

Take on 1-2 small tickets to address bugs or make minor improvements. These will have both front-end and back-end components to help you gain familiarity with our codebase

Have 1:1s with everyone on the team

Go through a product orientation to get familiar with the different pieces of our platform

Within 1 month you'll...

Ship your first major project, which will involve scoping, writing the technical plan (ERD) with your onboarding buddy, submitting your ERD for team review, creating Jira tickets + estimates, writing unit tests, creating incremental pull requests, requesting code review, and finally - deploy!

Participate in code reviews for other members of the team

Shadow a few customer and partner meetings every week

Within 6 months you'll...

Work with the engineering team to scope and ship products

Help us grow our team by mentoring new engineers, writing internal tooling and documentation, and interviewing new hires

More about Searchlight

Companies with the best talent win. But the way that companies hire hasn’t changed in decades, and recruiting as a core business function has been largely left behind by technology innovations in other functions like sales, customer success, marketing, etc. Job descriptions are still written in silo-ed documents, recruiting metrics end at time-to-fill instead of quality-of-hire, and we have a devastating diversity problem. While these are big challenges, we see a huge opportunity for Searchlight to own a ton of whitespace in the recruiting tech landscape.

Searchlight's full-cycle talent platform gives companies the right data and infrastructure to assess candidates and scale winning cultures.


Our hybrid team in SF enjoys the Jackson Square office 3x/week with catered lunches, game nights, team dinners, and community events.

$170,000-190,000 Annual base salary with significant equity options

401(k), Unlimited PTO, Health & Wellness stipend, Remote Office stipend, 15 paid holidays

Health Insurance (100% paid premiums), Spring Health sessions, Origin financial planning

Diverse and Inclusive Employer

We’re committed to providing equal treatment and opportunity to all applicants at every stage of the hiring cycle and throughout their life at the company. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status.


Our stack is primarily Javascript. We use PostgreSQL, React, Node.js, and Apollo GraphQL

Exciting upcoming projects in our product pipeline:

  • identity verification of references, and flagging suspicious behavior
  • automatic analysis of reference feedback through AI

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