Staff Backend Engineer, Talk @ Spotify - New York, NY

Job Overview

9 days ago

Staff Backend Engineer, Talk

Spotify - New York, NY

The Talk Mission is seeking Staff Backend Engineers to join our engineering organization. We own creator tooling for podcast, live, and video content at Spotify. Your work will impact hundreds of thousands of active creators on Anchor, Spotify Live, and Spotify for Podcasters, and hundreds of millions of active listeners on Spotify.


New York or Remote Americas

Job type

We’re looking for engineers that share our common interest in distributed backend systems, their scalability, and continued development. You will work within a product area in our mission and partner with your Senior Engineering Manager, Group Product Manager, and engineering counterparts to help define and implement technical strategies that impact your product area and our larger engineering org. You will help us scale and evolve our products (primarily Anchor), and work toward a future that will likely involve deep integrations and possibly migrations into Spotify tech stacks.

What you'll do

  • Act as a technical leader and mentor to engineers within Talk and across Spotify.
  • Coordinate technical projects across teams within our mission and across Spotify.
  • Collaborate with engineers to solve interesting and challenging problems.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to determine how to design scalable backend systems and APIs to meet their needs.
  • Architect, develop, and operate services deployed to millions of users.
  • Work with data engineers to build and maintain batch and real-time data pipelines with data processing tools like Airflow, Spark, Dataflow, and other Google Cloud Platform offerings.
  • Be a technical leader and valued contributor in an autonomous, cross-functional agile team.
  • Be a leader in the Spotify-wide backend developer community affecting and driving architectural decisions across the company.

Who you are

  • You have experience working directly with stakeholders to understand, document and develop systems that meet their requirements, driving increased adoption and reducing reliance on custom one-off implementations.
  • You have experience writing distributed, high-volume services and know how to deploy and keep them running in production.
  • You have experience refactoring and rebuilding systems, and can break large problems down into actionable, iterative phases.
  • You have a deep understanding of system design, data structures, and algorithms.
  • You have curiosity about big data processing technologies.
  • You value collaboration and love working in an environment where you constantly experiment and iterate quickly.
  • You believe data is the most powerful tool for informed decision-making.
  • You care about engineering excellence and you know what it means to ship high quality code.
  • Experience with both Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services is nice to have. You’ll be designing cloud-native and / or cloud-agnostic systems on these platforms.
  • Prior experience with NodeJS or Java is nice to have. Willingness to learn and contribute code in these languages is required.

Where you'll be

  • We are a distributed workforce enabling our band members to find a work mode that is best for them.
  • Where in the world? For this role, it can be within an Americas region in which we have a work location and is within working hours.
  • Prefer an office to work from instead? Not a problem! We have plenty of options for your working preferences. Find more information about our Work From Anywhere options here.

Our global benefits

Extensive learning opportunities, through our dedicated team, GreenHouse.
Flexible share incentives letting you choose how you share in our success.
Global parental leave, six months off - fully paid - for all new parents.
All The Feels, our employee assistance program and self-care hub.
Flexible public holidays, swap days off according to your values and beliefs.
Spotify On Tour, join your colleagues on trips to industry festivals and events.

Learn about life at Spotify

Spotify is an equal opportunity employer. You are welcome at Spotify for who you are, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or what’s playing in your headphones. Our platform is for everyone, and so is our workplace. The more voices we have represented and amplified in our business, the more we will all thrive, contribute, and be forward-thinking! So bring us your personal experience, your perspectives, and your background. It’s in our differences that we will find the power to keep revolutionizing the way the world listens.

Spotify transformed music listening forever when we launched in 2008. Our mission is to unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the chance to enjoy and be passionate about these creators. Everything we do is driven by our love for music and podcasting. Today, we are the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with a community of more than 381 million users.

Global COVID and Vaccination Disclosure
Spotify is committed to safety and well-being of our employees, vendors and clients. We are following regional guidelines mandating vaccination and testing requirements, including those requiring vaccinations and testing for in-person roles and event attendance. For the US, we have mandated that all employees and contractors be fully vaccinated in order to work in our offices and externally with any third-parties. For all other locations, we strongly encourage our employees to get vaccinated and also follow local COVID and safety protocols.

This role is not eligible for hire in Colorado, USA.

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