Remote Python Backend Lead

  • Location

    United States

  • Sector:

    Software Engineering

  • Salary:

    Circa $220,000

  • Contact:

    Jason Rumney

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  • Consultant:

    Jason Rumney

Our client is crafting advanced AI algorithms into exciting consumer experiences for a well-known and beloved global brand, with hundreds of millions of users.

Due to rapid demand they have an opening for a high-impact Python backend lead engineer who is excited to help organize and lead a team to build cloud services, APIs, data pipelines and tools for mass-scale, AI-powered, consumer apps. This could be a great opportunity for an ambitious, hands-on, backend engineer with strong systems architecture skills and interests in mass-scale platforms, backend infrastructure, performance engineering, data analytics and machine learning.



  • Organize and lead a small team of backend platform engineers --- guiding the architecture, planning & tracking the team’s projects and defining roadmaps.

  • Design and develop reliable and high-performance backend APIs to power our customer facing services.

  • Create internal applications and tools to support the company’s engineering teams

  • Benchmark and optimize performance of key APIs, microservices, and databases.

  • Build infrastructure to measure, monitor, and enhance our real-time AI and service pipelines and key business analytics.

  • Mentor and develop engineers within the Platform Engineering team as well as serving as an engineering bar-raiser across company-wide engineering organizations.

  • Interface with other teams in the IKEA family to integrate our capabilities into new IKEA websites and services.


  • Track record of successful backend systems design & architecture.

  • Emotionally-intelligent leadership skills -- able to lead through respect & example.

  • Strong expertise in Python in Linux environments (Python super hackers desired).

  • Experience with network object storage like Google Cloud Storage or S3.

  • Experience with Docker containerized development & deployment.

  • Thorough understanding of Git development workflows and branching.

  • Proficiency with SQL (especially PostgreSQL).

  • Experience planning sprints and coordinating within and between teams.

  • Strong English communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Remote work is OK, but must be able to work most of a Pacific Time work day.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with Kubernetes strongly desired.

  • Experience with Prometheus and log-based analytics systems desired.

  • Experience with Django web development desired.

  • Experience with Node.js desired.

  • Experience with task/message queues and job scheduling systems (e.g. Celery, RabbitMQ, Airflow, Dagster, etc.) desired.


  • Excellent health & retirement benefits. Full medical, dental, and vision coverage.

  • Strong people-first culture with generous PTO, a focus on improving each other, and an actively shaped team culture to ensure a happy and healthy working environment for all.