Lead Back-End Engineer

As a Back-End Engineer you'll work closely with our technical co-founder and early customers to support API architecture and development.

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About The Job
The Skill Set
1 Year Plan


InkWorks is reimagining the future of work for commercial printers. We are a B2B vertical SaaS company backed by top tier VC investors focused on disrupting the print industry, and are developing a customer and revenue engine that brings print productivity software into the 21st century. Our software streamlines customer quoting and order workflows, improves internal and external collaboration, and enables printers to generate more business and improve customer satisfaction.


We are looking for a Back-End Engineer to work closely with our technical co-founder and early customers to support API architecture and development. This is an early startup and as an early member of the engineering team you’ll be instrumental in creating and owning foundational parts of our data processing architecture.

In this role you’ll design shared infrastructure components, optimizing for the developer experience, scaling, performance, reliability, and long-term maintainability. You’ll take ownership of backend services, including responsibility for deploys, monitoring, debugging, and overall reliability.

You will work on interesting challenges that support customer needs like quote building and estimation, customer order management, material and product pricing, payments, reporting and analytics, and more. If you enjoy developing services that make complex systems fun to develop on this might be the role for you!


As an early engineer you’ll have significant influence on our technical decisions. Our architecture will likely lean towards being Javascript and Typescript (JS+TS) based, and make use of NodeJS and ReactJS on AWS. Beyond that we’ll want to make decisions for the right tooling for deployments, observability, versioning, automation, and more.


  • An opportunity to play a significant role at an early stage startup.
  • Competitive pay and significant equity.
  • Full medical, dental, and vision benefits.
  • Flexibility in work hours and location to enable you to bring your best self.
  • Equipment budget and a brand new Macbook Pro.
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  • 3-5 years of experience as a backend engineering specialist.
  • You are fluent in one or more backend technologies, interested in programming in JavaScript and Node.JS and experience working in AWS (or GCP) environments.
  • You have experience in areas such as databases, distributed systems, service oriented architectures, and backend performance measurement and optimization
  • Understanding of web development concepts and principles with good intuition for web and API development.
  • A strong background in computer science with a degree in CS or a related field.

Also, you:

  • Are excited about joining an early startup and being involved in the early decisions that will shape the core of our product.
  • Derive joy from refactoring and building clean abstractions in order to make complex systems fun to develop on and easy to understand.
  • Have a growth mindset and enjoy learning things, taking on new challenges, and empowering the people around you.
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  • Become familiar with the commercial print industry and our customers’ journey.
  • Learn about InkWorks’ technical stack and development patterns.
  • Set up your equipment and dive into our technology by pair-programming with your teammates.


  • Participate in the product development process and ship your first release to our early customers.
  • Own and support major feature areas of the application.
  • Assist with interviewing and hiring to grow the engineering team and define the culture.


  • Contribute to the architecture and implementation choices of projects across engineering to ensure that decisions are in line with supporting our future growth.
  • Work with the product and engineering team to establish the priorities for the next year.
  • Be responsible for the planning, scoping, design, and implementation of new features.
  • Have made a visible impact on the product for all the users of InkWorks.
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