Senior Backend Engineer

Berlin /
Engineering – Engineering /
At Blinkist, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it and support it. We're committed to providing equal employment opportunity and strongly encourage you to apply regardless of race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or gender identity. If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the interview process, please let us know.

We inspire people to keep learning.

Blinkist offers the best selection of nonfiction knowledge, all in an app that makes it easy to fit learning into your life. Through audio and text explainers called Blinks, original podcasts and author-driven content, Blinkist is on a mission to help people turn ordinary moments into extraordinary learning opportunities—anytime, anywhere.

Blinkist was created in 2012 right in the heart of Berlin. We’ve been selected as one of the Top 25 Startups in Germany by LinkedIn, and are amongst Berlin’s top 3 employers based on Glassdoor and Kununu ratings.

Team: Cross-functional product development team
Location: Berlin or Remotely (within similar time zone)
Contract: Unlimited at 40h per week
Working hours: Flexible working hours with a great policy for working from home
Apply by: September 30, 2020

Your Role

    • You will be a part of our cross-functional teams and take ownership of managing and extending our backend services
    • You will leverage technical expertise in building backend architecture and infrastructure at scale to positively impact millions of users
    • You will produce high-quality maintainable code, test it, collaboratively review it and ship it
    • You will identify areas to improve and scale our architecture and services
    • You will work and communicate in our collaborative environment. Give and receive feedback to build trust, transparency, and elevate your peers
Your Profile

To be successful in this role, we believe you need to have 3+ years of experience with Ruby and database technologies in a senior role with a focus on performance and scalability. We want someone who is comfortable working with AWS, and we see the knowledge of Terraform as a plus. You’re passionate about mentoring other people in the team, and already have some experience doing it.

Beyond that, we want to hear from you: Why is this role a great fit for you?

What’s in it for you

At Blinkist, we’ve flipped the script and moved beyond rigid classic management hierarchies. Instead, our Blinkist Operating System fosters a unique company culture valuing self-empowerment, personal development, direct communication, transparency, and mutual support.

We offer a permanent role based in Berlin-Neukölln. Our perks don't try to keep you at the office and you can decide on your hours or work remotely whenever you like. We support each other and carve out opportunities for you to grow in your skillset and career. At Blinkist, leadership is a sparring partner, not a micromanager. To find out more about life at Blinkist, visit our careers site.

Please send your application by September 30, 2020. We can't wait to hear from you!