Platform Developer (SRE) - MessageBird (SparkPost)

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What Messagebird is looking for in applicants

Transform the communications world! Location? You decide!

We’re proud (and excited!) to be transforming the global communications landscape through our Omnichannel Platform-as-a-Service (OPaaS). 

Our Birds choose where they work from in the region we’re hiring in — this could be from one of our MessageBird hubs (Amsterdam, Singapore or Bogota) or remotely so long as it’s within a complementary timezone.... Want to work from a rural retreat? Sure, no problem! How about a bustling city getaway for a few weeks? Go ahead!

We understand that “life happens” and give you the freedom to choose the best environment for you to “get s**t done”. We expand our flock without geographical restrictions. This allows us to attract and assemble an industry leading team from a huge variety of backgrounds & cultures,  making us more nimble, creative, and efficient!

Our Amazing #TeamSparkpost

SparkPost is the industry’s most trusted email optimization platform. SparkPost helps senders reliably reach the inbox with powerful solutions to help them plan, execute and optimize their email programs. The SparkPost platform is powered by the industry’s largest data network, a team of email experts to help brands elevate every aspect of their email program, and a security and compliance posture to support even the most regulated industries. SparkPost is the world’s largest sender, delivering 40% of all commercial email - 4-5 trillion sent annually - and also boasts the world’s largest data footprint to help enterprise-level brands make data-driven decisions to improve their email performance. The world’s most sophisticated senders, including The New York Times, Zillow, Adobe and trust SparkPost to elevate their email.

What You’ll Do in This Role to Add Value

At Sparkpost, we value Site Reliability Engineering methodologies and concepts. Platform Developers play a critical role at SparkPost and are responsible for designing, building, and maintaining solutions supporting our infrastructure and applications, with emphasis on scalability, fault tolerance, performance, and monitoring.


  • Collaborate with your team and others within the organization to help design, build, test, implement and maintain applications used as force multipliers across the org.
  • Help design and develop automation workflows to reduce operational toil.
  • Be proactive: gather supporting data, propose improvements, and implement them.
  • Be thorough: consider dependencies, failure modes, and blast radius.
  • Document your work so it’s easy for the next person to use.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a remote work environment. 

Required Skills/Qualifications

  • Experience developing production applications with a Java Virtual Machine language, Kotlin, Ruby, or Python in a cloud environment.
  • Comfortable creating and working with system architecture models and designs
  • Experience with software version control (git preferred).
  • Comfortable operating within a Test Driven Development framework.
  • Experience developing and interfacing with other applications and/or tools using various APIs.
  • Understanding of modern virtualized server hardware, ability to identify resource issues related to utilization of CPU’s, memory, disk IO, and network IO. 

Desired Skills/Experience

  • Experience in full-stack development.
  • Experience building applications that provision or interact with common infrastructure components like web proxy servers, load balancers, and DNS.
  • Relevant experience or certifications in AWSExperience implementing effective automated application monitoring for mission critical applications using tools and services such as Circonus, Datadog, New Relic, Nagios, or similar.
  • Experience building and managing resources using infrastructure-as-code tooling (Terraform, Chef, Puppet, or Ansible).
  • Experience with relational and/or column-oriented databases (PostgreSQL, Dynamo).
  • Experience with high volume, high availability internet services, especially email.

#LI-NR1 #LI-Remote

What You’ll Gain

  • Work from anywhere
  • Generous stock options for all Birds
  • WFH set-up budget
  • State-of-the-art work gear
  • Learn from hundreds of the best minds in the business
  • Collaborate with diverse colleagues from over 55 countries (and counting)


Life at MessageBird:

We work fast, grow fast, build fast and focus on impact. We’re go-getters, industry leaders and roll-up-your-sleeves-and-make-it-happen kind of people. 

Ready To Fly?

Our cloud communications solutions make it possible for over 25,000 businesses to instantly connect with billions of devices worldwide, allowing them to speak with their customers in the same ways they talk to their friends.

Headquartered in Amsterdam, we operate across 10 international hubs and we’re proud to be a “Work Anywhere” company. Our unique and united culture is rooted in our team: a diverse flock of over 700 Birds who represent 55 nationalities and counting. We’re smart, fast, and hungry. Our potential for growth is limitless. You can learn more about our story and life as a Bird via #messagebird.

MessageBird is committed to fostering a fair and equal environment based on trust and mutual respect. We believe that a diverse and inclusive workplace is paramount to our success and we are committed to building a team that represents a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. 

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