Backend Engineer 2

The Job:

Backend engineers at Simple design, build and scale our distributed system to handle every aspect of our product. Our core services handle integration with our partner bank, and third-parties that provide the features that our customers use. Backend engineers are also responsible for the availability of our platform and services through an on-call rotation.

We’d Like To See:

  • 3+ years development experience working in a distributed, service-oriented environment
  • Professional experience using a JVM-based language, especially Scala
  • Experience writing RESTful web services, with an understanding of JSON, API versioning, and SQL (especially PostgreSQL)
  • A passion for writing consistent, readable, testable, developer-friendly code, including unit tests.
  • Nice to have: Kanban/Agile; Jira/Confluence or similar; experience working on a distributed team; experience working on client facing Javascript apps, especially in React; GraphQL

About You:

As a Backend Engineer 2 you value open, active collaboration and work well with others, helping teammates who need it, and asking for the help you need in turn. You’re excited to pick up new skills, techniques, and technologies, and love to share what you’ve learned. You enjoy solving difficult problems such as occur in distributed systems, care about metrics, monitoring, and testing. You’re excited about working closely with people across the organization, from your direct teammates to members of ops, and customer service. You want to be a part of building something beautiful and meaningful, even if user interface isn’t your specialty (bonus points if you do have experience working on client facing apps).

What You’ll Do All Day:

Simple is built upon a REST-based service-oriented architecture. Engineers in this functional area work on feature teams to build and maintain this architecture in Scala, with a bit of Java. We value design skills, programming ability, and teamwork. You’ll be helping design and implement high-performing distributed systems that integrate with our partners and provide the backbone for our awesome features. Most of our data is stored in PostgreSQL, we use Kafka, and we’re hosted in AWS.

  • Contribute well tested and documented code as part of the feature development process
  • Oncall tasks
  • Participate in team rituals and improving team processes
  • Participate in organizational improvements

Come As You Are:

We recognize the dire lack of diversity in our industry, and we’re not okay with it. We actively seek to address it with our hiring and retention practices, as well as our office culture. Our culture isn’t something employees join, it’s something they build and shape. We believe that every person and their lived experience is integral to building a work environment, and a product that will change the world. If you’re on the fence about whether you’re a fit, we say go for it, and apply!

Why Simple’s a Great Place to Work:

  • A supportive and nurturing place to work. We know good ideas come from everywhere, so we work to ensure every person feels psychologically safe to take risks and think outside of the box here. Our dog-friendly space provides a wellness room, adjustable desks & ergonomic chairs, monthly on-site acupuncture & massages, all gender restrooms, and dietary & allergy conscious catering.
  • Competitive salary and inclusive benefits package, including 4-months of 100% paid parental leave, additional PTO for volunteer & advocacy days, and affordable health insurance for partners & families.
  • Ample opportunity to connect with your coworkers through company-funded Employee Resource Groups & Simple community events.
  • We’re committed to hiring quality human beings. Simple is a place where others will watch out for you and help you learn. We like and respect one another.
  • We believe that financial confidence belongs to everyone – and we will work to remove every barrier along the way. We sweat the small stuff, and build with intention.


Like a bank, but Simple.

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