At Kinaxis, who we are is grounded in our common belief that people matter. Each one of us plays an important part in accomplishing our work, building our culture and making a global impact.

Every day, we’re empowered to work together to help our customers make fast, confident planning decisions. This is how we create a better planet – for each other, for our customers and for generations to come. Our cloud-based platform RapidResponse ensures that the products we need – everything from medicine and cars, to day-to-day items like toothpaste – make it to market and into our hands when we need them with minimal ecological footprint.

We make the world better, and you can too.

Software Developer, Backend, C++ - 20 Month Term

Job location: our office in Ottawa, Canada

This is a 20 month contract position with possibility of turning into a permanent position.

About the team 

Did you think you had to move to Silicon Valley to work on cutting-edge database technology?  You can do that right here in Ottawa, Ontario!   

We will consider candidates located anywhere in Canada and are willing to relocate. We also offer relocation assistance and will consider remote work for highly qualified candidates. 

We’re responsible for the database engine that is the foundation of RapidResponse®. Our in-memory database technology offers features that are unique in the industry, such as data versioning and analytics integration.  

We’re creating the next generation architecture for our database, transitioning to a distributed architecture, and scaling our infrastructure to support big data. 

These are exciting times!  We are growing our team to achieve our goals faster.  

What You Will Do 

  • Shape features of the next generation distributed architecture for greater scalability 
  • Balance complexity, execution time, and memory footprint to deliver performant solutions 
  • Design algorithms and data structures that minimize memory footprint and perform efficiently 
  • Enable smooth continuous operations of our database in a multi-threading environment 
  • Harness the power of our automated test infrastructure and the creative energy of our testers to ensure your code keeps working correctly 
  • Advance your knowledge and application of C++  to optimize the code to achieve the above goals 
  • Collaborate closely with your Agile team members and other stakeholders 

Technologies We Use 

  • C++ for core development 
  • C# for some infrastructure and testing 

What We Are Looking For 

  • Someone who has graduated & can start with us by this year
  • Primarily, we want someone who has a keen interest in database and query engine development! 
  • Good communication and teaming skills 
  • Experience writing efficient code for optimal memory/CPU usage, preferably in C++ 
  • Experience working in a multi-threaded environment, preferably on Windows  
  • Understanding of what’s going on “behind the scenes” at the RAM and system level for algorithms you write 
  • Ability to create and communicate high-level designs, then implement them with attention to details 
  • Drive to find best solutions – via innovation, collaboration, and/or use of existing proven to work frameworks/ algorithms/patterns 
  • And a desire to make a difference in the world! 

Are you passionate about this area? Please apply! 

Nice to have:  

  • Experience using C++ STL containers and algorithms 
  • Experience with Design Patterns 
  • Experience with Distributed Database Solutions 
  • Background in, or understanding of, supply chain management 


What we have to offer

  • Challenging Work - We love solving highly complex problems. And as the global leaders in our industry, we never stop innovating—our work is never “done. That’s because across our teams and in all roles, every employee is empowered to bring their best ideas forward and to jump in and solve the problems they’re passionate about.
  • Great People - We take our work seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously! It’s in our DNA to celebrate, laugh, and have fun. We are stronger, together, when we are open, honest, and above all, real. Every person is valued here and plays an important role in our shared success.
  • Global Impact - As a global team spanning continents, boundaries, and cultures, every day we are inspired by the impact our work has on our colleagues, our customers, our communities, and the world at large.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Diversity, equity and inclusion are more than words to us. They are the guiding principles for building a culture where we celebrate each others’ differences, continuously strive for equality and recognize that inclusion makes us stronger as individuals, a company and a global citizen. 

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