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Staff Software Engineer, Backend

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Posted 12 days ago

Job Type

Full Time


$170k - $220k







  • Mission/Vision: Empower a team to develop and innovate all-electric vehicles that embody the legacy and culture of the iconic Scout brand.

  • Key Responsibilities: Lead engineering teams, develop scalable technologies, influence tech decisions, and ensure high engineering standards.

  • Growth Opportunities: Shape the digital product ecosystem with an iconic brand, and work in a high-growth environment focusing on modern tech solutions.


Scout Motors

Here at Scout Motors, we're carrying forward the heritage of one of the most iconic American vehicles in history. A vehicle dating back to 1960. One that forged the path for future generations of rugged SUVs and will do so once again.

But Scout is more than just a brand, it’s a legacy steeped in a culture of exploration, caretaking, and hard work.

Scout is all about respect.  Respect for the environment by developing all-electric vehicles with the capability to get you to any location.  Respect for the past and the future by taking an iconic American brand that hasn’t been around for a while, electrifying it, digitizing it, and loading it with American innovation.  Respect for communities by creating a company that stands for its people and its customers.  And respect for both work and play, with vehicles that are equally at home at a camp site, a job site, or on a Tuesday commute.

At Scout Motors, we empower our talented, inclusive, and entrepreneurial teams to innovate. What makes a Scout? Someone who is a visionary and a leader, who seeks new paths and shares lessons learned. A knowledgeable doer who collaborates across the company to build better. A go-getter with unrivaled passion.

Join us at Scout Motors and be part of shaping the future of transportation. If you're ready to drive change and make history, apply now!

What you’ll do

Become part of an iconic brand that is set to revolutionize the all-electric pick-up truck & rugged SUV marketplace by achieving the following:

  • Work with engineers & technical leaders across the company to ship interoperable products and systems on strong foundations that manage customer interactions inside and outside of the vehicle.

  • Partner with cross-functional partners (from product and design) to produce how and when plans to support systems and product requirements. Make effective tradeoffs that consider business priorities, user experience, and a sustainable technical foundation

  • Assess and recommend key tools and technology decisions that will power the digital product ecosystem. Influence decisions on build/buy/partner, contemplating today’s needs, and future enterprise requirements.

  • Develop technology and best practices capable of supporting scalable, functional, and reliable software products and their associated integrations.

  • Develop and lead the team to execute against both short-term and long-term roadmaps. Design, code, deploy and operate technical architecture and systems.

  • Identify, scope, and lead large technical projects, laying the groundwork for early-stage products to iteratively evolve and scale, and taming complexity and shoring up reliability of existing systems

  • Champion software engineering and operational excellence, establishing and improving metrics and processes. Set a high bar for engineering standards, tooling, and processes.

  • Assist in calibrating and developing the software engineering team.

  • Recruit and manage a team of software engineers, setting the bar for quality software development.

Location & Travel Expectations: The responsibilities of this role require attendance at in-person meetings and events occasionally. The role will be based out of a Scout Motors location in Fremont, CA. Applicants should expect that the role may require the ability to convene with Scout colleagues in person and be able to travel to participate in events on behalf of the company from time to time.

What you’ll bring

We expect all Scouts to have integrity, curiosity, resourcefulness, and strive to exhibit a positive attitude, as well as a growth mindset. You’ll be comfortable with change and flexible in a fast-paced, high-growth environment. You’ll take a collaborative approach to achieve ambitious goals. Here’s what else you’ll bring:

  • 7+ years of experience in software engineering and scaling software products, providing technical leadership and direction for development, preferably with a focus on ecommerce, payments, digital products, and back-end platform development.

  • Experience building comprehensive understanding of APIs, microservices, and other complex backend systems.

  • Strong coding skills, navigating codebases with different languages (GoLang, Java, Kotlin and Swift) and tools, building and managing ci/cd pipelines supporting both web and mobile releases.

  • Knowledge of potential system vulnerabilities and how to prevent them.

  • Experience operating in start-up settings, launching 0 to 1 product, supporting early low-code tools, and driving graduation to highly customized applications.

  • Experience as a technical lead for large projects (6+ months in length), including defining the roadmap for complex projects spanning multiple teams and functions

  • Ability to internalize the best ideas from across the organization, humbly setting a vision that others are excited to get behind

  • Experience integrating with 3rd party platforms and partnering with external service providers.

  • 5+ years in leading high-performing software engineering teams. Direct evidence of the ability to guide, motivate, and inspire a team towards the successful completion of complex projects.

  • Nice to have:

    • Experience building data pipes and web/mobile analytics

    • Experience building systems in the auto industry

    • Full-stack development

What you'll gain

The benefits of joining Scout include the chance to build products and a company from the ground up.  This is a chance to create something new and lasting – with an iconic brand at its foundation.  In addition, Scout provides competitive compensation and benefits to support your physical, mental, and financial wellbeing. Program specifics are detailed in company policies and employee benefit guides, select highlights:

  • Competitive insurance including:

    • Medical, dental, vision and income protection plans

  • 401(k) program with:

    • An employer match and immediate vesting

  • Generous Paid Time Off including:

    • 20 days planned PTO, as accrued

    • 40 hours of unplanned PTO and 14 company or floating holidays, annually

    • Up to 16 weeks of paid parental leave for biological and adoptive parents of all genders

    • Paid leave for circumstances related to bereavement, jury duty, voting time, or military leave

  • Corporate Vehicle Program with:

    • Eligibility to lease up to 2 vehicles at competitive rates

Pay Transparency

This is a full-time, exempt position eligible to receive a base salary and to participate in an annual performance bonus program. The salary range listed represents the maximum and minimum starting base pay for this position as of the time of posting. Final salary offered will be determined based on factors including but not limited to the candidate's skills and experience. The annual performance bonus program is preset and not candidate dependent.

Initial base salary range: $170,000 - $220,000

Internal leveling code: IC8

Notice to applicants:

  • Residing in San Francisco: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Scout Motors will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

  • Residing in Los Angeles: Scout Motors will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

  • Residing in New York City: This role is not eligible for remote work in New York City.

Equal Opportunity

Scout is committed to employing a diverse workforce and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, or any other characteristics protected by law. Scout is committed to compliance with all applicable fair employment practice laws.


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