Lead Engineer / Head of Engineering



Toronto, ON, Canada · Remote
Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2020

At Phaze, we're enabling stored value to be used for payments and transactions. Phaze aims to disrupt fiat transfers to consumers.

The world needs something in between closed economies and real world spending.

Hence the name Phaze, pronounced Phase which means "a distinct period or stage in a series of events or a process of change or development.”

Phaze is a payments infrastructure provider connecting enterprise platforms with retailers and brands worldwide. It has an established network of relationships with gift card aggregators, payments processors, loyalty program managers and platforms who store end-user value.

Though Phaze’s white-label APIs, customers are able to instantly buy digital gift cards, make credit card payments and pay mobile phone bills using their stored value with apps and platforms. Our APIs connect to 2,300+ brands and 500+ mobile operations in over 150 countries. We focus on liquidity, payment processing and order fulfillment so that our partners can focus on what they do best.

Who We Are Looking For

We are looking for a talented Lead Engineer with the vision to take over our tech stack, add innovative features to our existing MVP and make strategic technology decisions for the company. The ideal candidate will have the ambition to build a scalable online and mobile application, the hands-on technical talent to create it, and the network and willingness to manage and grow a world-class engineering team. You thrive in a startup environment and are comfortable with quick pivots, short deadlines and ever-changing responsibilities.

  • Lead the technical vision, strategy, and implementation for Phaze by designing the product architecture layout, planning tech design and product roadmap, and other business-critical tech decisions.

  • Work with and manage other engineers on your team to build our marketplace to connect small, local businesses and their customers.

  • Play a critical role in day-to-day coding, code reviews, and troubleshooting production issues.

  • Hire, mentor and manage a world-class team of engineers as Phaze scales

  • Improve and optimize the application architecture and clean up any tech debt

  • Launch and manage operating process automation solutions including, but not limited to, bug fixing, task execution, and tech support.

  • Explore, implement and manage third-party services used in the application

  • Build and maintain an agile development culture within the engineering team

  • Study new practices, discover the technology, be in a constant state of learning and self-education

  • Collaborate with other departments such as sales, operations, and products to provide a simple and intuitive application to both our business partners and their customers.

  • Create and maintain technical documentation

  • Design, maintain and deploy scalable and secure features to help make our API and SDK accessible and seamless to use.

  • Work with engineers and senior leadership to develop product features from initial specs and API development to public release.

  • Collaborate with clients’ engineering team to support the integration of Phaze’s SDK and provide technical support to business development efforts.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of system inter-dependencies and limitations.

  • Bring enthusiasm and share your knowledge in performance, scalability, enterprise system architecture, and engineering excellence.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Comfortable in a fast-changing start-up environment
  • Interest in the payment and fintech space
  • Solid expertise in data structures and algorithms
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field
  • 5+ years of experience programming with modern languages
  • Expertise working with RESTful APIs
  • Strong knowledge of PostgreSQL, React, Node.js and AWS
  • Obsession with quality, operational excellence, and customer experience
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical abilities
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and an ability to work in a team environment
  • Interest in building and mentoring an engineering team as the company grows.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in Javascript, Node.js (Actionherojs framework), React.js, Redis, Redux, HTML/CSS, AWS Stack, Amazon SQS, Amazon Cognito, Bitbucket.

  • Able to show previous products and specific contributions to them.

  • Expertise working in the payments space

Phaze provides a full range of benefits for our global employees and their eligible family members. This position is eligible for further pay increases and bonuses at the company's discretion. Eligible employees may also receive signing bonuses and Phaze Restricted Stock Units. Phaze benefits may include:

Health Care
Paid Time Off
Stock Options

Phaze is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation