Senior Backend Developer

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About Devengo:

Devengo is a startup focused on a simple but ambitious mission: to make finance a fairer place. Founded by well-known fintech players Fernando Cabello-Astolfi and Alberto Molpeceres our product is a scalable and simple API that allows any company, big or small, to send and receive instant payments. A business bank account you can programmatically use in real-time.

What will you do?

We have invested the last three years in discovering a thousand ways of making Salary Advance that don't work -to paraphrase Edison. We recently decided to collect all we have learned and pivot Devengo to laser-focus on the transformative technology we have mastered: instant payments.

We've all gotten used to real-time experiences when it comes to consumer services. Stream any movie on demand, call a cab anytime, and order food in a few seconds. However, there are still a few areas that have historically resisted change. Money transfers in the traditional banking sector are among the most painful for many people -and businesses.

We can get same-day delivery for the physical stuff; still, the transfer of your hard-earned paycheck will take two days to arrive (three at the weekends and holidays!), your e-commerce return will take a week, and that insurance claim... well, who knows. Many people legitimately wonder if a bank clerk is boringly strolling and dragging his feet between one office and the other.

But the situation has been rapidly changing in the last years, and we have had a front-row seat to this transformation, processing hundreds of thousands of operations and millions of euros for our salary advance customers. We have now experienced how vital and transformative instant payment technology can be for digital experiences.

Early adopters are rapidly mapping this landscape of opportunities and possibilities across Europe. The percentage of transfers that are migrating from the slow, traditional scheme to the new instant processing more than doubles each year:

Quick adoption

And if we talk about the money involved, the last two years have seen an increase of +300% in the euros moved instantly across Europe and currently a billion euros are transferred daily in the blink of an eye. And that is just in one of the available networks!

Triple digit increase (2)

But our vision goes much further than this first step of democratizing access to instant payments in Europe; we will soon launch in other non-EU areas, and to make this vision a reality, we need your help. We're looking for a Senior Backend Developer to join our team, embrace our vision, create some life-improving services for companies, and kick some asses in the process.

In 1 month

You'll be assigned an onboarding buddy who will help and guide you with the onboarding process. With a lot of support from this person and the rest of the team:

  • You will meet all the Devengers and learn what they care about and how you will work with them.
  • You will set up all our systems in your local environment and know how their main components work.
  • You will attend multiple sessions of our Devengo Academy, learning a lot about payments.
  • You will ship some simple stuff to production.
  • You will have your first 1-on-1 with the CTO.

In 3 months

The dust will start to settle.

  • You will conduct many code reviews with other teammates, learning a lot about their code standards and practices.
  • You will have some ideas to improve things at Devengo and start discussing them with the team.

In 6 months

You are a bona fide Devenger!

  • You feel confident enough to pick something to work from the Kanban board without asking anyone else.
  • You also feel confident discussing your day-to-day problems with the CTO and other teammates.
  • You are constantly giving and receiving feedback from your teammates.
  • You are shipping code daily, implementing new features and fixing bugs.
  • You will physically meet your teammates in one of our famous offsites!

Your responsibilities

  • You will participate in the whole lifecycle of the software, from exploration and design to development and deployment, taking responsibility from inception to release.
  • You will break down big pieces of work into smaller tasks, pragmatically estimating their duration and scope.
  • You will deliver robust and maintainable code with appropriate test coverage.
  • You will spend a week each month helping the OPS team to get a deeper understanding of our product and its operational complexity.
  • You will peer review your team's work to ensure you learn from each other and to ensure maximum quality.

How will you do it?

High-level view

Our process loosely merges practices from Kanban and Scrum with a focus on the principles of Continuous Delivery. The workflow is currently organized in 2-weeks sprints. The Product and Tech teams work together to define the scope of the tasks and prioritize them. Both teams work closely to ensure that business needs and new software features will always be perfectly aligned.

The work inside a sprint is broken down into tasks, using a Jira board to visualize and manage this process. Developers are free to pick from the board what they want to work on if no other mate is already working on it. In the daily meeting, the team meets to provide status updates, discuss blockers and explain what's coming next.

Our Culture

The first step to doing any substantial work is establishing the common ground we all want to defend, the fundamental ideas about how Devengo does business we want to share. These are our key values:

It's all about finesse

Finesse is defined as "refinement and delicacy of performance, execution or artisanship". We know that there is a non-negligible number of companies out there that can do what we do. So what makes us different? It's the finesse of our work, the way everything is taken care of down to the smallest detail, with impressive thoroughness, effectiveness, and rigour.

Zen pragmatism

Buddhist monks and practitioners are instructed to ponder this question: "Since death alone is certain, and the time of death uncertain, what should I do?" There will always be an infinite amount of scenarios, projects, and ideas worth pursuing… and our resources, time, and energy to do it will be inevitably finite. It's our task to deal with this fact gracefully and pragmatically.

Do the right thing

Every time Devengo interacts with the world, we should hold ourselves to the highest standards. We will methodically destroy the expectation of "just another company" when it comes to candour. We will systematically demolish the idea of "but everybody does that" when the topic at hand is equity.

When all these things turn to dust, we will sweep them away and replace them with fairness and empathy. And our customers will never deserve or receive less help and understanding than our neighbours or friends. We cannot always say yes, but they will never fail to evaluate and lend a hand when possible.

Managers of one

Devengo employs great people, and they deserve the freedom and autonomy to act on their own. We long for coworkers capable of holding on to their minds the idea that team-player and self-management are not antonyms. Don't wait for permission; just state what you're going to do, evaluate any given feedback from your perspective and expertise, and then do it.

Our Stack

Our core borrows some features from Clean Code / Hexagonal architecture and is drifting from a classic Rails backend towards a modular monolith architecture, aiming at providing the operational simplicity of a monorepo with the flexibility and isolation provided by a multi-component system.

Right now, we have multiple APIs to serve our native apps and web clients, with a rapidly growing amount of custom integrations. Additionally, we connect with different financial systems to provide real-time money movements.

You will help design and build APIs for our new products as we expand our services.

Our Practices

As mentioned before, we have cherry-picked -pun intended- practices and rituals from Scrum, Kanban, and other methodologies with a principle of simplicity and following what has worked for us in previous projects and experiences. We have a per-team daily meeting, biweekly all-hands, and project/integration-related meetings on an as-needed basis. We are constantly iterating our processes, and you are welcome to help us improve them.

Continuous integration and delivery are at the core of what we do in the dev team (both backend and mobile), and we have built some custom pipelines to run everything as smoothly and automatically as possible.

Regarding communication, our current size allows us to err on the side of oversharing, and everyone in the company is encouraged to provide feedback and to contact any other person in the company whenever it seems appropriate. We currently use Slack, and communication is primarily async.

When will you work?

Devengo has a flexible schedule to let team members reconcile their commitments and responsibilities with their work, so if you are an early bird and want to put in a few hours before bringing the kids to school, great! If you are more of a night owl and feel most productive in the silence of the night, excellent too! You will have autonomy and flexibility to adapt your working day to your personal life.

There is still, however, the need for some sync time and a daily meeting just after lunch (14:00-15:00 CEST), so we ask people to be available at least between 12:00 and 16:00. That said, currently, the period where people is available ranges usually from 06:00 to 21:00.

Where will you work?

This position is 100% remote. Still, we are currently searching for candidates to be in a UTC ±2 hours timezone to make easy the scheduling of meetings or any other commitment that involves other members of the team.

If you are in that range, as long as you are sure you have a good connection, it doesn't matter where you are working from.

We have quarterly offsites that involve physical meetups—they are a great moment to interact with the rest of the team!

Who will you work with?

  • Alberto Molpeceres (Founder) Tech scene veteran with more than 1,000 battles behind him. Founder of Besepa, developer, businessman, bank expert… Alberto is our swiss army knife, capable of wearing a million hats with care and dedication.
  • Fernando Cabello-Astolfi (Founder) After selling Aplazame, Fernando returns to the fight with another company aiming at revolutionizing the world of Fintech.
  • Aitor García (CTO) After more than 20 years of shipping software, Aitor is now helping Devengo provide the best technical solution on our market. Always doing everything possible to help the dev team move forward, Aitor will collaborate with you to find solutions to the technical challenges we constantly face in Devengo.
  • Ivan Guardado (Backend Lead) After cofounding Erasmusu and leading teams in Audiense and Inditex, Ivan joined Devengo and has rapidly become instrumental in the development of a solid base for our tech infrastructure and a vital element of the tech team.
  • Marisa Marín (CPO) Marisa has been facing challenges in digital products for more than 14 years. She takes care of the product and the process and, whenever possible, dedicates time to teaching and mentoring. A gem in the team from which the most constructive feedback will come out!

What are they asking for?

Devengo is looking for someone who has a senior perspective on software development. This perspective does not necessarily require a specific number of years but experience designing and developing APIs, knowing when to take pragmatic tradeoffs and the conviction that commercial software development is a team game where maintainability is critical.

Here are some of the requirements that you should meet:

  • You can communicate well in English, both orally and in writing. Although most tech meetings are in Spanish, English is used for any writing documentation, communication with our partners, and peer review process.
  • You have a good understanding of software principles. You'll work with Ruby but can bring experience in other languages.
  • You understand and have already implemented TDD or best practices such as SOLID principles, design patterns, testing...
  • You have experience deploying applications in production environments.
  • You have used CI/CD pipelines for continuous integration and deployment.
  • You understand the importance of having a solid test suite and are willing to write many tests.
  • You can communicate your arguments clearly and especially listen to others.
  • You are self-motivated, able to work with little supervision and know how to get things done, keeping yourself organized and focused.

On the purely technical side, our must-have list for dev knowledge is short and sweet:

  • +4 of experience developing backend software (Ruby, Python, JS, PHP, Java, Go, or any mainstream language)
  • Experience designing and using relational databases.
  • Experience creating and consuming REST APIs.

Our nice-to-have list is slightly more specialized:

  • Hexagonal/Clean architecture and DDD.
  • Experience in Ruby/Rails.
  • Experience with the most common AWS services (S3, EC, Cloudfront, etc.)
  • Experience using Continuous Integration (currently using Travis)
  • Experience in Fintech.