Gradle is the build tool of choice for millions of developers around the globe and is the official build tool for Android applications. Developing Gradle requires sophisticated machinery that runs a comprehensive suite of tests, including running performance tests on every commit to the source repository. As pioneers and promoters of the Developer Productivity Engineering discipline, we are constantly looking for ways to optimize our own developer experience. 

We are looking for a passionate Developer Productivity Engineer with a demonstrated ability to accelerate developer productivity through optimizing speed and reliability of feedback cycles and increasing the degree of automation.

About the project

The Gradle Build Tool project is thoroughly tested on different operating systems, Java versions etc. Also, all performance tests run on every commit to the source code repository. As a result, about 80 thousand tests run before integrating a change into the main branch and 40 thousand builds run every week on our CI system.  This presents a big engineering challenge on its own and requires a sophisticated infrastructure using hundreds of build agents, including dynamically added capacity with AWS, and a Kubernetes cluster for test distribution. 

To learn more about how the Gradle Build Tool project is built, see also the interview with Stefan Wolf, the leader of our Developer Productivity Team at


  • Helping a growing team of 15 engineers to improve their productivity
  • Optimizing a large Gradle build at 
  • Optimizing a CI pipeline at 
  • Designing and implementing Gradle plugins
  • Designing and implementing bots integrating with various systems such as GitHub
  • Implementing and improving monitoring of developer productivity metrics
  • Organizing processes and helping to eliminate frequent errors and flaky tests

Minimum qualifications

  • 5 years of software development or developer productivity engineering experience
  • Experience developing and maintaining non-trivial Gradle builds
  • Experience with CI/CD and configuration management systems
  • Experience programming in Java
  • Ability to troubleshoot build issues and flaky tests
  • Understanding of modern software development techniques and practices
  • Working proficiency and communication skills in verbal and written English

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with Linux, macOS and Windows administration
  • Experience programming in Kotlin and/or Groovy

What we value

  • Passion for making other software engineers more productive
  • Delivering useful high-quality solutions 
  • Pragmatism in execution and getting things done
  • Open communication and respect for each other

What we offer

  • Working with cutting edge developer productivity engineering tools and practices
  • Cooperation with passionate and experienced engineers and the opportunity to learn from them regardless of your experience level
  • Ability to work from any place on the planet in a remote-first environment with flexible working hours
  • Opportunities for growth in technical and leadership responsibilities
  • Attractive compensation package including company equity


  • Anywhere in the world with working conditions that allow for seamless collaboration with your colleagues through email, chat, and video streaming

While our team works remotely and is spread across the globe, we deeply value daily interactions and collaboration.

How to apply

The following is required with your application:

  • Submit your cover letter and resume via the form below
  • Explain in your cover letter why you want to work on the Gradle Build Tool

The next steps will follow our recruitment process.

About us

We are committed and skilled software engineers, product designers, and marketing experts who are passionate about developer productivity. We take pride in delivering products that are relied upon daily by some of the world's leading software organizations, such as Netflix, LinkedIn, Airbnb, Spotify, Twitter, and Atlassian.

We are a diverse and inclusive workplace with a global multicultural team that learns from and respects each other. We are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion forward by investing resources in company-wide inclusion trainings, improving recruitment processes and contributing to groups that are committed to advancing racial/social justice and equality.  

Gradle is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives and consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, citizenship status, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.

Visit our careers page to learn more about the company and see other open positions. Visit Glassdoor to read what current and former Gradle employees have to say about the company.

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