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Senior Software Engineer (Backend)



Software Engineering
New York, USA
Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Traba’s mission is to empower businesses and workers to reach their full productivity and potential. Traba is a technology company that is revolutionizing the broken staffing industry through a marketplace that connects light industrial businesses with reliable talent while providing workers with flexible and meaningful opportunities. By connecting both, new levels of productivity, earning potential, and avenues for growth are unlocked. We’re proud to be backed by the world’s best investors, such as Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, and General Catalyst.
We are seeking an experienced & entrepreneurial senior backend engineer to join the founding team to help build our backend services and platform. You'll partner with our CTO to help make key architectural decisions, iterate on the roadmap, own product decisions, and architect & build our foundational tech platform to enable scaling over the next several years.

About You:

  • Voracious learner. You love diving into new areas and exploring new languages, databases, and technologies, and can discuss API design one minute and deployment infrastructure pipelines with tech leads the next.
  • Value clear communication. You recognize the importance of clear communication, documented planning, and transparent, frequent feedback.
  • Sweat the small stuff. You have strong opinions on design patterns, IDEs, tabs vs. spaces—you understand that how you do one thing is how you do everything, so you care about the details.
  • Deep experience building distributed systems. You have designed and built performant, scalable applications, and have expertise in developing APIs, data modeling, optimizing database queries, and scaling distributed systems.

You Will:

  • Architect and lead the development of our applications, APIs, and distributed systems
  • Architect & document our tech platform and advise key product & infrastructure decisions
  • Implement our CI/CD workflows, using Docker & Github
  • Build analytics & monitoring to help understand our user experience & application health
  • Contribute in a ton of other ways to a scrappy founding team building the future of flexible light industrial staffing!

You Have:

  • 3+ years experience with Typescript/Node.js or Python, RabbitMQ or Kafka, and PostgreSQL or equivalent
  • A track record of shipping scalable distributed systems
  • Experience building APIs
  • Experience with Docker, Github Actions, and Datadog
  • Experience working in an early-stage engineering team, working through ambiguity, and being a self-starter
  • A passion for helping people find meaningful work that works for them


  • 100% healthcare, dental, and vision
  • Early Equity in Traba
  • Competitive Salary
  • Dinner is provided at the office via Grubhub
  • Fully-equipped snack bar
  • Additional: One Medical Membership, Gympass, HSA via Optum, Talkspace, HealthAdvocate, Teledoc Health
Our Values
Dream BIG - We are on a path to change the world for the better. We create and communicate a bold direction that inspires a life-changing vision. We don’t sacrifice long-term value for short-term results.
Olympian’s Work Ethic - Changing the world never comes easy. We work harder, longer, and smarter, not just two out of three. We put everything we have on the field.
Growth Mindset - We confront the toughest challenges head-on and persevere. Sometimes we fail, but we brush ourselves off, adapt, learn, and push forward with resilience.
Customer Obsession - We go the extra mile for our workers and businesses. We remain focused on delivering high-quality products and services that solve these often overlooked communities’ problems.
What is light industrial labor?
Light industrial flexible staffing is a $40B labor market that encompasses entry-level jobs in warehouses & distribution centers. These workers pack boxes, load trucks, and manage warehouse operations to keep supply chains running at peak efficiency.