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Shoplift: Engineering Lead

New York, NY, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2023

About Shoplift

Shoplift is a venture-backed seed-stage SaaS startup. Our product is a web app that allows Shopify merchants to increase their revenue by optimizing their stores with easy, no-code A/B testing.

Shoplift is the first platform to offer Shopify merchants a truly no-code A/B testing experience

that natively integrates with Shopify's template format. Rather than giving merchants a clunky visual editor that tries to read your HTML classes, as almost all A/B testing platforms do, Shoplift cuts out this abstraction layer, which gives users dramatically more power and flexibility to interact with test variants as if they were editing their own theme. Shoplift also offers Lift Assist™, which scrapes any merchant's brand styles and generates entirely new page components that are ready to be deployed to their site in minutes.

We're in-market, well-funded, and starting to grow, so we're looking for a seasoned veteran engineer to be our 10x ninja that can build the bridge to where we're going next.

You'll have complete ownership of the stack, but won't be on an island: we're lucky to have a talented team of senior US-based engineers who will continue to support us full-time as we look for someone local who can build out our internal team.

We have a clear roadmap and goals with a technical debt load that is manageable.

The next leg of the roadmap includes ML/AI, so we're looking for someone who's interested/experienced in building models.

About the role

  • You’ll get to spend your time writing code without distractions. We keep meetings to a minimum other than daily stand-ups
  • Scope and architect projects with complex requirements
  • Own large features and be expected to see them through to completion
  • Hire and manage other engineers
  • Work with other engineers and cross-functionally with product managers, designers, and data scientists to deliver powerful and accessible features
  • Maintain and extend our relational database architecture and tracking apparatus to support new algorithmic features
  • Develop user interfaces with Typescript (Vue.js) and the backend architecture required to power them with C# and PostgreSQL
  • Contribute to resource planning and roadmap discussions
  • Build, maintain, parse, manipulate, and leverage Shopify-specific assets written and constructed in Liquid and JSON
  • Help balance team bandwidth and priorities in order to meet short-term and long-term goals

About you

  • You love to solve big, hairy problems
  • You're not satisfied with "good enough"
  • You have a kaleidoscopic mind. You're good at contemplating downstream and knock-on effects
  • You work smart and hard.
  • You’re a good communicator and a good listener: you’re able to discuss concepts with non-technical stakeholders. You have the patience to communicate nuanced ideas clearly.
  • You’re thoughtful and resourceful. For you, problem-solving starts with a clear understanding of the context and an open mind to a wide array of potential solutions.
  • You’re not above getting your hands dirty. Whatever it takes to get the job done
  • You're a planner and a performer. You love to outdo yourself on goals, timelines, and quality of work. You like to follow up on changes you’ve shipped to ensure they are working as expected.
  • You're a quick learner. You can take a look at something you've never seen before and make sense of it quickly.
  • You are a true technologist who is always looking for new, better ways to do things
  • You care about the “why.” You want to understand the bigger picture of how the feature you’re building is benefitting users
  • Team player: For you, work isn't a solo endeavor. You enjoy collaborating cross-functionally to accomplish shared goals, and you care about learning, growing, and helping others to do the same.
  • You're a high-performer and expect the same from those around you
  • You want to be a part of the excitement of a fast-growing company (and all the highs and lows that come with it)


  • 5+ years of hands-on experience owning entire products or features
  • 2+ years developing ML or AI algorithms
  • Experience working for a startup
  • You’re located in NYC-area and comfortable with hybrid work environment (we're flexible)
  • Expertise in databases, data structures, and algorithms
  • Experience with .NET 5+ runtime
  • C++, Python, C#, Typescript, SQL, NoSQL
  • Experience with Entity Framework Core (with heavy/optimized use of LINQ)
  • Experience with asynchronous programming patterns
  • Experience with Agile development practices, continuous integration and refactoring
  • Must be able to articulate ideas effectively to executives and business leaders
  • Must be willing to make key strategic decisions, communicate the reasoning behind those decisions, and follow through on driving adoption

Nice to have

  • Experience with Liquid and/or the Shopify ecosystem
  • Experience writing R
  • Experience designing and developing machine learning models or algorithms
  • Education: A bachelor's or master's degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related fiel

What we offer

  • Competitive compensation that includes equity options
  • Flexible remote work policy
  • Daily Seamless lunch stipend (when in-office)
  • Flexible work environment where you can choose when to socialize and when to focus
  • Free food: bagels every Tuesday, pizza every Thursday, and a wide array of delicious snacks
  • Generous time off policy to balance your work and life, including paid parental leave
  • Competitive medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents
  • Commuter benefits