Providence Health & Services Senior Software Engineer, Developer Experience in Seattle, Washington


The Digital Innovation Group (DIG) at Providence St. Joseph Health is a small but mighty product development and incubation team that is building next-gen tools that give patients convenient and easy access to healthcare virtually anywhere, anytime. Our goal as a disruptive engineering organization within PSJH is to provide a 10x better customer experience with technology and processes to patients and providers alike. We’re looking for candidates at mid to senior level in helping us out.

We are seeking a Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA that is a polyglot developer who has a knack for understanding how things work under the hood or have the curiosity to learn things in a very small amount of time. You are a force multiplier: a developer who makes everyone around her/him better. You put the experience of your audience or the customer first. You have a penchant for learning or know intimately well some of these concepts:

  • Programming Language Runtimes and how different languages vary in their demands on compilation, execution and system resources like cpu, memory, I/O etc. e.g. Garbage collection algorithms

  • Not satisfied with status quo when it comes to Engineering problems and practices. You ask questions within reason and objectively to improve the quality of work and experience in amongst your team and your customers

  • Understand or are curious about how toolchains you use every day work – e.g. Git, what is a 3-way merge?

  • Understand the best practices around Operational Excellence e.g. SLO vs SLA, percentile latencies and how to write code to compute that e.g. How many hours in a year is 99.99% uptime

  • Understand or are curious about Linux (or UNIX like) Operating Systems Principles or the networking stack e.g. Understanding command line tools to debug high disk I/O or Load Balancing algorithms employed for High Availability

  • Well-read in modern cloud deployment and development best practices or display a penchant for learning the same e.g. containers and Kubernetes

  • Has some idea about client-server protocols, distributed systems paradigms and the open source landscape supporting them e.g. leader election principles, what is Zookeeper or etcd

  • Has an understanding or the penchant for learning the data layer that supports programming paradigms e.g. ACID databases vs NoSQL document oriented databases

  • Usually a bits and pieces player. You’re debugging a latency issue in the morning, and reading about how to transfer files between two servers effectively in the evening


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • B.S. or higher in Computer Science (and Engineering) OR equivalent combination of education and relevant experience

  • 5 years of experience in a few languages including (but not limited to) Python, Golang, command line scripting like bash and awk, Java and Node.JS

  • Knows deeply the developer workflow on how code is built, stored, deployed and run. And on what kind of hardware and why? i.e. CI/CD processes, deployment strategies, availability best practices etc.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • M.S. or higher in Computer Science (and Engineering) OR equivalent combination of education and relevant experience

  • 8 years of experience in a few languages including (but not limited to) Python, Golang, command line scripting like bash and awk, Java and Node.JS

  • Experience building complex software systems that have been successfully delivered to customers

  • Knowledge of professional software engineering practices & best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations

  • Experience in communicating with users, other technical teams, and management to collect requirements, describe software product features, and technical designs

  • Experience with developing automated internal frameworks, increasing developer and release velocity, improving code health and building developer tools

  • Understands security best practices around writing robust code and is well read on practices on how to secure the runtime of an application

We offer:

  • A small but growing team - we’re good at what we do and enjoy working together.

  • Autonomy and respect from day one

  • An environment that is scrappy, flexible, and values tenacity

  • Great pay

  • Generous vacation, benefits, flexible work, and matched 403b

  • The best tools money can buy

What else:

You’ll be surrounded by a team of people who have transformed industries and have come to Providence to transform health care delivery. You will have the best of both worlds- the exhilaration of an incubation organization paired with the resources and security of an industry healthcare leader.

What drives us:

As employees of the Providence Digital Innovation Group, we passionately serve the people of our community. We are dedicated to removing obstacles that limit access to quality health care and enabling people to live healthier lives.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details

Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services guided by a Mission of caring the Sisters of Providence began over 160 years ago. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Information Technology

Location: Washington-Seattle

Req ID: 200687