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Backend Engineer (Python)

Berlin, Germany

The Role

As a Backend Engineer at Zattoo, you will build the foundation for a seamless and stable TV experience for millions of TV lovers which involves quite sophisticated engineering and architecting to bring what used to be broadcast into the personalized world of the internet. The Middleware & API team tackles this challenge every day by finding the best fitting solutions for our business case and by constantly improving our processes and tools. We do all that with a strong focus on scalability, distribution, efficiency and maintainability.


We Are Zattoo

Founded in 2005 Zattoo is one of the leading TV streaming providers in Europe with around 3 million users per month. With headquarters in Zurich, we also have a large team in Berlin. Over 200 employees of 40 nationalities contribute to the television of the future and we are growing! We are pioneers in our field and wish to remain so in the years to come. That challenges us and is great fun. We have a culture that is constantly on the lookout for new opportunities, allows mistakes to be made in learning and places good ideas above hierarchies. For us, flexible working hours and the opportunity to work remotely are a matter of course. We truly foster trust based working.

The Middleware & API Team

The Middleware & API team tailors the contractual interface for a huge variety of streaming frontends engineered at Zattoo to access our multi-tenant platform. Furthermore, we build and maintain APIs to integrate our service with external partners and implement the business logic to cater individual TV product compositions within a tenant agnostic software solution.

What You'll Do

  • Wrap your head around our multi-tenant, distributed and international web API service infrastructure and push it to the next level
  • Design, develop and deploy backend services with focus on high availability, low latency and scalability
  • Architect maintainable business logic solutions suitable for multi tenant use cases
  • Collaborate closely with other engineers (frontend, backend, video and ops), understand their needs and incorporate your holistic view into your daily work.
  • Take operational responsibility for the services that are build by your team

What You'll Bring

  • 4+ years of experience in any modern programming language. Python or Go are ideal.
  • A deep understanding of how the Web works, from client requests to server-side handling to front-end rendering
  • You enjoy building highly available services and APIs that scale and work efficiently even under highest load
  • Be curious to understand and work with other people's code and join the common effort to constantly improve our platform
  • Experience with both relational and non-relational databases (MySQL, Elasticsearch, Redis)
  • Experience with service oriented architecture and integrating external services
  • Fluent verbal and written English language skills
    Bonus
  • BS/MS degree in computer science or similar discipline
  • Basic DevOps/Network/Cloud Hosting experience
  • Basic Frontend skills to maintain simple Admin UIs (HTML, Javascript, Bootstrap)
  • Experience in web frameworks such as Django

What We Offer You

  • Reward: strong market competitive salary

  • Recharge: 30 days vacation plus public holidays

  • Regulate: trust based flexible working hours and the option for remote working 8 weeks per year

  • Plus:

  • We’re sharing: Free access to the best streaming experience on the market

  • We're developing: your own development budget, German classes and Zattoo all-company hack days

  • We’re inclusive: ‘Zattooies’ are a fun, engaged, and diverse team made up of 40 nationalities

  • We’re healthy: yoga classes, health checks, team sports, organic fruit, vegan options and more!

  • We’re responsible: we are carbon neutral, an active employee Green team, discounted BVG tickets and free bike rentals

  • We’re sociable: a calendar of events with fireside chats, lunches, in-house bar, BBQ’s, monthly socials, summer party and an annual off-site event


Zattoo enables our users to view indiscriminately and we reflect that in our team too. Regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law we encourage everyone to apply and will give everyone equal consideration. We are an equal opportunities employer, join us and help build a diverse team dedicated to the future of TV.


You can learn more about us at: https://zattoo.com


Join us and become part of our Stream Team!