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Senior Backend Engineer - Search (f/m/d)



Software Engineering
Berlin, Germany
Posted on Monday, July 8, 2024

About the Opportunity

Contentful is a modern content platform for businesses. Our mission is to enable digital teams across the world to quickly build the best digital experiences imaginable. We are only scratching the surface of our full potential and we have an impressive amount of work ahead of us. This means you have an incredible opportunity to join us on this journey and do meaningful, challenging work whilst growing your career.

In this role, you will be part of the Content Platform team with responsibility for enabling our largest customers to easily organise, enrich and find content and its metadata at scale, allowing customers to leverage their content and support all their use cases.

If you enjoy working on a broad range of complex and impactful Software Engineering problems for a rapidly growing customer base, this will be a great opportunity for your career.

What to expect?

  • A dynamic work environment where it’s not just what we do, but how we do it that matters.
  • Work closely with product managers, designers, and other engineers in a cross-functional team to build a best-in-class experience for our customers.
  • Collaborate to improve and innovate content discovery for our customers. Work on initiatives to bring AI insights to content in a wide variety of use cases, add vector databases for targeted prompting, and continue to push the technical boundaries of content discovery as technology improves and evolves.
  • Get involved in our journey to leverage AI to enhance user experience, streamline operations and unlock new capabilities.
  • Continuously enhance REST and GraphQL API experiences to consistently cater to billions of requests every month.
  • Develop on our Platform with modern services like AWS, Docker, Kubernetes, and Terraform.

What you need to be successful

  • Experience with building Search Engines systems, using Elasticsearch, OpenSearch, Solr or Lucene, involving a solid understanding of search relevancy, indexing, vector search and search algorithms
  • Strong knowledge and commercial experience working with the server-side JavaScript ecosystem (Node.js) and TypeScript
  • Experience with system design, REST APIs and event-driven architectures
  • Fundamental understanding of - and experience working with - large-scale Database system (SQL or no-SQL)
  • Familiarity with automated deployment processes (CI/CD) and version control (Git)
  • Advocate for agile processes, operational excellence, and test-driven development.
  • Have strong teamwork skills, open to diverse opinions, and can give reasons for your technical decisions.
  • Excellent English communication skills, both verbal and written (German is not required)
  • Knowledge of functional programming principles, GraphQL and React is a plus

What’s in it for you?

  • Join an ambitious tech company reshaping the way people build digital experiences
  • Full-time employees receive Stock Options for the opportunity to share in the success of our company
  • Fertility and family building benefits, including a lifetime reimbursable wallet to support your growing family.
  • We value Work-Life balance and You Time! A generous amount of paid time off, including vacation days, sick days, education days, compassion days for loss, and volunteer days
  • Time off to care for and focus on your growing family
  • Use your personal annual education budget to improve your skills and grow in your career
  • Enjoy a full range of virtual and in-person events, including workshops, guest speakers, and fun team activities, supporting learning and networking exchange beyond the usual work duties
  • An annual wellbeing stipend to care for your physical, financial, or emotional health
  • A monthly communication phone/internet stipend and phone hardware upgrade reimbursement.
  • New hire office equipment stipend for hybrid or distributed employees. Get the gear you need to work at your best.

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Who are we?

Contentful is the intelligent composable content platform that unlocks all of an organization’s digital content to deliver impactful customer experiences, making content a strategic business asset. The Contentful Platform, Contentful Studio, and the Contentful Ecosystem combine the flexibility of composable content with the intelligence of AI, empowering digital teams to drive business momentum through collaboration, speed, and scale. Contentful powers innovative content experiences across brands, regions, and channels for organizations around the world, including nearly 30% of the Fortune 500. Nearly 800 people from more than 70 nations contribute their energy and creativity to Contentful, working from hubs in Berlin, Denver and distributed around the world.

Everyone is welcome here!

“Everyone is welcome here” is a celebrated component of our culture. At Contentful, we strive to create an inclusive environment that empowers our employees. We believe that our products and services benefit from our diverse backgrounds and experiences and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, physical [dis]ability, or length of time spent unemployed. We invite you to apply and join us!

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