Senior Software Engineer - Full Stack

FiveStars is the easiest way for local businesses to deliver great customer experiences, in and out of store. Through unique rewards, personalized service, and intelligent automated messages, FiveStars helps every customer feel like a VIP. Founded in 2011 and based in San Francisco, our mission is to help businesses and communities thrive by turning every transaction into a relationship. 
FiveStars has now saved consumers over $100 million while shopping at 12,000 local businesses in the U.S., and Canada. Over 16 million consumers use FiveStars to save money while supporting local businesses. To-date FiveStars has raised over $105 million from top-tier investors including HarbourVest, Menlo Ventures, Lightspeed, DCM, and Y-Combinator. Visit for more information.

Our lightweight desktop client pushes the boundaries of OS integration and is at the core of our industry leading approach to loyalty, enabling us to support over 300 different brands of restaurant and retail systems. Beyond our in-store experience we provide our merchants with a powerful dashboard to monitor their loyalty campaigns, make tweaks, and directly communicate with their customers.These systems are the primary method in which merchants interact with FiveStars, and you will be on the cutting edge of developing that product experience.

If you have strong CS fundamentals, an eye for detail, and want to build tools that thousands of small businesses use to engage their best customers, then we are looking for you! Our product development team has a wide range of roles and responsibilities including front end engineering in Angular JS, backend API work in Django, and asynchronous pipeline management using Celery and RabbitMQ. You will be exposed to a wide range of technology challenges including software architecture, embedded JavaScript UX, implementing data storage and synchronization logic, evolving our RESTful APIs, integrating with the native OS, and dealing with all of the complexities around multitasking and deep systems integration.

We would love to see someone who has had lead experience in the past.  If you enjoy mentoring younger engineers, or if you want to grow into more engineering management, this is a great role for you.


  • Work in a multi-disciplined scrum team to plan, design, and implement new features for our merchant application
  • Evaluate application designs in regards to technical feasibility and approximate development time
  • Write high-quality code in Python and JavaScript that handles everything from UI to data storage & sync to REST API calls
  • Work directly with low-level print and graphics drivers and pipelines in various OS environments
  • Maintain a high level of quality in our desktop applications through sound development practices, including code reviews, monitoring systems, and architecture reviews
  • Drive product development on our rich web applications, enabling our merchants to make better decisions and stronger connections with their customers
  • Design for scale - our data is growing exponentially and we need new solutions to keep up with that growth
  • Love to pair program and do not mind reviewing code (maybe even enjoy it)
  • Invest in FiveStars and its culture - our values are something we live and breathe every day
  • Lead a team of 3+ engineers immediately or in the future


  • B.S. or greater in Computer Science or a related field (math, physics, engineering) and strong CS fundamentals
  • Strong team player - we work in small product teams that work very closely together and are constantly collaborating in order to move as fast as possible
  • Have shipped a desktop application using a traditional or cross-platform toolkit (i.e., Win32 APIs, Cocoa, Carbon, Qt, wxWidgets)
  • 5+ years experience working with modern JavaScript and backend frameworks - we use Angular and Django but if you have a strong eye for clean modular code then you will fit right in
  • Experience and/or interest in semantic HTML/CSS. If this makes you cringe and yearn for something better then we want you


  • Familiarity with print drivers and printing infrastructure
  • Experience with any automated app update system
  • An interest in applying lessons from other approaches and paradigms (i.e. Functional Reactive Programming, Clojure/ClojureScript, etc.)
  • Experience with our stack - Bootstrap, Angular, Django, Celery/RabbitMQ 

FiveStars provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, FiveStars complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Salary is negotiable.

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