Senior Backend Engineer, Email (Remote) Worldwide

Company: DuckDuckGo

We are a diverse and fully-distributed team from around the world, working toward our shared vision to raise the standard of trust online.

Join us as a remote Senior Backend Engineer, Email and become part of the team creating the technology that powers the DuckDuckGo experience.

As part of our growing team, you will collaborate with team members at all levels to identify and close gaps in our existing and future products. Examples of projects you might work on include: improving our email delivery infrastructure, developing email spam / phishing filtering systems, supporting SRE in adding instrumentation and monitoring into our email delivery systems.

We empower our team to be self-directed and self-motivated in their work. If you'd thrive in that environment, and our core values resonate with you -- build trust, question assumptions, and validate direction -- you'll fit right in!

What you will do:

  • Lead projects from proposal through postmortem, assessing vague problems, proposing high impact solutions, and executing them against a set of success criteria.
  • Contribute to and demonstrate ownership over major components of our email infrastructure, taking responsibility for their maintenance and improvement over time.
  • Step up to resolve issues impacting our users – large and small.
  • Play a key role in improving software architecture to increase quality and engineering throughput for both user-facing products and internal processes.
  • Collaborate with peers remotely during product brainstorms, technical design discussions, and code reviews.
  • Write pragmatic, performant, and testable code that works consistently across devices.

What we are looking for:

  • Significant experience working with email delivery systems in an engineering capacity.
  • A deep understanding of email protocols, infrastructure, and technologies, coupled with an intimate awareness of anti-spam solutions
  • Technical understanding of online privacy threats and the existing solution space to protect against them.
  • A fundamental understanding of complex data structures and algorithms — you can design and implement new solutions and confidently navigate and improve existing code.
  • Effective project management skills.
  • Creative problem-solvers and risk-takers — you like to take the initiative to push projects forward and know when to involve others.
  • Excellent communication skills — you can validate and communicate your decisions.

Other things to know:

  • While we leverage specific job titles for hiring purposes, we do not use them internally. Instead, we follow our own professional levels, with expectations for each level clearly defined across several dimensions.
  • We are a small, remote team distributed across time zones, and we rely on a variety of communication tools throughout the day. You should feel comfortable with the intricacies of this type of work situation.
  • Sometimes we meet up! Expect to travel at least two times a year: once for our all-hands meetup and again for a team retreat (each ~4-5 days).
  • We believe in a focused approach to collaboration, where individual team members work on a single top priority at a time, each supporting larger, company-wide objectives. This philosophy serves to impact our vision to raise the standard of trust online.
  • Our work philosophy centers on empowered project management. All team members have opportunities to run projects.
  • Transparency supports individual and team success at DuckDuckGo. We encourage everyone to participate in areas of interest throughout the company. Anyone and everyone can (and should) ask questions and offer feedback about our products and internal projects.
  • We strive to exemplify our values (build trust, question assumptions, and validate direction) in everything we do.
  • While this is a full-time job, we offer a flexible work arrangement with no core hours, expecting an average commitment of 40 hours per week.
  • We support professional development of our team members through career advisory and a learning stipend, reinforcing our culture of growth and skill-building.

DuckDuckGo does not work with any recruiting agencies or services. Instead, we work with each candidate one-on-one throughout a unique hiring process that we've built to reflect our company culture.

DuckDuckGo provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment, and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

If you think you might thrive in this environment, we would love to hear from you. Use the application to apply!

Please note that:

  • A successful candidate will be subject to a background check.
  • By applying for this role, you confirm that information submitted is accurate and that you understand falsification is cause for denial of employment or termination.

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