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Backend Engineer - Spend Management

Engineers are the backbone of all we do at Pleo. Without these wildly brilliant people, we don’t have a thing. And with all this growth we are looking for some wicked talented engineering talent to support and lead our product in some pretty exciting (and experimental!) directions.

This means finding people who know server-side languages like the back of their hand. People who devour cloud environments for breakfast, have dipped a toe (even jumped right in) to DevOps, and who delve into relational databases and shell scripting like it aint no thang.

But it’s not just about being a master of your craft, it’s about ownership, and taking the lead on large projects such as product launches, managing migrations, and building core components used across the company. Sometimes it gets a bit crazy over here, so you might need to whip that compass out to navigate ambiguity and manage scope - the team will look to you to create a clear path forward.

We also believe that you care deeply about your customers, no matter if that is people using Pleo to do their expenses, to administrate employees within the Pleo platform, or if you are providing an API to an internal team. We so strongly believe in this that this is one of our core values at Pleo.

Mostly, we’re looking for people others can look up to and learn from - you’ll set the standard for the team, not just in code but in culture too. At Pleo our culture is pretty special to us, and we value trust and transparency like you wouldn’t believe. Plus, you know, we want to enjoy what we do and who we are working with because duh.

We’re up for it, are you?

You know your way around

  • Server-side languages (we mostly use Kotlin and TypeScript but we know you can learn new languages)
  • Cloud environments/ distributed systems/ microservices (AWS, Google Cloud, Kubernetes)
  • Relational databases (e.g. PostgreSQL)
  • Testing frameworks (Cypress, 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
  • Have experience solving complex technical challenges at scale
  • Ensure a high bar for quality and reliability on your team
  • Coach others on your team 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
  • Would be a person that they would actually like to have a coffee with (virtual or not)

Show me the benefits

  • Your own Pleo card (no more out-of-pocket spending!)
  • Flexible working remote options
  • Lunch catered in our London, Copenhagen and Lisbon offices 
  • 25 days of holiday per year + your local public holidays
  • 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 👶🏻


And here are some other nice gestures that we do

  • Sponsored lunch
  • 25 days holidays (annual)
  • Loads of weird and wonderful niche communities to join in the company (we’re talking guerrilla gardening, liquids tasting, the Pleo band, learning to code initiatives, beer brewing, skiing, that type of thing)
  • Wild enthusiasm and encouragement from us if you want to host MeetUps, events, etc - we’ll help (venue, food, etc.)



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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    The first call(s)

    Let’s get to know each other. We want to find out more about you, your motivations, and give you more information about the role.

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    The challenge

    The task is deliberately open-ended and based on something you'll actually work on. There are no right or wrong answers here.

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    The team interview

    Expect to share a (virtual) meeting room with two to three people you'll work with regularly if you get the job.

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    The final interview

    A call with someone in leadership who’ll walk you through the big picture and chat about how your role will figure into that.

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