Backend Engineer with DevOps Skills (PHP, AWS)

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.

Your role will be to:

Play a crucial part in building and scaling a global consumer product. You will develop and maintain the existing application and API. Think writing the code for new product features, designing and implementing solutions that are efficient and pragmatic. Your work is going to impact millions of users.

You will join a small development team with well-established agile processes and short iteration cycles. You will be involved in discussions with your fellow backend and client engineers as well as product managers and designers. You will use tools such as Docker, AWS, Github and Jira.

Our backend stack

Containers, PHP 7.4, Golang, Kotlin, Java.  Our backend is hosted on AWS, using services such as ECR, EC2, ELB, VPC, R53, RDS, ElastiCache, S3, SQS, SNS, Lambda, IAM.

You are the right fit for the role if you:

Have at least 2 years of recent experience on the backend, and recent experience with managing, monitoring, scaling AWS infrastructure and you are passionate about building high performing backend applications. You’re keen to share your knowledge with your teammates and have a passion for learning. Being a language nerd is a big plus!

  • Are interested in or already know Go, Kotlin, or Java.
  • Are familiar with algorithms, design patterns, and their implementations.
  • Arere self-organized, solution-orientated, and love a challenge.
  • Know how to build a new app and ready to help to maintain existing infrastructure on AWS.
  • Had practical experience with Puppet/Vagrant/Terraform/DockerSwarm/Serverless or any other similar automation/orchestration framework.
  • Have AWS Certification or CNCF Certification
  • Are curious to work with Microservices and Serverless.
  • Were managing a full AWS backend stack at your previous position.

Life at Tandem

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.

Balance matters

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.

Modern family

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.

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