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Backend Engineer

Blinkist Sonnenallee 223, Berlin, Germany   Posted 1 year, 8 months ago


We offer the best selection of non-fiction knowledge in bite-sized, digestible formats. Our catalogue gives access to key insights from 5,000+ nonfiction books, original podcasts and author-driven content across 27 categories.

Blinkist exists to spark understanding.✨ We're helping people enrich their minds with powerful ideas, and turn ordinary moments into extraordinary learning opportunities—anytime, anywhere.  

About The Role

As a Backend Engineer at Blinkist, you join one of our cross-functional teams, where iOS, Android, Backend and QA Engineers, Designers, and a Product Owner collaborate with the help of an Agile Coach, helping millions of users discover new content.

Check out the interview process for this position here.

What You Will Do

  • Write high-quality and maintainable code. Test, collaboratively review, and ship it. Our stack is based on Ruby on Rails, but we’re always open to use different frameworks and/or programming languages.
  • Take ownership of managing and extending our backend services. Use your technical expertise in building backend architecture and infrastructure at scale.
  • Follow and iterate on engineering best practice to achieve a robust code base, e.g. through code reviews and unit tests.
  • Collaborate closely with Product and Design to build new features.
  • Support other teams in finding pragmatic solutions that can be implemented in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Identify and proactively address challenges on the backend, driving complex technical decisions within your peer group.

What You Need To Have

  • Good object-oriented design skills gained from 2+ years of industry work with OOP languages and with backend services. Experience with Ruby, Go, Java or JavaScript preferred.
  • In-depth experience in building and delivering robust, scalable platforms tackling performance and optimisation problems.
  • Expertise with Rest APIs, modern database technologies at high scale and both testing and observability patterns
  • Understanding of different programming paradigms, clean code, high quality tests as well as performance related topics.
  • Proficient in English and comfortable communicating even complex technical information. We work in a hybrid set-up, so clear communication is important for us.

Why Blinkist

Our unique culture of empowerment, mutual respect, and transparency has always been our defining characteristic. We support each other and carve out opportunities for every individual to develop and grow. We strongly believe that diversity powers innovation, thus we celebrate and support our differences, providing equal opportunities for employment and career growth. We embrace a flexible, remote-friendly way of working that supports different needs and lifestyles. 

🌟 We are proud to have been selected by LinkedIn as one of the Top 25 Startups in Germany. Glassdoor and Kununu ratings put us amongst Berlin’s top three employers. 

These are some of our most valued benefits:

  • 30 vacation days + local public holidays in your place of work
  • Virtual stock options plan
  • Quarterly days of learning and wellbeing
  • An extra day off for you birthday 
  • Unlimited home-office with a monthly workspace allowance
  • Learning & development budget
  • Coaching budget for minorities and mothers returning from their leave
  • Physical and mental health support through various partners
  • Relocation and visa support for Germany

If you choose to join our team in Berlin, you'll have access to our modern office space in Neukölln and enjoy healthy plant-based meals prepared fresh every day by our very own chef. 🥑

Apply Now

If we’ve captured your interest and you want to take part in changing the world through the power of ideas – apply now and tell us what got you excited about this opportunity. 

We look forward to hearing from you! ☀️

Job Details
Industry Education / Training / Teaching
Employment Type Full Time
Visa Sponsorship Yes
About us
The quick-hit nonfiction learning app that's made in Berlin! Innovative, collaborative, diverse.