The Back-end Developer has four main responsibilities:

  • Developing all server-side logic, definition and maintenance of the central database, and ensuring high performance and responsiveness to requests from the front-end
  • Design, build and maintain API-level capabilities for integration with various apps, including front-end experiences developed internally and with 3rd party partners
  • Integrating and maintaining cutting edge software applications that meet our business needs and apply functional knowledge and technical expertise in the implementation and maintenance of custom and 3rd party software
  • Maintaining and evolving all back-end technologies related to our internal and customer facing mobile and web-based applications (e.g. company apps, websites, ordering platform, etc.).

Additional Responsibilities

  • Design and evolve best in class back-end infrastructure and services
  • Driving new and innovative solutions to meet business needs
  • Integration of user-facing elements developed by front-end developers with server side logic
  • Building reusable code and libraries for future use
  • Optimization of the application for maximum speed and scalability
  • Implementation of security and data protection
  • Design and implementation of data storage solutions

Desired Traits

  • Natural problem solver with a passion for creating simple solutions
  • Relationship builder with strong cross-functional collaboration skills
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced, high-growth startup environment
  • Must be a self-starter with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent software design and documentation skills

Desired Experience

  • Proficiency with back-end programming languages such as Ruby/Rails, Python, JavaScript, etc.
  • Experience working on Rails-based projects composed of multiple custom gems/engines a plus.
  • Strong understanding of REST-based APIs is critical for maintenance of the backend + middleware.
  • Experience with Linux, PostgreSQL and other open source technologies.
  • Experience with containerization and continuous integration/continuous delivery, especially using Docker.
  • Basic understanding of front-end technologies and platforms, such as JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3.
  • Knowledge of AWS is beneficial as well, namely S3, Cloudfront, RDS. EC2, Elasticache, SQS, and SNS.
  • Good understanding of server-side CSS preprocessors, such as LESS and SASS.
  • User authentication and authorization between multiple systems, servers, and environments.
  • Integration of multiple data sources and databases into one system.
  • Management of hosting environment, including database administration and scaling an application to support load changes.
  • Data migration, transformation, and scripting.
  • Setup and administration of backups.
  • Creating database schemas that represent and support business processes.
  • Understanding accessibility and security compliance.
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git.
  • Proficient understanding of OWASP security principles.
  • Experience with background tasks, Redis or other in-memory data stores and message queues a plus.
  • Understanding of “session management” in a distributed server environment.
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