Staff Software Engineer, Backend

Grindr, Remote - US

The largest all-male location based network in the world

What’s so interesting about this role?

Our team is growing because our user base is growing (30% in the last year!) which means we need you! We’re looking for a Staff Software Engineer who is passionate about building, testing, deploying, and working closely with the Product team to deliver new features. You will have the opportunity to solve challenging problems, work with the latest systems, collaborate with a kind and capable team, and contribute meaningfully.

What’s the job?   

  • Build for the future by designing maintainable, reliable, scalable, and well-tested systems to serve a global audience of millions of concurrent users (we’re big!)
  • Work with Product Managers, Designers, and other Engineers to refine feature design and functionality
  • Optimize key pieces of Grindr's platform using tools like Java, Kotlin, Redis, ElasticSearch, KafkaMySQL, and AWS services
  • Create innovation by guiding data-driven decisions to adopt new technologies, architectures, and workflow
  • Elevate your team's technical proficiency; help your team adopt new tools and ways of working
  • Troubleshoot unexpected issues across various systems because being the most popular is hard… and fun :)

What we'll love about you  

  • 6+ years of experience as a Software Engineer working on Backend Systems (Service APIs, Data Processing, Messaging Services, Microservices) 
  • Experience developing and maintaining systems with Java or Kotlin stacks
  • Hands-on experience with cloud technologies such as AWS, GCP, Azure, etc. 
  • Passionate about writing quality software, with attention to detail and a thorough approach to reviewing code 
  • You love taking ownership. You think beyond just your team and know how to implement change across your organization.
  • Experience with continuous integration and continuous delivery
  • You love figuring things out and understanding how they work end-to-end
  • Experience designing and productionizing large-scale distributed systems
  • You consider yourself an expert working with relational databases such as MySQL, SQL Server, Postgres, etc.  
  • Experience designing enterprise-wide architectures and API systems

We’ll really swoon if you have

  • Experience with application frameworks such as Spring or Ktor
  • Experience developing production systems deployed in Kubernetes
  • Experience with Redis, Kafka, or Elasticsearch
  • Experience running ad-hoc analysis with SQL and Looker (or similar technologies) would be a plus

What you'll love about us 

  • Global impact: Grindr is the world-leading LGTBQ+ social networking service. Your role will impact the lives of millions of LGTBQ+ people around the world.
  • High Growth: Like the company itself, this role offers significant room for growth and development
  • Remote First: We have offices in LA, NYC, SF, Chicago, Toronto, and Taipei, though the company is set up not just as remote-friendly, but remote-first. More than 30% of our employees work outside the cities where we have offices. Today, we are set up to hire easily in the US, Canada, and Taiwan. If you live outside one of these countries, just let us know so we can make sure we can support you.
  • Comp: Industry competitive compensation, including equity for all employees
  • Benefits: Unlimited vacation policy
  • Family insurance: We provide great insurance coverage for health, dental, and vision for you and your family.
  • Retirement Savings: Generous 401(k) plan
  • Other Perks: Home-office stipend and many company-sponsored events

About Grindr

Since launching in 2009, Grindr has grown into the world’s largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people. We have millions of daily users who use our location-based technology in almost every country in every corner of the planet.

Today, Grindr proudly represents a modern LGBTQ+ lifestyle that expands into new platforms. From social issues to original content, we continue to blaze innovative paths with a meaningful impact for our community. At Grindr, we create a safe space where you can discover, navigate, and get zero feet away from the queer world around you.

As of June 2020, Grindr has new owners with a track record of multiple successful Bay Area start-ups. The new leadership is demonstrating a renewed commitment to creating an experience for users that is safe, fun, and productive, as well as a positive & uplifting company culture in which everyone can be their best selves. At the heart of Grindr’s mission in this new chapter is a shared set of core values including transparency, accountability, experimentation (failing fast), and strong allegiance to the LGBTQ+ community.


Grindr is an equal opportunity employer.

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About Grindr

Launched in early 2009, Grindr now boasts more than a million daily users in 192 countries. To join them in their sunny Los Angeles offices, check out their open jobs here

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