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Senior Backend Engineer

Prose, a Public Benefit Corporation

Prose, a Public Benefit Corporation

Software Engineering
Paris, France
Posted on Monday, December 11, 2023

Our Mission

At Prose, we don’t believe in “one-size-fits-most.” We create custom hair care that’s inclusive to all hair types, needs, and preferences. Each of our hair care products is customized to a person’s hair needs based on the results from an online consultation. The individual data is processed through a proprietary algorithm and made-to-order in the Prose lab using natural active ingredients. Marrying emerging technologies with the best in beauty, Prose is truly creating something special.

This is the opportunity to join a fast-growing startup and an energetic team that works together to deliver creative solutions that are transforming the way people think about and shop for hair care. We’re looking for talented problem solvers who lead with passion and who face any task with a positive mindset.

Position Summary

As Backend Senior Engineer at Prose, you will be in charge of developing and implementing our website and back-office using web technologies. When developing features you may be tasked with architecturing new solutions.

As a Squad member, you will be working closely with a Proxy Product Owner, Product Managers, as well as engineers across the stack (Backend, Frontend & Devops). Also, as a technical expert in Backend engineering, you will be mentoring other back-end peers.

Key Responsibilities

  • You will be responsible for designing and building our platform focusing on our website & back-office systems.
  • Audit, compare and select the open-source technologies that we can build upon in accordance with our existing stack
  • Ensure that we are shipping stable, high-quality code to which you are proud to be a contributor
  • Deliver excellent software through comprehensive peer-reviews, CI, and automated testing
  • On-board and mentor new engineers.
  • Contribute actively to recruitment of new backend team members by evaluating candidates and reviewing technical assignments.
  • Work closely with the product team as well as the back-end team to design and implement features
  • Bring your personal expertise and ideas to help solve problems creatively and effectively
  • Promote the company's mission and values

Key Candidate Requirements

  • Strong previous experience as Backend engineer with Python, along with common libraries such as Django, Requests, Celery (3 years minimum)
  • Experience with SCRUM methodology and squad-based organization a plus
  • Experience building robust Restful APIs
  • Strong understanding of fundamental design principles behind a scalable application
  • Understanding of front-end technologies
  • A knack for writing clean, readable and maintainable code
  • Knows SQL outside of Django ORM or SQLAlchemy (even though we encourage using an ORM where appropriate)
  • Able to design data schemas that represent and efficiently support business processes
  • Eager to implement automated functional and unit tests
  • Proficient with Git, a Unix shell, an editor (or IDE) and all others day-to-day developer tools
  • Familiarity with continuous integration, Docker, Kubernetes, a PaaS or IaaS platform
  • Familiarity with Stripe, Heap Analytics or similar a plus
  • Interest in React (JS and/or Native), AsyncIO, Go, ML and technology in general a strong plus

Perks & Benefits:

  • Competitive compensation package (base salary, target bonus and equity)
  • Health insurance (Alan Blue 100% covered by Prose) + tickets restaurants
  • Nice and trendy office located near Opera (Paris, 9ème)
  • A gym membership (ClassPass)
  • On-going training and development programs
  • An abundance of office snacks

Understand & Embody our Prose Values:

  • Intentional Inclusivity

We know the best ideas come from open minds and willingness to listen. While our products cater to the individual, an invitation into our process is always open to our community.

We value our differences and diverse backgrounds by communicating openly, managing with transparency and striving to understand one another's perspective. It's a key ingredient to our innovation.

  • Connected Collaboration

Our strength as a group will outlast our efforts as individual contributors. With offices across countries (and across boroughs) staying inventive and agile deepens our clear vision and consistent communication.

We stay in a spirit of entrepreneurial collaboration: We do not have consensus at all times, but we trust one another to work toward our common goals. Our success is an expression and result of our progressive and gratifying teamwork.

  • Driven, Together

We value ownership and coaching that encourages employees to think constructively and creatively about the business. We view employees as leaders and individuals who are accountable, resourceful and responsible. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to lead.

We recognize that in order to continue thinking one step ahead, we will need to try new things. We strive to provide an open environment that accepts this truth making space for new ideas to emerge.

  • Humanity Always

We assume good intentions in every interaction keeping ourselves accountable for the climate we create. We seek to understand our co-workers through this lens of conscious bienveillance, authenticity and fellowship.

We operate with the intention of preserving resources, creating an environment we can all live in--for our business and the world. Sustainable care is essential to our ethos as an organization. We take a mindful approach to how we think about our people (employees) and our planet.