Lead Software Engineer, Backend

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia


Ruby Redis OCaml Swift GitHub C PHP CSS MySQL Java Erlang Rust Python Scala Android Haskell AWS

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Get to know our Team:

When you're an engineer at Grab, you are part of the heart and soul of the company. Our passion is anchored in the work that we do, and this is reflected in the impact we make on millions of lives on a daily basis. Our team is empowered by creating amazing services and tools that serve millions of passengers, driving partners, and fellow grabbers.

Get to know the Role:

You will be a multiplier for your team and your peers, guiding, supporting and innovating at every step of the development initiative, providing technical insight and perspective, challenging the status quo and raising the bar, connecting people and teams across the organization.

The day-to-day activities:

Lead and mentor world-class engineering teams that deliver results through rapid iterations

Provide technical direction within your team and influence the directions of outside teams

Drive continual improvements to the efficiency and flexibility of the business platform while keeping an extremely high bar for customer trust, performance, and availability

Design and write with the cutting edge GO language to improve the availability, scalability, latency, and efficiency of Grab's range of servicesWork with engineering team to explore and create new design / architectures geared towards scale and performanceParticipate in code and design reviews to maintain our high development standardsEngage in service capacity and demand planning, software performance analysis, tuning and optimizationCollaborate with product and experience teams to define and prototype feature specificationsWork closely with infrastructure team in building and scaling back-end services as well as performing root cause analysis investigationsDesign, build, analyze and fix large-scale systemsLearn full stack performance tuning and optimizationDebug and modify complex, production software

The must haves:

Customer Obsession and drive to make a difference in people's lives in Southeast Asia

7+ years of experience in software engineering in a distributed systems environment

Track record of designing, developing and implementing large scale highly available online services.

Continuous desire to learn new things and embrace latest technologies.

A degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Technology or related fieldsStrong Computer Science fundamentals in algorithms and data structuresFamiliarity with running large scale web services; understanding of systems internals and networking are a plusStrong understanding of system performance and scalingPossess excellent communication, sharp analytical abilities with proven design skills, able to think critically of the current system in terms of growth and stabilityYou can be a good coder in any language (C++, C, Java, Scala, Rust, Haskell, OCaml, Erlang, Python, Ruby, PHP, Node.JS, C# etc.), but willing to work on Golang 

Tech Stack

Our core services tech stack consists of Golang with Redis, MySQL, DynamoDB, Elasticsearch data stores as well as HAProxy load balancers. They all run on the AWS cloud infrastructure with auto-scaling abilities.  

Our mobile app platform coverage includes native iOS and Android, written in Swift and RxJava.  Our Command Center front-end is built on Rails, HTML5, CSS and Javascript. 

We use GitHub for our code repository and we adhere to the basic Continuous Delivery tenets utilising a host of tools to support our release pipeline and code quality. These include Travis CI, New Relic, PullReview, Code Climate, Papertrail, Gemnasium, JFrog and Jenkins.

Nice to haves:

Experience taking a leading role in building complex software systems that have been successfully delivered to customers

Knowledge of professional software engineering practices & best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations

Experience communicating with customers, other technical teams, and senior management to collect requirements, describe software product features, technical designs, and product strategy

Experience mentoring junior software engineers to improve their skills and make them more effective software engineers

Hands-on expertise in many disparate technologies, ranging from front-end user interfaces through to back-end systems and all points in between

Ability to handle multiple, competing priorities in a fast-paced environment

Master's Degree/PhD in Computer Science or related field

Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present complex technical information in a clear and concise manner to a variety of audiences


Grab is a Singapore-based technology company offering ride-hailing transport services, food delivery and payment solutions. Find out more!