Car sales platform SHIFT to hire 100 in Northern Virginia

Get ready NoVa, tech startup SHIFT is set to hire 100 for its new office at the 1776 tech incubator’s Crystal City campus.

Toby Russell, the head of business and product at Shift was quoted that they’ll be hiring for an engineering team that will drive its internal app operations.

Described as “Airbnb for selling cars” the company acts as a facilitator for buying and selling cars. The state of Virginia is chipping in by offering the startup a $1,000 per hire training grant in order to attract more tech businesses.

Jobs on their career site in the DC region include ones for Operations Engineers (and manager), Car Enthusiasts and Automotive Technicians.

We also caught up with Head of Engineering, John Vincent and asked him for some additional insight for candidates. Here’s what he said.

What is your tech stack based on?
Go running on Google App Engine and utilizing REST APIs. We’re building our front end in React. We also have a CRM backend on Salesforce, with an iOS app built on top of this to help ops folks price, inspect, deal with contracts, and logistics. Our mobile presence is mainly iOS at the moment, which we’re using Swift for, and we do plan to venture into Android as we continue to build the team. Last but not least, we’re using a Postgres database running on RDS (AWS).

Why should engineers consider working there?
“Shift is an engineering company, and we’re creating a culture where software engineers can build and thrive. The engineering team is at the core of the company; we drive technical and product strategy and are involved in every aspect of the business. Our approach is taken straight from other great Silicon Valley companies: hire a fantastic team, learn and grow together, and trust each other to do what’s right. There’s no bureaucracy or business people telling us what to do — how can you not get excited about that?”

Best way to impress your recruiters?
“Know your stuff — even our recruiters are technical. give examples of times you’ve blown away expectations!”

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Posted by Shift on Wednesday, January 27, 2016