Backend Engineer/Fullstack (Activation Team)

Europe /
Product & Technology – Engineering /
Whereabouts: We work from everywhere within CET +/- 7 hours
Interviews: Around 4-6 hours over a few weeks, including some practical work
Salary: € 60,000 - €70,000 (depending on seniority)
Reporting to: Jamy Golden, our Engineering Lead
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Your mission at Whereby*
To build improvements to onboarding flow, setting up experiments, improving conversion and activation. 
*This is the mission that moves you and your team through our strategic roadmap, and should be your focus for up to a year or two.

What is Whereby all about
Freedom to work from anywhere: our mission with Whereby is to give people freedom to live and work where they thrive.
📍 Our global HQ is in Oslo, Norway, but our users (and team) are worldwide - having been used in nearly every country in the world by millions of folk. 🌏
By making it possible to collaborate as well over video as you can in real life, we want to give you the choice to work from where your life happens. To allow you to be in a place where you can think and focus, but also allow a seamless and instant connection with others when you need to.
For our 60 team members, and also for our customers, we know that the ability to decouple location from work can be life-changing. They can afford the house they want, can spend less time commuting, be closer to nature, and their children get to grow up seeing their grandparents every day. Everyone on our team enjoys the enormous benefits that a flexible work policy brings, and we truly believe the future of work will gravitate towards our vision of the future.

Engineering at Whereby
We strongly believe in the superpowers of a well-lead, and expertly designed engineering team. We are an engineering-centric business who hopes to scale our operation sustainably, with beautiful code, an ethical approach to our users and data, and an innovative opinion on new technologies in the market.We try to ensure both that we're building the right thing and building the thing right. We analyse data, talk to users, prototype and iterate. We focus on discovering and solving user problems, not just building and shipping features. As a member of our engineering team you’ll take on a key role in this process and see your work be used by millions of users worldwide.

🔍 What we're looking for in our Backend Engineer
We´re looking for a passionate developer who has experience working with a software product in a startup or in a company that values innovation, great user experience and technical quality.

🌎 We believe in everyone
We fundamentally believe talent is distributed to all of us in equal measure. We open our doors (physical or url) to everyone and we see our differences as a strength; it’s this philosophy that drives us towards our mission.
This means we see your unique history as having a value money cannot buy; we believe in the strength of every intersection of race, religion or belief, ethnic origin, different physical ability, family structure, socio-economics, age, nationality or citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity.

⚒️ The nuts and bolts of the role*
* Please do not see everything in this job ad as "must have", but rather a guiding list of what we're looking for. We know that no candidate will be the perfect match for all we've mentioned in this posting, so don't be afraid to apply if you feel you're close to the brief but not "spot on"

Your attributes

    • 👩🏾‍💻 Technically experienced
    • 🎨 Creative
    • 💛 Collaborative
    • 📈 Structured
    • 💪 Disciplined

Your previous experience

    • Are a current software engineer, full stack developer or backend developer,
    • Have demonstrated impact of your work with full stack development with a SaaS product, with a preference for backend work,
    • Have expert knowledge of JavaScript development (we use Node.js, and mostly React for frontend),
    • Have experience with designing and managing APIs,
    • Have dipped your toes into Redis and websockets, 
    • Are familiar with operations (AWS, Docker, Terraform),
    • Value security and all your work adhere to a high standard of information security principles,
    • Enjoy working in distributed teams and working cross-functionally with Product managers, designers, user researchers and other developers, 
    • You develop code in a disciplined manner with proper documentation and structure,
    • Are keen to learn continuously, help others, communicate efficiently and do development in collaboration with others, 
    • And have a strong ability to be self-driven and take responsibility for seeing your tasks through to release.

How we'll measure your success🌟

    • Uptime and reliability of our platform.
    • Shipping new things on our Product roadmap (and sometimes seeing them fail!)
    • Engineering efficiency (no bugs, time to deploy, code review quality)
    • Peer reviews by other engineers and managers

Strategic responsibilities

    • Ensure Whereby’s backend is secure, scalable and reliable. We strive for security and privacy by design and want things to be robust when we ship them to all users.
    • Contributing to a more profitable business through a performant backend and billing infrastructure.
    • Help our product teams iterate quickly and deliver on the Engineering and Product roadmap

Tactical responsibilities

    • Contribute to an engineering culture based on high-quality code, data-driven discussions, technological innovation, business acumen, and diversity.
    • Work closely with the rest of engineering, product managers, sales and customer support in making our backend easy to work with, reliable, with good test coverage, great documentation, beautiful APIs, and configuration options that meet teams and customers' needs.
    • Deliver projects according to our values and brand.
    • Understand the important technical differentiating factors of our product, and leverage those in our architecture.

Foundational responsibilities

    • Take part in scoping how new features can be built, and how requests from customers can be met.
    • Write easy-to-read and performant code, with tests and documentation in case you get eaten by a yeti.
    • Discuss insights on how end users use our product and make suggestions for how we can constantly improve the user experience.
    • Share what you’re doing and any problems you’re having in the daily team standup.
    • Contribute to breaking all assignments into smaller tasks that can realistically fit in a two-week sprint.
    • Contribute to planning how a problem can be best solved, and work independently and efficiently on implementing the parts you are responsible for.
    • Demo your work from the past sprint every other Thursday.
    • Work with Node.js and GitHub, using our CI/CD server to deploy things to our AWS infrastructure as soon as they’re ready.
    • Get your colleagues to review your code before it is merged, and help them with reviewing theirs. Giving constructive feedback and suggestions for how to improve code quality, security and scalability.

Your progression

    • You'll be working on our new Activation team, and your work and day-to-day priorities will be managed by our Product Manager Anish. You’ll report to one of our Engineering Leads and be part of the Engineering organization to ensure development of your technical skills. 
    • We offer career progression opportunities both for manager roles (Engineering Lead) and technical expert roles. 
    • We encourage developers to attend one course/conference event per year, and attend relevant events on a frequent basis.

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