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Made by Grizzly

Senior Backend Developer

Development – San Diego, California
Department Development
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $72,000-$85,000

At Grizzly, we partner with Adventurous Brands to build a more purposeful, people-first world. We’re looking for a talented Sr. Backend Developer to create custom solutions, write quality code and create a seamless user experience. As a leader on the development team, you will provide guidance to team members, refine internal processes, and push the team towards solving complex problems.

As a strategic decision maker for Grizzly’s project teams, you will also work closely with the client and client-side stakeholders. Ultimately, you will ensure that every development deliverable achieves the strategic, relevant, people-centric, exceptional result needed to exceed defined business outcomes. (Yes, we have high standards - and we know you do too!)

What You’ll Do

  • Maintain working knowledge of all relevant web and interactive technologies.

  • Work with Design and Strategy teams on all project directives to gather and address technical and design requirements.

  • Provide support and maintenance services needed to ensure proper function of all product and service deliverables.

  • Maintain high-level code standards and quality, and actively engage in regular code reviews with the development team.

  • Collaborate with Front-end developers to integrate user-facing elements with server-side logic.

  • Mentor development team members by providing new perspectives, developing each individual’s strengths and improving the team’s abilities as a whole.

  • Provide guidance to all Grizzly team members in the development of general strategy, methodologies, and operations.

  • Develop and grow agency capabilities and maintain a strong focus on future technology.

Why You're Right for the Job

  • You’re fluent in one of the following languages and have dabbled in the rest: PHP, Bash Shell scripting, Python, Ruby, and Javascript (we love ES6).

  • You’re able to guide creative from a technical viewpoint.

  • You’re familiar with modern development tools and approaches like Docker.

  • You have an understanding of front-end solutions such as CSS, HTML, JS, module bundlers, task runners, and dependency managers.

  • You pursue excellence in all that you do.

  • You’re passionate about solving complex problems and you approach unforeseen obstacles with fortitude and grit.

  • You’re interested in continually learning new technologies and improving your craft.

  • You’re skilled at understanding the needs of the client and the intended audience in order to achieve exceptional project outcomes.


Mostly, we want to know that you can get this job done. This means you have:

  • 5+ years of development experience; agency experience highly preferred.

  • Expert experience with industry-standard development technologies.

  • Familiarity with debugging and long-term codebase maintenance of WordPress, Javascript, PHP.

  • Experience with Apache/NGINX server administration/monitoring (welcome, but not required).

  • Experience leading and managing dev teams.

  • Excellent presentation skills and clear, thoughtful communication.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

  • Proven ability to work cross-functionally to develop plans, recommendations, and deliverables.

  • Experience working collaboratively with designers.

Additionally, you must be located in (or willing to relocate to) San Diego. Some travel may be required, as well as flexibility with schedule to meet client commitments.

Position Details:
This is a full-time, permanent position, starting immediately. We offer industry competitive salary, paid holidays, vacation/sick time, a wellness stipend, and unlimited La Croix. We support alternative transportation with a dedicated stipend for public transit or another eco-friendly option. Although we trust that you can do amazing work remotely or from your home office, this is an in-house only position.

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