Senior Backend Software Engineer, Insomnia - Shanghai

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Interview Process

1. Phone interview. 2. Pairing and technical interviews. 3. Take home assigment.

Programming Languages Mentioned

SQL, Golang

Are you ready to power the World's connections?

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About Insomnia at Kong:

Kong creates software and managed services that connect APIs and microservices natively across and within clouds, Kubernetes, data centers and more using intelligent automation. 
Insomnia, acquired in 2019, is a full-lifecycle API development platform that has quickly become an integral part of Kong’s product portfolio. 

Built for developers, by developers, Insomnia enables collaborative API design, debugging and testing with the most popular API protocols (REST, GraphQL, gRPC, SOAP and Websockets). As an open source platform with ~25K stars on GitHub, Insomnia has received rave reviews in the community thanks to its intuitive UI, snappy performance and diverse plugin ecosystem.

The Insomnia team is on a mission to make API innovation frictionless. We know that APIs never rest, but that shouldn’t keep you up at night. With an emerging enterprise business and more than 160,000 developers leveraging Insomnia at the world’s most innovative companies, we’d love for you to join us on this journey to build the API workflows that developers have always dreamed of. 

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About the role:

A Senior Software Engineer on the Insomnia Team at Kong is responsible for building out APIs in Golang that power complex features in the application. You will be a point person for all backend systems changes and maintaining our system deployments inside of GCP.  Insomnia is an enterprise product with an open source core, that is being offered to customers via both our desktop application and cloud experience.
What you’ll be doing
  • Building out Golang APIs that power Insomnia’s cloud features.
  • Fast writing of APIs to expand features of Insomnia Cloud.
  • Writing automated tests to ensure behavior of code and avoid regressions.
  • Collaborating closely with a small, globally-distributed team.
  • Any additional tasks required by your manager.
  • What you’ll bring
  • Working experience in an agile, distributed, team environment. 
  • Competency and history of backend development in Golang.
  • Working experience with relational databases and SQL.
  • Strong experience with building out GraphQL or REST APIs.
  • Curiosity for working remotely as part of a globally distributed team.
  • Knowledge of computer networking protocols (HTTP, TLS, HTTP/2, TCP, etc) and systems (Linux, Golang runtime, asynchronous programming, etc).
  • What is a Konger? 

    We are a group of makers, thinkers, and doers focused on helping today’s developers build tomorrow’s technology. Our teams work on the bleeding edge of API innovation to provide our users with a central nervous system for data and services. 

    We put design at the heart of everything we do, and we’re relentlessly focused on creating beautiful experiences for our customers. That’s why technology companies, major banks, e-commerce innovators, and government agencies put Kong in front of their most important web applications. 

    We believe in the power of Open Source and everything it stands for. That’s why developers around the world enthusiastically contribute on top of our open-source platform. 

    We are passionate about solving challenges that will fundamentally shape the future of technology, and we’re looking for the right people to join us on our mission. If you believe in taking ownership of your work, making an impact, and having fun along the way, we would love to talk to you.

    Kong Core Values: 

    Be Inclusive. We work together from anywhere to achieve our common goals. Our differences make us stronger. 

    Be Authentic. We are genuine, principled and confident without arrogance. Show respect and kindness, especially in tough moments. 

    Be Relentlessly Resourceful. We work with purpose, obsession and grit. It takes muscle to do hard things and doing hard things build muscle. 

    Be Customer Obsessed. We care. Customers are everything, we put them at the center of everything you do. We are all empowered to make an impact. 

    Be Curious. We value ideas over hierarchy. Never accept the status quo. We make bold bets, fail, and learn everyday. There is always a way. 

    Be an Owner. We are drivers not passengers and own the quality and outcomes of our work.

    About Kong: 

    Kong is THE cloud native API platform with the fastest, most adopted API gateway in the world (over 300m downloads!). Loved by developers and trusted with enterprises’ most critical traffic volumes, Kong helps startups and Fortune 500 companies build with confidence – allowing them to bring solutions to market faster with API and service connectivity that scales easily and securely. 

    83% of web traffic today is API calls!  APIs are the connective tissue of the cloud and the underlying technology that allows software to talk and interact with one another.  Therefore, we believe that APIs act as the nervous system of the cloud.  Our audacious mission is to build the nervous system that will safely and reliably connect all of humankind!  

    For more information about Kong, please visit or follow @thekonginc on Twitter.

    We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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