Shape Construction

Backend Software Engineer (India/Philippines)

Posted on Apr 30, 2023

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About Shape Construction

We are bringing our collective experience together to build the digital backbone of a construction organisation.

We are digitising the largest and most fundamental industry in the world, the industry that literally builds the foundations of the civilisation we all depend on to spare us from a brutal hunter-gatherer life: CONSTRUCTION

It is one of the least digitised industries in the world but also the largest – 1 in 9 people globally work in the construction industry and it constitutes 11% of global GDP.

Improving construction strengthens the very foundation of human civilisation.

We got our start as a high-end construction project management consultancy. As a consultancy, we are focused on genuinely upgrading the way construction projects are delivered. We then take the deep understanding of the projects we work on to develop construction management software products that anyone can use to deliver their projects better.

We are building a full suite of products one module at a time – kind of like office 365 but for construction management.

The core of all this is our true secret sauce; people. We only recruit the very best both in capability and personality. We are deeply focused on designing a new type of organisation that is optimised for the flourishing of the people in the team first and foremost. People that join us develop fast as a whole person in ways they never imagined.

This approach has allowed us to grow from just 2 people in 2017 to over 120 today (including consultancy) and we are still very much at the beginning! Joining us isn’t just some “job”, it is a transformative educational experience. We challenge you to be your best self in all aspects of life.

The Position

We are currently looking for Senior Backend Software Engineers who are excited about pushing an API to its limits and beyond, knows how to maintain a large codebase to encompass the business complexity and has a deep feeling of safety when writes tests for the features that is about to release.


Our team is made up of experienced software engineers, product designers and product strategists. Together we will build the digital backbone of a construction organisation.

Your top 3 objectives

  1. Scale our REST API with Ruby On Rails
  2. Enhance our codebase and its code patterns
  3. Harden our tests

Your top 5 responsibilities

  1. Design and write efficient, reliable and reusable Ruby code
  2. Scale a RESTful API for Shape’s applications
  3. Grow and adapt the API’s codebase to the business needs
  4. Making tests a top priority in every development (TDD)
  5. Identifying bottlenecks, using tools to diagnose and refactor code


Your Capabilities

  • You are a skilled and emphatic software engineer who thrives to build in integrity and quality, generating momentum and knowledge to the team and company.

Must-Have (The fundamentals)

  • Mastery: Deep level of knowledge on the frameworks and tools used.
  • Communication: Good communication is much more than saying the right thing. It is about communicating messages clearly and concisely. Ability to choose the best method of communication based on context, audience and urgency.
  • Leadership: Can help colleagues achieve goals. Knows how to share his/her knowledge and experience.
  • Impact: Over-analysing or over-thinking can be as problematic as not analysing or not thinking. Ability to make decisions and take action.

Nice to Have (If you don’t have it now you will after joining)

  • Mastery: Ability to write code with high level of simplicity and low level of complexity.
  • Communication: Presents concerns, doubts or ideas publicly (speaking or writing) and with associated research (internal or external meetups, conferences).
  • Leadership: Give us and others constructively critical feedback in order to continuously improve.
  • Impact: Ability to drive change, generate knowledge and empower the team.

Our Hiring Process

We get thousands of applications so please write us a letter as part of your application explaining:

Why do you want to join us?

  • What do you think you bring to the team?
  • We aren't a giant faceless corporation; we really care about the people who want to join our team so all letters will be read thoroughly.

After that, we will reach out to you to schedule a casual conversation to help you to know us a bit better and tell us a bit about yourself.

After that, we will schedule a couple of technical and personal assessments to understand what your level of capability is based on our own development matrix. This is to ensure that when you join you are starting at the right level of responsibility based on your capability not just based on experience.


Standard Stuff

  • Paid Annual Leave 25 days + statutory Bank Holidays
  • Flexible hours
  • Compensation for this role depends on your capability level and will likely fall in the PHP 877,500 to 1,989,000 range.
  • Private health insurance

The Life-Changing Stuff

  • 4 Day Weeks: That’s right, 4 day weeks
  • Grow your whole self: Our leaders are more like coaches and one of our main objectives is to give 5 years’ worth of learning and development for every 1 year with us. You have a coach, mentor, well-being therapist and a development-orientated environment: That’s literally what our vision is all about and the primary reason Shape exists
  • Be surrounded by the best: We only hire and retain the very best people. You might be used to being the smartest in the room but that won’t be the case in Shape. You will be surrounded by people you can learn from. We are 100% meritocratic so fast progression is the norm. You will be supported to excel in whichever areas you are most interested in! With Shape, development is unbounded
  • Long-term impact: We are focused on solving the biggest issues in construction project delivery in a way that can spread and outlast us
  • A generous equity scheme: as a fast-growing consultancy as well as the fact we are building software this has a huge upside, particularly for people that stay with us through our growth
Backend Software Engineer (India/Philippines)at Shape Construction