Senior Backend Engineer

Salary Competitive

We are looking for a Senior Backend Engineer to join our newly founded Search & Recommendation team. The team will grow and nurture search and content discovery on Issuu, enhancing the reading experience on Issuu by guiding readers towards content that is relevant for them, and by suggesting additional content to explore on Issuu

Who you are

  • 3+ years of relevant experience.

  • Background working with search and recommender systems.

  • Experience designing and building robust, high-volume production systems in a scalable microservice architecture.

  • Experience in building, evaluating, maintaining and improving data-driven products at scale, which are real-time oriented.

  • Experience setting up and operating Elastic Search.

  • Excellent communications skills in English.

Bonus points

  • A background in applied machine learning.

  • Knowledge of near-real time stream processing and/or message-driven architectures (e.g. Spark, Storm, Aerospike, Kafka)

  • Experience with commercial machine learning systems and/or recommender systems.


  • Competitive compensation package.

  • Meaningful equity in a profitable growth-stage company.

  • Health and dental insurance.

  • Flexible work environment.

  • Flat structure – every opinion matters regardless of team or position.

  • We are happy to relocate you to Copenhagen if you are based in a different city or country.

  • 20% time to learn something new, experiment with new ideas in the product.

  • ​​Delicious daily lunch, snacks, fruits and drinks, and awesome monthly Friday bars hosted by the teams.

About engineering team

  • We're working on Issuu's Story Cloud both on web and mobile apps, machine learning to better understand our content and reading experience.

  • We use Python, Javascript/Typescript (client and server-side), and we're open to using new languages/technologies (e.g., we're assessing introducing Rust to our tech stack).

  • Our architecture is micro-service-oriented using AMQP.

  • We deploy multiple times a day on AWS and use Docker Swarm/Kubernetes, MySQL/Postgres, Redis, Elastic Search, etc.

  • We strive to be agile, but we're not religious about Scrum, Kanban, or any other methodology.

  • We have many cross-team guilds where we share knowledge, coordinate efforts, and help each other.

  • "20% time"- everyone gets one day a week to invest as they see fit (i.e., learn something new, experiment with new ideas in the product, join efforts with others, improve what you think matters).

About Issuu

Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Palo Alto, with offices in Copenhagen, Berlin, and Braga, Issuu is profitable, growing fast, and expanding our team across many departments. If you are a collaborative and ambitious professional looking to join a community that: deeply cares about our users and colleagues, has a growth mindset, sees and embraces challenges as a means for continuous improvement, and takes accountability to have a phenomenal impact, apply today!

Perks and benefits

This job comes with several perks and benefits

Flexible working hours
Flexible working hours

Time is precious. Make it count. Morning person or night owl, this job is for you.

Free lunch
Free lunch

Enjoy a free catered lunch with your colleagues, every day.

Free coffee / tea
Free coffee / tea

Get your caffeine fix to get you started and keep you going.

Near public transit
Near public transit

Easy access and treehugger friendly workplace.

Social gatherings
Social gatherings

Social gatherings and games; hang out with your colleagues.

Free office snacks
Free office snacks

Peckish after lunch? We got your back with soft drinks, treats and fruit.

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