Staff Backend Software Engineer

Engineering /
Full-Time /
Zuma is pioneering the future of customer interactions with our AI-driven leasing agent, Kelsey, transforming the rental market experience for consumers and property manager alike. Our innovative platform is crafted from the ground up, integrating artificial intelligence, machine learning, to boost sales conversions and enhance support capabilities for property management business across the country. As one of Los Angeles's fastest-growing startups, Zuma has over +17M in funding and support from world-renowned investors, including Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), Y Combinator, King River, Range Ventures, and distinguished angel investors like YC’s former COO, Qasar Younis.

With our headquarters in Los Angeles, USA, Zuma sells its product nationally and is scaling rapidly. Achieving our vision requires a team of passionate, innovative individuals eager to leverage technology to redefine customer-business interactions. We're on the hunt for exceptional talent ready to join our mission and contribute to building a groundbreaking technology that reshapes how businesses engage with customers. Join us in our journey to revolutionize the rental industry and beyond, making seamless, AI-enhanced interactions the new standard.

Zuma is seeking a visionary Staff Backend Engineer to join our team and revolutionize our backend systems. As a leader in our organization, you will have the opportunity to develop cutting-edge best practices, shape key architecture-level decisions, and spearhead highly complex projects for our AI and API integrations team. By mentoring and collaborating with a diverse group of junior and senior software engineers, you will contribute to their growth and empower them to reach new heights. Joining us means becoming part of a company on a fast growth track, where job security is virtually assured, and making a lasting, significant impact on the technology sector


    • Designing and developing complex high-quality backend software solutions for our AI team and Large Language models (LLMs)
    • Scaling infrastructure with Kubernetes, VPC deployments, load balancers
    • Collaborating with cross-functional teams to define and implement software requirements
    • Ensuring robustness and scalability by leading best practices for testing, architecture, and code quality
    • Providing technical guidance and mentoring to junior and senior team members


    • Bachelor's or master's degree in computer science or a related field
    • Minimum of 10 years of experience in backend software development
    • Excellent communication skills and experience collaborating with customer-facing product teams
    • Experience leading or managing technical teams
    • Working knowledge of Python and Typescript
    • Strong proficiency in languages and frameworks such as Javascript, Typescript, Python, ExpressJS, NodeJS, MongoDB/NoSQL, and Rust
    • Extensive experience with micro-service backend frameworks and technologies, as well as server-less architectures
    • Extensive experience with database systems and query optimization
    • Experience working with LLMs and supporting LLM architectures at scale
    • Excellent problem-solving and debugging skills
    • Startup experience and a scrappy/flexible mindset