Backend Software Engineer, Remote Germany

Published on June 28, 2024

Cobalt is the world's largest pentesting platform delivering thousands of pentest per year. Cobalt’s Pentest as a Service (PtaaS) platform is modernizing traditional pentesting. By combining a SaaS platform with an exclusive community of testers, we deliver the real-time insights you need to remediate risk quickly and innovate securely. We see the Pentest as a Service model as a first step in our vision to create a new interface to the security workforce. We have seen tremendous traction over the years and today, have 1000+ customers on Cobalt’s platform.

We are remote-first with local hubs distributed across the US, the UK, and Germany. We have Scandinavian roots, an American base and a global outlook. Our team is characterized by a fun, fast-paced and collaborative culture based on individual responsibility and ownership.

We have secured more than $50M in funding from a variety of top flight investors, led by Highland Europe. We are using our funding to expand global usage and continue development of the Cobalt platform, which pioneered the Penetration test as a Service (PtaaS) model.

Who We Are 
Cobalt was founded on the belief that pentesting can be better. Our pentests start in as little as 24 hours and integrate with modern development cycles thanks to the powerful combination of a SaaS platform coupled with an exclusive community of testers known as the Cobalt Core. Accepting just 5% of applicants, the Core boasts over 400 closely vetted and highly skilled testers who jointly conduct thousands of tests each year. 
Our award-winning, fully remote team is committed to helping agile businesses remediate risk quickly and innovate securely. Today, over 1,000 customers use Cobalt to run pentests on demand via Pentest as a Service, AKA PtaaS, a space which Cobalt pioneered (you could even say we wrote the book on it) and continues to lead. 
Join our innovative team as a Backend Software Engineer and be a pivotal part of Cobalt's journey in redefining cybersecurity. In this role, you will apply your expertise in Ruby on Rails development to drive significant advancements in our Pentest as a Service (PtaaS) platform. Your contributions will directly impact the way businesses globally detect and manage cybersecurity risks. Immerse yourself in a culture of learning and excellence, where your work goes beyond coding - it's about building a safer digital future.
What You'll Do
Engineering Excellence: Contribute to the development of our SaaS platform, focusing on high-quality, scalable solutions using Ruby/Rails.Apply architecture decisions under the guidance of Senior and Staff level engineers, and integrate with modern JavaScript frameworks (React).
Cross-Functional Collaboration: Work closely with Product Managers, Designers, and a team of Engineers to translate business needs into innovative features, enhancing user experience and platform capabilities.
Build Robust Solutions: Balance tech debt removal with forward-looking feature development. Actively participate in code reviews and technical planning to ensure the delivery of high-quality software.
Continuous Integration, Continuous Learning: Apply best practices in software development, including agile methodologies, automated testing, and continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD).  Regularly identify areas for personal growth and stretch goals, such as working with AI based projects or Front-end Engineering, to broaden your skill set.
Grow Your Career:  Work with Senior and Staff level Engineers on a variety of cross-team technical initiatives, and participate in our Growth & Mentorship Program
You Have
Proven Experience: At least 3 years of experience in backend development, with a track record of delivering successful, user-centered solutions.
Tech Proficiency: Strong skills in our primary server-side architecture: Ruby on Rails.  Additional familiarity with our overall tech stack is a plus: JavaScript (React), Node.js, Kotlin, cloud environments (GCP, Kubernetes).
API Mastery: Proficiency in designing and consuming RESTful APIs, understanding their role in scalable, efficient applications.
Code Quality Focus: Commitment to writing clean, maintainable code and a thorough understanding of application architecture principles.
Communication Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, enabling effective collaboration in a remote setting.
Learning Agility: Eagerness to learn new technologies and approaches, with a proactive mindset and willingness to contribute ideas.
Residency: Must reside in Germany.
Bonus If You Have
Advanced Skills: Experience with advanced cloud-native technologies, microservices architectures, or security best practices is highly advantageous.
Open Source Contributions: Active participation in open source projects or a strong GitHub portfolio demonstrating your passion for software development.
By joining Cobalt, you'll not only advance your career but also contribute to a company that's at the forefront of cybersecurity innovation. We're excited to see how your skills and vision can help shape the future of Pentest as a Service. If you're ready to make a significant impact in a fast-growing industry, we'd love to hear from you.
Diversity at Cobalt
With over 45 nationalities already at Cobalt (and counting) we respect and celebrate diversity! We’re proudly committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of your gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, or place of origin. We support each other and are grateful for each Cobalter's contribution to our mission — let's make security dance! 
Please apply even if you don't think you meet all of the criteria above but are still interested in the job. Nobody checks every box, and we're looking for someone excited to join the team.
Why You Should Join Us
  • Grow in a passionate, rapidly expanding industry operating at the forefront of the Pentesting industry 
  • Work directly with experienced engineers, with ongoing mentorship opportunities
  • Earn competitive compensation and an attractive equity plan
  • Save for the future with a pension (EU) 
  • Benefit from statutory healthcare (EU)
  • Leverage stipends for:
    • Wellness
    • Work-from-home equipment & wifi
    • Learning & development
  • Make the most of our flexible, generous paid time off and paid parental leave 
  • Work remotely from anywhere in Germany