Software engineer, internship

April 5, 2024
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Job Description

With 90 million active users and half a billion total downloads, Bending Spoons is one of Europe’s leading app developers. But we won’t rest on our laurels: Our sights are set on becoming the world’s best. That’s where you come in. Our bright, innovative, and collaborative software engineers are at the core of our ambitious mission—and we’re always seeking to add exceptional engineers to our team. We’re searching for stand-out candidates who want to work in—and learn tons about—one of the following fields:

  • Backend software engineering
  • Data engineering
  • Infrastructure engineering
  • Mobile software engineering
  • Security & privacy engineering

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Don’t worry if you’re not sure what area you’d like to work in just yet: We can take the time to chat about your interests and work out what’s likely to be the best fit for you. And when you apply for a job at Bending Spoons, we consider you for every suitable open position. Please note that our internships (both full- and part-time) require a minimum commitment of 12 months.

A few examples of your responsibilities

  • Work closely with other software engineers to expand our set of libraries and make our processes ever-more efficient.
  • Learn about the latest and greatest technologies, testing the promising ones to make sure we don’t miss out on game-changing opportunities to boost our productivity and the enjoyment of our work.
  • Constantly improve the quality of our products, tools, or infrastructures by fixing bugs and refactoring the code base where necessary.
  • Contribute to product development and product roadmap planning. Take a proactive role and ownership of the products you work on.

What we look for

  • Logical-analytical abilities. You’re able to objectively evaluate complex information, arguments, and situations. You’re used to applying logical deduction to tackle sophisticated problems, and this has often allowed you to solve difficult intellectual challenges.
  • Drive. Your dedication matches the intensity of your ambition. You’re willing to put in the hard work necessary to achieve your goals, and the highly demanding challenges in your track record are proof of your relentless spirit.
  • Passion. You have a genuine love for the field. You investigate the subject extensively and are always up to date with the latest developments.
  • Willingness to learn. We use Python for backend, and Swift and Kotlin for mobile. But it’s not a problem if you have little or no experience with them, as long as you’re enthusiastic about learning. We’d be happy to teach you!
  • Proficiency in English. You read, write, and speak proficiently in English.
  • You can work at least 25 hours per week. A full-time commitment is preferred, but we’ll consider applicants who can commit to around 25 hours per week.

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What we offer

  • An exceptional opportunity for growth. The majority of new Spooners didn’t expect to be trusted with so many responsibilities right from the start—and to be able to leverage them to explore the full extent of their potential. You’ll immediately start working in small, results-driven teams alongside some of the brightest people in your field. You’ll see Spooners in their 20s leading businesses worth hundreds of millions. And if you’ve got what it takes, you’ll soon be playing an essential role in major projects. We also do everything we can to offer a comprehensive spectrum of learning opportunities. Nothing but your drive, passion, and talent will determine how much and how fast you can grow.
  • Unique engineering training. We pride ourselves on helping software engineers develop a well-rounded skill set: From time to time, you’ll change projects and teams, broadening your skill set and helping keep things fresh. It’s a steep learning curve—we bet you can’t imagine how much you’ll have learned a year from now.
  • All. These. Benefits. Flexible hours, unrestricted remote working from European timezones, unlimited backing for learning and training, top-of-the-market health insurance, a highly supportive relocation package, generous parental support, and yearly retreats to stunning locations. We encourage Spooners to use these benefits and many more to create the conditions to do their best work.
  • Competitive salary and stock options. Our compensation packages are designed to attract and retain the best talent in the industry. Individuals just starting their career joining on a full-time contract are offered a salary of €63,965 along with a €1,200 welfare bonus. If you already have a few years of relevant work experience, you can expect to earn between €105,737 and €143,330, depending on your expertise. Compensation can grow rapidly as the individual accumulates experience and translates it into greater and greater impact. You also have the option to receive some of your pay in company ownership (equity) at a discounted rate. Also, Italy grants individuals willing to relocate a 50% tax exemption on Italian-sourced income.

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Before you apply

Thanks for taking the time to read this far. We’d be delighted if you decide to apply, but ask that you first consider the following:

Bending Spoons is an extremely demanding environment. We’re highly ambitious and we ask a lot of ourselves and our teammates, so you’re likely to work harder here than at most companies, and to regularly push yourself beyond your comfort zone. While this tends to drive tremendous learning and lead to fantastic achievements, it can also be stressful.

We’re uncompromising on our standard of excellence. The vast majority of Spooners stay for years and have amazing careers here. However, it can also happen that an individual doesn’t contribute at the rate we look for. In such cases, we support the Spooner in their efforts to make the necessary improvements, but will counsel them to leave if they don’t manage to do so.

We’re proud of the company we’ve built, and many of us can’t imagine working anywhere else. Still, we understand that a career at Bending Spoons isn’t for everybody. We hope what you’ve read here helps you determine whether it might be the place for you. If you believe it is, then we encourage you to apply—and perhaps discover what you’re truly capable of!

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The selection process

If you successfully pass through our screening process, we’ll invite you to take on a few tests that assess how you approach and solve unfamiliar problems. If you’re successful there, we’ll invite you to take part in some interviews. We welcome applications in English and Italian. Bending Spoons is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We consider for employment all applicants and we provide reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities, which can be requested at Studies suggest that women tend not to apply for a job if their CV isn’t a perfect fit. Here, we look for talent and potential—not just experience and expertise. So if you like the role and think you could be awesome at it, go ahead and apply.

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