senior software engineer (backend)

job location: San Jose, CA

company profile

Welcome to Pinger! Our market-leading communications products have been downloaded by millions of iOS and Android users around the world. Backed by top tier venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, our simple mission is to make texting and talking free. We are profitable, growing like crazy and are having a blast here. Pinger is located in downtown San Jose walking distance to dozens of restaurants and public transit. Come on in, the water's fine!


Pinger is growing and is expanding internationally. We are looking for an experienced Software Engineer for our backend web services team. You will work with a small team of smart engineers designing, developing and maintaining mission critical web services that service millions of users across the world.

Ownership of back-end PHP and C++ servers needed for the scalability and performance of Pinger services.  Develop, maintain and enhance code using best practices in Software Engineering.  Develop web-services using PHP and MySQL. Lead various projects and act as a mentor for junior engineers.


  • Thrive in startup environment that is fast paced, fun and enriching.
  • Solid design and software engineering skills. You enjoy a vigorous design discussion, are able to make the necessary trade-offs and are able to execute.
  • Have solid grasp of Object oriented design techniques including design patterns.
  • Experience with SaaS model and/or high traffic web environments.
  • Solid experience with C++ or Java.
  • Experience with PHP or Python or Ruby.
  • Strong SQL skills.
  • Solid Linux skills (developer level).
  • 4+ years of relevant industry experience.
  • BS or MS in Computer Science (or equivalent industry experience).

highly desired

  • Enjoy Agile Software Development with Scrum
  • Good testing practices (unit, integration, system) with automation
  • Good understanding of shell scripting and build processes.

Reports to: Director of Engineering

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