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Software Architect

Software Engineering · Seattle, Washington

First Mode is a carbon reduction company developing creative, clean energy solutions for heavy industry’s toughest problems.

We hope you’ll join us in building a brighter future for people and planet.

The ideal candidate has a passion for breaking down complex problems, architecting solutions and working with a team to deliver those solutions to the customer. A self-starting attitude and desire to learn everything about the system under design from all disciplines and team members is desired.

Position Responsibilities

  • Define and develop system architectures, then lead teams to build and deliver
  • Develop software requirements for projects and products
  • Support the development of internal technical principles and quality standards
  • Support the growth of the technical team through teaching and mentorship
  • Work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment
  • Travel within the United States and internationally to represent First Mode to its customers, vendors, and partners

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years commercial software development experience and familiarity with agile software development processes.
  • Demonstrated experience as a solution architect across large program of work.
  • Familiarity with developing simulation models, or other HPC models
  • Experience developing simulation tools
  • Experience leading a technical team through all phases of project lifecycle
  • Experience in developing and maintaining systems hosted in either Azure, AWS, or GCP
  • Strong Python development skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Have experienced one or more complete product lifecycles
  • Possess a diverse experience base, with comprehension of low and high-level software
  • Experience in development within a multi-disciplinary team; the ability to “reach across the aisle” to other engineering disciplines to arrive at a functional total system
  • Passion for teaching and mentoring others


  • This position will be located at First Mode’s headquarters in Seattle, WA and will be required to work in office >60% of working hours


Total Rewards

Base Salary Range: $156,500 - $233,500

   Senior Engineer II: $156,500 - $211,500

   Principal Engineer I: $172,500 - $233,500


Benefits & Perks

  • Annual bonus incentive
  • Equity-based awards
  • 100% employer-paid health insurance (medical, dental, vision)
  • 401(k) retirement account with a 3% employer contribution from the start of employment
  • Flexible PTO with 12 weeks of supplementary paid parental leave
  • Commuter benefits (parking & public transportation)
  • A culture that encourages professional growth with learning and development reimbursements
  • Open and collaborative workspace with free office snacks and lunches
  • Hybrid work model


First Mode is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with First Mode is governed on the basis of merit, competence, and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.