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Octopus Ventures

Senior Back End Engineer



Software Engineering
Europe · Remote
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024

Job Title: Senior Back End Engineer

Location: 100% Remote (within +/- 2hrs of Berlin CET or willing to relocate to Germany)

The role

We’re looking for a Senior Backend Engineer to help us build and scale our product. You’ll have the perfect blend of technical skills, a passion for problem-solving and mentorship of others, and the ability to drive scalable systems within an agile startup environment. We don’t expect you to have a background in everything we use, but experience working with Java or another object-oriented programming language and ability to learn new languages is essential.

As a small team we are constantly picking up new challenges. We’re looking for people who can pick a problem and solve it, without waiting for a ticket to arrive. This is a really exciting opportunity to contribute to the foundations of an early-stage startup. Every feature that is being ideated will go through you, and you'll get first-hand exposure to what it means to build and scale a remote software startup.

About Secfix

Secfix automates security compliance for SMBs in Europe. We help SMBs automate ISO 27001, GDPR, TISAX, and SOC 2 fast and easy. Our platform integrates with a company’s tech stack (like AWS, Azure AD, Jira, etc.), automatically extracts the data needed for compliance, and creates a checklist to become and remain compliant.

About Our Team

We’re a fun, close-knit team on a mission to automate security and compliance for modern companies and become the European compliance automation leader. Our trajectory is fueled by top investors, including Octopus Ventures, Neosfer (Commerzbank), founders of Signavio and many more angels.

We are a team of 18 (and growing!) with founders passionate about Y Combinator product principles and building a great remote culture. We are solving a real need with a huge $97bn market and the future is very bright.

About you

  • You’re a technical expert, with strong object-oriented programming fundamentals and experience working for 5+ years as a backend or product engineer. (We’ll consider applications from less-experienced candidates for a less senior role if you’re a passionate developer).

  • You’ll have worked with Java Springboot, Hibernate and SQL. You have experience designing and building scalable backend architecture, relational database solutions and connecting with third party integrations. Experience with Golang, TypeScript is a plus.

  • You have an owner mindset, iterating and taking pride in owning customer-facing features from ideas to going live. You’ll always go the extra mile for customers and your teammates, coordinating across functions to cut through the noise and deliver the right solution to the right problem, without getting lost in the details. You always start by understanding the user problem and designing the solution first, and not by jumping into code immediately. You have high standards for software design patterns.

  • You thrive in the startup world, having gained experience in this fast-paced, agile environment, ideally as one of the first engineers in a startup. You’ll recognize the need for flexibility and hands-on ownership. You don’t wait for a product manager to create a ticket, you create it yourself, fix it, extensively test it, deploy it, and then mentor others to do it better.

  • You’re a champion of remote, keen to build relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders in a fully remote setup.

  • You’re passionate about sharing knowledge and championing new technologies, ideally having a lot of ownership in the past. You learn fast and are able to switch and be efficient in a new tech stack quick.

Role responsibilities

  • You'll become the go-to person for all things back end, taking full ownership and collaborating with the CTO and Tech Lead to set technical direction. Working closely with product and design teams, you'll shape and design the scalable architecture of the features for both new and existing products.

  • Design, develop, and maintain new product features and popular 3rd party integrations (AWS, Github, Linear, etc) using Java Spring Boot, Go, and SQL.

  • Troubleshoot, debug, and support our clients looking into the code of our API in Java Spring Boot. Improve by refactoring small bits of old solutions as you go.

  • Mentor and develop junior engineers to help them become expert Secfixers.

  • Champion new technologies to improve our product and structure complex product in simple deliverables.

  • Redefine best-in-class software development processes.

  • Work closely with founders, tech lead, other team members, and users to ship features on schedule.

  • Constantly read, create and improve product and technical documentation.

  • Follow and improve the communication and company culture guidelines and policies.

  • You’ll live by and champion, our values:

    • We are obsessed with our customers.

    • We build smart.

    • We create trust

    • We are hacky.

    • We take ownership.

    • We are leaders of remote

Our tech stack

  • Frontend: Angular, TypeScript, Ngrx

  • Design Systems: Tailwind, Material Angular components

  • Backend: Java Springboot, Postgresql, Hibernate, Golang

  • Infrastructure: AWS with ECS

  • Tools: Gitlab CI/CD, Figma, Slack, Notion, Gather.town, Clickup

What We Offer

  • Remote Work: 100% remote work with a virtual office in Gather.

  • Competitive Salary: Industry-competitive local salaries.We pay local rates that are at or above the market. We share this philosophy with GitLab.

  • Equity: Generous equity package – we’re all owners of Secfix and beneficiaries of our collective success.

  • Holidays: 26 days holiday + local public holidays.

  • Health Insurance: Comprehensive health coverage.

  • Development Budget: €1,000 annual personal development budget.

  • Workspace Budget: Remote workspace budget and access to co-working spaces.

  • Annual Retreat: Annual retreat to build connections and inspire ideas (this year we’re headed to Milan!).

  • Tech Equipment: Latest tech equipment (MacBook, monitors, headphones).

  • Company Events: Company-wide events to build relationships and have some fun!

  • Mentorship: We are backed by top VCs and accelerators and have direct access to world-class mentors.

Interview Process

  1. 20 min intro call

  2. 30 min interview with Head of People

  3. Take-home Task and technical presentation

  4. 30 min interview with co-founder & CTO

  5. 2h final "Virtual on-site" where you'll meet the team and co-founders on Gather