Applecart: Backend Engineer
Midtown Manhattan
New York, NY 10018

Employee Testimonials

About the Role

As a Backend Engineer at Applecart, you will have the opportunity to help launch a consumer-facing app from the ground up with a high level of ownership over the end product. On the App Team, you’ll be working alongside one other engineer and our VP of Product, who’s running lead on the app launch. Your work will involve everything from integrating graph-powered recommendations from the recommendation team, to partnering with product in order to roll out additional features and improvements, to ensuring security and scalability of the backend services.

What you will do:

  • Work closely with product and engineering colleagues to deliver a strong experience to our users in real-time
  • Design, plan and build improvements and additional functionality for our backend services
  • Deploy services with an attention to scalability, low latency and quality, while taking ownership for operational success of the APIs you build


  • 3+ years of software development experience with a minimum of 2 years of experience using Python
  • Thorough understanding of REST APIs and Python frameworks such as Flask and Django, which power our recommendation and backend services
  • Experience working with relational databases like PostgreSQL, NoSQL stores like MongoDB, as well as, cache services such as Memcached or Redis
  • Understanding of testing paradigms and frameworks for unit and functional tests
  • Ability to work in an agile fashion, constantly iterating  and improving the codebase

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with JavaScript and frontend frameworks like React or Angular - with which our mobile client and web interface is built
  • Experience working with Docker and/or infrastructure provisioning tools like Terraform, enabling you to securely and scalably provision and deploy our backend services
  • Previous usage of CI/CD to cloud environments using providers such as AWS, Heroku or GCP (we use AWS!)

Employee Testimonials

Danny Vilela
Data Scientist

"At Applecart, no two problems are the same. As data scientists, this means we take inspiration from cutting-edge research, prototype minimum viable solutions, and design custom implementations that are performant at scale. Our culture is incredibly collaborative and strongly encourages growth, so we’re always trading ideas with and receiving constructive criticism from other data scientists and engineers."

D. Clay Hambrick, PhD
Senior Software Engineer & Architect

"At Applecart, I get to work every day right at the intersection of data engineering and data science: architecting and coding scalable data pipelines while making dozens of data-driven decisions around data schemas, feature engineering, entity resolution and more. Coming from Google, I appreciate the dynamic, fast-paced startup culture and the high level of autonomy & ownership I have over my work."