Senior Software Engineer, API Platform


September 14, 2021

Company Description
Etsy is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. We build,power, and evolve the tools and technologies that connect entrepreneurswith buyers around the world. As an Etsy employee, you’ll tackle uniqueproblems alongside talented coworkers committed to Keeping Commerce Human.We're large enough that you'll focus on meaningful, complex challenges, butsmall enough that you can make a rewarding impact.
Job Description
The API Platform team is responsible for the long-term technical vision of Etsy core business layer. We provide stewardship over existing API frameworks within our codebase, from our data-fetching layers to our experimentation framework. You will collaborate with the team in helping us architect and build out the next version of our APIs and enable our customers, Product Engineering, to adopt it in an intuitive way.
This role is based in either Brooklyn, NY or remote in the US.
This role involves:
  • Providing technical leadership & expertise for Etsy's GraphQL implementation and architectural guidance to product teams adopting GraphQL.
  • Consulting teams across Etsy on best practices in building APIs for product development, facilitating adoption and surfacing opportunities for creating better customer experiences within the API ergonomics
  • Work on designing and implementing improvements involving topics of security, scaling, experimentation, and caching; collaborating with Security, Product Engineering and Infrastructure teams


A successful candidate is:

  • experienced in building the core business layer of an application, designing for change, risk management, and scale
  • expert contributor to functional and/or object-oriented back-end framework (Typescript, JavaScript, or PHP preferred) that has a practical knowledge of caching and distributed systems; knowledge of GraphQL is strongly preferred
  • takes ownership of implementing solutions to significantly complex, unscoped problems
  • mindful, transparent, and communicative team member
  • knowledgeable of how software design decisions impact hardware resources
  • generous with their time and enjoys both being a mentor and a mentee.
  • committed to code quality and have a “leave it better than you found it” mentality; is willing to work with and improve on code they did not originally write.

Additional Information
What's Next
If you're interested in joining the team at Etsy, please send a coverletter and resume telling us why you'd be right for the position. As you'vehopefully seen already, Etsy is a place that values individuality andvariety. We don't want you to be like everyone else - we want you to belike you! So write to us and tell us what you're all about.
Our Promise
At Etsy, we believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace makesus a more relevant, more competitive, and more resilient company. Weencourage people from all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and experiences toapply. Etsy is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on thebasis of race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexualorientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability,gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy or caregiver status,veteran status, or any other legally protected status. We will ensure thatindividuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations toparticipate in the job application and interview process, to performessential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges ofemployment. While Etsy supports visa sponsorship, sponsorship opportunitiesmay be limited to certain roles and skillsets.
For U.S. roles only:
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