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Lead Engineer

About Us

Sidebench is an award-winning strategy, design, and development consultancy based in Los Angeles. We partner with enterprise companies and top new ventures seeking product strategy. Our team provides the strategic value of enterprise-level management consulting and the technical expertise of a leading product & development shop. We combine these strengths with a people-first methodology that gives us a unique & innovative approach toward creating first-in-kind solutions.


About the Opportunity

We are looking for a sharp, enthusiastic, and driven Lead Engineer to drive tech product development at Sidebench. A Lead Engineer’s responsibility is to guide client projects from discovery through development, making architectural decisions and leading the development team, stepping in and contributing code when necessary. You leverage all the resources you need, construct the team you want, but the buck stops with you.

Should be strategic, pragmatic, and passionate about software development best practices. Must be able to communicate complex technical concepts with ease. Should be introspective, always incorporating feedback and lessons learned to improve our processes. This is an excellent opportunity for a personable, empathetic, and well-rounded software engineer who wants to make a greater impact than possible as a solo developer.



  • Work with product management & design team to lead the development of internal and consumer-facing applications
  • Define technical and functional requirements, create technical documentation and architecture diagrams for a wide range of products
  • Draft APIs, database schemas, state machine diagrams, and logic maps for projects
  • Communicate technical architecture recommendations to clients
  • Collaborate with and oversee our distributed development and QA teams
  • Implement project code review processes and debug tough problems
  • Validate development estimates and lead daily scrums with the PM
  • Evaluate potential development partners, challenge their technical approach
  • Lead the evaluation and implementation of 3rd party libraries/frameworks



  • 4+ years professional software development experience in one or more of the following domains:
    • Web: Ruby (Rails), Node.js, React, Vue.js
    • Mobile: iOS (Swift), Android, React Native, Unity
  • Significant previous work with network-based APIs, preferably REST/JSON
  • Strong understanding of the principles of object-oriented, functional, and event-driven programming
  • Experience with continuous integration/deployment, DevOps, TDD
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be responsive, proactive, enthusiastic, and adaptable
  • Must be comfortable leveraging remote dev teams to achieve greater productivity
  • Must be comfortable juggling up to 3-4 different client projects simultaneously
  • (Bonus) Significant open source contributions
  • (Bonus) Prior experience managing development teams



  • An interesting blend of projects and clients to make every day exciting
  • In addition to a competitive full-time salary, we offer a significant health reimbursement plan, generous PTO & remote time allotments, and a 401k program
  • Since we’re all about learning and growth, you’ll receive a technology stipend and an educational stipend to spend how you choose
  • No need to dress up for us. We have a casual dress code in the office so wear whatever you are comfortable in
  • We always make sure to plan one big company event and one small company event per quarter
  • Our Culture Club makes sure to celebrate new hires, birthdays, Sidebench anniversaries, and holidays
  • Walking distance from downtown Culver City
  • Free office parking
  • Free coffee, beer, and plenty of snacks
  • Working with a diverse team of intelligent people that make it fun to come to work everyday
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