Backend Developer

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere


Pandatron is a Helsinki-based early-stage coaching automation startup on a mission to help people become better versions of themselves week by week. Our vision is a world where leaders see a 10X return from investing in their people.

Position Full-time/Remote

Salary €3,000 – €4,500

Equity To be negotiated

About Panda Training

Panda is early-stage coaching automation startup on a mission to help people become better versions of themselves week by week. Our vision is a world where leaders see a 10x return from investing in their people. Panda makes the usually expensive service of business coaching accessible to all – not just top management.

We are building a new way for businesses to take care of their employees’ development through automated coaching – informed by insights from psychology and adult education. All without leaving their normal workspace in Teams/Slack or using additional apps.

We have recently raised funding from Gorilla Capital and a group of angels who share our vision about a more accessible form of coaching.

About the Role

In this role, you will help us set up some of the fundamental building blocks of our coaching solution. Including working with API implementations, data elements to feed the future machine learning applications, user management systems, and so on. Some familiarity with the frontend technologies we are using is a nice bonus, but not required. We are still early, so don’t be too worried about all of the responsibilities or technologies. Roles can be crafted to fit your interests and personal abilities. We are ideally looking for someone with at least a few years of experience with the relevant technologies.

Key Responsibilities

As a Backend Engineer at Panda you will:

  • Work closely with the product team and others across the company to instrument key data elements.
  • Design and implement APIs, user experiences, and the fundamental infrastructure for both the admin and user-facing aspects of our product.
  • Design, build, and support platforms for monitoring and surfacing data quality issues.
  • Effectively communicate with other teams and stakeholders, escalate technical and managerial issues at the right time and resolve conflicts.
  • Demonstrate a eye for quality and a productivity by use of efficient development techniques, standards, and guidelines.
  • Solve problems and have a large degree of ownership for the delivery of your code and design.
  • Support the platform and ensure continual uptime.

Next-level career development expectations

  • An active role in making strategic decisions about our platform and its development. It’s too early for us to be set in our ways.
  • Assisting in the development of ML models and our future NLP engine
  • Building better understanding of our users’ needs

What’s the stack?

  • Backend: Node.js and Express
  • Frontend: Jquery and React
  • NLP Engine: Node.js, Python, BERT language transformers, Hidden Markov Model
  • Database: MongoDB
  • Infrastructure and Deployment: AWS (EC2, CLI, Beanstalk), Azure NLP

Relevant technologies and keywords

  • NodeJS, Python, NoSQL databases, AWS, Continuous deployment, Unit testing, Integration testing, CI/CD, Restful API, Web-socket, API routers (ExpressJS, BackboneJS), Linux, AWS CLI, EC2 management, auto-scaling, async paradigm

What about you?

We are looking at how you work – more than what you know.

  • You thrive in uncertainty
    • With us being very early on, things are bound to change quickly. We hope you are able to act proactively and independently in a role where not everything is fully defined. Maybe you can be part of defining it yourself.
  • You are a natural learner
    • Learning is at the very core of our product – so the drive to learn proactively and on the fly is also something that we value in each and every person we work with.
  • You care about our mission
    • We’d love it if you cared about improving people’s lives and helping them become better versions of themselves.
  • You are honest and caring
    • None of us is infallible and we are bound to go in the wrong direction from time to time. Calling out faulty assumptions, letting us know when we’re going the wrong direction, and owning up to mistakes is important to us. But even more important is helping people learn from those mistakes.

What do we offer?

  • A caring and equitable workplace
    • Strict hierarchies aren’t really our thing so we want to make sure everyone has a voice and feels at home. Our small team already has six different nationalities so we are committed to welcoming everyone regardless of their background.
  • We are flexible and fully remote
    • Where you come from doesn’t matter. We are building a fully remote organization to fit modern needs. Living that nomadic lifestyle that doesn’t fit with the usual 9 to 5? That’s all good with us. Work is supposed to serve your life, not the other way around.
  • Something to pay the bills + equity
    • Apart from receiving a solid salary, you will also be part of our employee stock option plan. We have not set it up yet, but will soon!
  • Grow with us and have an impact early
    • Panda is still early on so you’ll have a chance to have a real impact on the way we help our users as well as how our organization is built. This means there’s also an opportunity to progress while we grow.
  • Here’s what one team member said about working with us:
    • “Constant new challenges and new projects give me the opportunity to always update my skills set. Besides career growth, it is also very important to me that the Supervisor I’m working directly with every day has helped me a lot with my personal growth as well. The 1:1 catching up sessions really make me feel like I have someone wise to guide me and I don’t have to be afraid of asking for help.”

The Details

Hours: full-time, but we are of course flexible.

Starting: ASAP

Location: we are fully remote, even though many of us reside in Helsinki.

Clients: Our clients include companies like Universal, KONE, Mindvalley, and Skanska

Our tech team: You will be working with our 5 person tech team and Tiago, our CTO, who has 11 years of experience in the roles of Solutions Architect, IT Management, Software Dev, Product Owner, Data Scientist, and DevOps. He left Amazon European HQ to join Panda Training.


  1. Introductory chat (20-30min) – an initial intro call with our COO.
  2. Technical chat (30 – 60min) – going into more detail with our CTO. Includes a short live coding section with three exercises.
  3. Final chat (30 – 45min) – final questions and practicalities before the final decision and offer.


  • CV + LinkedIn+ portfolio (if you don’t have one, put the link to your GitHub there), but you can be creative and do more. We highly appreciate video introductions.

For more information or questions please contact us.

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