Senior Software Engineer - ElasticSearch

Leafly Canada 2022-01-25
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Leafly Is the Leading Legal Cannabis Marketplace In the U.S.

The U.S. cannabis market is exploding! This is your chance to get in on the ground floor!

It’s estimated to hit $130 billion on an annual basis by 2024. It’s already more than half of the U.S. alcohol market, and it’s not even federally legal—yet! Join us in what we believe will be a multi-billion dollar company!

Built as a strain database more than a decade ago, Leafly has played a critical role in destigmatizing cannabis and helping consumers understand the power the plant can play in their own lives. We’ve parlayed our strains expertise into the largest legal cannabis marketplace in the United States. 100 million people visit our site each year to buy cannabis from their local dispensary, to be picked up or delivered to their home. When you read the millions of user-generated reviews for strains and dispensaries on Leafly, you quickly understand why we are the most differentiated marketplace in the cannabis industry.

Our independent newsroom is the trusted source for cannabis education, news, and trends. From Cannabis 101 to our flagship Jobs Report to our Social Impact hub, Leafly shines a light on the plant and the industry. We’ve leveraged our position as the trusted authority on all things cannabis in order to influence prohibition-ending legislation efforts across the country, and to partner with other mission-driven organizations that are building a more just and equitable future for our industry.

Our Teams and Our Tech

We work in cross-functional squads, with product owners, designers, and engineers working side-by-side toward shared goals while at the same time, we are on the product engineering team together. We believe lean and agile principles are the best way to deliver value to our customers while making engineering satisfaction and happiness awesome. . We aim for each squad to have the right mix of full stack, web, and api developers, so that together they are equipped to solve whatever problems come their way. We love our customers and are excited to be part of this groundbreaking cannabis industry!

The main technical players: JavaScript (React, TypeScript, Next.js, Node.js), Ruby on Rails, Postgres, MongoDB, Elasticsearch, Docker, Kubernetes, AWS, grafana, New Relic, Datadog.

What We Look For In Our Engineers

• You prioritize customers. You’re results oriented, pragmatic, and good at negotiating tradeoffs between technical objectives and product objectives.

• Iterative and data-driven. You know how to break down the work in order to frequently deliver incremental value. You’re experienced with testing into better solutions than we originally envisioned.

• Technical excellence and a growth mindset. You’re passionate about honing your craft and writing high quality code that inspires your teammates.

• Depth and breadth. Where you’re an expert, you’ll hit the ground running and lead by example. Where you’re not, you’re ready to learn quickly.

• Self-starter and collaborative. You’re comfortable working independently as well as pairing or swarming with your teammates. You ask for help when you need it, and you help others when they need it.

• You will make us better. You bring expertise, skills, or perspective we could use more of. You’ll help us make better decisions and build better products.

What We Are Looking For In This Role

The Leafly Discovery team is dedicated to building customer focused systems that make it easy to purchase cannabis. We are looking for a senior software engineer with expertise in Elasticsearch. You will be a critical member of the team and passionate about building, maintaining, & optimizing our Elasticsearch cluster, applications, and APIs.

You have demonstrated expertise in our stack, and a proven track record of solving tricky problems regardless of the specific technology or problem domain. You are strong on programming fundamentals, and your code is an example to others. You understand the tradeoffs of object-oriented vs functional, monoliths vs microservices, and non-negotiable technical table stakes vs good enough to ship.

You care deeply about software quality, operability, and developer experience. You value a collaborative environment, and care deeply about your teammates. You have strong opinions about how we build things, and your opinions are loosely held. You are a thoughtful, kind, and effective communicator - quick with helpful code reviews, you ad hoc pair regularly, and offer in-the-moment technical collaboration and mentorship. And while it’s not a requirement, if you are passionate about cannabis, many of us are too! Leafly is looking for you!


• Design, implement, and enhance ES data structures, stores, indexes, and clusters, as needed

• Improve and maintain existing search infrastructure

• Leverage searchkick and ES, to provide highly performant searches across our platform

• Research and provide technical and strategic insight on industry best practices for usability, performance, scalability, design, and maintainability

• Build, maintain, and enhance existing APIs, focused on performance and stability

• Serve as lead engineer for assigned search projects, writing and shipping code daily to maintain new and existing integrations

• Conduct peer reviews to ensure code developed meets our coding standards

• Serve as a technical support resource with Leafly Support, Product, 3rd party partners in identifying, troubleshooting and resolving issues

• Demonstrated ability to embrace, learn and apply new technologies and tools

• Preferred Qualifications

• Strong working knowledge of Elasticsearch and related search frameworks including cluster management, query optimization, indexing, and performance tuning

• 5+ years experience shipping and supporting high-scale, high-performance web applications in a cloud environment

• Experience with the latest web technologies, tools and practices; experience with more than one server-side technology

• Expertise in HTTP, web application architecture, scalability, performance optimization, reliability, deployment, monitoring, security

• Expert in your domain and comfortable working with at all layers: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, web services, APIs, SQL

• Experience with Agile squads and processes

• Nice to Haves

• Expertise in Ruby on Rails with Searchkik

The job description is representative of typical duties and responsibilities for the position and is not all-inclusive. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned in accordance with business needs. Prior cannabis convictions are not an automatic disqualifier. We are an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics. A background check will be conducted after a conditional offer of employment is extended