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Lead Software Development Engineer, Stagg

Technology   |   Job ID  2436258
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Good storytelling starts with great listening. At Audible, that means each role and every project has our audience in mind. Because the same people who design, develop, and deploy our products also happen to use them. To us, that speaks volumes.

As a Lead Software Development Engineer, it’s up to you to define, design and refine the tech that keeps us one step ahead of listeners. Anticipate. Innovate. Bring challenging ideas and we’ll support you with the latest tech, tools and systems that you need to succeed. You’ll be essential in ensuring the team can reach their potential; working closely with them, reviewing their work, mentoring, and supporting them to develop. Together, you’ll build and maintain our platform to bring thousands of stories to millions of listeners and unleash the power of the human voice.

Audible’s Stagg platform engineering group is responsible for building core platforms that support our surface teams such as iOS, Android and Web. This group’s mission is to build services, tools and infrastructure that would support surface teams, helping them build product features faster and promote consistency across surfaces. The group currently manages a server side rendering platform which is driving Audible’s server driven UI strategy across apps and web. This is a fast growing org which is also breaking ground on numerous other platforms that has potential to shape Audible’s technical strategy for the next decade.

As a Lead Software Development Engineer, you will...
- Independently lead complex technical initiatives within your team
- Mentor and lead developers by cultivating curiosity and deep technical understanding
- Explore technical needs and bring solutions to the table
- Set the technical strategy for your team
- Collaborate with stakeholders to imagine, design, develop, test, and launch scalable and maintainable software that impacts our customers and inspires your peers
- Independently clarify technical requirements, assessing development estimates and apply a broad range of design approaches
- Drive continuous improvement of software quality, customer experience, and maintainability of products/features
- Stay on top of technology trends, tools, and approaches

At Audible, we innovate and inspire through the power of voice. We're changing the narrative on storytelling. As a leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling, we've redefined the ways people access, discover, and share stories. The stories we tell have the ability to transport and transform everyday moments into meaningful experiences and it's our people who make Audible's service possible. We're listeners, storytellers, and problem-solvers. Our perspectives and experiences power our ideas and come together in our mission to unleash the power of the spoken word. Audible offers a Hub+Home hybrid workplace model that gives employees flexibility between gathering in an Audible workspace (work from hub) and remote work (work from home). For more information, please visit

We are open to hiring candidates to work out of one of the following locations:

Newark, NJ, USA


- 4+ years of professional software development experience
- 3+ years of programming experience with one or more modern language (e.g., Java, C++, C#, React), including object-oriented design
- 2+ years of experience contributing to the architecture and design (architecture, design patterns, reliability, and scaling) of new and current systems
- Experience writing clear, maintainable and extensible code
- Experience building and delivering software systems to internal or external customers


- Proficient in a broad range of data structures and algorithms, knowing when it is (and isn’t) appropriate to use them
- History of assuming responsibility for a team’s architecture and providing a system-wide view to stakeholders
- Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to navigate highly complex and ambiguous situations independently
- Able to make improvements to the team’s development and testing processes
- Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to navigate highly complex and ambiguous situations
- Experience building and delivering software systems to internal or external customers
- Knowledge of AWS or similar cloud-based infrastructure and/or developer tools
- Strong verbal and written communication skills, enabling effective messaging with both technical and non-technical audiences
- A high-quality bar: documentation, unit testing, code reviews, test automation, continuous integration & deployment. Enthusiasm for instilling this attitude in others
- Adaptable, enterprising, and willing to take ownership
- Able to make improvements to the team’s development and testing processes
- Able to establish good working relationships with peers. Able to recognize discordant views and take part in constructive dialogue to resolve them
- Able to mentor teammates on team software, team culture, and customer obsession

Audible is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Audible is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit
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