Panda is a Helsinki-based early-stage coaching automation startup on a mission to help people become better versions of themselves week by week. Our vision is a world where leaders see a 10x return from investing in their people. Panda makes the usually expensive service of business coaching accessible to all - not just top management.
We are building a new way for businesses to take care of their employees’ development through automated coaching - informed by insights from psychology and adult education. All without leaving their normal workspace in Teams/Slack or using additional apps.
We have recently raised funding from Gorilla Capital and a group of angels who share our vision about a more accessible form of coaching.
We are still early, so don’t be too worried about all of the responsibilities or technologies. Roles can be crafted to fit your interests and personal abilities. We look at your future outlook, not just your current skills. In this role, you will help us create great conversational experiences for our users, along with designing and implementing features for our admin users who create content for our coaching solution. The work will focus on frontend development, but it will have a slight full-stack spin.
Key Responsibilities As a Frontend Engineer at Panda you will:
Design and implement features for our admin platform as well as the user-facing end of our product. Used both by our users as well as our own team.
Take part in building top-notch conversational experiences, integrating with Slack and Microsoft Teams bot frameworks.
Uphold proper principles in the testing, integration, and deployment of multiple aspects of our platform
Work closely with the product team and others across the company to develop user-friendly UI experiences.
Collaborate with other engineers to develop the best architectural design.
Engage with customers and other partners to continuously improve the product’s usability.
Next-level career development expectations
Taking an active role in making strategic decisions about our technologies and their development. It's too early for us to be set in our ways.
Building an internal process for understanding our users' needs.
Performing customer interviews and user acceptance tests.
What’s the stack?
Backend: Node.js and Express
Frontend: Jquery and React
NLP Engine: Node.js, Python, BERT language transformers, Hidden Markov Model
Infrastructure and Deployment: AWS (EC2, CLI, Beanstalk), Azure NLP
Relevant technologies and keywords
Conversational Interfaces, UX testing, Dynamic rendering engines (ExpressJS, Angular, React), HTML/CSS, Material Design, ChartJS, Restful API, Web-socket, Unit testing.
We are looking at how you work - more than what you know.
You thrive in uncertainty
With us being very early on, things are bound to change quickly. We hope you are able to act proactively and independently in a role where not everything is fully defined. Maybe you can be part of defining it yourself.
You are a natural learner
Learning is at the very core of our product - so the drive to learn proactively and on the fly is also something that we value in each and every person we work with.
You care about our mission
We’d love it if you cared about improving people’s lives and helping them become better versions of themselves. :-)
You are honest and caring
None of us is infallible and we are bound to go in the wrong direction from time to time. Calling out faulty assumptions, letting us know when we’re going in the wrong direction, and owning up to mistakes are important to us. But even more important is helping people learn from those mistakes.
We are unable to let you train Pandas, but we do offer:
A caring and equitable workplace
Strict hierarchies aren’t really our thing so we want to make sure everyone has a voice and feels at home. Our small team already has four different nationalities so we are committed to welcoming everyone regardless of their background.
We are flexible and fully remote
Where you come from doesn’t matter. We are building a fully remote organization to fit modern needs. Living that nomadic lifestyle that doesn’t fit with the usual 9 to 5? That’s all good with us. Work is supposed to serve your life, not the other way around.
Something to pay the bills + equity
Apart from receiving a solid salary, you will also be part of our employee stock option plan. We have not set it up yet, but we will soon!
Grow with us and have an impact early
Panda is still early on so you’ll have a chance to have a real impact on the way we help our users as well as how our organization is built. This means there’s also an opportunity to progress while we grow.
Here's what one team member said about working with us:
"Constant new challenges and new projects give me the opportunity to always update my skills set. Besides career growth, it is also very important to me that the Supervisor I'm working directly with every day has helped me a lot with my personal growth as well. The 1:1 catching up sessions really make me feel like I have someone wise to guide me and I don't have to be afraid of asking for help."
Hours: full-time, but we are of course flexible.
Location: fully remote, even though many of us reside in Helsinki.
Clients: Our clients include companies like Universal, KONE, Mindvalley, and Skanska
Our tech team: You will be working with our technical team and Tiago, our CTO, who has 11 years of experience in the roles of Solutions Architect, IT Management, Software Dev, Product Owner, Data Scientist, and DevOps. He left Amazon European HQ to join Panda Training.
Introductory chat (20-30min) - exploring both your and our motivations and backgrounds with our COO.
Technical chat & coding interview (30 - 60min) - you'll go into more detail with our CTO and go through a few live coding exercises.
Final chat (30 - 45min) - final questions and practicalities before the final decision.
CV + LinkedIn + portfolio (if you don't have one - put the link to your GitHub there), but you can be creative and do more.
This job comes with several perks and benefits
Time is precious. Make it count. Morning person or night owl, this job is for you.
We want to take you from good to great.
You know how you perform best. Work from your couch, your favorite cafe or abroad when you feel like it.
Carve out time for your kids, friends and personal cider projects.
We care about your wellbeing. We take stress seriously and support you in times with any mental imbalance.
Want to be a partner? Look no further.