Solar Lead Factory: Backend Developer for Rapidly Growing Solar Company

Headquarters: Oakland, CA


“…solar power will be the single largest source of electricity generation… People do not understand the magnitude of the business. It’s really very, very significant.”

– Elon Musk

Once a fringe thing hippies did, “going solar” is now going mainstream. It took over 30 years for the first 1 million solar installations to be completed. It only took another 3 years to install the second million. Over the next 2 years another 1 million homes will go solar and there are 90 million American households to go after that! Solar technology is cheaper, better and more reliable than ever. Unless your head is buried in a coal mine, it’s becoming abundantly clear that solar is the future.

With rapid growth, mainstream adoption, and a presidential mandate to hit a 100% clean-energy economy by 2050 comes massive investment and opportunity in the space. Installation companies are growing quickly, making them hungry for even more growth, and solar continues to accelerate even in a post-COVID world (the industry grew ~37% in 2020 despite the pandemic).

The last thing you want is the power going out during a quarantine, and it’s also a product that saves people money, bolsters family security, and can be sold over the phone. The technology is dialed, the installation process is clean, but it’s still a challenge to find customers. Since customers that convert into sales are the lifeblood of any company, sales leads are the raw tool that unleashes massive growth for solar installers.

Finding qualified customers: that’s what we do at SolarLeadFactory.

About Us:

SolarLeadFactory has helped over 1 million homeowners looking to buy solar. We have helped hundreds of solar installers grow their businesses – and aim to help hundreds more.

Don’t be fooled by our name: we’re more than just a ‘lead-gen company’. Our business is built on a proprietary software platform allowing us to deliver a best in class product, our process allows us to innovate constantly, and our team is top-tier. We have in-house developers, digital marketing experts, and data scientists relentlessly driving the product forward.

Our mission: to unlock consumer demand for solar power.

About You:

You’re looking for a way to make a huge positive difference in the world & help the companies on the front lines of the solar revolution!

You want to be part of a small but driven team making a big impact on one of the most pressing issues of our time. You share some of our core values including “80/20 Thinking”, “Make Learning the Key Metric”, “Always be Testing Something,” and “Master your Craft”.

Most importantly, you love to code, and you and aren’t intimidated by wading into an existing legacy code-base and polishing, maintaining, and improving what’s already been built.

In order to be successful in this position you must be skilled, highly organized, efficient, proactive, analytical, tech savvy, and an excellent communicator.

Do you want to learn? To grow? To make a difference?

Critical Skills:

  • Skill and experience with a LAMP stack running on AWS:
    • OOP php (CI framework)
    • Mysql (Advanced SQL knowledge)
    • API integrations: Stripe, Xero, Facebook, Google, etc
    • AWS services: EC2, RDS, S3, Cloudfront, Route53
    • Basic linux admin skills (command line, restart services, etc)
  • Proficiency with Git
  • Experience with Scrum in software development
  • Solar experience is not required, but an interest in solar is
  • Efficient, fast-moving, doer
  • Ambition to grow
  • Problem solving, ability to find solutions, and getting things done
  • Excellent verbal & written skills
  • Ability to work with a team to find great solutions
  • Up-to-date with current software development processes & technologies
Bonus attributes:

  • Skill & Experience with automated testing & continuous delivery
  • We’re not looking for a full-stack developer for this position but we’ll absolutely consider it if you have the skillset.

Your Mission:

You will play a crucial role in maintaining, optimizing, and improving our lead distribution and processing application and the related microservices we’ve built from scratch over the last nearly 9 years. In other words, there is a considerable code base that needs to be maintained and improved..

Our app does heavy lifting for us, including real-time lead scoring and validation, along with price matching in a complex marketplace dynamic (among numerous other things I can’t list here). We’re constantly evolving to meet needs in a high-growth environment, and there is tech debt we need to accommodate in some areas before we can proceed.

Our development process for new software is based on rapidly changing business objectives, quarterly project work, the needs for refactoring/rebuilding core technology, and responding to day to day technological issues that come up.

Your primary role will be maintaining and optimizing our existing microservices, as well as addressing bugs and other timely issues that come up. You must be extremely comfortable working on/maintaining/improving existing code, as we’re looking for a maintainer/optimizer vs a builder first and foremost, although based on our small team size there may be ample opportunity to work on a variety of projects.

Your day to day will be knocking out weekly Scrum points alongside and managed by our lead software developer who has been with us since 2014. You will work directly with our lead Product Manager, who will be helping to plan weekly sprints, as well as the rest of the team.

What you get out of this:

  • Competitive salary
  • Results driven organization
  • Playing a key role on a small team with a big impact.
  • Remote location – work from anywhere on a North American time zone with fast internet
  • Your input matters! We look for the BEST. Period.
  • Work in an amazing industry. Your friends & family will say “whoa, that’s cool!”
  • Fast-growing, fun-loving company. Get on the rocketship now!
We are shaking up our industry and working day in and day out to get solar on everyone’s roof. Come shape your future & the future of the world.

If you’re game to make a big difference and reap the rewards, come join us!

Please note that our target date for hiring this position is May 15th, 2021.

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