Senior Backend Engineer (Interaction)

Remote - Europe /
Engineering – Interaction Division /
Full Time
At Standard Cognition, we’re rethinking the way retail works. We are enabling autonomous checkout for brick & mortar retailers with our AI-powered computer vision platform. Since launching in November 2017, Standard has contracts with multiple global retailers and is in the process of deploying our Standard Checkout solution across thousands of stores globally. We announced our Series A in November 2018 and we’re backed by some of Silicon Valley’s leading investors including CRV, Initialized, Draper Associates and YCombinator. Standard has raised its Series B and is valued at $535 million.

The Interaction Division is responsible for building the parts of our system that predict what items consumers have taken on a shelf - core functionality of our autonomous shopping experience. We also build the product experiences - mobile apps, in-store kiosks, and more - that consumers experience before, during, and after visiting a store that uses the Standard system.

This role is focused on the backend services that enable all of this functionality. You will build cloud hosted stream processing services for running our machine learning models, design and implement data models to run our production systems, and build APIs to tie everything together.

The Senior Backend Engineer will work closely with machine learning, application, and data engineering teams to build systems and services that meet our evolving product requirements. You will work with our SRE team to ensure we build and deploy scalable, reliable, resilient systems for our global customer base.

This is a full-time, remote role based anywhere in Europe.

What you'll do here:

    • Design and implement services and APIs supporting both internal and external products
    • Work with machine learning engineers to build and deliver services that use ML models to make real-time decisions
    • Be a part of ensuring our code is scalable, maintainable, and reliable.
    • Build out solutions for monitoring, tracing, and debugging our services in production environments
    • Iterate quickly on experimental systems to solve real user problems
    • Work closely with other teams to help us deliver solutions to our customers
    • Find and fix performance bottlenecks in our services

Who you are:

    • You have 7+ years of experience in backend focused engineering roles, or equivalent
    • You have extensive experience in Python (or a similar language) for writing services and REST APIs.
    • You have built systems using a range of data stores - SQL, noSQL, in-memory, etc, and can evaluate the tradeoffs between them effectively.
    • You have experience with cloud platforms (we use GCP), and know how to build cloud-native systems
    • You like solving complex problems efficiently - sometimes by writing code, but also by knowing when not to write code.
    • You care a lot about delivering quality systems through automated testing and monitoring.
    • You like to mentor other developers through code review, design discussions, and more.

    • Only meet some of these traits or experiences? We'd still love to hear from you!

Why you might want to work with us:

    • We take care of you and your family with health, vision, and dental insurance.
    • You will have the option to contribute to a 401k.
    • You're excited to work on a product that will impact almost any consumer, almost anywhere.
    • Standard is a remote first company. We trust you to get your job done in the location that works best for you.
    • We dress casually. Some of us wear slippers in the office. In current work from home standings, we’re super comfy.
    • We believe in a culture of learning, and want to keep building our skills, experiences, and capabilities.
    • We offer flexible work schedules. We trust our team to know how they will do their best work.
    • We're family friendly. We want our teammates to focus on what they need to when they need to.
    • We offer very competitive compensation, including equity in Standard, to each one of our employees.
Standard provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and welcome people from all backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and abilities.

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