Senior Backend Engineer

Product Engineering

Paws is disrupting the global pet industry, bringing game changing innovation and customer wow to the way we love and live with our pets. Worldwide, 57% of consumers have a pet, it's a $100bn dollar global industry. Yet caring for an animal isn't always affordable or easy. We're changing that.

We believe that with all the benefits of the digital age, nothing can beat a familiar wet nose or wagging tail, and that the relationships between pets and their owners are some of the deepest and most positive on the planet. Paws is also dedicated to helping less fortunate pets, by supporting shelters, plus encouraging and educating pet owners in new and engaging ways.

You’ll be joining our founding team of experienced, successful startup high flyers and entrepreneurs (multiple £100m+ exits previously), in our state of the art HQ near Exmouth Market - and you can bring your dog to work of course!

You’ll be joining a technology driven organisation starting from the ground up. Working closely with our experienced team, you’ll have the opportunity to shape the product from the beginning and be part of a truly disruptive business in a very exciting space.

As a company we are low on politics, strive for excellence, and adopt a customer centric and lean approach to everything we do.

If you crave autonomy, want to work in a place that will be challenging, rewarding and with other people you will learn from, you’ve come to the right place.

What will you be doing, we hear you ask?

Solving problems for our customers whilst building cutting edge best in class solutions to address these
Building our public api to serve all of our clients
Being super productive writing high quality, simple clean code
Keeping coupling high, and cohesion low
Working across all areas of the Cynefin framework
Working with TDD
Pair Programming within a full stack cross-functional team


Polyglot Engineer with experience across a range of technologies
Commercial experience of Rails at scale on consumer products
Fast learner and early adopter
Experience with API management at scale
Experience in Retail E-Commerce is a bonus
Adaptable and pragmatic
Team player
Experience in Lean methodologies
Experience in Javascript and frontend technologies is a bonus
Experience in deployment and monitoring with Heroku / AWS / Google Cloud is a bonus


- Failure 'breeds' opportunity
We retro everything, learn from our mistakes and are candid with one another about how to improve.

- 11x
Spinal Tap took it to 11 - so are we. We have a grand vision, a superteam to execute on it, a brand new swanky office near Exmouth Market, significant funding and a culture of never thinking small. Great just isn't good enough.

- Love the customer
At the heart of our purpose is the customer. If they aren't thrilled with everything we do then we just aren’t fulfilling our vision and purpose.

- We take everyone on the journey
All meetings, notes, off-sites, socials,  conversations are open. There is no hierarchy here. Be seen and be heard regardless of your role.

- Think beyond yourself
Enjoying the journey is a must. We spend most of our lives at work so it has to be enjoyable. We are kind, considerate and a sociable bunch. We have weekly socials, regular team lunches, and bi-annual parties.

To live these values we look for people that are,

Thoughtful, entrepreneurial, ambitious, down to earth, positive, self-starting, creative, challenging with the ability to push back, execution focussed, high integrity, fun, transparent, high energy, able to think strategically but also roll up their sleeves. Above all, scrappy with a sense of humour.