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Senior Backend Engineer (Typescript)



Software Engineering
Hong Kong · Asia · Europe
Posted on Monday, August 21, 2023

We want to make work and study more efficient and enjoyable, by providing the best digital paper solution possible. We plan to be the go-to tool for all forms of notes. Our digital paper and learning ecosystem inspires anyone to take notes, share what they know, collaborate with others, and learn as a community

Our Values:

Dream big
Build great things
Take ownership
Win like a sports team
Learn and grow fast
Share our passion

About the team:

You will be part of a distributed team across Europe and Asia, with shared time for collaborative activities such as planning, retros, stand-ups, and brainstorming sessions. The team is building a Marketplace for tens of millions of active users to purchase various digital stationary and learning materials, including notebook templates, stickers, and exam prep resources. Additionally, we manage the infrastructure that supports Goodnotes’ in-app purchases and subscription services.

You will use a broad and modern tech stack with:

  • Programming Language: Most of our team's services are written in TypeScript. We also have services written in Kotlin.
  • Monitoring and Logging: We are currently using Datadog for monitoring and logging. Metrics are collected across our agents, taken from the logs using metric filters, and updated directly from lambda function or the application.
  • Infrastructure-as-Code: Most of our infrastructure is written with Terraform.
  • CI/CD: We are currently using TravisCI and GitHub Actions for our backend applications, and CircleCI for our iOS applications.
  • Deployments: We have multiple EKS clusters set up either for Blue/Green rollouts or dedicated feature sets. We are currently updating these clusters using ArgoCD and Atlantis.
  • Our main databases are MongoDB and a self-managed CockroachDB cluster running on EKS.
  • We believe in automating ourselves out of our jobs.

About the role:

This is the role for you, if you’re excited to work on the things listed below:

  • Architect and design scalable solutions that are easy to maintain to allow development of exciting features and support more users.
  • Implement elegant solutions with clean code.
  • Enable communication with the Mobile, Web frontend and QA teams
  • Define and drive the completion of new initiatives and features by removing blockers for the team
  • Continuously improve the development practices through research, automation, documentation and testing
  • Share your knowledge and experience with the rest of the team

The skills you will need to be successful in the above:

  • Proficient in TypeScript and some familiarity with at least one JVM programming language (e.g. Kotlin, Java, Scala)
  • Expertise in cloud storage, deployment and computing. We use AWS but we’re open to other platform experience
  • Deep understanding of computer science fundamentals, you enjoy solving algo and data structure puzzles
  • You have led the development of complex systems from inception to million of users
  • Robust software engineering practices, testing and automation have no secrets for you
  • Excellent problem solving and story-telling skills
  • A love of software craftsmanship, you have a strong desire of self improvement through side projects and sharing
  • Good sense on the best tools for any task

At Goodnotes, we want to build a team as diverse as our user base. Even if you don’t meet all the above requirements, you may still be a great fit for the role, so please consider still applying. If you align with our values, are passionate about our product and what you do, we would love to hear from you!

The interview process:

  • Introduction: The Talent Team want to hear more about your background, what you are looking for, and why you’d like to join Goodnotes.
  • Take-home Assignment: A short online coding skills test.
  • Live coding & Technical interview: A live coding call with one of our engineers. This is where you get to see what it would be like working at Goodnotes as well as the chance to ask any engineering questions you may have
  • Hiring Manager interview: A call with your hiring manager. This is the person who will be managing you day to day, working on your growth and development with you as well as support you throughout your career at Goodnotes.
  • Values interview – Meeting with members of the Goodnotes Team to answer questions relating to take ownership AND build great things

What’s in it for you:

  • Remote, flexible working
  • Flexible working hours and location
  • Medical insurance for you and your dependents
  • Great annual leave allowance
  • Meaningful equity in a profitable tech-startup
  • Budget for things like noise cancelling headphones, setting up your home office, personal development, professional training, and health & wellness
  • Sponsored visits to our Hong Kong or London office every 2 years
  • Company wide annual offsite
  • Fantastic maternity/ paternity packages and and allowances