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Software Engineer - Developer Experience



Software Engineering
Barcelona, Spain
Posted on Sunday, April 2, 2023
Who we are:
Want to make an impact? Join our pack and come work (and play!) with us.
We believe everyone deserves the unconditional love of a pet—and at Rover, our mission is to make it easier to experience that love. Founded in 2011, the Rover app and website connect dog and cat parents with loving pet sitters and dog walkers in neighborhoods across the US, Canada, and Europe. We empower our community of trusted pet sitters and dog walkers to run their own pet care businesses on Rover with the tools and security of a global company to back them.
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, we work closely with our teams in Barcelona, London, San Antonio, Spokane and remote locations. We’ve got a reputation for being a great place to work, having been named among the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Seattle Business Magazine and Washington’s Best Workplaces in the Puget Sound Business Journal. We're an agile, fast-growing company, and our leadership comes from some of the world's most respected tech companies.
At Rover, our furry coworkers are just as important as our human ones—and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Along with making the joys of pet parenthood more accessible, we’re committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community of pet people—and that starts with our employees.
Meet the Developer Experience team:
The Developer Experience team’s vision is to create the tools that make Rover an amazing place for engineers to ship code. We build and manage the broad suite of tools and services that Rover engineers use to write, test, review, and deploy high quality software with minimal effort or headache. Developer Experience is a small team that partners closely with Rover’s Cloud Infrastructure team and is co-located across Barcelona and the US.
Some of the initiatives the team is driving include:
Pioneering cloud development environments: Over the past year, Rover has been adopting GitHub Codespaces as our cloud development environment, moving away from local development as the default. This move standardizes development environments and gives us a single platform to build SDLC efficiencies upon.
Reimaging CI/CD at Rover: Rover has a complex, multistage integration and deployment pipeline to support a monolith Django/React application and engineers are pushing dozens of changes each day. A year ago we did a lift-and-shift migration to GitHub Actions. Today, we’re rearchitecting elements to reduce complexity, adopt modern industry approaches, and improve robustness against platform instability.
Developer happiness advocacy: Across the development environment, CLI tools, test frameworks, staging environments, and deployment feedback experience, we’ve identified a roadmap of large improvements and incremental enhancements to continually make Rover a better and better place to ship code. We’ve enabled GitHub Copilot for generative AI coding assistance and continue to research and advocate for the best tools for our engineers. We believe productivity comes from reducing friction and maximizing joy.
We’re looking for engineers who:
We’re looking for a software engineer to join Developer Experience to help accelerate our goals around improving the happiness and efficiency of Rover’s software development community.
The ideal candidate empathizes with their engineering peers and is passionate about removing big and small pain points. You’re a great teammate that can drive and deliver projects in line with Rover’s Core Values.

We don’t view anything here as a rigid requirement. Instead here are some ideas of the backgrounds we’re interested in…

  • Enjoy seeing their own efforts have an outsized impact on the business and our customers
  • Have shown eagerness to build or improve tools and experience for self or peers
  • Are excited by learning new technologies and approaches
  • Passionate about engineering standards that work for engineers


  • 3+ years experience as a professional software developer
  • Experienced and comfortable with developer tooling technologies (i.e. bash, git, Docker)
  • Experienced using (and ideally configuring) tech in the devops space: unit test orchestration, GitHub Actions, Jenkins, AWS cloud services, etc.
  • Experienced with application development - can work in or understand Python, Javascript, and/or Go
  • Familiar with agile, scrum, and software development lifecycle best practices and industry trends
  • Comfortable working with peers to make hard tradeoff decisions that impact other teams’ workflows
  • Plus: experience with Django

Our Tech Stack:

  • Supporting the Rover webapp:
  • Django python monolith, celery & RabbitMQ-based backend workers
  • React and React Native frontend client code
  • Docker containerized
  • GitHub for code repo
  • GitHub Actions for CI/CD platform
  • GitHub Codespaces for remote cloud environment
  • Infrastructure: AWS, Cloudflare, Kubernetes

Our Style:

  • We are devoted to each other as people, and we work to enable work-life harmony day-to-day as well as when life/family circumstances come up.
  • We are proud to be professional software developers building high quality, scalable, supportable solutions.
  • We are curious and passionate about learning, providing the right environment and resources for professional growth.
  • We are committed to building, fostering and maintaining a culture of inclusivity and diversity both on our teams and in our products.
  • And, dogs in the office. Bring yours, too!

Benefits of working at

  • Competitive compensation (salary and equity)
  • Permanent contract
  • Private health insurance
  • Gym allowance
  • Bring your dog to work (and unlimited puppy time)
  • Monetary help for adopting a dog plus yearly credit to use on our platform
  • Flexible work hours, sometimes you’ll need to be in at certain times, but on the whole, we’re pretty flexible when it comes to managing workload and time
  • Grab snacks, fresh fruit, in our kitchen to keep yourself going.
  • Regular team activities, including happy hours, game nights, and more.
Rover is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting a diverse, inclusive and inventive environment with the best employees. We’re driven by seeing our people succeed and grow, and we work to ensure everyone contributes to their fullest potential. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, protected veteran status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.
We are committed to work with you to look for reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.