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Senior Backend Engineer

Smile Identity

Smile Identity

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Software Engineering
Remote · United States
Posted on Monday, December 11, 2023

Smile Identity builds trust.

Smile Identity is Africa's leading identity verification, and digital Know Your Customer (KYC) provider. We help companies scale rapidly across Africa by confirming the true identity of their users in real time, using any smartphone or computer. Our technology is powered by proprietary Machine Learning algorithms designed specifically for African faces, devices and network connections.

Our team is a diverse group of hardworking, truth-seeking, and fun-loving Smilers spanning 5 offices, 10 countries and 8 time zones. Our products are already making waves across many industries, from Banking to Fintech and Telecoms. We recently announced a $20M Series B raise and are backed by leading global investors, including Norsken22, Costanoa, CRE, Future Africa, Susa Ventures, Commerce Ventures, Courtside Ventures, Two Culture Capital, Latitude, Valuestream Ventures, Intercept Ventures and Vinod Khosla who are supporting us every step of the way.

Do you like working alongside a team of intelligent individuals? Do you want to have fun while making a real difference? Here at Smile Identity, you'll get the freedom and autonomy you need to do your best work, the flexibility to be creative, and the opportunity to grow and put your unique stamp on our mission.

What are you waiting for? Come with us on this amazing journey!

The Role

We are looking for a talented software engineer with a passion for developer-focused and intuitive SaaS products. The job is to help us evolve and expand our product to delight our customers as they discover and integrate our service. The work is remote with opportunities to visit and work out of our offices around the world. Our team is and has always been heavily distributed across the globe.

This is a US-based role, however, because you will be working with our team in Africa as well as our US-based team, candidates on the East Coast may find the timezone a better fit. Most meetings start at 10am eastern time.

What You Will Do

Work with our product & engineering team in the SF Bay Area, New York, London, Lagos, Nairobi, and Cape Town to turn ideas and customer feedback into Smile ID services and integrations and continuously improve our developer and customer experience. You will work alongside our world class computer vision and machine learning team to productize identity verification across Africa. Your north star? An incredible developer experience that drives customer success.


  • You love to code
  • You are comfortable working independently with periodic guidance from engineering & product teams
  • You are a strong believer in automated testing and CI/CD
  • You are entrepreneurial — you take initiative, solve problems and love to troubleshoot.
  • You are a great collaborator and can communicate effectively. You enjoy teaching and learning from your colleagues.
  • You are focused on customer success and building a product that meets the needs of our developers community
  • You are a seeker of truth

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5+ years experience in Node.js
  • Experience with AWS Lambda, Postgres, and DynamoDB preferred
  • Experience with Serverless orchestration frameworks such as Serverless Framework, SAM, Begin.js preferred
  • Experience with modern infrastructure, tooling, and instrumentation including:
    • Docker
    • Kubernetes
    • Sentry
    • Segment
    • Github Actions
  • Experience in a high-growth team and/or startup experience
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, a willingness to speak up and speak the truth
  • Ability to communicate and prioritize effectively with a distributed team around the world


  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Stock options
  • Healthcare
  • Opportunities for travel

Autonomy and a chance to work on at a mission-driven company with purpose

This job is no longer accepting applications

See open jobs at Smile Identity.