Pre-Launch Co is hiring a

Sr. Backend Engineer

Charlotte, United States

High Alpha is hiring key team members for a new B2B SaaS startup in Indianapolis. This position will be with High Alpha’s latest company, which is pre-public launch. You’ll work closely with the internal High Alpha team while reporting directly to the CTO. If you’ve ever been interested in working at a company from scratch as a member of the initial team, this is it!

As a Senior Backend Engineer and an early team member, you'll be instrumental in developing our product and shaping the culture of our team. Working closely with the CTO, product design, and marketing teams, you’ll build impactful features that meet our performance, scalability, and reliability standards. As the team grows, you'll guide and mentor other engineers and focus on making the engineering team more efficient, more focused, and a great place to be. You'll also be a hands-on architect, balancing your time between system design and implementation.

We're looking for someone excited to start with a blank page and create a new platform from the ground up. This is your opportunity to build a debt-free foundation and influence technical direction, development practices, and performance metrics from the start. Opinionated customer advocates are encouraged to apply.

What You’ll Do:

  • Collaborate with a small group of stakeholders to refine technical direction, craft system designs, and help guide scoping and prioritization decisions.
  • Design, build, and deploy scalable, secure, and performant backend components, APIs, and services.
  • Help to establish our foundational infrastructures and release activities, including automated QA, CI/CD pipelines, etc.
  • Actively monitor the health of our codebase, looking for inefficiencies, technical debt, or anti-patterns, and work with the team to identify and implement solutions.
  • Be a champion of quality, security, and performance.
  • Guide and mentor other engineers and assist with new hire onboarding.

What You’ll Need: 

You'll need to have architected, developed, and deployed large-scale, distributed, and mission-critical systems. You must have expertise in NodeJS, TypeScript, and related backend development technologies. You’ll need proven experience with various database and data management tools such as RDBMS, NoSQL, and graph databases. As a senior member of the team, you have a meaningful level of experience with systems design, design patterns, and architectural trade-off analysis. You should also have experience deploying, monitoring, and scaling in the cloud and have a strong foundation in Computer Science fundamentals such as data structures and algorithms.

  • 5+ years of experience in software development and system design, including common distributed system architectural patterns.
  • Expertise in designing and developing backend platforms and systems using NodeJS, Javascript, TypeScript, and related technologies.
  • Hands-on experience with cloud-based technologies such as GCP, AWS, or Azure.
  • Deep working knowledge of core web concepts and technologies.
  • Experience with cross-browser compatibility, accessibility, and APIs.
  • Experience with SQL, related RDBMSs, and NoSQL database technologies. Graph database experience is a huge plus.
  • Desire and ability to work in a fast-paced early-stage startup environment.



  • $120k - $150k annual salary based on experience
  • Great benefits, including healthcare, dental, and vision coverage for employees
  • Equity grants
  • Monthly equipment stipend to cover laptop, monitor, and any software or equipment you may need

Our Values:


We constantly challenge ourselves to push boundaries, defy conventional wisdom, and take smart risks by pursuing big opportunities hiding in plain sight.


We push ourselves and portfolio companies to build processes and systems that compress time, speed, and decision-making to produce results faster.


We demand the best from ourselves, our team, and our partners. We create the context for success by providing the appropriate resources, infrastructure, training, and mentorship required to win.

High Alpha is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity at our company. We don’t discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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