Senior Backend Engineer

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Looking for a new adventure? You’ve come to the right place.

We're an Amsterdam-based team of 25 (and counting) with 10+ nationalities amongst us! A varied bunch of “Citizens of The World” with a wide range of skills and hundreds of thousands of kilometers under our travel belts. And we have something important in common (other than our very well-worn passports):


We want to change the way people travel.


And that's exactly what we're doing, with the travel app to plan, track, and relive trips in a smart and beautiful way.


Polarsteps has over 3 million users already but, for us, this is just the beginning. We have amazing new features on our roadmap and we need a talented Backend Engineer to help us on our journey.


Want to know more about us? Here you go.


Your expedition: Engineering at Polarsteps


We’re a small team, doing big things. 


If you haven't seen our app yet, go ahead and check it out, you'll see that we care (a lot) about providing a seamless, top-quality user experience for every one of our travelers. And it is this that has got us ratings of 4.8* and 4.7* on the app stores (where we’ve been featured multiple times). But it doesn’t stop there — not only did Google create this awesome video about us but we’ve been mentioned in two of Apple’s WWDC keynote speeches! 


We’ve got an impressive past but we’re even more excited for the future — and the impact you can make from day one is huge, with everything you ship affecting more than 3 million users.


Even with that in mind, we believe in truly giving our team members the freedom they need to craft to perfection while encouraging a practical mindset to avoid under or over-engineering mishaps.


We are seeing an enthusiastic and accelerated recovery of the travel industry — and with that comes both opportunities and growing pains (especially in the complex, multi-layered travel domain). So, if on top of the challenges inherent to feature development, you enjoy thinking about the performance and scalability aspects of a platform, you're in for a lot of fun with us.


Your itinerary

What your journey at Polarsteps will look like day-to-day.


You will:

  • Work closely with Maxi (our co-founder and CTO), Gagan (our backend engineer) on all things related to our platform.
  • Be responsible for making sure that the mix of Heroku and AWS services that power our API, and are consumed by our web and mobile apps, is running smoothly 24/7 to support our travelers all around the world.
  • Take part in daily interactions with product owners, designers, other engineers, and the rest of our team — we believe in a deeply collaborative environment.
  • Proactively improve the resiliency, maintainability, and scalability of our platform — addressing technical debt when needed or, even better, preventing it when it makes sense.


The equipment in your backpack

What we’re hoping you’ll bring with you. 


  • A strong backend background. We work with Python (Flask) and would love it if you are familiar with that, but we are also open to other technologies — we care most about the soundness of the solutions you architect, not the language you choose for their implementation.
  • A pragmatic approach to solving the problem at hand. You shouldn’t be scared of tackling big challenges in performance, scaling, or refactoring that 5-year-old piece of legacy code.
  • A history of working on complex backend systems, preferably for a product company.
  • Experience working in an Agile team environment.
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Bonus points for Python, Flask, FastAPI, messaging queues (Celery, RabbitMQ), scalability of relational databases, Heroku, AWS, and General DevOps tasks.


1st class extras

Some cool things to make the journey extra sweet.


  • A yearly free flight to a random location! Give our Teleporter a spin here.
  • A shiny new MacBook to work your magic on.
  • Hybrid working. Split your time between the office and your home as you see fit.
  • An extensive home office set-up — everything from noise-canceling headphones to a standing desk.
  • 28 days of vacation (for adventures or sitting on the couch, it's up to you) + 2 paid Culture Days (We understand that there might be holidays other than the Dutch public holidays that are important to you, therefore everybody gets 2 Culture Days per year, that you can use to celebrate days that are important to you!)
  • The option to switch up your zoom background by working from another country for up to 5 weeks a year.
  • A personal development budget for that curious mind of yours!
  • A pension plan to help you save for those around-the-world retirement trips.
  • Delicious daily team lunches.
  • Awesome monthly parties, as well as team trips away. 
  • A lively office in downtown Amsterdam, with travel costs reimbursed.
  • Free Polarsteps Travel Books to contain all your far-flung adventures.


At Polarsteps, we believe the best products are built by people as diverse as the travelers using our apps! That's why we specifically encourage people underrepresented in the tech industry to apply for a role with us. Because we believe that diversity — be it age, race, sexual orientation, physical ability, ethnicity, or gender identity — makes both the world and the workplace better.


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