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Staff Engineer, Back-end

  • Milano, Lombardia, Italy

Job description

[PLEASE NOTE] This position can be either:

  • 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
  • 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

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 Staff Engineer to help us take our product to the next level. We move seamlessly from full-stack web development, to mobile, to deployment/scaling. In this position you will take ownership of how features are implemented, from user experience to backend, involving our web app, mobile app, APIs and backend infrastructure.


  • Be a technical leader within the team you work with and within the company in general
  • Lead technical cooperation with external suppliers, designing and implementing effective and maintainable integrations with third party systems
  • Coordinate technical projects across teams within the company
  • Collaborate with other engineers, product managers, and designers to identify and solve interesting and challenging problems
  • Collaborate with key internal stakeholders to determine how to design backend systems and APIs to meet their needs
  • Lead designs of major software components, systems, and features
  • Mentor and train other team members on design techniques and coding standards
  • Collaborate with the HR department performing technical assessments on candidates for roles on the Engineering team

Job requirements

  • Hands on technical leadership experience leading project teams and setting technical direction
  • Experience architecting and developing solutions to ambiguous problems
  • Passion for coding, web technologies, and shipping features that drive user adoption
  • Solid experience with one or more programming languages (e.g. Python, Kotlin, Go, Java, NodeJS, C/C++, C#).
  • Solid experience with relational databases and with other type 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.
  • Experience with distributed version control systems: mostly Git (Github and/or Bitbucket)
  • Familiarity with cloud-oriented technologies: AWS, Google Cloud, Heroku
  • Solid experience working and designing with Docker based systems
  • Familiarity with cloud architecture patterns and best practices for designing highly available, scalable and secure systems
  • Interest and ability to learn other coding languages
  • Good level of English proficiency, both spoken and written


  • 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

Equality & Diversity:

We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunity employer, committed to equality and diversity amongst both our employees and prospective applicants. We ensure that all applicants are treated equally and fairly throughout our recruitment process. We are determined that no applicant experiences discrimination on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, disability, age, gender identity, ancestry, sexual orientation, veteran status, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, socio-economic background, neuro-diversity, education, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.