Backend Engineer

  • OLX
  • Beirut, Lebanon
  • Jun 29, 2020
Full time Engineering Information Technology Tech

Job Description

At OLX, we empower people to upgrade their lives. Our products and services make the exchange of goods and services easy and convenient for everyone. This benefits local communities and beyond, getting one step closer to a world without waste. 

Our ambition is to help one billion people exchange goods and services through products and services customers love.

 

About the role:

We are looking for a PHP Engineer who is a talented ninja PHP programmer and is interested in being part of a platform that handles millions of requests per day. You will participate in conceiving, designing and delivering the most complex products and pushing the boundaries of perfection. We are a team of 4,000 ambitious and curious people who are building trading platforms that are used by hundreds of millions of people every month to buy and sell almost anything.

 

What you’ll do:

  • Hit the ground running - Gather an up-to-date and in-depth understanding of the OLX MENA code base and technologies stack within weeks;
  • Actively participate in planning sessions around new product features, deliver detailed roll-out and roll-back strategies for releases;
  • Research and apply industry trends as part of your daily work;
  • Create unit tests in accordance with our established standards to cover assigned work;
  • Write and maintain exemplary code by following best programming practices;
  • Actively contribute to post-release maintenance issues;
  • Develop elegant solutions for complex problems;
  • Pioneer reliability and efficiency of our current code base, platforms and/or core systems;
  • Impact on the direction and scope of OLX’s technical vision within your stream;
  • Contribute to defining the architecture of your product steam;
  • Gain a detailed understanding of the complete architecture of our product and the position of your product stream in it;
  • Participate in peer-programming sessions and provide guidance on tasks, irrespective of complexity or scale;
  • Code review all major pull requests, defining programming standards and providing constructive feedback;
  • Provide and share a broad knowledge of technologies and architectures and function as a mentor within the scope of your product stream and outside of it when required;
  • Capacity to push back requirements when incomplete;
  • Ability to handle the entire software development end to end life cycle;
  • Liaise with the other back end engineers within your product stream, QA team, design team, and your Tech Team Lead;
  • Liaise with other tech teams to share innovations from your stream;

 

What you’ll need:

  • 5+ years of professional back-end software engineering experience;
  • Experience working on high-traffic and large-scale web products;
  • Experience with web infrastructure, distributed systems, performance analysis, and search infrastructure;
  • Driven to gain insight into different new and old technologies;
  • Been on at least one “death march” and know exactly why some things are to be avoided;
  • 5+ years of experience in analysis, design, coding, and implementation of next-generation web applications in PHP;
  • 2+ years of experience in API based architectures e.g. SOA;
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and quickly and adjust in a rapidly changing environment;
  • Maintain and ensure optimal software quality within the assigned product;
  • Being actively involved in forming a product vertical team of excellent back end engineers that deliver high-quality code;
  • Passionate about making a difference, a self-starter who takes initiatives and follows through them;