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Senior Backend Engineer at Airship
Portland, OR, US

About Us

Marketing and digital experience teams at thousands of the world’s most admired companies rely on Airship’s Customer Engagement Platform to create deeper connections with customers by delivering incredibly relevant, orchestrated messages on any channel. 

Founded in 2009 as a pioneer in push notifications, Airship now gives brands the user-level data, engagement channels, AI orchestration and services they need to deliver push notifications, emails, SMS, in-app messages, mobile wallet cards and more to exactly the right person in exactly the right moment — building trust, boosting engagement, driving action and growing value.

  • Airship is a well-funded startup that is widely recognized as a global leader in our space. You can read the latest press here:
  • We have delivered over two trillion messages to users, doubling our volume in the past year.
  • Every day, we process tens of billions of data elements and events and are incredibly proud of our team that built and continues to optimize our platform which is unrivaled in speed and scale for real-time communications.
  • Our product is used by many of the world’s most admired companies, including Adidas, Alaska Airlines, The Home Depot, NBCUniversal, Sky Plc, and Zillow.
  • We have also been named one of the coolest companies to work in Portland for the last 5 years. We love passionate employees and have an employee-run Culture Club, Diversity Guild, and even a softball team. 

About You

You possess strong software engineering and Java development fundamentals. You value delivering products that delight and you are unafraid to dig into unknown codebases to unravel unexpected behaviors. You value reliability, testability, and maintainability. You're proud of the code you write, but you're also pragmatic and believe in iteration. You know when it is time to refactor, and when it's time to ship.

About the Position

The job of a Backend Java engineer at Airship is to focus on distributed system design, development, and support. We provide low latency services that process a stream of events from both apps/web/mobile wallet/email/sms and internal services.

  • Our backend infrastructure is built on the Google Cloud Platform and AWS.
  • Our platform uses microservices that talk to NoSQL databases and handle immense load.
  • You'll be involved in schema design, ownership of data semantics, and a lot of squinting at server metrics trying to puzzle out why database write latency spiked in the 99th percentile and moved the emphasis in “near-real-time” from “real” to “near.” 

We have remote employees in engineering spread over many cities in the US and encourage people outside of Portland to apply. 

Airship has a fantastic career path for developing software engineers like yourself. Learn more about our tech ladder at 

 Experience and Skills:

  • Relevant experience of 4+ years with software engineering best practices: unit testing, code reviews, documentation, and version control.
  • Experience with distributed systems
  • Willingness to work as part of a team to achieve shared commitments
  • Calmly work in a fast-paced environment to ensure continuous delivery
  • Provide mentorship and guidance for less experienced engineers
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

 Bonus points for:

  • Solid fundamentals with Linux
  • Experience with the Google Cloud Platform or AWS
  • Practiced Git workflows
  • Experience with distributed NoSQL systems or key-value stores
  • Know how to troubleshoot and fine-tune JVM performance