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Staff Engineer, Backend



Software Engineering
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024

Via is using technology to transform transportation around the world. From changing a single person’s daily commute to reducing humanity’s collective environmental footprint — we’ve got huge goals.

As a Staff Engineer, Backend at Via, you’ll drive the development and maintenance of our backend systems, ensuring they are robust, scalable, and efficient. Via prides itself on being a true partner to the public sector in helping make transit better for everyone but especially those in low income and minority communities. Via is not only a category leader in on-demand transit but has brought its exceptional technology and expertise to the Paratransit & Student transit world. You will be joining Via at a time of rapid growth, impacting hundreds of thousands of riders weekly, many of whom represent special needs populations, students, caregivers, and more. As a Staff Engineer, you’ll play a critical role in architecting, developing, implementing, maintaining and troubleshooting in a cutting-edge environment.

What You'll Do:

  • Lead high-caliber backend engineering teams who design and implement highly scalable, reliable, and performant backend systems and APIs that power Via’s solutions
  • Drive the technical direction and roadmap for backend development, working closely with cross-functional teams to prioritize initiatives and deliver on business objectives
  • Lead by example, contributing hands-on to coding, debugging, and troubleshooting complex technical issues, and driving initiatives to improve development efficiency and productivity
  • Act as a subject matter expert in backend engineering, providing guidance and thought leadership to teams within our R&D center
  • Define and implement coding standards, development processes, and quality assurance practices to ensure the delivery of clean, maintainable code
  • Work with our world-class product and operations teams to convert ideas into a prioritized backlog, and then turn those ideas into reality.

Who You Are:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field; or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in backend software, with a proven track record of designing and building scalable, high-performance systems
  • Minimum of 7 years of hands-on experience in Python, Java, C++, or C#
  • Proven record of developing and scaling products that are highly available, distributed, and large scale
  • Strong understanding of CI/CD concepts and hands-on experience with related tools such as Jenkins, GitLab, or Github actions
  • Strong knowledge of database technologies (SQL/MySQL) in low level performance optimizations, including profiling and memory analysis
  • Expertise with cloud platforms: AWS, Serverless, Kubernetes
  • Solid understanding of software engineering principles, design patterns, and best practices for building maintainable and testable code.
  • A strong leader with the ability to inspire, motivate, and mentor team members to achieve their full potential
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to effectively communicate technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders
  • Ability to drive work forward independently in a cross-functional, geographically distributed team environment

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Final salary will be determined by the candidate’s experience, knowledge, and skills. Salary reflected does not include equity or variable pay, where applicable
  • Salary Range: $200,000 - $275,000 per year
  • We are proud to offer a generous and comprehensive benefits package, including free medical plans and 401K matching.

We’re Via, and we build technology that changes the way the world moves. We pioneered the TransitTech category to ensure that the future of transportation is shared, dynamic public mobility — the kind that reduces carbon emissions across congested cities, minimizes reliance on private cars, and provides everyone with accessible, efficient, and affordable ways of getting around.

We created the first end-to-end TransitTech solution for cities and transit agencies, offering world-class software, service design, and operational expertise to fundamentally improve the way the world moves.

Via was founded with the guiding principle that we go further when we go together. We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles. All backgrounds, identities, and voices are welcomed and celebrated at Via.

Ready to join the ride?

Via is an equal opportunity employer.