API/Backend Engineer (PHP / GO)
Tandem is the leading global language learning community, where 10 million members in over 180 countries practice languages together. The concept of learning from each other is not only an integral part of the Tandem community but it is also at the heart of our everyday lives at Tandem. This shared connection through learning helps us to grow and enhances the language journeys of our members.
We are based in Berlin and are backed by top European investors. We are highly international and driven by a shared passion for languages, technology, and culture. Together, we are on a mission to build a product that not only teaches a new skill but also encourages meaningful cross-cultural conversations.
As an API / Backend Engineer you will work within our Production services department and be instrumental transitioning us from our current architecture (PHP based) to our new best-of-breed microservice architecture (Go). You leave code in a better place than it was when you started and look for creative ways to solve problems keeping quality, performance, and scalability in mind.
We understand that finding an engineer with both PHP and GO experience is a tricky thing and as such are happy to support an ambitious PHP engineer that would like to branch out and learn a new language (Go).
What we are looking for:
- 3+ years of experience with PHP, ideally with a framework such as Symfony.
- Experience with Docker
- A good understanding of microservice architecture, ideally having developed microservices previously either in your job or as a hobby.
- Devops mindset – you are not afraid to push your code into production and are happy to own the full lifecycle of architecting, developing and deploying your new service.
What would make your application stand out
- You already have experience in GO programming.
- You have an AWS certification (i.e: AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, or higher )
- Experience with CI / CD systems.
- Past experience on high-load applications
Passion for languages
We’re a team of 24 people speaking 20 languages fluently between us. For those wanting to improve their German (or Denglisch!), you can join one of our German classes on us. We also run regular Spanish, Russian, and German lunches!
Take a deep dive
As a Tandem team member, we’ll give you a budget for up to 6 “Deep Dive Days” per year. Pick a topic you’ve always wanted to explore for your professional development that has never made it out of your backlog. Then book a cabin in the woods or whatever matches your individual learning style.
Teams who train together, stay together
We offer Urban Sports Club gym memberships to boost our team’s physical and mental health. If you prefer, we can contribute to your monthly public transport ticket instead.
It takes a team to Tandem
Bonding with our teammates outside of our normal work routine is important to us. We organize regular team events: from day trips to weekly lunches, to Friday beers, summer BBQs, and board games.
Life isn’t just about work. We know when to snooze Slack notifications, recharge our batteries, and take time out for our personal hobbies. As we’re mostly working from home right now, it’s even more important to be able to switch off from work and relax.
As part of our family-friendly company philosophy, we embrace flexible working hours, welcome families to our events, and love for our kids to visit the office and get a taste of life at Tandem.
Relocation without the stress
If you’re looking to relocate to Berlin, we’re ready to assist you with the infamous German bureaucracy. Many of us have been through it before, so we have plenty of tips to share. You’ll feel settled in no time.
An office that sparks joy
Our open-plan working oasis is located in the heart of Berlin-Mitte. We offer a free choice of IT setup and whatever tech you require. As an added bonus, our kitchen is always fully stocked with free drinks, healthy snacks, and fresh fruit