Web Developer (Full Stack)

Published on February 04, 2024

Through audio and text explainers called Blinks, original podcasts, and author-driven content, Blinkist is on a mission to help people turn ordinary moments into extraordinary learning opportunities—anytime, anywhere.

Blinkist connects people with powerful ideas from leading authors and experts to broaden perspectives, gain knowledge, and spark understanding in all areas of their life, both personal and professional.
Used by over 28 million people worldwide, Blinkist distills the key ideas from the most relevant, impactful books and podcasts. These can be read or listened to in 15-minute summaries, that we call Blinks.
Together with Go1, our parent brand, who gives organizations and their employees access to the largest curated e-learning library on the planet, we’re on a mission to reach one billion learners as we unlock positive potential through a love of learning. ✨
About The Role
Are you passionate about Software Engineering and you want to have a big impact with your work? Do you believe in the power of ideas and want to grow and develop? In 2024 we want to take Blinkist to the next level on our journey to reach one billion learners. This is where you come in. 
As a Web Engineer, you'll play a crucial role in accelerating our growth through programmatic SEO by developing and implementing scalable software solutions for large-scale SEO optimization. You will be responsible for automating content creation, optimizing website architecture for search engines, and leveraging data analytics to drive content strategy decisions. Your expertise will be key in enhancing our online presence, driving organic traffic, and ensuring long-term sustainable growth for our startup. Join us and contribute to this exciting journey!
Please note this is a Mid-level Developer position. Check out the interview process for this position here: https://jobs.blinkist.com/rjw 🚀
What You Will Do
  • Assist in one of our primary objectives this year: accelerating our growth through programmatic SEO
  • Create full-stack web features using JS/TS, Vue, and Ruby on Rails
  • Identify and proactively address challenges both on the backend and the frontend, driving complex technical decisions within your peer group.
  • Take ownership of managing and extending our web-related services and apps.
  • Use your technical expertise in building frontend and backend architecture at scale.
  • Write high-quality and maintainable code: test, collaboratively review, and ship!
  • Follow and iterate on engineering best practices to achieve a robust code base, e.g. through code reviews and unit tests.
  • Collaborate closely with other departments like Marketing to build new features.
  • Support other teams in finding pragmatic solutions that can be implemented in a reasonable amount of time.
What You Need To Have
  • You’re fueled by an intense motivation and determination to evolve into an exceptional engineer.
  • 2+ years of experience working working with frontend and backend services, preferably with RoR and JS/TS, and a solid grasp of REST APIs.
  • Expertise in building scalable software from the ground up, including architecture design, implementation, deployment, and monitoring.
  • Basic knowledge in SQL and modern database technologies, with a focus on high-scale environments.
  • Proficiency in Cloud Computing (such as AWS) and infrastructure management.
  • Fluent in English, with the ability to communicate complex technical information clearly (vital in our hybrid setup).
Nice To Have
  • Experience with GraphQL and Content Management Systems (Hygraph, etc.)
Why Blinkist
Our unique culture of empowerment, mutual respect, and transparency has always been our defining characteristic. We support each other and carve out opportunities for every individual to develop and grow. We strongly believe that diversity powers innovation, thus we celebrate and support our differences, providing equal opportunities for employment and career growth. We embrace a flexible, remote-friendly way of working that supports different needs and lifestyles. 
🌟 We are proud to have been selected by LinkedIn as one of the Top 25 Startups in Germany. Glassdoor and Kununu ratings put us amongst Berlin’s top three employers. 
These are some of our most valued benefits:
  • Competitive incentive plan in addition to salary
  • Employee Stock Option Plan
  • Flexible approach to work
  • Monthly work from home or transport reimbursement
  • One time work from home office set up budget
  • Unlimited access to the Go1 Learning Hub, and mentorship program
  • Professional development fund
  • Volunteer leave to give back to the community
  • 30 PTO days + Wellbeing days
  • Flexible public holidays - take the days off that are important to you, swap out the ones that are not
  • Family planning & parental leave, plus support for parents returning to work
  • Wellness initiatives and an Employee Assistance Program
If you choose to join our team in Berlin, you'll have access to our modern office space in Neukölln and enjoy healthy plant-based meals prepared fresh every day by our very own chef. 🥑
Apply Now
If we’ve captured your interest and you want to take part in changing the world through the power of ideas – apply now and tell us what got you excited about this opportunity. 
We look forward to hearing from you! ☀️
🔎 Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalised folks tend to only apply when they check every box. If you think you have what it takes, even if you don't meet every single point on the job description, please still get in touch. We’d love to have a chat and see if you could be a great fit.