Sr Ruby/Java Engineer

Published on May 23, 2023

Knowde is the leading marketplace for ingredients, polymers, and chemistry. For the first time ever, R&D teams and buyers can search, learn, engage, sample, quote and purchase from every major producer on earth – all in one place. Knowde provides chemical producers the technology required to move online quickly and meet the new needs of customers who want a better online buying experience. Marketplaces have modernized major industries, and Knowde is bringing this same transformation to the chemical industry. Knowde is the only venture-capital backed chemical marketplace, trusted by industry-leading chemical producers across the globe. Knowde offers access to over 8,000 suppliers and 185,000 chemical products. We believe in the power of chemistry. We believe in the power of chemists. We strive to optimize your journey to market so that you can continue to innovate and make a rich global impact. We are a team of contrarians, groundbreakers, and pioneers. Join us in disrupting the largest industry on Earth. The Chemical Industry touches every aspect of your daily life. Yet, it is one of the few remaining industries that is offline. Raw material suppliers and their customers are the hidden innovators behind the end-products we rely on every day. Chemistry is used to make every physical good on earth, including the products we love from Tesla, Glossier, Apple, Nike, 3M and J&J. However, the largest and most impactful industry in the world is still doing business the same way it did 100 years ago. Until now. The industry is the building blocks of the entire world. 15,000+ suppliers provide every single ingredient, polymer and chemistry that make up every physical product in existence. Yet, the expansive world of chemistry had gone largely unorganized and remained inaccessible to many. The industry craved a single destination to efficiently conduct research, compare and purchase raw materials without the hassle of scouring thousands of websites, calling and emailing sales reps and attending costly in-person trade shows. Welcome to Knowde.

About Knowde 
Chemical companies are the hidden innovators behind the end-products we rely on every day. Chemistry is used to make every physical good on earth, including the products we love from Tesla, Glossier, Apple, Nike, 3M, and J&J. And yet, the largest and most impactful industry in the world is still doing business the same way it did 100 years ago.
Knowde is building the first digital marketplace for the $5 trillion chemical industry. Chemical companies use Knowde to market and sell their products online for the first time ever. For buyers, Knowde has become their go-to destination to shop across the entire world of chemistry, all in a single destination.
Buyers use Knowde as their go-to destination to discover and purchase chemicals from any chemical producer, all in one place. By helping pull this industry online, we will accelerate the innovation behind every physical product in the world.
To realize our vision, we've raised over $90M from the world's leading investors, including Sequoia Capital and Coatue.
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Sr Ruby/Java Engineer to join our team. You will be a great communicator with excellent English level. 
We’re building out a two-sided marketplace for the chemical industry which is responsible for 1/4th of global GDP. To support our mission, we’ve embarked on a project to allow our customers to easily find chemical compounds, formulations and documents they may be interested in. This is specifically tailored to the industry we operate in and our customers love it. 
This project comes with serious challenges - rather than scale, the principal challenge is complexity. We have a dedicated team of chemical engineers responsible for maintaining a chemical taxonomy for our project - this is both unique in the market and our competitive advantage. Integrating this taxonomy into our search infrastructure requires much thinking and care.
The successful Sr Ruby/Java Engineer will be working closely alongside extremely talented and driven engineers to build and support eCommerce / Marketplaces business.
Come Join Us!
What you’ll be doing:
  • You will be responsible for architecting and implementing our specialized search engine (
  • Make key architectural decisions regarding efficient data ingestion, data structures, API contracts and result scoring
  • Maintain existing search features and implement new features (you will work in both Java and Ruby
  • Generate and track key UX metrics
  • Work on service resiliency and search performance
What you should have:
  • You should have a track record of shipping working software and a product mindset focused on delivery
  • You should be well-versed in Java (several years of experience)
  • You have some experience in Ruby (or are willing to learn)
  • You have either implemented a search engine in the past or have a keen interest in expanding your knowledge in this area
  • You’ve worked with FTS engines, such as ElasticSearch
  • You’ve built cloud-based systems on AWS or another cloud provider
Nice to haves:
  • A degree in CS or related discipline
  • You understand how distributed systems can break, and you understand the different tradeoffs when building them
Stack / Skills / Tools:
  • Java + Ruby
  • Spring
  • Redis / PostgreSQL
  • ElasticSearch
  • Docker
Our Perks & Benefits
  • Location: Poland - Rzeszów, Lodz, Białystok, or remotely 
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility to work remotely
  • Opportunity to work on innovative projects with a strong team of engineers
  • Possibility to learn and develop 
We believe in supporting people to do their best work and thrive, and building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive company is core to our mission. Our goal is to ensure that Knowde upholds an inclusive environment where all people feel that they are equally respected and valued, whether they are applying for an open position or working at the company. We welcome applicants of any educational background, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, citizenship, socioeconomic status, disability, and veteran status.
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