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Senior Software Engineer - BackendEngineering



Software Engineering
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Senior Software Engineer - Backend

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💡 About this role

Comp. range: £75-85K salary depending on experience with an additional options equity grant worth 30-50% of salary
Working in the engineering team at Stotles you will:
Take on ownership of large parts of the system handling all of our public sector data.
Develop data ingestion & enrichment pipelines, search & relevance backends for all our datasets and much more.
Work together with other engineers, product owners & designers to architect, build, deploy & operate these systems in production.
Have an important role in designing & developing the software architecture of our platform suitable for future growth.
Collaborate closely with full-stack engineers building the customer-facing web application to provide them with the right ways to access and integrate with our data backend.
You will have opportunities to develop services backing cutting-edge features in our SaaS web application.
To give you some idea of the type of features we have planned, here are some that we are building now or have on our roadmap:
Ingesting and visualising data about what government organisations are spending on.
Creating a database of all organisations that take part in the public sector: think every government body and every private company that they ever worked with.
Developing a proprietary relevance scoring system that matches our customer’s profiles to most relevant pieces of data about public sector.
Building system for scraping and ingesting data about ongoing government purchasing frameworks, connecting them to procurement data and allowing users to search through that dataset.
Also see here for what we’ve released recently.
You will help us build a global public sector database by combining procurement data, news sources, government spend and planning information and many other data sources and develop a state-of-the-art search engine for this data.
You will work in an environment that encourages constant learning and growth, whether it’s trying out new technologies, sharing knowledge or best practices across the team or learning skills from other colleagues.

🥞 Our tech stack

Our data backend is built in TypeScript on node.js using NestJS framework.
PostgreSQL is our main database and we use OpenSearch for querying our procurement data.
We use RabbitMQ for event processing.
The customer-facing app is built using React/TypeScript & Ruby on Rails with some backend services being migrated to TypeScript/node.js.
We're currently running all of this on Kubernetes on AWS (all defined in Terraform).
Every change is reviewed and tested & later released using an automated process.
As we are always reviewing what tools we use you will be able to influence the technology choices we make for our backend & data architecture.
See more on our stackshare

⌨️ What we're looking for

Skills we're looking for

6+ years of experience in a software engineering role
Experience with TypeScript or other languages like C#, Python, Go, JavaScript and excitement to learn TypeScript
Extensive knowledge of system design and architecture patterns
Good knowledge of relational databases, preferably PostgreSQL
Experience with building applications running in the cloud and using modern DevOps tools
Experience with event based architectures & building data-intensive applications
(Bonus) Experience in building and deploying ML-powered applications
(Bonus) Experience in managing teams or leading technical projects

Qualities we're looking for

Effective communicator: Sharing complex ideas and presenting your work - both with to the engineering team and the wider Stotles team - is the core of our job.
Great at working with others, great at managing your time: As we’re a small team working on ambitious goals, effective teamwork is crucial. At the same time we expect everyone to manage their workload efficiently.
Focused on impact, not output: Always focused on the customer impact of what we’re building, using the best tool for the job and excited to learn new things in the process.
Ambitious curiosity: Eager to learn skills and technologies outside of your comfort zone, take ever more challenging tasks, and grow into a senior leadership role at Stotles.
Dependability & detail-oriented: Trusted to deliver on the commitments you make to the team, from the big picture results to the nuanced details.
Most important, we're looking for people that are curious, ambitious and love to learn new things, so if for any reason you don't fit our requirements but are passionate about our vision, don't hesitate to apply!

💭 About Stotles

Our mission is to unlock the potential of business and government working better, together.
The partnership between business and government is vital in making our communities productive & cohesive, but inefficiency and bureaucracy is currently the norm. We are using a modern approach to change this.
Our SaaS platform gives businesses a clear view of opportunities to work with the public sector, and the tools needed to manage them. We are bringing together a massive amount of messy government data to bring clarity and transparency to a space that desperately needs it.
Since launching our private beta in early 2020, we've seen fantastic traction from industry leading customers such as Salesforce, Gitlab, Elasticsearch, HashiCorp and many others.

🧠 Stotles data in numbers


Procurement notices from UK & EU


UK government organisations


Government policy & strategy documents


Government contacts


Invoices published by the government bodies in UK


Government suppliers in UK & EU

💎 Benefits and perks

💰 Transparent and competitively benchmarked salaries
📈 Equity dependent on experience
🏥 A generous health cash plan (Covers dental, optical, physical therapy, consultations, etc.)
🎾 A personal health, wellness, and development allowance of £130/month to spend on gym memberships, therapy, yoga classes... any experience that keeps your mind and body healthy.
🏝 25 days vacation + bank holidays
📚 A dedicated learning and development budget you can use for books, conferences, courses, events
🏦 Office in Central London (Farringdon)
🏡 A hybrid working environment with 1-2 days in office and flexible work-from-home opportunities
🏠 A work-from-home setup budget of £400 you can use for these items: a keyboard, monitor, mouse, office chair, desk, headphones
🧗‍♀️ Monthly affectionately-termed "TeamChills™️": our in-person team-bonding socials covering anything from mini-golf, to communal taco-eating and summer picnics

👉 You at Stotles

📆 Typical week of an engineer at Stotles
📈 How you'll learn and grow

📄 Next steps

A 15-20 minute intro call This is an informal chat so you can learn more about the company and the role and you can tell us more about yourself - your experience and what you want to achieve in the next role.
A 60 minute technical discussion (system design/no live coding) During this call with two other engineers, you will discuss a technical problem that is related to Stotles’ product domain.
A ~3 hour technical take-home task You will be given access to a small JavaScript/TypeScript codebase that you will have to modify. You can complete the task at your own pace and time - we only ask you to send back the git repo with the code.
A 60 minute discussion of your solution In this call you will discuss your submission with two other engineers and Carsten (our Chief Product Officer and one of the co-founders). We will talk about your coding decisions and possible extensions of your solution both from the technical and product point of view.
A 60 minute background & critical thinking interview with the co-founders
Note: The most important thing is that we get to know each other, so we may tweak the process candidate-to-candidate. Regardless, we'll get back to you <48h after your interviews clearly outlining next steps.

😀 Apply here

Please reach out to talent@stotles.com if any questions or comments.