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Senior Backend Software Engineer

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Pinterest is a visual discovery platform where millions of people find inspiration and plan for what matters most in their lives.
San Francisco Bay Area, USA · Seattle, USA
$125,630 - $258,470
Senior Software Engineer
4+ years


Pinterest is seeking inquisitive, well-rounded Senior Backend Software Engineers to join their Core, Monetization, and Tech Foundations engineering teams. As a Senior Backend Software Engineer at Pinterest, you'll play a crucial role in enabling the newest technologies and experiences as the company scales and evolves. You'll work closely with cross-functional teams to build robust frameworks and features, accelerate velocity for one of the world's largest public cloud workloads, and empower both developers and Pinners alike.

In this role, you'll have the opportunity to find creative solutions to thought-provoking problems and drive new initiatives from inception through technical design, implementation, and release. You'll be building out the backend for Pinner-facing features, contributing to each step of the product development process, and partnering with various teams to create end-to-end functionality.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing backend systems for Pinterest's core features
  • Leading product development from ideation to implementation
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams
  • Suggesting new product ideas and features
  • Implementing automated testing for high-quality code
  • Designing and operating large-scale distributed systems
  • Improving developer processes and experiences

The ideal candidate will have 4+ years of industry backend development experience, proficiency in common backend tech stacks, and experience with large-scale distributed systems. Strong collaboration skills and expertise in languages like Python, Java, or Go are essential.

Pinterest offers a progressive work model called PinFlex, providing flexibility in living and working arrangements. The company is committed to diversity and inclusion, considering all qualified applicants regardless of background. This position offers a competitive salary range of $125,630 to $258,470 USD, along with equity compensation and other benefits.

Join Pinterest in their mission to help people find inspiration and create a life they love while growing your career in a dynamic, innovative environment.

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  • Build out the backend for Pinner-facing features
  • Contribute to and lead each step of the product development process
  • Partner with design, product, and backend teams to build end-to-end functionality
  • Suggest new product ideas and features
  • Employ automated testing to build features with high technical quality
  • Design, develop, and operate large scale, distributed systems and networks
  • Work with Engineering customers to understand and address new requirements
  • Improve the developer process and experience


  • 4+ years of industry backend development experience
  • Proficiency in common backend tech stacks
  • Experience in following best practices in writing reliable and maintainable code
  • Ability to keep up-to-date with new technologies
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills
  • Experience building & operating large scale distributed systems and/or networks
  • Experience in Python, Java, C++, or Go or another language and willingness to learn


  • Flexible work model (PinFlex)
  • Equity compensation

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