Backend/Server Developer

Strava, Dublin, Ireland

Strava's mobile app and website connect millions of runners and cyclists through the sports they love

About This Role

Strava is the leading social platform for athletes and the largest sports community in the world, with over 85 million athletes in 195 countries. If you sweat you’re an athlete, and Strava’s mobile apps and website connect millions of active people every day!

This role is on the Strava Communications & Personalization Team, a team with a diverse skill set who work together on the infrastructure, libraries, and tools that handle mobile notifications, emails, and personalization/targeting capabilities. We send over 20 million transactional emails a week and roughly 100 million notifications a week through the platform and infrastructure that this team maintains.

Our systems are used by all engineers at Strava to create touch points with athletes in various stages of their feature lifecycle. Engineers on the Communications & Personalization Team work on a very wide variety of projects and technologies; recent projects have ranged from re-architecting and upgrading our notification infrastructure to building a pacing system for targeting in-app promotions to users.

We build our software as microservices written in Scala. While we do not require Scala knowledge before joining, we are looking for candidates who have experience with service oriented architecture.


You’re excited about this opportunity because you will:

  • Write high-quality production code that enables our engineers to send timely and personalized communications to millions of athletes on Strava

  • Provide technical leadership on the team

  • Collaborate daily with partners in product and design to implement the team roadmap

  • Foster an engineering culture which makes your peers feel understood and included


You will be successful here by:

  • Having passion and curiosity towards building an emphatic communications experience for our athletes

  • Building well documented and easy-to-use systems that are quickly and widely adopted across our engineering organization

  • Collaborating with our internal partners in product, design, marketing, analytics, and support

  • Mentoring other engineers and up-leveling the organization by writing blog posts and giving tech talks about your work.


We’re excited about you because you have experience with:

  • Building services in a production environment (using languages like Ruby, Java, Python, Scala, or similar)

  • Managing cloud based infrastructure (using AWS, Azure, or similar)

  • Working with relational or NoSQL databases in Production (we use MySQL, Redis, Cassandra, and Scylla)

  • Open source distributed systems technologies. We use Kafka, ZooKeeper, Finagle, Storm, Spark, Elasticsearch, Mesos, and Docker.

  • Awareness of general coding best practices, documentation, and testing


About Strava

Strava is Swedish for “strive,” which epitomizes who we are and what we do. We’re a passionate and committed team, unified by our mission to connect athletes to what motivates them and help them find their personal best. And with billions of activity uploads from all over the world, we have a humbling and audacious vision: to be the record of the world’s athletic activities and the technology that makes every effort count.

Strava builds software that makes the best part of our athletes’ days even better. And just as we’re deeply committed to unlocking their potential, we’re dedicated to providing a world-class, inclusive workplace where our employees can grow and thrive, too. We’re backed by Sequoia Capital, Madrone Partners and Jackson Square Ventures, and we’re expanding in order to exceed the needs of our growing community of global athletes. Our culture reflects our community – we are continuously striving to hire and engage diverse teammates from all backgrounds, experiences and perspectives because we know we are a stronger team together.

In light of the global pandemic, Strava is currently working in a fully remote capacity. As always, we remain committed to fully supporting our employees, especially their mental health and wellbeing, through these challenging times. Despite challenges in the world around us, we are continuing to grow camaraderie and positivity within our culture and we are unified in our commitment to becoming an antiracist company. We are differentiated by our truly people-first approach, our compassionate leadership, and our belief that we can bring joy and inspiration to athletes’ lives — now more than ever. All to say, it’s a great time to join Strava!

Strava is an equal opportunity employer. In keeping with the values of Strava, we make all employment decisions including hiring, evaluation, termination, promotional and training opportunities, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical handicap, mental disability, medical condition, disability, gender or identity or expression, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, marital status, height and/or weight.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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About Strava

Strava is composed of dedicated, fun-loving individuals, unified by our mission to build the most engaged community of athletes in the world. And it feels like we’re onto something big. Millions of athletes are already on Strava, with thousands more joining every day, and we’ve assembled an awesome team to keep us growing all around the world.

Want to learn more about Strava? Visit Strava's website.