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Senior Backend Engineer - Product led tooling

At Pleo, we're revolutionising how companies handle their spending and communications. We're eliminating out-of-pocket expenses and empowering finance teams and employees with tools that enable autonomy and trust. As a Senior Software Engineer in the Product-led Tooling team, you'll be at the forefront of crafting innovative solutions that drive our vision and mission forward.

About the Role 📌

As a Senior Software Engineer within the Product-led Tooling team, you will be at the intersection of communication and innovation at Pleo, contributing to a project that facilitates a seamless user experience. You’ll take the lead in designing and implementing our new backend system for "Communications as a platform," and concurrently, establish an AI tooling framework that will empower other teams to integrate AI into their operational workflows. This role is based in India, and is  fully remote 💻 

What You'll Do:

  • Participate in the architecture design and implementation of a new backend "Communications as a platform" service, optimising integration with Iterable and ensuring cohesiveness across all communication channels.
  • Shepherd the transition of existing email workflows from current systems to the newly implemented platform, ensuring efficiency and continuity.
  • Work on the AI tooling aspect, creating an enabling environment for other teams in the domain (business unit) to incorporate AI into their functions, thereby enhancing the automation and intelligence of their systems.
  • Consult and collaborate with different teams across Pleo to identify opportunities for AI applications and provide the necessary tools and guidance to embed AI seamlessly into their processes.
  • Pioneer the AI tooling infrastructure within our domain.
  • Tackle strategic challenges and create elegant solutions for commercial teams, for example, build automated engines to analyse customers and optimise their commercial journey and serving modes.
  • Utilise first-principle thinking to challenge conventional approaches and drive innovation.
  • Contribute to the execution, delivery, and quality of projects within the team.

Skills and Experience You'll Need:

  • Minimum of 5 years of professional software development experience, with substantial expertise in JVM & AI tooling.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Java/Kotlin for the backend part of the role, and Python, commonly used in AI and machine learning environments.
  • Familiarity with API integrations, Webhooks, and RESTful APIs.
  • Proven track record of working with cross-functional teams and stakeholders.
  • Strong ability to manage multiple projects and deliver high-quality work within deadlines.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities with efficient debugging and technical issue-resolution skills.
  • Proficiency in English and outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Skilled in developing AI tools and frameworks that aid in the automation and personalization of tasks across various teams.
  • Hands-on experience with machine learning libraries and APIs, such as scikit-learn, TensorFlow, and PyTorch, used to implement custom AI solutions.
  • An understanding of best practices in the maintenance and scaling of AI systems, with the aptitude to troubleshoot and optimize workflows continuously
  • Experience with crafting and implementing APIs that allow for the flexible consumption and integration of AI services across different domains.
  • Able to mentor and guide teams on AI adoption, ensuring they can develop AI-driven initiatives effectively.
  • Willingness to work with Node.js and React (previous experience is an asset)
  • Familiarity with database systems (e.g. PostgreSQL) and server-side development.

Your colleagues say you ✌️

  • Work in English with ease (it's our company language)
  • Are very curious about the story and the people behind the data
  • Continuous learner, systematic
  • Empathetic of people and stakeholders
  • Are a person they would also enjoy having a coffee with (virtual or not)

The base salary range for this full-time position is 56 LPA.  Our salary ranges are determined by role, level and location, and our job titles may span more than one career level. 

Show me the benefits! 🥁

  • Your own Pleo card (no more out-of-pocket spending!)
  • A monthly allowance of €55 per month (INR equivalent) towards your lunch 🍜
  • Hybrid, flexible working arrangement
  • 25 days of PTO + public holidays
  • 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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