Staff Backend Engineer



Software Engineering
Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Friday, April 7, 2023

Ritual delivers more than just an avenue to skip the lunch line - we serve up a true community experience, helping you connect with your social circle and local businesses via seamless technology, all built around what humans love most - food. Since day one, our mission here at Ritual has been to help restaurants thrive. With that being said, we continually look at how we can strive to improve our market leading products and technology. At Ritual, you’ll be working hands-on, taking ownership, and finding creative ways to commit to our purpose.

We’re looking for an experienced Staff Backend Engineer to join our Payment Platforms team that will help us design and build scalable and reliable payment services. The ideal Staff Backend Engineer is someone who is highly collaborative, can provide technical guidance as a leader and coach, and has a high bar for quality in an agile, iterative environment.

Our engineering team is highly diverse, although one thing we have in common is our passion for designing and building scalable services that ultimately help shape the future of local commerce… Because your order should be perfect every time. When our team is not solving complex problems, we’re hosting codename nights, brewing up kombucha, debating over the best pizza in town, or working on side projects that turn into major features.

By now, you're probably wondering what our tech stack is: We are primarily a Java shop hosted on Google Cloud. Our services are using Docker/Kubernetes and communicate via OpenAPI standards. Our data layer is in MySQL, Redis, and Elasticsearch, and our customers interact with our application via native iOS and Android apps, as well as a web (React) interface.

As a Staff Backend Engineer at Ritual you will…

  • Discover and solve complex technical problems that have company-wide impact
  • Own technical strategy and direction for broad or complex requirements for the backend of our application
  • Work hands-on in a team while producing high-quality maintainable code
  • Drive engineering design and architecture decisions across multiple engineering teams
  • Own API and system design for significant portions of the platform
  • Mentor other backend engineers through design & code reviews and direct feedback and coaching
  • Participate in the interviewing process and help select team members to join the Ritual engineering family
  • Improve engineering standards, tooling, and processes across multiple teams

We’re looking for a Staff Backend Engineer that has…

  • BS/MS in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • 10+ years of experience delivering high quality software
  • 2+ years working with payments and billing systems
  • Significant professional experience with Java, Spring / Spring Boot
  • Experience working with Google Cloud Platform or Amazon Web Services
  • Proficiency in MySQL or other relational databases
  • Experience in a technical leadership role leading project teams and setting technical direction across team boundaries
  • Experience leading technical architecture discussions and experience driving technical decisions across department
  • Strong communication skills - can explain complex technical concepts to stakeholders in Product Management, Product Design and engineers across all levels

What we offer:

  • Contribute to a lifestyle-changing consumer product throughout North America, Europe, and Australia
  • Ritual credits for you to spend at the best coffee & lunch spots in town
  • Healthcare coverage from day one, and a flexible vacation policy (Need time? Take time)
  • Equity in the business - ownership is a key value at Ritual and we want you to share in our long-term success
  • Quarterly Wellness Days - your whole team takes an extra long weekend to refresh
  • Work with truly elite peers in a super-fun office (hybrid environment)

About Ritual:

Founded in 2014 by three serial entrepreneurs, we help small businesses thrive in a digital culture with the ease and convenience of push button ordering, while retaining the human connection that makes local shops special. We believe we’re making a positive cultural impact on a global scale - and our investors do, too: we’ve raised over $140M in funding, helping us bring Ritual to nearly 50 cities across North America, Europe, and Australia. Hungry for more? Visit us at

Ritual fosters and welcomes diverse teams and ideas: ideas that are new, different, and game-changing. We constantly strive to live up to our core values of authenticity, open-mindedness, and focusing on impact. We aim to build a culture where difference is valued, every team member has a seat at the table, and all voices are heard. It is thus our mission to attract and cultivate diverse perspectives by empowering our people to bring their authentic selves to work every day.

We are committed to continuous improvement, and a diverse and inclusive workplace for all. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates engaging in Ritual’s selection and interviewing process.