Catawiki was founded in 2008. It was originally designed as a website where collectors could manage and keep track of their collections online. Visitors can still add new items to the existing catalogue of collectibles. Unsurprisingly, the name Catawiki is a combination of the words ‘catalogue’ and ‘wiki’. In 2011, Catawiki began hosting weekly auctions in various categories, including art, antiques, classic cars, watches, jewellery, fashion, books, and stamps.
How we work
As the biggest marketplace for special items, Catawiki operates in a domain which brings plenty of unusual challenges and opportunities. You will be developing, testing and scaling our microservices, mostly written in Ruby, to handle the high volume of requests served by the platform every single day. We do this by using Infrastructure as Code principles, collaborative peer-reviews, Continuous Delivery, A/B testing every assumption and using the observability and monitoring tools already in place. We make mistakes and learn valuable lessons from them. Our focus is to be able to recover and iterate quickly.
What you'll do
In the role of Principal Backend Engineer at Catawiki, you will be a role model in our organization and have a wider impact in your business vertical and engineering organization. You will work closely with other Principal Engineers and senior Engineering, Product and Design leadership in your business vertical, you will define a comprehensive long-term technical strategy for your vertical and the broader engineering organization. Beyond this, as a technical expert for the backend platform within your business vertical, you will provide guidance to multiple teams and shape our microservice landscape in anticipation of future scalability demands.
Your responsibilities will include mentoring less experienced engineers, fostering a strong engineering culture by setting software engineering best practices both within and beyond your business vertical, and actively participating in the hiring process to attract top engineering talent across various levels. By partnering with product teams, you will contribute to the evolution of our technology landscape, ensuring that it aligns with the overarching goals of the organization.
What you'll bring
As an accomplished Principal Engineer, you possess a track record of delivering multi-year, multi-team goals that span the scope of your business vertical and the engineering organization as a whole.You will bring a multi-year, industry-leading technical perspective, ensuring our products are adaptable to scale, usage, and future business needs. You adeptly navigate domain boundaries, connecting initiatives and teams to craft optimal solutions.
Your ability to shape the technology landscape with an eye on current and future challenges is evident in your track record. You thrive in tackling intricate architectural challenges, establishing and applying architectural standards to new projects. You anticipate challenges and have the influence to steer the technical direction of your business vertical or the larger organization, even when faced with significant misalignment.
In collaboration with product teams, you expertly determine technical trade-offs, ensuring customer value is delivered rapidly without compromising quality. Your commitment to mentorship and collaboration shines through as you guide less experienced engineers, fostering a culture of continuous learning within the engineering organization. Drawing from your experience, you enhance our hiring process to attract and onboard the best engineering talent.
This is your chance to join our mission to fulfil people’s passions, as part of a young and dynamic organisation. You'll be part of an enthusiastic, highly-motivated team of 800+ Catawikians. Additionally, you can expect:
We want to help you celebrate special occasions in life by:
Where you’ll be
This role is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. We also offer an excellent relocation package for people living outside of the Netherlands.
Our commitment to you
Catawiki’s eclectic team represents an international and intergenerational mix of people from different professional and cultural backgrounds. We foster an inclusive and queer-friendly work environment, committed to making every Catawikian feel welcomed and empowered. Whatever your story, we encourage you to bring your unique perspective to the table.
Catawiki stands with Ukraine and encourages people displaced by the current conflict to apply. In addition to the several initiatives we’ve launched, we’re open to ideas on ways we can continue to support the humanitarian effort.
Our offices and new way of working
We’ve embraced an activity-based way of working, meaning our team can choose how they split their work week between home and the office, in line with our remote framework and guidelines. In locations where we have physical offices, most employees enjoy two days at the office to connect and collaborate with each other.
Our experts and sales staff in local markets work 100% remotely – in most cases from home. Some key positions are hired remotely, while we also offer relocation services for colleagues needing to be closer to the office.
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