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Sr Backend Engineer

  • Milano, Lombardia, Italy

Job description

PLEASE NOTE: This position can be either:

  • in our Swiss HQ in Mendrisio, Switzerland, which is 7km over the border from Italy and easily commutable from Milan, Como, Varese or Lugano. We are also happy to assist with your relocation to this beautiful part of Europe and we have a hybrid remote working policy

  • based in the UK. A trip to our office in Switzerland (expenses paid by the company) one week per quarter, to work onsite with the team, is required

At QA, we believe the future belongs to organisations that are able to learn, master and apply new skills at pace and scale. As the largest tech training company in the UK and the fastest-growing in the US, we partner with 96% of the FTSE and most of the Fortune500. We have served over 4,000 customers and 1+ million learners since 1985.

We believe skills alone aren’t enough, but need to be applied back to the business in order to effect change. We do this through tailored learning programmes that connect learning across an organisation’s siloes, create continuity for learners, and feature collaborative, cohort-based modalities to apply skills at pace and at scale. Our unique end-to-end learning solution draws from deep expertise across apprenticeships, instructor-led training, and self-paced learning.

QA is headquartered in London and New York. Learn more at

We are a diverse and international team that is innovative, collaborative, pragmatic and passionate about making an impact. We thrive on a shared vision, obsess about our customers and learners, and take pride in our work's quality. Most importantly, we know that individually, we are only as good as our teams are, and we always have each others’ backs.

Now is your chance to join our talented team that delivers unparalleled educational content to developers worldwide!

We’re looking for a Sr Back-End Engineer to help us take our product to the next level. We move seamlessly from full-stack web development, to mobile, to deployment/scaling. This position will take ownership of how features are implemented, from user experience to backend, involving our web app, mobile app, APIs, and backend infrastructure. You’ll have an opportunity to make a large impact on the culture of our development team.


  • Be able to write well-structured, maintainable, idiomatic code with good documentation; unit tests for every feature, bug fixing, and code reviews.
  • Communicate with the rest of the company (e.g. sales, marketing, UX, etc) to ensure the functionality you're implementing is what was intended.
  • Collaborate on a cross-functional team, including frontend developers, designers and product managers, in order to quickly deliver new features.
  • Work closely with the Operations Team to ensure smooth deployments, ensuring that errors are logged with enough info to debug effectively.

Job requirements

Job Requirements:

  • Passion for coding, web technologies, and shipping features that drive user adoption
  • Solid experience in coding with backend programming languages, such as Kotlin, Python, Go, Java, NodeJS, C/C++, C#. Experience with Kotlin and Spring Boot is preferred
  • Solid experience with relational databases and with other types of databases (no SQL): PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Redis is an advantage
  • Advanced knowledge and experience on modern web patterns: AJAX, RESTful APIs, SOA, WebSocket, client-side rendering, etc.
  • Understanding of client-side technologies: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Bootstrap, Web Components
  • Experience with distributed version control systems: mostly Git (Github and/or Bitbucket)
  • Familiarity with cloud-oriented technologies: AWS, Google Cloud, Heroku, Docker
  • Familiar with cloud architecture patterns and best practices for designing highly available, scalable, and secure systems.
  • Good level of English proficiency, both spoken and written
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with a sense of urgency and integrity

Bonus points:

  • Passion for and experience in e-learning projects is a strong bonus
  • Ability to find creative solutions to interesting problems


  • Competitive compensation and a bonus plan
  • Four weeks of paid vacation per year (that increases to five weeks after two years with the company!) plus one day off per year to volunteer at your favorite non-profit