Synacor: Principal Engineer, Client Engineering

Posted by | October 2, 2012 | Web Pro Job Tips


Location: Buffalo, NY


Want to create products that more than 30 million people use
daily? Want to solve unique, large scale, highly complex technical problems?
You can help build the next-generation of Synacor’s products and create web
applications that reach millions of people!
Synacor is seeking a Principal Engineer to work on our Client Engineering team. Principle Engineers at
Synacor are hands-on technical leads, facilitating the daily work of the core
development team and providing the ongoing direction and design of the
application suite. They also work with the key internal teams to scope and plan
future work and releases.  The successful
applicant will work closely with Business Analysts, other Technical Leads,
Software Engineers, Operations and Quality Assurance Engineers in a highly
collaborative environment to provide quality software and solutions, while
providing the necessary leadership to deliver releases on time and on budget.
The ideal candidate for this position will have a can-do
attitude, passion for technology, and a passion for pushing software to its
limits, then pushing it even further! So, if you are interested in having a
material impact on applications used by millions of people, then Synacor is the
place for you!
Duties and
Help guide the core development team and
Help guide development team’s tools, processes,
and quality/performance of the work produced by the team.
Drive the SDLC and methodology, tracking the
current tasks of the team members, and escalating issues as needed.
Collaborate with Business Analysts and PMs to
estimate and plan work.
Work with senior developers, software architects
and quality assurance engineers to resolve development roadblocks.
Own the relationships with key supporting teams.
Report critical issues to management
effectively, timely, and with clarity.
Hands-on mentoring of the team.
Education, Experience
and Skills:
Bachelor’s degree in Computer
Science/Engineering or equivalent work experience.
3 Years as a Technical Lead or equivalent work
Five years of software or website development
experience (Unix, PHP, HTML and JavaScript, jQuery).
Strong estimating and planning skills.
Strong SQL and database skills (MySQL
Bug tracking/ticketing software tools experience
a must.
Excellent communication and interpersonal
skills, energy and customer service attitude are essential.
Ability to deliver solutions quickly under
strictly controlled environments.
Ability and desire to thrive in a proactive,
high-pressure, client-services, environment.
Experience with Agile methodologies such as
Scrum, etc.
Experience with version control systems such as
Git, Subversion, CVS.
Experience with Content Management Systems.
System analysis and software architectural
Ability to track multiple large and small
What we’ll bring to
the table:
100% Company paid benefits (health, dental,
vision) for all employees and eligible dependents
Competitive compensation package, including
stock option grants (for eligible positions)
Award winning company culture
Casual dress and flexible environment
Generous paid time off
25 cent vending machines
Free Spot coffee, popcorn and cappuccino
Monthly company connections (get to know your
The opportunity to make a difference!
Synacor is not your
typical 9 to 5 workplace.
  Our award
winning culture doesn’t stop at flexible work hours and 25 cent vending
machines.  Jeans and t-shirts are typical
office attire, even for the executives. 
Teamwork is an everyday occurrence, and is made easy with our new open
workspaces.  Our leadership team
understands that the best results come from collaboration, so we hire the best
and brightest and then let them do what they do best: create cutting-edge products
and provide exemplary customer service. 
Synacor’s headquarters is located along Buffalo’s waterfront in the Erie
Basin Marina. Taking a few minutes to enjoy the serenity of nature is as easy
as walking 1,000 feet or so to the water. We even have a lakefront gazebo with
wi-fi connection!  And if that’s not
enough,  Synacor pays 100% of health care
premiums for employees AND dependents, offers stock option participation, a
healthy bonus potential and a very generous paid time off policy. Working with
some of the largest cable, telecom and satellite providers, Synacor’s products
and online services reach over 25 million high-speed Internet subscribers
worldwide.  We are looking for great
people to join our team and be given the freedom to do the work they were hired
to do.

To apply: To apply please visit our website:

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