Principal Software Architect at The RealReal

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The RealReal

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The luxury business is a $1.5 trillion dollar industry, and we’re revolutionizing it one consignment at a time. Let us explain. We started small. Working at her kitchen table and visiting consignor homes with a U-Haul, our fearless leader CEO Julie Wainwright built The RealReal out of her own home. Today, it’s the premier site for online luxury consignment with multiple locations across the United States that accept and ship product worldwide.

Job title
Principal Software Architect
Job listing last updated at
Jul 10, 2019
Job listing location
San Francisco, HQ
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Bay Area company location: 55 Francisco St, San Francisco CA

Job description

The RealReal is leading the way in authenticated luxury consignment, online and in real life at our brick and mortar locations. Founded in 2011, we’re growing fast and fundamentally changing the way people buy and sell luxury — a multi-billion dollar industry. With a team of in-house experts who inspect every item we sell, our commitment to authenticity sets us apart and creates a foundation of trust with shoppers and consignors. Our mission to extend the life cycle of luxury items is leading innovation in sustainable fashion. We’re proud to promote the circular economy and to be the first luxury member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s prestigious CE100 USA.

Employees at The RealReal are dedicated, collaborative and innovative, and we’re looking for exceptional talent to join our team. Build your career with us and enjoy 401K matching, health, dental and vision insurance, commuter flex spending, healthcare flex spending, generous PTO, a mother’s room, and flexible work hours!

As Principal Platform Architect you will be responsible for designing, architecting and ensuring best practices are applied to all platform systems at The RealReal. You will work closely with the CTO, Engineering Directors and DevOps leadership to evolve our platform over time.

We are a growth company which will requires you to ensure that the platform can scale for our needs today and over the coming years. Your ability to help create scalable architectures and operational environments is critical.

You will lead an exceptional organization of highly capable engineers and will develop and grow the organization according to the needs of the business. This is a highly visible and hands-on leadership role.

This position is based in San Francisco, CA and will report to the Chief Technology Officer.


  • Provide technical/software development leadership and architectural guidance
  • Design and maintain APIs for the rest of the Engineering organization
  • Extract functionality from the Ruby on Rails monolith into Elixir services
  • Migrate our REST APIs to GraphQL


  • B.S degree or equivalent
  • 10+ years of professional engineering experience
  • Ruby on Rails and/or Erlang/Elixir experience
  • SOA/microservices experience


  • GraphQL experience
  • E-commerce experience
  • Kafka experience or similar technologies
  • Excellent analytical/troubleshooting skills
  • Strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit

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