Staff Engineer – Backend

Responsibilities  & expectations of a Lead Engineer

  • Be a technical leader within a squad and tribe
  • Support members of a squad in delivering backend services with high availability, low latency and scalability
  • Coordinate technical projects spanning multiple squads.
  • Facilitate collaboration between engineers, product owners, and designers.
  • Posses a deep understanding of the product and business goals which you can translate into tech.
  • Architect, design, develop, deploy and operate services that serve millions of users.
  • Be a leader of the Spotify-wide backend developer community affecting and driving our architecture across the company.
  • Mentor other engineers.
  • Drive good engineering practises within your team(s) and define and teach these
    practices within our developer community.
  • Challenge yourself to keep growing as a senior developer  
  • Contribute to the vision and long-term strategy in your domain of expertise.
  • Find ways to spread learning across the organization (gives internal talks, write on internal blogs, etc).
  • Be a department-level expert in a particular area or tribe-level go-to person for solving problems in your domain of expertise.

What we are looking for

  • Have proven experience as a technical leader for a team/department.
  • Have extensive experience working hands-on as a Software Engineer in an agile environment.
  • Have experience in mentoring and supporting peers and engineering teams.  
  • Knowledge in how to write distributed, high-volume services.
  • Experienced with deploying and operating services on Linux.
  • Have a deep understanding of system design, data structures, and algorithms and understand how to apply them to design pragmatic solutions.
  • Care about quality and you know what it means to ship high quality code.
  • You have experience in identifying, debugging and resolving complex production issues

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