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Senior Backend Engineer



Software Engineering
Canada · United States · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2024

About Cambio

Cambio is a software platform for world-class real estate decarbonization. We help commercial real estate owners and tenants bring their real estate portfolios to net-zero using a machine learning-driven, end-to-end real estate sustainability platform. Our mission is to take the real estate industry into the climate action era.

We are proud to be the fastest growing startup in our category, with world-class partners and investors including Y Combinator, Google, the U.S. Department of Energy, Stanford University and Fifth Wall. We are seeking team members who are passionate about building transformative products, enthusiastic about problem-solving, and excited to work at the forefront of climate and real estate technology. Join us on our mission to achieve net zero by 2050.

The role

As a Senior Backend Engineer at Cambio, you will play a critical role in architecting and developing the backbone of our software platform. Your mission will be to build robust, scalable, and maintainable backend systems that power our decarbonization platform. Collaborating closely with our engineering, product, and design teams, you will transform technical requirements and design into reality, crafting an exceptional product experience for our users. If you are excited about building scalable, resilient backend systems, enjoy collaborating with cross-functional teams to solve complex problems, and are driven by the impact of technology on real estate decarbonization, then this role is for you!

What you will be doing

  • Crafting Technical Requirements, Design, and Test Plans to develop products that align with the vision of our product and design teams.
  • Writing maintainable, error-resistant software, ensuring a seamless experience for users.
  • Leading the scaling of our production software to accommodate customer growth.
  • Standardizing web development practices, focusing on backend technologies.
  • Delivering products that are readable, maintainable, and adhere to Cambio's high-quality software standards.
  • Creating automated test suites to ensure functionality and prevent regression.
  • Contributing to Cambio's software framework, enhancing our platform, and tools to maintain and improve product quality.


In this role, you will achieve the following key accomplishments in your first 12-18 months:

  1. Scale our production software to support rapid customer growth.
  2. Establish a standardized technological foundation for frontend-focused web development.
  3. Deliver well-crafted products that fulfill the vision of our PMs and UX Designers.
  4. Produce readable, maintainable software that integrates seamlessly with Cambio’s existing systems.
  5. Develop comprehensive automated tests, ensuring robust functionality and reliability.
  6. Enhance our software framework and tools, contributing to the continuous improvement of our product.


  • 5-8+ Years of Technical Experience: 5-8+ years of experience as a Backend Engineer. As we are a seed-stage startup, prior startup experience is preferred but not required.
  • Strong Technical Foundation: Proven background in web design using technologies like Django or similar framework in other languages like Express, Ruby on Rails or Java Spring Boot.
  • Backend Expertise: Proficient in backend development, particularly in Python.
  • Problem Solver: Ability to propose multiple solutions for a given problem and identify the optimal choice.
  • Pragmatic Approach: Understanding of technical trade-offs and the YAGNI (You Aren't Gonna Need It) principle.
  • Computer Science Acumen: Solid grasp of computer science and algorithm fundamentals.
  • Innovative Debugging: Exceptional debugging skills.
  • Creative Thinker: Skillful in creative problem-solving.
  • Team Player: Commitment to the team's success and collaborative working style.


  • Work Authorization: Authorization to work in the United States or Canada is required; as a seed-stage startup, we’re currently not able to offer visa sponsorship.
  • Location: While this is a primarily remote role, we generally hire out of 3 hubs—San Francisco, New York and Toronto—so being located in or near one of these cities is preferred.
  • Compensation: This role is currently set at a salary range of ~$160,000-175,000.

Interview Process

  • Screening (30 mins): Assess compatibility with role requirements, compensation expectations, and candidate's intention.
  • Coding (45 mins): Evaluate CS fundamentals, problem-solving and debugging skills, and stress communication through a potential pair programming session.
  • Technical Deep Dive (45 mins): Gain insights into the candidate's technical background, work style, and strengths.
  • System Design (45 mins): Assess system-level problem-solving skills, technical organization, and trade-off evaluation.
  • Culture Match (45 mins): Determine the candidate's short-term fit with the team and potential long-term contributions to Cambio's culture.

What do we offer

We are a lean, growing, and high-performing team that works hard and is passionate about the climate problems we’re working on:

  • Fast-growing startup experience: You will be responsible for foundational work that will have a significant impact on decarbonizing the commercial real estate industry.
  • Competitive compensation and founding startup equity.
  • Work with the best: Our team members come from top organizations in their sectors, including OMERS, Goldman Sachs, Faire, One Medical, Google, and Bain.
  • Remote work with flexible hours: We focus on results rather than the clock.

If you thrive on creating well-crafted products and systems that have a disproportionate impact on the real estate industry’s path to net zero, we invite you to join our team as a Senior Backend Engineer at Cambio. Apply now to embark on this journey with us.