A staff software engineer is one of the key members of an organization's technical team, working with other employees to develop, maintain, and repair company software for maximum efficiency and usability. This involves identifying problems within computer programs, creating and implementing solutions to deal with them, and keeping company technical architecture running as smoothly and effectively as possible. Staff software engineers usually work under a senior team member who develops the company's technical policies and goals, and follow this supervisor's direction to identify and resolve organizational issues and needs.
Staff software engineers spend the bulk of their working time with computers and other technology, both troubleshooting issues and creating new software. They may work with one or more other employees under the supervision of a department head. Additionally, these engineers usually take a certain number of continuing education classes each year to stay up to date on developments in the field; they may also be asked to attend conferences on behalf of their employer as another method of learning of new information and/or representing the company within the industry.
The position of staff software engineer typically requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, or a related technical field. Some positions also require a master's degree. Individuals who are interested in becoming staff software engineers should be team players, be able to take direction well, and be able to communicate and work well with others to achieve organizational goals.
Staff Software Engineer Tasks
- Develop coding and design tasks to ensure software meets specified performance and reliability requirements.
- Conduct systems programming and systems support activities.
- Design, deploy and support best in class software development processes and tools.
- Define the module specific requirements for software development projects.