Staff Engineer - Backend

Taptap Send

Fulltime

Remote Friendly

$180,000 - $220,000 annually

Our Mission
Reduce inequity by helping immigrants move money home by becoming the leading cross-border fintech for immigrants.

The Team
-> Founded by Harvard grads / 3rd-time founders —- also founded Segovia (successful exit) and GiveDirectly (>300M revenue, fastest-growing NGO).
-> Top performers from top and varied organizations (e.g., Bain, Bolt, Google, McKinsey, SafeBoda, Uber, Zipline) —- we like moving fast, and we hire people that do as well.
-> Driven by mission, guided by values (see below) – in deed, not just word.
-> Team as global as the mission, >30 languages from 25 countries (i.e., if you’re interested in learning to make Chicken Moambe, we’re the place).

About Us
Taptap Send is backed by top VCs (Spark, Canaan, Reid Hoffman, Breyer Capital, etc.), rapidly growing and a great place for those looking for both impact and a fast-paced tech startup environment. Read more about the journey in Reid Hoffman’s words or TechCrunch article (outdated)

Launched in 2019, Taptap is tapping into a transformative shift in global finance: from banks to phones. While this has affected wealthier countries as well, it has been nothing short of a revolution for the emerging markets where the overwhelming majority of population had been unable to access digital finance previously. Its first product, Taptap Send, allows immigrants to send money home instantly and with no fee, saving money in the process. With a formal market size of >700B alone, we’ve got a lot more saving to do for our users. And that’s just the beginning….

The Role
We are looking for a Staff Software Engineer to join our growing engineering team, and guide the evolution of our backend systems as we scale. For us, this isn’t just about technical performance, but also supporting the internal human processes that will always power much of our product. You will work closely with Product, Operations, Customer Support, Growth and other functions to design and build out a reliable, performant, and secure platform for handling remittances across countries. As an early leader on the team, we expect that you will also have a lot of impact on our team culture, processes and norms.
Taptap Send is a cross-platform mobile app developed with React Native and TypeScript, which talks to a backend service written in Kotlin and backed by a PostgreSQL database, all of which runs on AWS and is managed via Terraform and Ansible. This is a backend-focused role, but you will have plenty of opportunities to work on all parts of our tech stack.

We’re an encouraging environment that values both teamwork and autonomy, and have many exciting upcoming challenges, including: scaling up to handle increased volume and complexity, helping our analysts derive business and product insights to drive growth and retention, building internal tools for our customer support and acquisition efforts, and much more!

You are:

  • Looking to join a growing team, lead cross-functional projects, and have significant impact on the success of the company
  • Comfortable working with partners to articulate technical success criteria for projects and successfully driving them to completion while keeping everybody informed
  • Comfortable identifying new technical areas that need more attention, and know how to motivate them to others while incorporating overall priorities
  • Great at balancing speed of execution with writing clean, well-designed code
  • Looking to be a part of an inclusive culture where everyone brings their whole selves to work
  • A clear communicator who believes in communicating kindly but candidly
  • Committed to using your engineering skills for social good

Requirements:

  • 8+ years of full-time software development experience, or equivalent
  • Experience implementing and managing elaborate integrations with third-party APIs
  • Experience working on systems that have real-world performance and reliability constraints
  • Experience with commercial cloud environments, preferably AWS
  • Experience developing software in a collaborative, multi-functional, and fast-paced environment

Nice to have but not required:

  • Experience working with Infrastructure as Code technologies, like Terraform and Ansible
  • Experience with SRE or similar infrastructure work
  • Experience with Data Engineering concepts and workflows
  • Benefits (US)- specifics depend on geography!
  • Competitive salary (based on experience)
  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance
  • Unlimited leave
  • Flexible hours
  • Regular team events
  • Professional development opportunities (e.g. language lessons, training, etc.)
  • Taptap equipment (laptop, accessories)
  • Work from home desk stipend
  • Behavioral health benefits

Taptap Values

  • Impact first.
  • Team next.
  • Accept reality.
  • Propose solutions.
  • Win with grit.
  • Be proactively candid, with yourself and others.
  • Love the particular.
  • Own it.
  • Create positive energy.
  • Maybe, even have fun.

Note: we recognize imposter syndrome is real - any candidate that does not perfectly fit every characteristic of this role is still strongly encouraged to apply.


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