Backend Engineer (m/f/d) – Document Automation

What’s your job? 

This opening is for the part of the product area that’s responsible for the document automation part of BRYTER, that is consuming, modifying and generating documents in docx and pdf format.

We are looking for a Backend engineer with programming experience in a server-side language, enthusiasm for writing automated tests, and the ability to work and communicate well in a fully remote setting.

Our backend stack is based on Kotlin and Spring Boot, and PostgreSQL, and depending on your interest, there may be opportunities for you to get involved with our Vue/TypeScript frontend. We also use Docker, Kubernetes, and AWS which you can gain exposure to if desired.

In a perfect world you already have experience with document automation/generation, Microsoft Word Add-ins or Apache POI.

We love working with people who are eager to learn, so please apply even if you haven’t worked with some of our choice frameworks or technologies before.

Who will you work with?

The most important question! Your fellow Backend Engineers, who you mainly will work with day-to-day, are Pablo (based in Germany) and Paula (based in UK). Pablo has been developing backend code for 12 years and Paula is a coding bootcamp grad, career changer and was recently voted No.1 on the 2020 Woman in Software Power List. They love musical instruments and animals, so get ready for lots of pictures of both! You’ll also work closely with Britta and Carlton, our Frontend Engineers (both based in Germany), with our Product Manager Marc (based in Germany), our Designer Viktor (based in Hungary), and our Customer Success Manager Thom (based in UK).

Why should you apply? 

  • Direct impact on our product from day one 
  • Colleagues that care about the product and the people who build it
  • We support you in your journey to become the best version of yourself. Not the least by providing challenging work, people around you who you can learn from, as well as a personal conference & training budget
  • BRYTER has a product & business model that’s tried and tested and we’re in the process of scaling our impact, so your impact can scale with us 
  • Customers love our product which you’ll have a key role in developing

This job is not for you

If you reside outside of CET +/-4h time zones or if you have no experience at all working with Backend systems of any kind, then this job is not for you.

How to apply? 

Start a conversation by reaching out to us 📧. Just say hi, and why you’re interested in working with us. If you feel fancy, send your CV along too.

Who are we?

We enable business experts to build and distribute powerful applications. Our software is intuitive and simple enough for non-IT experts to understand within minutes, yet powerful enough and enterprise-ready for industries with complex reasoning and demanding use cases. We especially cater to experts in law, finance, tax and compliance by helping them automate and standardise decision making.

What does working at BRYTER look like?  

We are a remote-first Software-as-a-Service company, with people across Europe. At BRYTER, we believe in the power of self-organising teams and that everyone can be a leader. That’s why we strive for a way of working that reduces unnecessary burden and instead focuses on delivering value. 

📅 Meetings 

There are only two regular, mandatory meetings:

  1. A short 30min company-wide update meeting that happens weekly. This provides a forum for each business area of BRYTER to update the company on their progress towards their quarterly objectives.
  2. Our weekly Product Sync/Planning, where we revisit what we’re currently working on and what we plan to do in the upcoming week(s).

Other than that, we do a company-wide virtual-coffee session every morning. Anyone who is interested and available can join this call. The only rule is, that we don’t talk about work. It is an opportunity to laugh at what our dogs do to our shoes, share our first (or third?) coffee with each other and just try to kick-off the day in a great mood. 

We do daily, written check-ins in Slack to keep everyone in the loop on what we’re working on. 

👨‍👨‍👧‍👦 Quarterly Get-together

We are a remote-first company. At the same time, we value the face-to-face time. That’s why we get together at the same place at the beginning of each quarter. We spend the time strategizing, planning as well as just talking, having fun and getting to know each other better.

To date we have always done this in Frankfurt, Germany, where we have one of our offices. That’s why we sometimes call the time that we get together, on-sites. However, during the COVID-pandemic, these get-togethers have become virtual as well.

🎹 Processes & Tools 

Our main tool for coordinating our day-to-day work is Gitlab. We not only use it as central git host, but also for our complete CI pipeline, to trigger and execute deployments with it and track our work items (and bugs 🐛) with Gitlab boards. 

Developers own the development of their improvements and features and guide them until they are in production. And while some parts of the application are worked on mostly by a smaller subset of the team, we practice shared code ownership.  

We practice a branch-based development workflow and do code reviews via merge requests (Gitlab-speak for pull requests). To enable quick feedback-cycles we aim for short-lived branches and provide automated means to deploy every branch to their own environment.  

We put a strong emphasis on automated testing and having a test coverage that follows the testing pyramid. And as with most things, we aim to get better at these practices, which means we’re not perfect. 😇 

When it comes to tools, such as an IDE or editor, you are free to use whatever you prefer. We provide JetBrains licenses, in case you like to use their tools. And of course, you’re free to choose your computer hardware and operating system. 

👩‍🚀 Organisational Model 

At BRYTER we believe in the power of self-organizing teams and that everyone can be a leader. Everyone can participate in shaping the way we work at BRYTER, based on their interests and capabilities.

If you want to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth what this means, how working at BRYTER is like, our CPO and Co-Founder Michael Hübl has recorded a webinar, where he shares a bit about our remote-first working culture.

An excerpt from our company handbook

To that end we work hard to make the way we work explicit, to enable us to improve it continuously. Anybody on the team can propose changes and improvements in the form of a proposal, and proposals are by default accepted. Only if by getting feedback on a proposal a serious risk or harm for the organisation is identified, we ask the authors of a proposal to adapt it, usually with the help of the people who identified the risks. 

Advantages of working at BRYTER

🗺 Location/Travel

Being a distributed team, you can work from wherever you want. The whole company gets together every quarter for a 2-day company get together. However, during the COVID-pandemic, these get-togethers have become virtual as well.

👩🏻‍💻 Flexible working hours

We know life comes with responsibilities and the occasional, unexpected occurrences, and encourage everyone at BRYTER to spend time on people and the things they care about. That’s why working hours at BRYTER are usually as flexible as you need them to be. 

💪🏽 Professional and Personal Growth

We cover up to 5 days of training or conferences per year, including travel and entrance fee. Additionally, BRYTER covers all costs for books and online courses, based on a fair-use-policy. And all that without lengthy, complicated processes or approvals. We trust you! 

How to apply? 

Start a conversation by reaching out to us 📧. Just say hi, and why you’re interested in working with us. If you feel fancy, send your CV along too.

If you want to work with us,
don’t hesitate to contact us!

careers@bryter.io