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Senior Software Engineer, BackEnd

About Us:

Rent the Runway (RTR)  is transforming the way we get dressed by pioneering the worlds first Closet in the Cloud. Founded in 2009, RTR has disrupted the $2.4 trillion fashion industry by inspiring women with a more joyful, sustainable & financially-savvy way to feel their best every day. As the ultimate destination for circular fashion, the brand now offers infinite points of access to its shared closet via a fully customizable subscription to fashion, one-time rental or ownership. RTR offers designer apparel, accessories & home decor from 700+ brand partners & has built in-house proprietary technology & a one-of-a-kind reverse logistics operation. Under CEO & Co-Founder Jennifer Hymans leadership, RTR has been named to CNBCs Disruptor 50 five times in ten years, & has been placed on Fast Companys Most Innovative Companies list multiple times, while Hyman herself has been named to the TIME 100" most influential people in the world & as one of People magazines Women Changing the World. 

About the Team:

Recognising Irelands significant technology talent, RTR established our European Technology Hub in Galway in April 2019. Based in the historic Claddagh area of the city, our growing team is tackling core technology challenges & influencing the next generation of services critical to RTRs success & continued growth. 

Our first international office outside the US enables our company to significantly expand its Software Engineering, Product Development, Machine Learning Engineering & Data Science footprint, & RTRs Galway-based employees have the opportunity to grow their careers across several roles in Technology. 

Our engineering team is smart, pragmatic, & entrepreneurial. We practice continuous integration & test-driven development, engage in constant peer code reviews & pair programming, & work hard to give back to the software community through open-source contributions.

We are always interested in speaking with developing & experienced Backend engineers interested in joining our team. If thats you, read on for a snapshot of the type of work our Backend engineers do across our various teams, share your details & a member of our Talent team will be in touch! 

About the role: 

As a  Backend Engineer at Rent the Runway, you will work with an enthusiastic team of engineers focused on serving products (apparel & beyond!) across the RTR platform. 

Youll improve the architecture, functionality, quality & continuous delivery of the service & its subsystems. Youll integrate product data with our inhouse Systems. Youll build internal tools for our partnering teams.   Youll work in an agile environment & build high quality, performant software while solving high impact & complex problems! Youll build robust services that uphold the financial integrity of our data. Youll evolve the services to scale with the business & adapt to changes in business direction, including our migration to the cloud & our continued mission to be a leader in the circular economy. 

What You'll Do:

  • Youll deprecate & remove services that no longer suit our needs. 
  • Contribute technically to projects by being a hands-on coder & removing roadblocks in an agile software development environment. 
  • Assist in prioritisation efforts, planning future roadmaps, & providing mentorship to others
  • Deepen your knowledge & build your skills across our technology stack: Java, Kotlin, MongoDB, RabbitMQ, Kafka, Dropwizard, Spring Boot, React, Bootstrap, Splunk, SignalFX

About you:

  • BA/BS in Computer Science, a related degree, or demonstrable practical experience
  • A strong command of best practices, design patterns, & system architecture tradeoffs
  • Knowledge of various types of data stores, & their pros-and-cons
  • Experience with distributed system performance analysis & optimisation
  • Ability to understand, diagnose, & effectively articulate technical challenges & solutions
  • High level of comfort navigating ambiguity & make the tradeoffs without compromising quality
  • Experience in modern frameworks & design patterns (MVC, REST, Swagger/OpenAPI)
  • The ideal candidate will have previous experience with cloud migration refactor & re-architecture of consumer facing applications & data stores. 


At Rent the Runway, were committed to the happiness & wellbeing of our employees, & aim to create a workplace that fosters both personal & professional growth. Our inclusive benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Generous Paid Time Off including annual leave, paid bereavement, & family sick leave - every employee needs time to take care of themselves & their family.
  • Universal Paid Parental Leave for both parents + flexible return to work program  - because we know your newest family member(s) deserve your undivided attention.
  • Paid Sabbatical after 5 years of continuous service - unplug, recharge, & have some fun.
  • Competitive Stakeholder Pension - taking care of your future. 
  • Comprehensive health, dental care & dependents care from day 1 of employment - Your health comes first & weve got you covered. 
  • Company wide events & outings - our team spirit is no joke - we know how to have fun!
  • Hybrid Work - our corporate employees have the option to work remotely 3 days a week, in accordance with Company policies.

Rent the Runway is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable law, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee on any legally-recognised basis, including, but not limited to: gender, marital status, family status, age disability, sexual orientation, race, religion, & membership of the Traveller community.


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