Sr. Software Engineer, Backend

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Palo Alto, California

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Interview Process

1. Hiring manager screen 2. Take-home project 3. Discussions via Zoom that include pair-programming to iterate on homework and culture-fit interview

Programming Languages Mentioned

Java, C++, SQL, JavaScript

Our Mission

As humans, there are few things more exciting than meeting someone new. At Tinder, we’re inspired by the challenge of keeping the magic of human connection alive. With tens of millions of users, hundreds of millions of downloads, 2+ billion swipes per day, 20+ million matches per day, and a presence in 190+ countries, our reach is expansive—and rapidly growing.
We work together to solve complex problems. Behind the simplicity of every match, we think deeply about human relationships, behavioral science, network economics, AI and ML, online and real-world safety, cultural nuances, loneliness, love, sex, and more.

The Team:
The Essential Services team is responsible for building highly scalable and resilient systems that ensure continued business excellence at Tinder and unlock meaningful features to bring people together. Although we are a high-scale tech company, the member-to-engineer ratio is very high—making the level of impact each engineer gets to have at Tinder enormous.As a Senior Backend Engineer at Tinder, you will have an outsized impact and ownership of the most critical services that enable and support the core experience of the Tinder app. We are deeply invested in challenging norms, constantly improving architecture design, exploring emergent tech and ideas, and leveraging new technologies in interesting ways to deliver an app that is widely known the world over.You will be responsible for driving the next generation of platforms serving the most essential Tinder workflows, including real-time client-server communications, stateful message delivery, user state and profile management, and more.

Where you'll work:
This is a hybrid role and requires in-office collaboration twice per week. This position is located in Palo Alto, CA or San Francisco, CA.
Our Values
  • One Team, One Dream: We work hand-in-hand, building Tinder for our members. We succeed together when we work collaboratively across functions, teams, and time zones, and think outside the box to achieve our company vision and mission
  • Own It: We take accountability and strive to make a positive impact in all aspects of our business, through ownership, innovation, and a commitment to excellence
  • Never Stop Learning: We cultivate a culture where it’s safe to take risks. We seek out input, share honest feedback, celebrate our wins, and learn from our mistakes in order to continue improving
  • Spark Solutions: We’re problem solvers, focusing on how to best move forward when faced with obstacles. We don’t dwell on the past or on the issues at hand, but instead look at how to stay agile and overcome hurdles to achieve our goals
  •  Embrace Our Differences: We are intentional about building a workplace that reflects the rich diversity of our members. By leveraging different perspectives and other ways of thinking, we build better experiences for our members and our team
  • In this role, you will:
  • Design, develop and operate scalable and resilient distributed services that run on Kubernetes or ECS
  • Collaborate with various functional teams across Tinder on the expansion of our service platform
  • Tightly maintain critical services with clear ownership to ensure the continued business excellence while effectively unlocking business enablement across pillars/teams
  • Define key objectives, values and metrics connected to critical services,  and monitor them in production
  • Influence the team roadmap and product development
  • Recruit, encourage, and develop other team members
  • You’ll need:
  • Excellent knowledge and experience with a backend language like Java, Node.js, Go, C++
  • Experience in developing REST micro services
  • BS/MS in Computer Science or an equivalent field with 5+ years of industry work experience
  • Excellent knowledge of Computer Science fundamentals with strong competencies in data structures, algorithms, and coding
  • Strong designing and building distributed backend systems handling high volumes of traffic
  • Experience in handling ambiguous business requirements with excellent prioritization, time management abilities, and a focus on execution
  • Passion to tackle exciting engineering problems and make continuous improvements
  • Nice to have:
  • Experience building GRPC micro services
  • Experience with cloud computing systems such as AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform
  • Experience in design and development using NoSQL, such as DynamoDB or Cassandra
  • Experience with Redis, ElasticSearch, Kafka
  • Experience with Typescript
  • Agile development methodology and CI/CD
  • Experience with Docker containers
  • Experience with reactive frameworks like Project Reactor or Vert.x
  • Experience with A/B testing
  • Commitment to Inclusion

    At Tinder, we don’t just accept difference, we celebrate it. We strive to build a workplace that reflects the rich diversity of our members around the world, and we value unique perspectives and backgrounds. Even if you don’t meet all the listed qualifications, we invite you to apply and show us how your skills could transfer. Tinder is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace where we welcome people of all sexes, gender identities, races, ethnicities, disabilities, and other lived experiences. Learn more here:

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