Backend Developer

  • Tech
  • London, United Kingdom

Backend Developer

Job description

The Company

The Plum Guide is building a marketplace of the world’s best holiday homes. Every property has been independently tested and reviewed by our hospitality critics. Like the Michelin Guide - but for homes.

We are a hyper growth startup backed (we’re just closing our Series B) by an all-star VC cast including LocalGlobe with Octopus Ventures - who have also funded the likes of Secret Escapes, Trouva, depop, and CityMapper. We are in London, Paris, Rome, Milan, New York and LA, and will be opening 20+ cities in 2019.  

We have an ambitious, hard-working, impact-focused culture, and we have fun and care about each other, both personally and professionally. 

The Role

Hypergrowth startup, scaling fast, working on varied and challenging technical projects with smart people and open culture. Great benefits and opportunity to make a massive impact with lots of autonomy and ownership. Learning, always learning.

We are building a business that brings technical excellence together with incredible visual creatives and brand builders.

You will be joining our cross-functional teams working across our platforms using modern technologies. We are fast paced, pragmatic and execute like entrepreneurs.

We are looking for a mix of seniority from mid, senior, lead and principal.

Over the next 3 months you will:

  • Create green-field platforms for lead generation and host onboarding

  • Building resilient finance and payment systems to scale to 30+ cities

  • Create a platform to launch cities at a click of a button

  • Help plan and build our new microservices

  • Build, maintain and monitor our cloud infrastructure, email platforms.

  • Be responsible for shaping the stack, integration, deployment, testing and agile processes

  • Have the opportunity to take on more responsibility and ownership with paths to leadership and beyond

Our recent projects

The domain is varied and challenging. Here are a few projects that we built recently:

  • Hedgehog, Orchestrating scraping and processing at scale for home data

  • God Search, Super fast search engine to power our expansion, example: “Give me all the homes in Notting Hill that are within a 5 minute walk from a station, have a king size bed, 2 bathrooms, that allow children, have 24/7 concierge, Netflix and are available for 10 days in May”  

  • Availability tracker, Homes are important and what we sell are nights in those homes. Imagine the power of tracking and alerting on tiny fluctuations of availability on a per home and per city level



  • Competitive salary

  • Options scheme: our ambitions are huge and we hope it pays out for all

  • Company pension scheme

  • Choose your own hardware

  • Learning and growth:

  • Be surrounded by smart people who care about delivering

  • Access to new books and learning platforms

  • A close and friendly team that is growing fast and becoming known in the industry

  • Regular engineering ‘sharing’ session

  • Culture:

  • Be part of a transparent and open culture

  • Friendly and fun atmosphere with a drive to learn

  • Autonomy and ownership from the start

  • Diversity

  • Social:

  • Social outings, including our monthly ‘Plum Jam’

  • Friday@5 company updates with snacks and drinks

  • Kitchen with breakfast, plenty of snacks, array of teas, coffee and smoothies


If this excites we would love to hear from you. Send us your CV and tell us why you would like to work with us. And, if you feel you are too senior or too junior for this role, but got super excited when reading, please get in touch.

We’re looking to fill this position immediately, so the sooner the better. Good luck!


About you

We are looking for a mix of seniority from mid, senior, lead and principal.

The following are some examples of profiles that are relevant to us:

  • Have 3+ years development experience at startups, agencies or software companies.

  • Full-stack engineering experience in C# and JavaScript is desirable but we’re open-minded about your technology background.

  • Experience with high-scale web applications, distributed systems and APIs.

  • Experienced in devOps and promoter of automation.

  • Advocate for modern tech, tooling and infrastructure.

  • You know your from your to your Algolia.

  • You get a kick out of tracking down site anomalies in the cloud.

  • No ego and dedicated team player; we’ve got your back so make sure you have ours.

  • You strive for responsibility and ownership. And lots of it.

  • Clear written and verbal communication with non-technical people.

Your tech skills & our stack

As we grow, so does our stack and processes - we are always learning.

Having a healthy mix of experience in our stack would be highly desirable.

  • C#, .Net, MVC, Core, API, EF

  • Cloud infrastructure, Azure, AWS

  • Docker, Kubernetes, Pulumi, Terraform

  • OO, distributed and architectural design patterns

  • SQL, NoSql, Redis, Elastic

  • JavaScript, React, Redux, Storybook, Grunt, Webpack

  • Code optimisation and performance

  • CI / CD, TeamCity, Octopus, Pipelines, Azure Devops

  • Docker, Kubernetes, Terraform, Pulumi

  • Unit testing frameworks, Selenium,