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Software Engineer - Desktop



Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA · New York, NY, USA · United States
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 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!

We’re looking for a desktop engineer to join our native apps team and continue making our desktop app the best way to experience Figma on macOS and Windows. The Figma Desktop Engineering team is highly collaborative and most projects cover a wide technical scope given the nature and customer impact of the app. We strive to foster a positive, inclusive culture — you can read more about our engineering values on our blog.
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:
  • Work closely with designers and PMs to ensure the best desktop experience for Figma
  • Shape requirements and lead engineering projects relating to the desktop and web experiences
  • Share responsibility for testing, releasing, and maintaining our desktop application and related developer tools and processes
  • Communicate and document architectural designs, requirements, and best practices
  • Provide thoughtful feedback to others on the team
  • Help interview and recruit more talented engineers to Figma
Some projects you could work on:
  • Creating brand new native features like a tray menu, screen recording, notifications, and window/tab management
  • Augmenting web features like supporting locally installed fonts, caption generation for voice calls, force touch support, and OS menu integrations
We'd love to hear from you if you have:
  • 3+ years experience developing cross-platform JavaScript applications using Electron, Node, and React or working in large C/C++ codebases (e.g. browsers, compilers, or kernels)
  • Experience or the ability to learn and work in multiple languages (TypeScript, C++, Rust)
While it’s not required, it’s an added plus if you also have:
  • Familiarity with native operating system APIs (Win32, Cocoa/UIKit, iOS, Android)
  • Familiarity with the internals of Electron, Chromium, Node.js and V8, and deep understanding of JavaScript (e.g. memory management/garbage collection, event loop, microtasks)
  • Previous experience improving Continuous Integration systems for Electron-based projects and integration with their web counterpart systems around performance, costs, and developer experience
  • Experience working with Figma & FigJam to have a strong sense of user empathy
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 accommodations-ext@figma.com. 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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