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Senior Python Engineer
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job Title

Senior Python Engineer

Job Description

Job Summary:

The Sr Python Engineer is responsible for delivering software that serves as a backbone of integration between RedShelf and its business partners.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Build and enhance functionality critical to the success of the business
  • Work as a team to deconstruct and tackle stories
  • Take on stories and drive them to completion with little to no oversight
  • Advocate for paying down technical debt and use development approaches that minimize the growth of new technical debt
  • Coach junior members of your team in software development best practices, architecture, technology and process
  • Lead by example


  • Telecommuting is OK
  • No Agencies Please


  • 5+ years of experience creating enterprise-grade server-side Python applications
  • Proficiency in designing, developing, deploying and scaling Python-based REST APIs
  • Experience building applications with Django
  • Experience with ORMs, such as Django ORM or SQLAlchemy
  • Expert knowledge of SQL
  • Expert knowledge of the Python language and its ecosystem
  • Proven track record working with products from major cloud providers (AWS, GCP, Azure, etc.)
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Strong testing mindset with experience writing tests at various levels of granularity
  • Familiarity with Continuous Integration tools (GitHub actions, Travis-CI, AWS Codebuild, etc.)
  • A history of good collaboration with Data Engineers, QA Engineers, Release Engineers
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience/Comfort working with multiple teams across time zones
  • Ideal candidate is self-sufficient and highly motivated, self-directed and possesses high energy and a passion for RedShelf’s mission
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills

Other Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Back-office experience, particularly with Billing and Accounting Automation
  • Full-stack experience
  • Experience in the EdTech (Educational Technology) workspace

About the Company

Founded in 2012 and recently named one of the nation’s fastest-growing private businesses by Inc. Magazine, RedShelf is a Chicago-based EdTech company helping to make education both more affordable and more effective through the use of digital instructional resources. Partnering with more than 400 publishers and 1,900 campuses nationwide, we provide leading-edge digital course materials and an end-to-end Content Delivery System for effortlessly distributing those materials.

RedShelf prides itself on maintaining an informal but fast-moving, hard-working, entrepreneurial culture. Our team members are smart, innovative, and passionate about improving education through digital technology.

We offer the best of both worlds: the energy and opportunity of a rapidly-growing organization, coupled with the stability of an extensive client base, strong financial backing, and proven track record of success. In addition to a forward-thinking environment with ample opportunity for professional and personal growth, our team members enjoy competitive compensation and benefit packages.

RedShelf is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, individuals with a disability, veterans, and others who would enrich the diversity of RedShelf are encouraged to apply.

Contact Info

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