Alchemy Commerce (S21)
Visual development for high-growth e-commerce 🔮

Founding Engineer (Web, Full Stack)

$150k - $250k

San Francisco, CA
3+ years
About Alchemy Commerce

Alchemy Commerce is building the next-generation visual development platform for e-commerce. Building for e-commerce today is slow, complicated, and expensive. Alchemy is making a big bet on two hypotheses — 1) the future of online commerce is predicated on content everywhere 2) the future of software development is low-code.

Our current product is a high-performance drag-and-drop visual editor built with one purpose — to empower teams to build and manage their entire online storefront without code. It’s powered by a super-flexible content management system that integrates with our commerce API and enables bindings to data from 3rd-party platforms, including product, subscription, and user-defined data.

Our founders have worked together for 10+ years and previously held principal engineer + management roles at companies like Uber, Plangrid, Autodesk, and Yelp. Alchemy is backed by YCombinator and a rock-solid group of investors in the e-commerce enablement space.

About the role

Skills: JavaScript, Python, CSS, Django, HTML, React

Alchemy Commerce is building the no-code development platform for online commerce.

Building for e-commerce today is slow, complicated, and expensive. Marketing, design, and engineering teams all have to collaborate to create content, but leaky abstractions and 10+ year old tech on platforms like Shopify slow them down.

Alchemy's mission is to bridge the frontend code gap, making it easier for developers and their teams to collaborate and iterate on the web. You should join Alchemy if you want a front-row seat into how 15M businesses around the world do business online.

Your responsibilities

  • Being a critical part of technical and product roadmap for our no-code storefront development platform
  • Building products across our stack (using React, Typescript, Python/Django, and more) that enable our customers to build differentiated shopping experiences online
  • Writing backend code to integrate with a wide variety of e-commerce APIs
  • Collaborating directly with our founders and customers to ship stable, maintainable code while iterating as fast as possible
  • Architecting and scoping high-level systems to ensure we can provide our customers with the control they need for their sites
  • Hopefully having a blast working with us 😇

Looking for someone who..

  • Has 3+ years of experience building performant web applications
  • Has a very product and customer focused mindset
  • Is experienced in Javascript/Typescript, React, HTML, CSS, Python
  • Understands the value of writing clean, maintainable software, including documentation
  • Is comfortable with ambiguity and defining software architecture patterns to solve customer pain points
  • Is able to evaluate tradeoffs and prioritize dev speed and customer needs over “perfect” solutions
  • Is self-driven and can roll with the punches in a fast-paced environment where priorities and requirements may change frequently

Bonus points if you have...

  • Not wasted hours interview-prepping on Leetcode 😭
  • Experience scaling Django applications
  • Experience with React server-side rendering or NextJS (they're an investor!)
  • Worked at or founded an early-stage startup previously
  • An eye for visual design (or past experience in product design, Figma, etc)

(Remote OK in United States, preference for somewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area or New York)


  • React (+ HTML/CSS), Redux, and Typescript used extensively for visual editing
  • Python, Django, Heroku for backend orchestration and integrations with various APIs
  • Since our code runs on every e-commerce store that we work with, runtime/load performance and server-side rendering are absolutely critical. Deployment uses cutting-edge web technologies like NextJS

At Alchemy, you won’t just be writing the next internal tool at a big-tech company. We’re building a highly distributed, scalable system to power the next-generation of online commerce. If this sounds interesting to you, we’d love to chat!

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