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Sporty Group
Remote (Full remote)
Backend Engineer

In this role, you’ll be responsible for developing microservices in a distributed deployment environment with an emphasis on containerisation with Docker and K8S. You won’t just be writing simple CRUD applications, but instead will be working on the core logic of complex systems that are accessed millions of times a day. We wrote our system from scratch about 3 years ago, so you’ll be working with the latest technology and won’t have to worry about decades old legacy code.


A willingness to work in Springboot is fine - as long as you are willing to learn and have demonstrable experience in an object-oriented programming language.


Our Stack (we don't expect you to have all of these)

 Backend Application Framework: Spring Boot (Java Config + Embedded Tomcat)

Micro Service Framework: Spring Cloud Dalston (Netflix Eureka + Netflix Zuul + Netflix Ribbon + Feign)

Database Sharding Middleware: Lede Cetus

Database: MySQL and MongoDB,Mybatis, Druid

Public Cache: AWS ElastiCache + Redis

Message Queue: Apache RocketMQ

Distributed Scheduling: Dangdang Elastic Job

Data Index and Search: ElasticSearchLog

Real-time Visualization: ElasticSearch + Logstash + Kibana

Business Monitoring: Graphite + Grafana

Cluster Monitoring: AWS Cloudwatch

Tasking: Elastic Job

Server: Netty 



  • ¬†Develop highly-scalable mobile internet backends for millions of users

  • Work with Product Owners and other development team members to determine new features and user stories needed in new / revised applications or large/complex development projects

  • Participate in code reviews with peers and managers to ensure that each increment adheres to original vision as described in the user story and all standard resource libraries and architecture patterns as appropriate

  • Respond to support calls for applications in production for quick diagnosis and repair to keep things running smoothly for users

  • Participate in all team ceremonies including planning, grooming, product demonstration and team retrospectives

  • Mentoring less experienced team members¬†

  • Potential On-Call responsibilities depending on team and tenure



  • ¬†Minimum of 2+ Years within a relevant role

  • Preferred experience in Spring Boot, Spring Cloud, Spring Data and iBATIS

  • Strong experience with highly-scalable web backends

  • Experience designing highly transactional systems

  • Advanced proficiency in Object Oriented Design (OOD) and analysis

  • Advanced proficiency in application of analysis / design engineering functions

  • Advanced proficiency in application of non-functional software qualities such as resiliency and maintainability

  • Advanced proficiency in modern behavior-driven testing techniques

  • Deep understanding of Microservices

  • Proficient in SQL

  • Expert knowledge of application development with technologies like RabbitMQ, MySQL, Redis etc

  • Strong experience with container and cloud solutions such as Docker, Kubernetes and AWS Cloud

  • An ability to work independently

  • Excellent communication skills in English



  • Quarterly and flash bonuses

  • Flexible working hours

  • Education allowance

  • Referral bonuses

  • 28 days paid annual leave

  • 2 x annual company retreats (Lisbon + Dubai in 2022 / Phuket in Q2 2023 + 1 more TBC!)

  • Highly talented, dependable co-workers in a global, multicultural organisation

  • Payment via world class online wallet system DEEL

  • Top of the line equipment supplied by market leader Hofy

  • We score 100% on The Joel Test

  • Our teams are small enough for you to be impactful

  • Our business is globally established and successful, offering stability and security to our Team Members


Our Mission


Our mission is to be an everyday entertainment platform for everyone


Our Operating Principles


1. Create Value for Users

2. Act in the Long-Term Interests of Sporty 

3. Focus on Product Improvements & Innovation 

4. Be Responsible 

5. Preserve Integrity & Honesty 

6. Respect Confidentiality & Privacy 

7. Ensure Stability, Security & Scalability 

8. Work Hard with Passion & Pride


Interview Process

  • HackerRank Test¬†

  • Remote video screening with our Talent Acquisition Team + live ID check

  • Remote 90 min video interview loop with 3 x Team Members (30 mins each)

  • Pre offer call with Talent Acquisition Team

  • ID check via Zinc

  • 24-72 hour feedback loops throughout process


Working at Sporty


The top-down mentality at Sporty is high performance based, meaning we trust you to do your job with an emphasis on support to help you achieve, grow and de-block any issues when they're in your way.

Generally employees can choose their own hours, as long as they are collaborating and doing stand-ups etc. The emphasis is really on results. 


As we are a highly structured and established company we are able to offer the security and support of a global business with the allure of a startup environment. Sporty is independently managed and financed, meaning we don’t have arbitrary shareholder or VC targets to cater to. 


We literally build, spend and make decisions based on the ethos of building THE best platform of its kind. We are truly a tech company to the core and take excellent care of our Team Members.

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