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Senior software engineer, backend (Scala)



Software Engineering
London, UK · Oregon, USA · London, UK · Remote
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2024

✍🏽 About Writer

AI your people will love. That's our vision, and it contains multitudes :-)


your people

will love.

We're filling a big need for generative AI built ground-up for the needs of enterprises and embraced by their teams. As generative AI became a board-level initiative almost overnight for most enterprises, our market matured dramatically and we benefit from that tailwind. Our product is highly differentiated, our roadmap is transformative, and our customers are happy and vocal.

📐 About this role

Writer is seeking a talented Backend Engineer with deep functional programming and Scala experience to join our dynamic team and contribute to our groundbreaking projects in the enterprise generative AI space.

At Writer, we believe in using the power of AI to unlock the potential of the enterprise. With the help of our Backend Engineer, we can continue to build the most advanced language model available in the industry and revolutionize how companies interact with AI.

As a Backend Engineer, you will play a crucial role in designing, developing, and maintaining the backend infrastructure that powers our systems. You will collaborate closely with our cross-functional teams to build scalable and efficient solutions. Your expertise in Scala will be instrumental in implementing robust and high-performance backend services.

🦸🏻‍♀️ Your responsibilities

  • Design, develop, and maintain backend systems and APIs using Scala and related technologies

  • Collaborate with data scientists and machine learning engineers to integrate AI models into the backend infrastructure

  • Optimize and scale backend services to handle large volumes of data and ensure high performance

  • Implement data storage and retrieval mechanisms, ensuring data integrity and security.

  • Work closely with frontend developers to define and implement APIs that meet the requirements of the user interface

  • Collaborate with SREs to deploy and monitor backend services in a cloud environment

  • Conduct code reviews, provide constructive feedback, and ensure adherence to coding standards

  • Stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends and technologies, and proactively suggest improvements to enhance the backend infrastructure

⭐️ Is this you?

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a related field.

  • Minimum 5 +years of recent professional experience in functional programming and Scala

  • Proficient in Cats Effect or similar technologies, such as ZIO, Monix, or Scalaz, to design, develop, and maintain high-performance, scalable, and resilient distributed systems

  • Exceptional understanding of backend development principles, including RESTful APIs, microservices architecture, and database design.

  • Familiarity with cloud platforms (e.g., AWS, GCP, or Azure) and containerization technologies (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes).

  • Knowledge of distributed systems, scalability, and performance optimization techniques.

  • Familiarity with version control systems (e.g., Git) and agile development methodologies.

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.

  • Strong communication skills and ability to effectively articulate technical concepts to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • 10+ years functional programming experience

  • 7+ years Scala programming experience

  • Several years experience with Cats Effect

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🍩 Benefits

Benefits & perks

  • Generous PTO, plus company holidays

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your family

  • Paid parental leave for all parents (12 weeks)

  • Fertility and family planning support

  • Early-detection cancer testing through Galleri

  • Flexible spending account and dependent FSA options

  • Health savings account for eligible plans with company contribution

  • Annual work-life stipends for:

    • Home office setup, cell phone, internet

    • Wellness stipend for gym, massage/chiropractor, personal training, etc.

    • Learning and development stipend

  • Company-wide off-sites and team off-sites

  • Competitive compensation, company stock options and 401k

Writer is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity. We don't make hiring or employment decisions based on race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state or federal law. Under the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.