Staff Software Engineer, External APIs


Kitchener City, Ontario, CA
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Software
  • Post Date: 06/24/2021
  • Website:
  • Company Address: 300 California Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107

About Faire

Faire is revolutionizing the way boutique retailers shop for their stores by taking all the pain out of the buying process. Store owners can come to Faire to get product recommendations from hundreds of brands all in one place.

Job Description

Faire is an online wholesale marketplace built on the belief that the future is local — there are over 1M independent retailers in the U.S. and Canada doing more than twice the revenue of Walmart and Amazon combined. At Faire, we're using the power of tech, data, and machine learning to connect a thriving community of over 100,000 brands and local retailers around the world. Picture your favorite boutique in town — we help them discover the best products to sell in their stores. With the right tools and insights, we believe that we can level the playing field so that small businesses can compete with these big box and ecommerce giants. We’re looking for smart, resourceful and passionate people to join us as we power the shop local movement.

Role description:

The Platform team owns the development and scaling of the infrastructure to enable developers to build on Faire. This impactful role will guide the vision, roadmap, and execution of Faire's platform and developer ecosystem. We are looking for someone eager to create a rich ecosystem of third party services to the thousands of small businesses that use Faire.

Major projects will include:

  • Design and implement the API for our external platform
  • Create a sandbox environment for partner developers to test out their integrations with our platform 
  • Manage authentication permissions model for our external partner developers

Our engineering team owns the code that makes our marketplace work. We care about good engineering practice and love to write software that is secure, tested, easy to maintain, and can scale to millions of users. We build minimum viable products, deploy to production multiple times per day, A/B test customer-facing changes, listen to the data, and iterate.

As a Staff Software Engineer, you'll collaborate with us to:

  • Deliver core features of our Kotlin/Java 8 server
  • Design and build new APIs used by our website and mobile app
  • Drive the strategy of the Faire developer platform
  • Provide the tools, resources, and support to cultivate the Faire developer community
  • Partner with product, partnerships, and sales to prioritize features and functionality to ensure long term platform success
  • Work with existing and new 3rd party integration partners to add and evolve their integrations and drive technical solutions when needed
  • Write integration tests for everything
  • Share ownership of our product
  • Help the product team continuously improve our customer's experience

We're excited about you because you have:

  • 5 years of experience in software development
  • A passion for programming and solving problems with code and the ability to translate business requirements into engineering roadmaps
  • A bachelor's degree in Computer Science/Software Engineering or equivalent industry experience
  • A love for technology, APIs, and an insatiable curiosity for new tools to tackle real problems
  • A passion for understanding and expanding on what developers can do on Faire

Technologies we use and teach:

  • Kotlin, Java 8 
  • JUnit, Hibernate, Guice, Jersey
  • HTTP, JSON, and Protocol Buffers
  • MySQL
  • AWS

Why you'll love working at Faire:

  • We are entrepreneurs: We believe entrepreneurship is a calling and our mission is to empower entrepreneurs to chase their dreams. Every member of our team is an owner of the business and taking part in the founding process.
  • We are using tech and machine learning to level the playing field: We are using the power of technology and data to connect brands and boutiques from all over the world, building a thriving community of over 100,000 small business owners.
  • We build products our customers love: Everything we do is ultimately in the service of helping our customers grow their business because our goal is to grow the pie - not steal a piece from it. Running a small business is hard work, but using Faire makes it easy.
  • We are curious and resourceful: We always find a way to get the job done and come up with creative solutions to whatever problems are standing in our way. People at Faire are insatiably curious. We lead with curiosity and data in our decision making and reason from a first principles mindset. 


We’re an on-site team in Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Faire provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Faire was founded in 2017 by a team of early product and engineering leads from Square. We’re backed by some of the top investors in retail and tech including: Y Combinator, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Forerunner Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Founders Fund, and DST Global. We have offices in San Francisco, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Salt Lake City. We’re looking for smart, resourceful and passionate people to join us as we power the shop local movement. To learn more about Faire and our customers, you can read more on our blog

Faire is being built for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs.

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