Backend EngineerDev Team

Backend Engineer


Hi there!
If you are a Python Engineer with experience, please read on!
Due to the growth and rapidly growing demand for our services, we’re now looking for an experienced Python Engineer to join our team.

Here are some of the team challenges you might get involved in:

Grants and scholarships management platform for university students. A 2+ years project for the public administration as a service to universities. You will be working with our development team, to maintain and evolve the platform we took over, implementing new features or regulatory updates within a complex environment. You will be able to gain a deep knowledge of the existing codebase and to constantly improve it.

Web platform for teachers and students. A long-term project for one of the largest school publishers in Italy. You will be working with the design and product teams (formed by Nephila and clients's digital and editorial staff) in an ecosystem of services managed by different vendors and providers, to develop effective solutions and new features, and to interact with APIs to provide data to fellow frontend developers.

Here are some other things you might do:

  • Work with teammates and partners, to understand requirements, and propose solutions;
  • Contribute to technological choices, and to the design or the improvements, of the architecture of the projects you will work on;
  • Help keep documentation updated to help us become a better, more effective organisation.
  • Guide and mentor fellow Python developers;
  • Peer review teammates code, refactor and improve existing code keeping it on track with framework and techniques evolutions.


Our culture
We are based in Firenze, Italy. We are opensource oriented, agile and open-minded. We are proud Django and Python contributors, and we actively support diversity and inclusion in our communities. Even better, we are always eager to welcome teammates who are also community people, conference attendees and speakers.

We are a small, flexible and remote-first company; we are life-long learners, and each of us cares to grow and support each other as much as they cares to grow the whole organization.

We are proudly oriented to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce, and we celebrate our differences because we believe they will led us to be more innovative and to make even better products.


Our stack
As a company with strong technological mindset, we like to keep our daily tools at hand, and keep on-premise services for whatever we can handle ourselves. We strongly believe that untested code is a broken code, and we try to automate whatever we can. Our CI/CD infrastructure is there to catch errors and help us deploy our code quickly and effectively.

Our focus is on developing web applications with Python, and our stack is based on Django, Django REST Framework, django CMS and async frameworks like FastAPI.

We mostly use PostgreSQL, but we happen to interact with Oracle or MariaDB too.

Outside the relational world, we work with different systems like ElasticSearch, Redis, MongoDB, and any other service that might be needed to fulfill the client requirements.

When it comes to the infrastructure, we have a broad range of deployment scenarios, from plain server to managed Kubernetes clusters.


One more thing
Even it may seem like we’re looking for a specific candidate, the role ends up tailored to the person who applies and joins. And, several research works show that candidates from underrepresented backgrounds often don't apply for roles if they don't meet all the requirements.

You can check our main criteria below and, regardless of how well you feel to fit our description, we encourage you to apply if you're interested. We'd love to know how you can amplify our team with your unique experience!


About you

You love building and shipping things.
You love building complex products with Python, to solve real customer problems, and you value building things fast matched with robustness.

- You have at least 4 years of experience working in web development
- You have experience working with 3rd party APIs and libraries
- You have a good grasp of Python and experience with working with Django or other Python web frameworks and the concepts behind them; preferably you have already developed API with Django REST Framework
- You have some familiarity with working with Docker and deploying in the cloud
- You know that shipping is as much important as building, and you value your time and the ability to cooperate in the definition of a timeline with your teammates and the product team
- You have some familiarity in analysing client requirements, estimate and propose solutions
- You write understandable, testable code with an eye towards maintainability and scalability

If you don't already know it, you're ready to learn it.
You enjoy analysing innovative trends, discover new technologies, see opportunities to improve a process, and getting deeper with the implementation details. You are good at Python, but you can explore whatever needed: frameworks, libraries, tools. You love to share your knowledge with your teammates, and you welcome feedbacks as an opportunity to sharpen your skills.

You value collaboration as much as coding.
You are definitely a team player, and know how to balance different demands within your group and towards other people. You understand that building modern applications is a team work, you are able to focus on performance and shared objectives, while helping teammates, whether by reviewing code, pairing on a tricky problem, or by thinking about solutions when challenges come ahead. You are happy to work in a supportive group of people that is constantly striving to improve itself in the delivery of high quality, robust solutions, and to bring your contribution to help everyone thrive.

You love to go deeper.
You know that working on the backend means getting a very good knowledge of the platform you are working on, understanding the domain and the context your solution will operate, and you earned from experience that technical decisions have far-reaching consequences.
As an experienced engineer, you are always mindful to avoid technical debt and waste, and that your voice has a place in all phases of the software development process: from analysis, requirements, and design over implementation to test and release.


The Whole Package

Location: Remote
Our headquarters are in Firenze, Italy, but our flexible, distributed environment lets us work easily with remote people.

Languages: Italian, English
While our technical team members are comfortable with English, some proficency in Italian, as the shared language within Nephila and with Italian clients and partners, is a requirement.

Nephila offers:

  • 35-40K Euro RAL (Gross Annual Income)
  • annual learning budget for courses, conferences, and more—for you own interests
  • personal learning plan with dedicated annual budget and a growth path built together, to match your growth aligned with Nephila evolution
  • access to public events and internal events or workshops organized by Nephila
  • laptop and tools for your daily work
  • personal presence in our Italian headquarters in Firenze can be occasionally required; accomodation and transport expenses are covered for non commuters
  • job agreements and healthcare are provided as per the Italian "CCNL Commercio" law, unless other agreements can be considered in reason of specific requirements or conditions

You can send us your CV to jobs@nephila.digital. If reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact us at the same email address.