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Senior Backend Engineer

We at Pleo are on a mission to make spend management surprisingly effective and empowering. To do this, we need a dedicated team of forward-thinking individuals who are ready to go beyond the books. Is this you? If so, please read on about our open opportunity for a Senior Backend Engineer position in our Partnerships Domain. 

The Partnerships Domain is committed to providing best-in-class partnership solutions, through establishing high-impact distribution partnerships and powerful product integrations. 

As a key member of our team, you'll have a significant role in shaping Pleo to fit into our partners ecosystem. You'll help us design, build, and manage our partnership solution that will transform the way our users -, partners - and our own team - work. 

In essence, we're looking for a leader who sets the standard, not just with their code, but also with the way they work and the culture they promote. At Pleo, we value trust, transparency, and a friendly, inclusive culture. We're looking for someone who can not only contribute to our products but also to the culture and ethos of our team. 

The team's scope include: 

  • Ensuring that our partners are thoroughly satisfied with our solution.
  • Ownership of the product support for our accounting and consulting partners via the partner portal.
  • Pioneering the shift from a sales-driven approach to a product-led growth strategy.

Your main responsibilities would include: 

  • Collaborating within a product team as the backbone of backend expertise.
  • Engaging in the product discovery process with the team, contributing to the resolution of partner challenges.
  • Developing scalable backend solutions in close collaboration with other areas of expertise, including data, design, and frontend.

You know your way around: 

  • Server-side languages (Our team mostly uses TypeScript and Pleo in general uses Kotlin but we know you can learn new languages), 
  • Experience in at least one cloud provider and k8s ( We use at Pleo, AWS and CGP)
  • Micro-services, Monolith Decomposition, Distributed Programming,
  • Kafka and Async Communication Patterns,
  • Architecting and building maintainable, scalable and reliable solutions,
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills,
  • Relational databases (e.g. PostgreSQL)
  • Testing frameworks (Mocha, JUnit, Testcontainers)
  • Observability and monitoring (Datadog)
  • DevOps culture and tools (GitHub Actions, Gradle, Terraform)

Your colleagues would say you: 

  • Work in English with ease (it's our company language),
  • Never stop being curious and love learning about new languages/ frameworks/ working styles,
  • Are a great communicator, and cross team player,
  • Self motivated,
  • Have experience solving complex technical challenges at scale,
  • Ensure a high bar for quality and reliability within your team,
  • Coach others to help them develop as engineers,
  • Advocate for a more thorough code review process than a quick scroll to the bottom of the page and a “LGTM!”,
  • You don’t just write code; you help to design the overall solution,
  • Are sought after within your team for help in solving challenging problems,
  • You’re a force multiplier within your team - your work enables other engineers to do be even better,
  • Able to raise and describe technical debt faced by your team. And then able to propose a solution or path forward

Show me the benefits

  • Your own Pleo card (no more out-of-pocket spending!)
  • Lunch is on us - with catering in our Lisbon, Copenhagen and London offices or a monthly lunch allowance paid directly together with  your salary in other markets 🍜
  • Private health insurance to ensure you’re fit in body and mind to do your best work
  • Option to purchase 5 additional days of holiday through a salary sacrifice
  • Wellbeing days - fully paid days off designed for a slower pace, allowing you to take time to recharge and prioritise self-care
  • We’re trialling MyndUp to give our employees access to free mental health and wellbeing support with great success so far  ❤️‍🩹
  • Access to LinkedIn Learning - acquire new skills, stay abreast of industry trends and fuel your personal and professional development continuously 
  • Paid parental leave - we want to make sure that we're supportive of families and help you feel that you don't have to compromise your family due to work 👶
  • All of us have a stake in Pleo’s success - ask us about our equity grant scheme


Why join us?

Working at Pleo means you're working on something very exciting: the future of work. Our mission is to help every company go beyond the books. Pleo itself means ‘more than you’d expect’, and it’s been the secret to our success over the last 8 years. So it’s only fitting that we’d pass this philosophy onto our customers to help them make the most of their finances.

We think company spending should be delegated to all employees and teams, that it should be as automated as possible, and that it should drive a culture of responsible spending. Finance teams shouldn’t be siloed from the rest of the organisation – they should work in unity with marketing, sales, IT and everyone else.

Speaking of working in unity, our values tell the story of how we work at Pleo. We have four core values, the first of which is ‘champion the customer’, which means we address real pain points that businesses face. Next up is ‘succeed as a team’, which highlights how our strength lies in our diversity and trust in each other. We also ‘make it happen’ by taking bold decisions and following through to deliver results. Last but not least, we ‘build to scale’, creating lasting solutions that address today’s challenges and anticipate tomorrow’s needs.

So, in a nutshell, that's Pleo. Today we are a 850+ team, from over 100 nations, sitting in our Copenhagen HQ, London, Stockholm, Berlin, Madrid, Montreal and Lisbon offices —and quite a few full-time remotes in 35 other countries! Being HQ'd out of Copenhagen means we're inspired by things like a good work-life balance. If you don't work in the office with us, we'll help you set up the best remote setup possible and make sure you still have time to connect with your team.

About your application

  • Please submit your application in English; it’s our company language so you’ll be speaking lots of it if you join 💕
  • We treat all candidates equally: If you are interested please apply through our application system - any correspondence should come from there! Our lovely support isn't able to pass on any calls/ emails our way - and this makes sure that the candidate experience is smooth and fair to everyone 😊
  • We’re on a mission to make everyone feel valued at work. That’s only achievable if our team reflects the diversity of the world around us - and that starts with you, hitting apply, even if you are worried you might not tick all the boxes! We embrace and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply - regardless of race/ethnicity, colour, religion, nationality, gender, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, neurodiversity, socio-economic status, culture or beliefs.
  • When you submit an application we process your personal data as a data processor. Find out more about how your data is used in the FAQs section at the bottom of our jobs page.

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