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Backend Engineer

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140k-160k USD

Contra is an Independent-first community and commission-free hiring platform empowering the future of work. We match Independents with flexible opportunities, and Clients with the perfect Independent for any project — from content creation to coding. We strongly believe that independence isn’t just a gig, it’s a way of life.

Contra is all about transforming the future of independent work. We are looking for a Senior Backend Engineer to join our fast-growing backend team and help us build the best community for independents.

You will be designing, developing and maintaining a variety of backend services powering our platform and working primarily with Node.js, PostgreSQL and GraphQL.

How you’ll add value at Contra:

  • Develop enterprise-scale backend services using cutting edge technologies

  • Write professional-quality, clean and testable TypeScript code

  • Transform business requirements into relational database structures and GraphQL schemas

  • Craft readable, performant and scalable SQL queries

  • Collaborate with the rest of the team through planning, code reviews and regular communication

You’ll be successful here if you:

  • Mission driven. Our mission truly resonates with you and you would like to be a part of what we are building together at Contra!

  • A dedicated team player. You thrive in a collaborative, remote-only environment and you are comfortable with 8am-12 pm PST core hours!

  • Passionate about learning. Share a genuine curiosity for learning, alway eager to pick up new skills. We don’t expect everyone to know everything but you learn quickly!

  • Goal oriented. Understand what you need to do in order to achieve your goals without needing all of the bells and whistles.

  • Committed to trying. Have the resilience and willingness to try and try again even if you fail after a few attempts!

  • Ambitious attitude. You bring a strong work ethic and contagious energy to your team as we work towards our North Star.

  • Path Paver. Joining a startup you enjoy taking ownership, building out processes and documentation that might not exist to share with your team members.

Our stack:

  • TypeScript

  • Node.js

  • GraphQL

  • PostgreSQL

  • Redis

  • Temporal

How Contra can add value for you:

  • 🌎 Remote-only culture that is here to stay

  • 🍎 100% health coverage for US full-time employees, and health reimbursements for all international contractors

  • 💰 401k matching for US full-time employees

  • 💸 $4,000 laptop reimbursement upon starting + additional equipment, co-working, education, meetup and charity budgets when

  • 💛 No-meeting Wednesdays

  • 🥬 Half days every third Friday of the month to enjoy a long weekend, reduce screen fatigue, and decompress

  • 👋 Generous time off — 3 week-long company-wide shutdowns per year (Spring, Fall, Winter) so we can all collectively relax together, in addition to paid time off and flex days to look after your wellbeing.

  • 👶 Flexible parental leave

  • 🌴 Annual team wide off-site (our upcoming is in June 2022!)

  • 💁 A custom slack emoji, just for you!

Our interview process

  • Intro Call (15-30 minutes)

  • Technical Assessment

  • In Depth Technical Discussion Chat with Technical Lead (45 minutes)

  • Culture Interview

  • In Depth Technical Interview (60 minutes)

  • Cross Functional Interview (45 minutes)

  • Technical interview with CTO & VP of Engineering (25 minutes)

Salary Range

  • $140k - $160k USD

  • Equity Value Range: $72k - $180k USD

About Contra

🚀 Contra is looking for self-motivated, open-minded, and eager folks to join our growing team. 

We’ve put together a pretty special global team — we’re not limited by location, so everyone on our team has unique backgrounds and experiences that have shaped our company culture for the better. Everyone who joins Contra adds another special dimension to that culture, so we’re looking for folks that have an additive mindset, and want to participate in building both a great product, and a great place to work. While past titles, years of experience, and educational opportunities have taught us all valuable lessons, they’re not used as hiring criteria. If you’re motivated by our mission and owning impactful projects, then Contra is the place for you.

If you’ve made it this far, we want to talk to you! Even if you do not think that you meet all of the requirements in the job posting, we really encourage you to take the leap and apply anyway. Surprise yourself! The best is yet to come ✨

Contra is committed to equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing its team members with a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Contra are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, regardless of race, colour, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex, age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, pregnancy, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Learn more about Contra

Contra on TikTok (our target audience is Gen Z)

Contra on Twitter

Contra in the Press

Ben on Twitter (our Co-Founder, CEO)

Gajus on Twitter (our Co-Founder, CTO)

About this role

October 4th, 2022

August 5th, 2022

Full Time

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Connect to the first professional community for the new independent workforce.

Our mission is to give everyone the freedom and opportunity to work independently. This is how we work, this is how we live. We are Contra. Join us.

We envision a world where work and freedom are synonymous; a place where people can balance work-life, creativity, and professional freedom.

We wake up each day inspired to create, to reset boundaries, and redefine borders.

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Paid parental leave

Flexible paid family leave for all parents to support you and your family.

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Co-working space budget

We'll help cover the cost of a co-working space if you want one.


Learning and development budget

Learning and development stipend to grow your skills.

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Retirement benefits

401k matching for US full-time employees

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