Notion

Mobile Engineer, Early Career

Notion

July 22, 2021

About The Role:
Remember the first time you solved a problem by programming? The delight and excitement you felt when it finally...worked? We want to deliver that experience to everyone by giving them the building blocks to create useful tools of all kinds—without needing to code. That's been the vision of computing pioneers since the 70s. Today, all the infrastructure is present, but we need your engineering to pull it off.
What You'll Achieve:

  • You'll work with others to plan, shape, and build new mobile features from start to finish: through conception, research, implementation, and maintenance. For example, you might build a way to enable offline editing and document access in low connectivity scenarios.

  • You'll help improve performance and reliability, or polish existing features. For example, you might improve search speed and quality on mobile devices.

  • You'll build internal tools to support simplicity and productivity for the whole team. This might include writing deployment scripts to enable faster continuous deployment of our mobile apps.
Skills and Toolset You'll Need to Bring:
  • Thoughtful problem-solving: For you, problem-solving starts with a clear and accurate understanding of the context. You can decompose tricky problems and work towards a clean solution, by yourself or with teammates. You're comfortable asking for help when you get stuck.
  • Shipping polished user interfaces: You can work with others to build and maintain quality user interfaces for a big audience, using native mobile technologies like SwiftUI and Combine on iOS or Jetpack Compose and Coroutines on Android. If you've experienced the technical challenges of rapid growth, that's a plus.
  • Familiarity with the backend: You understand how parts of a system fit together—from the user interface to the data model. Familiarity with relational database systems like Postgres or MySQL is a plus.
  • Pragmatic and business-oriented: You care about business impact and prioritize projects accordingly. You're not just going after cool stuff—you understand the balance between craft, speed, and the bottom line.
  • Put users first: You think critically about the implications of what you're building, and how it shapes real people's lives. You understand that reach comes with responsibility for our impact—good and bad.
  • Not ideological about technology: To you, technologies and programming languages are about tradeoffs. You may be opinionated, but you're not ideological and can learn new technologies as you go.
  • Empathetic communication: You communicate nuanced ideas clearly, whether you're explaining technical decisions in writing or brainstorming in real time. In disagreements, you engage thoughtfully with other perspectives and compromise when needed.
  • 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.
Nice to Haves:
  • You have experience with any part of our technology stack beyond mobile: React, TypeScript, Node.js, and Postgres.
  • You've heard of computing pioneers like Ada Lovelace, Douglas Engelbart, Alan Kay, and others—and understand why we're big fans of their work.
  • You have interests outside of technology, such as in art, history, or social sciences.