Backend Engineer - Observability Infrastructure

New York, NY /
Engineering – Platform /
We are looking for a passionate Backend Engineer to join Spotify’s Observability Infrastructure team. Our mission is to provide a coherent observability platform for our engineers by providing tools, expertise, and insights around the operational health of Spotify’s microservice infrastructure allowing teams to confidently operate their services.

You will combine software and systems engineering to build and run large-scale, distributed, fault-tolerant systems with a focus on optimizing systems and reducing work through automation. At Spotify, our engineers are empowered to work on meaningful projects. They achieve this from an environment that encourages intellectual curiosity, problem solving, and openness—one that provides the support and mentorship needed to “safe to fail”, to learn, and to grow.

What you'll do:

    • Be a technical leader within the team you work with and within Spotify in general.
    • Facilitate collaboration with other engineers, product owners, and designers to tackle exciting and complex problems for delivering various media worldwide.
    • Architect, design, develop, deploy and operate Java services following good design and development practices.
    • Be a leader of the Spotify-wide backend developer community affecting and driving our architecture across the company.
    • Hack on what you want during regular hack days and bi-annual hack weeks.
    • Engage in and improve the whole lifecycle for services—from inception and design, through deployment, operation and optimization.
    • Maintain services once they are live through measuring and monitoring.
    • Scale systems sustainably through mechanisms like automation, and evolve systems by pushing for changes that improve reliability and velocity.
    • Practice sustainable incident response and blameless postmortems.

Who you are:

    • You are an experienced software engineer.
    • Know how to write distributed, high-performance services in Java.
    • You are experienced with deploying and operating services on Linux.
    • You have a deep understanding of system design, data structures, and algorithms.
    • You care about quality and you know what it means to ship high quality code.
    • A valued teammate in a dynamic, autonomous, multi-functional agile team.
    • Experienced in designing, analyzing, optimizing code and troubleshooting large-scale distributed systems.
    • Have a detailed problem-solving approach, coupled with effective communication skills and a sense of drive.
    • Love working on a team where you constantly learn, experiment, and iterate quickly.

Where you'll be:

    • We are a distributed workforce enabling our band members to find a work mode that is best for them!
    • Where in the world? For this role, it can be within the Americas region in which we have a work location and is within working hours. 
    • Working hours? We operate within the Eastern Standard time zone for collaboration and ask that all be located that time zone. 
    • Prefer an office to work from home instead? Not a problem! We have plenty of options for your working preferences. Find more information about our Work From Anywhere options here.
Spotify is an equal opportunity employer. You are welcome at Spotify for who you are, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or what’s playing in your headphones. Our platform is for everyone, and so is our workplace. The more voices we have represented and amplified in our business, the more we will all thrive, contribute, and be forward-thinking! So bring us your personal experience, your perspectives, and your background. It’s in our differences that we will find the power to keep revolutionizing the way the world listens.

Spotify transformed music listening forever when we launched in 2008. Our mission is to unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the chance to enjoy and be passionate about these creators. Everything we do is driven by our love for music and podcasting. Today, we are the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with a community of more than 381 million users.

Global COVID and Vaccination Disclosure
Spotify is committed to safety and well-being of our employees, vendors and clients. We are following regional guidelines mandating vaccination and testing requirements, including those requiring vaccinations and testing for in-person roles and event attendance. For the US, we have mandated that all employees and contractors be fully vaccinated in order to work in our offices and externally with any third-parties. For all other locations, we strongly encourage our employees to get vaccinated and also follow local COVID and safety protocols.

This role is not eligible for hire in Colorado, USA.