Senior Backend Engineer/ Search Expert

  • Munich, Germany
  • Full-time
  • Department: Buy

Company Description

Join the Products and Shop team to bring our product search capabilities to new heights. Work with ElasticSearch architecture, index and query design, and Java development, in a highly distributed cloud and microservice-based environment.

About Tradeshift
Tradeshift is a unicorn in the fintech industry. We are disrupting a typically stagnant environment by connecting companies of all sizes and providing them with the platform and network needed to create value from old processes like procurement, invoicing, payments, and workflow.

The Tradeshift Team.
You will become a member of the fast-expanding Product-Engine Buy team building a bleeding-edge B2B eCommerce solution for Marketplaces. You are part of an international, skilled, cross-functional environment where roles are not set in stone and include aspects of engineering, product management, build, deployment, operational management and designing. Your responsibilities will grow to match your abilities and experience.

Job Description

Your role:

  • Become the search engineer in the Products and Shop area for Tradeshift

  • Design and build indexes to structure search on millions of products offered in B2B trade

  • Design and build queries to return the best possible search results for our Shop application, and for the new Tradeshift Marketplace offering that promises to change the nature of B2B buying

  • Build business-critical features used for the Tradeshift buy platform in collaboration with our agile Tradeshift product and engineering teams in an Agile/Scrum environment

  • Requirement gathering, architectural design, implementation, testing until deployment and verification

  • Write high-quality, tested and peer-reviewed code

  • Provide support to customer-facing teams and mentoring to team members

  • Review code to ensure the quality of the design by avoiding complexity and advocating clarity within the team

  • Identify opportunities, design and implement solutions to improve engineering productivity


About you.

You are passionate about the impact of your work, are excited to learn new technologies, and are willing to dive into unknown territories. You are inclined towards software engineering best practices, pragmatic solutions, and are proud to own the quality of your deliverables. Curiosity towards new technologies, programming languages, frameworks, etc, is a plus. 


  • You have experience in designing search indexes for large document portfolios on ElasticSearch or similar (multi-variant, i18n)

  • Know how to create, tweak optimise search queries, and how to translate a desired user experience into the proper search query.

  • 5+ years of professional experience with Java and application frameworks such as Spring

  • Having a deep understanding and practice in developing REST-based Microservices-Architectures

  • Knowing how to build resilient architectures with distributed transaction patterns

  • SQL database skills (Postgresql, SQL Server or similar)

  • Have basic knowledge of building applications on top of Docker, Kubernetes and AWS 

  • Having experience with structured development and build environments (continuous integration, automated testing, automated configuration and deployment)  is a plus

  • Experience with Domain-Driven Design & Test-Driven Development

Nice-to-Have Skills:

  • Projects done in languages like Python, Node.JS, Scala are a big plus 

  • Experiences with NoSQL databases such as MongoDB or Dynamo are welcome

  • Having experience with web-based development-related security paradigms (e.g. OAuth, OpenId, SSO/SAML, WS-Security, PKI) is great


Some tech you'll be working with: 

Spring, Postgres, ElasticSearch 7, Middlewares (HornetQ, RabbitMQ), CI/CD, AWS, Kubernetes.

Additional Information

You might like working here if:

↣ You love autonomy and the freedom to get your work done how you want 

↣ You like sharing your opinions and feeling like they matter

↣ You want to work for a company that requires you to bring your whole self to work every day: brains, heart, and guts.

You'll enjoy:

↣ Ambitious international startup

↣ Career and professional development opportunities

↣ Flexible work hours

↣ Mobile phone plan and at home internet

↣ A competitive compensation package and equity

↣ Large office that provides caters to many different work-environment preferences  

↣ Lunch and snacks daily with drinks

↣ In-house activities like yoga

↣  Opportunity to join many fun, varied company events like happy hours, hackathons, family holiday parties, and many more ♣

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