Creative Engineer

Dovetail's mission is to enable the world to create better products and services through deep customer understanding. We empower 45,000+ people, from agencies to universities to Fortune 100 companies, to make sense of their customer research in one collaborative and powerful research platform.

Dovetail is growing our legendary team of creatives, and we’re looking for talented engineers to join our Creative Studio.

The Creative Studio

You might not expect a startup of Dovetail’s size to have a Creative Studio, but we do things differently here. Design is at the core of everything we do.

Dovetail is a platform for teams to make better decisions by deeply understanding their customers. Our vision is for the Creative Studio to be the creative nucleus for all things at Dovetail, operating as an internal ‘agency’, made up of designers, illustrators, producers, writers, animators, engineers, thinkers, and makers.

Collaborating with folks all over the company, the studio executes on creative projects big, small, and first of their kind at Dovetail. The studio’s primary goal is to expand and evolve our house of brands to resonate with our growing audience, while still maintaining the character and weirdness that makes us unique. This ain’t no corporate gig – we celebrate getting kooky and pushing ourselves creatively.

The studio has the creative freedom and autonomy to explore different styles, mediums, techniques, and ultimately conceive and create distinctive and unforgettable work. Work that doesn't just look good, but makes you feel something too. Initiative always counts, and great ideas will be heard, even if they push the boundaries of what a traditional brand team would do.

Why do all of this in-house?

  • The Creative Studio works closely with internal stakeholders, leading to more and better ideas, and a fast feedback loop.

  • We move fast. Our products are always evolving, and as a result our brand needs to continuously evolve. We want a team who is able to build and maintain context overtime.

  • Good design and visual communication is important to Dovetail, (we have a designer CEO, and design is represented in company leadership). We have a high bar, and we believe we can achieve excellence with our talented team in-house.

We’re inspired by the creative teams at software companies like Figma, Shopify, Intercom, Notion, and Dropbox.

Who you’ll work closely with

Lucy Denton
Head of Design
David Richard
Senior Software Engineer

What you’ll do

  • Jam with the Creative Studio. You’ll work closely with the Creative Director, designers, illustrators, and other engineers on creative projects. Help the team push creative boundaries by contributing your technical expertise and ideas.

  • Build innovative, modern React websites. You’ll need to write great React (with Typescript), have familiarity with CSS-in-JS technologies like Emotion or styled-components, and ideally experience with CMS platforms (Contentful), and static site generators (Gatsby).

  • Drive the technical implementation of our service sites. These include our website, our blog Method in Madness, and our help center. You’ll also contribute to the development of emails, including newsletters, and be involved in relevant work like analytics, website performance monitoring and improvement, and sometimes infrastructure.

  • Answer queries about campaign performance. You’ll help with instrumenting analytics using technologies like Google Tag Manager and Google Analytics; write queries in SQL to answer campaign performance questions; and build marketing analytics dashboards using tools like Metabase and Segment.

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Your background

  • Experience building web products. You’ll need recent React experience, ideally with TypeScript, with an emphasis on performant code. Familiarity with CSS-in-JS tooling (emotion or styled-components) and headless CMS platforms like Contentful are also great plusses.

  • You are pragmatic and flexible. Like your new teammates, you're used to doing what's necessary to get the job done. You'll need to be comfortable with ambiguity, be resourceful to solve problems, and be able to adjust to shifting deadlines and project goals.

  • Attention to detail. You have a high quality bar and will be constantly looking at enhancing the experience for customers. We aren't opposed to pushing pixels and sweating the details – we're a detailed-oriented company that values quality!

  • Experience collaborating with other roles. Experience working with adjacent roles such as engineering, product designers, marketing managers, etc. An understanding of how these roles are involved in the product development process, and how each role adds value to the business.

  • Excellent communication. Skilful, concise communication so you can easily communicate visual concepts and rationalise your decisions. Be able to convey your opinions and feelings with other teammates, founders, and customers. Honest, thoughtful, and transparent communication is critical to our success as a business.

  • A great attitude. The right attitude towards a sense of urgency, risk, and uncertainty about the future that comes with working at an early-stage startup. This is an opportunity to be involved in an exciting journey from the very start.

  • Pragmatism. You'll need to be comfortable with ambiguity, be resourceful to solve problems, and be able to adjust to shifting deadlines and project goals.

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Sydney, Australia
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Competitive salary and equity for all

12 weeks equal paid parental leave

KitKat days, extra paid leave to take a break

Personal learning and development budget

Flexible working hours & work / life balance

Great office complete with pool table and lounge

Monthly social events and annual retreats

Dog friendly – bring your pooch to work

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