Full Stack Software Engineer (Python AND Javascript)

Employer: Rackspace
Job Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Category: Software/QA/DBA
Employment Type: Full Time
Last Updated: 3/20/2017
Closing Date: 4/14/2017
Rackspace, the #1 managed cloud company, helps businesses tap the power of cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it on their own. Rackspace engineers deliver specialized expertise, easy-to-use tools, and Fanatical Support® for leading technologies including AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, VMware and others. The company serves customers in 150 countries, including more than half of the FORTUNE 100. Rackspace has been honored by Fortune, Forbes, and others as one of the best companies to work for.
Job Description

Rackspace is seeking a talented full stack Software Developer for our Cloud Control Panel and Platform teams. You will be working primarily in Python, Javascript, HTML, and CSS building world class web applications for Rackspace services. You'll work with a strong, passionate engineering team writing great software by using the best engineering practices in the industry. Passion for all aspects of software development is a must.


  • Write server-side Python code that powers the user interface and build new features

  • Write quality, clean, maintainable code and automated tests using engineering best practices (unit testing, continuous integration, automation etc.) to ship code out to production multiple times a day

  • Contribute to architectural decisions to improve service reliability and security

  • Collaborate with other software engineers, product managers, user experience designers, and operations engineers on a daily basis

  • Provide Fanatical support for our web applications running in production by measuring error rates, fixing defects, and helping turn common customer errors into better experiences

  • Continuously invest in personal learning to help yourself and the team grow

Job Requirements

  • BS in Computer Science or related field with 3+ years practical engineering experience in building and running web applications

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Intermediate-level knowledge of the Python language

  • Intermediate-level knowledge of Object Oriented programming

  • Familiarity with common Python frameworks such as Flask, Django, or Twisted

  • Ability to turn mockups from designers into code

  • Disciplined approach to quality engineering via automated testing (Pyunit, etc.)

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Multitasking skills, ability to pay attention to detail and maintaining focus under a fast paced environment

Top candidates also have some of the following experience:

  • Modern front end technologies (HTML5, CSS, Javascript / React)

  • Service Oriented Architecture and RESTful web services development

  • Deploying services with high customer traffic to an IAAS provider (Rackspace Cloud, AWS, Azure, GCE)

  • Working with Agile/Lean engineering practices (continuous delivery, test driven development, pair programming, etc)

  • Understanding of web technologies (HTTP, web servers (NGINX, Apache), databases (Cassandra, MySQL)) and familiarity with Linux

  • Experience working on a distributed team

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