Mid-level Backend Engineer

Posted on Mar 30, 2023

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Full Time
🇵🇹 Portugal

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About AlphaSights

Join a high growth company. AlphaSights is the leading global knowledge platform. Our sophisticated technology platform enables our clients, our people, and our experts to connect, collaborate, and transfer globally distributed knowledge faster than ever before. Professionals at investment firms, consultancies, corporations and nonprofits rely on us to connect them seamlessly with knowledgeable domain experts who help enhance their thinking, inform critical decisions and propel their business forward. Founded in 2008, AlphaSights currently employs more than 1,500 professionals in nine offices around the globe and regularly ranks as one of the fastest-growing companies in the world.

Why AlphaSights

What we do is complex, challenging, and requires the best minds — which is why we’re so focused on building a high-performance, high-support environment where ambitious people come together to individually grow, develop, and collectively achieve something bigger than themselves.

What makes us different

We’ve created a culture where personal and professional growth are highly valued. As a result, our people consistently push each other to succeed and achieve great things together.

  • PEOPLE. 90% of employees say the people are what they value most at AlphaSights.
  • CAREER ACCELERATION. AlphaSights employees become first time managers ~5 years earlier than elsewhere.
  • LEADERSHIP. 80% of our leaders started their careers at AlphaSights.
  • TOP-TIER TALENT. We select ~0.5% of all applicants per year to join us.

What makes this a great place to work

We provide ambitious professionals with an enriching experience, accelerated growth, and the chance to develop to their full potential. We’re a meritocracy — promotion and rewards are based on your results and achievements.

The Position

We are looking for highly talented and driven software engineers who take pride in their work, to expand our Engineering team in Portugal. Successful candidates will join a cross functional team including product managers and designers working closely with the rest of our business to deliver working code that solves real problems for both internal and external customers. You will take ownership of the problems that your team solves, ensuring a high level of quality in everything that we release, working as part of a top performing international development team. If you have a strong passion for solving problems with code, and want to work with exceptional colleagues in a high achievement environment, this role is a good fit for you.

What you’ll do:

  • Design solutions: Define the best technical solutions to business problems, contributing to an architectural vision that will scale up to be the world's leading research platform.
  • Ship working code: We primarily work with React on the frontend and Kotlin microservices with Postgres on the backend, with some older services written in Ruby on Rails. We’ve always got an eye open to assess new technologies that might improve our stack.
  • Deploy and iterate: We release frequently to our customers, using CIrcleCI and Spinnaker for CI/CD, and quickly gather feedback in order to inform our next iteration.
  • Build your competency: You will learn quickly by building market-leading technology with experienced colleagues in a high performance environment. Engineers can also use our L&D budget to fast-track development of specific technical competencies.
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting: Carefully monitor our services, catching errors before users notice them, diagnosing the root cause and deploying fixes.


  • Don't worry if your experience or background doesn't match all of these areas, we believe a broad spectrum of experience provides great perspective on solving problems in new and innovative ways and we’d love to hear from you.
  • You probably have a degree in a STEM subject, but we’re happy to work with people who perfected their craft via a different route.
  • Experience working at a similar level in a mature Engineering team, and looking to take your career to the next level. We’re looking for people who have incredible potential.
  • Technical expertise with at least one programming language (we use Kotlin and a bit of Ruby), and ideally experience with relational databases.
  • Proven track record – You’ve made a demonstrable impact in your previous roles, standing out from your peers.
  • Highly driven and proactive – you relentlessly and independently push through hurdles and drive towards excellent outcomes.
  • Meticulous – you hold high standards and have an obsessive attention to detail.

Our Hiring Process

Our interview process varies depending on the role you’re applying for and can last a few weeks, so keep your recruiter updated on your timelines.

You will:

  • Go through three to five stages of assessments (virtual or face-to-face meetings)
  • Need to demonstrate alignment to our values and key competencies for the role
  • Be expected to showcase your skills through a blend of competency questions, project-based exercises, situational and role play scenarios
  1. Candidate assessment
  2. First interview (Digital Assessment)
  3. Second interview
  4. Language assessment (Role Dependent)
  5. Final interview with leadership
  6. Interview process outcome


  • Flexible Work Schedule. Flexible hours to accommodate school events, taking a family member to the doctor, etc.
  • Generous Parental Leave. 24 weeks parental leave for the primary caregiver and six weeks for the secondary caregiver.
  • Dental Benefits. AlphaSights dental plan has several options including in-network and out-of-network coverage up to $1,500 in services. AlphaSights will pay 75% - 99% of premium.
  • Disability Insurance. AlphaSights pays 75% - 99% of premium for short-term disability benefits.
  • Health Insurance Benefits. A health insurance plan with Aetna that covers most employees' out-of-pocket expenses. AlphaSights pays up to 92% of premiums.
  • Vision Benefits. Exam copays, contacts exams, and lenses. We pay 75% - 99% of premium.
  • Wellness Programs. AlphaSights' wellness program includes corporate gym rates, wellness room with foam rollers, massages in office, and conditional gym reimbursement.
  • Mental Health Benefits. AlphaSights' Employee Assistance Program offers free counseling on up to 3 issues per year.
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