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Lead Full Stack Software Engineer 0219

Engineering | Mountain View, CA | Full Time

Job Description

IMVU is seeking a full stack software engineer to join our FIRE Team. As part of the FIRE team you are responsible for our main revenue stream. You get to work with payment systems, fraud systems, new features, and long-proven features. You enhance internal tools used by customer support, marketing, indirect sales teams, and other internal teams. You build new customer facing features that drive immediate customer delight. In short, you are ready to take on emergency fixes that take an hour, internal stakeholder features that take a week and projects that can take a few weeks. You are part of the engineering team that keeps our customers happy and our business running, and everyone loves you for it. This is why you have so much autonomy, because you know how to do the right thing.


  • BA/BS in Computer Science, related technical field or equivalent practical experience.

  • Minimum 7 years experience as a software engineer

  • A firm grasp of Computer Science fundamentals including object oriented design, data structures, algorithm design, problem solving and complexity analysis

  • Skilled at traversing existing code and deciding when to make short-term fixes and when to refactor a system

  • Experience balancing short-term vs. long-term needs, business needs, customer needs, quality and time to market

  • Willing and able to push back when appropriate to do the right thing by the customer and the business

  • You are comfortable working, learning and debugging in multiple languages such as Python, C++, Javascript and PHP


  • Experience working with a RESTful LAMP stack

  • You are familiar with the HTTP protocol, particularly with respect to headers and caching rules

  • You are knowledgeable in the general heuristics for cache-ability

  • Expert understanding of CSS and how it works with JavaScript and HTML

  • Strong working knowledge of cross platform/browser compatibility issues (IE, Firefox, Safari, Chrome)

  • Familiar with Backbone, Handlebars, SASS, or other adjacent technologies

  • You are a security expert

  • Have worked with test driven development in the past, specifically integration tools such as Selenium, Jasmine, QUnit, or similar

  • You've made contributions to open source projects (i.e. code we can review)

  • You have experience writing in Haskell or adjacent functional programming language

  • You have some basic DevOPS experience and you are not be afraid of diving into the CLI and shell to unblock yourself


IMVU, Inc. ( is an online social entertainment destination where members use 3D avatars to meet new people, chat, create and play games with their friends. Our developers are given significant autonomy over their work: we hire smart people and trust them to use their creativity and talents to do right by their peers and our customers. We are longstanding evangelists of Continuous Deployment, strong supporters of open source software and we spawned the Lean Startup movement. We value humility, open collaboration and foster an environment that supports learning from and mentoring others. We want you to grow your talent and career. We'll provide plenty of interesting challenges and strong support to ensure your success. At IMVU, we solve challenging problems and create amazing products together every day! Check out some of what we're doing on our Engineering blog:


  • Please try out our core product before you apply. We’d like you to understand our products and have some understanding of our customers.
  • Please include a cover letter. Make sure to discuss why you are interested in learning more about IMVU. Job applications without cover letters will not be considered.

IMVU is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.