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Software Engineer - FigJam



Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA · New York, NY, USA · United States
Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Figma is growing our team of passionate people on a mission to make design accessible to all. Born on the Web, Figma helps entire product teams brainstorm, design and build better products — from start to finish. Whether it’s consolidating tools, simplifying workflows, or collaborating across teams and time zones, Figma makes the design process faster, more efficient, and fun while keeping everyone on the same page. From great products to long-lasting companies, we believe that nothing great is made alone—come make with us!

FigJam is an online whiteboard for teams to ideate and brainstorm together. Purpose-built for every stage of your end-to-end workflows, FigJam makes everything from whiteboarding to design sprints easier and more fun — whether you’re working alone or collaborating with your extended team, no matter where in the world they’re based.

This is Figma’s newest standalone product offering and is still in its earliest stages of opportunity; we’ll look to you to help own and shape product direction as we explore this greenfield space. You’ll use our unique technical stack to solve complex technical challenges and help launch some of FigJam’s most compelling forthcoming features.

We use C++ (we call it fullscreen) for the main canvas working space in FigJam, which compiles to WebAssembly to run in the browser and enables our powerful performance and rendering capability - an industry setting standard for what is possible on the web. We use React and Typescript for our UI, where things like our toolbar and context menus live; it works in close concert with the WebAssembly layer, so we can offer a responsive, interactive, and delightful user experience. Livegraph is Figma’s own implementation of GraphQL, which helps us query data from our databases efficiently. We occasionally dabble in REST APIs and our infrastructure code as well!

Figma is a highly collaborative organization and most projects are owned by small teams of 2-3 people. You’ll form strong relationships and collaborate with engineers outside of your immediate team, designers, leaders, PMs, data scientists, and user researchers to both scale our product efforts and invest in each other’s learning, growth, and success. We strive to foster an inclusive culture that promotes equity and belonging, and use our engineering values to guide how we work together: communicate early and often, lift your team, focus on craftsmanship, and prioritize impact. Learn more about our values and how we developed them here.

This is a full-time role that can be held from one of our US hubs or remotely in the United States

What you’ll do at Figma:

  • Ship a feature to production, which might include things like a UX update to our delightful toolbar.
  • Participate in design reviews, technical reviews, and give feedback during user testing sessions.
  • Craft performance objectives with your manager that align with company priorities and career development opportunities.
  • Begin contributing to feature workstreams organized around weekly roadmap goals and longer-term milestones in partnership with engineers and designers - we don’t operate in silos.

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • 4+ years of experience in programming languages (Typescript/Javascript, React, C++, Python, Java, Objective-C, Go, or Rust)
  • 4+ years of professional experience shipping user-facing features or products
  • Experience communicating and working across functions to proactively drive solutions

While not required, it’s an added plus if you also have:

  • Experience working on or leading development on a large web application.
  • Experience writing C++ (or related languages such as Objective C or C) in a user-facing context (e.g. gaming, native applications).
  • Experience working on collaboration tools
  • Experience in and a desire to teach fellow engineers through pairing, code review, and in-the-moment feedback.
At Figma, one of our values is Grow as you go. We believe in hiring smart, curious people who are excited to learn and develop their skills. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with the points outlined in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Pay Transparency Disclosure

If based in Figma’s San Francisco or New York hub offices, this role has the annual base salary range stated below.

Job level and actual compensation will be decided based on factors including, but not limited to, individual qualifications objectively assessed during the interview process (including skills and prior relevant experience, potential impact, and scope of role), market demands, and specific work location. The listed range is a guideline, and the range for this role may be modified. For roles that are available to be filled remotely, the pay range is localized according to employee work location by a factor of between 80% and 100% of range. Please discuss your specific work location with your recruiter for more information.

Figma offers equity to employees, as well a competitive package of additional benefits, including health, dental & vision, retirement with company contribution, parental leave & reproductive or family planning support, mental health & wellness benefits, generous PTO, company recharge days, a learning & development stipend, a work from home stipend, and cell phone reimbursement. Figma also offers sales incentive pay for most sales roles. Figma’s compensation and benefits are subject to change and may be modified in the future. You may view our Pay Transparency Policy by clicking on the corresponding link.

Annual Base Salary Range (SF/NY Hub):
$149,000$350,000 USD

At Figma we celebrate and support our differences. We know employing a team rich in diverse thoughts, experiences, and opinions allows our employees, our product and our community to flourish. Figma is an equal opportunity workplace - we are dedicated to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity/expression, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

We will work to ensure individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to apply for a role, participate in the interview process, perform essential job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. If you require accommodation, please reach out to These modifications enable an individual with a disability to have an equal opportunity not only to get a job, but successfully perform their job tasks to the same extent as people without disabilities.

Examples of accommodations include but are not limited to:

  • Holding interviews in an accessible location
  • Enabling closed captioning on video conferencing
  • Ensuring all written communication be compatible with screen readers
  • Changing the mode or format of interviews

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