Software Engineer

Software Engineer to Alva Labs

Join our fast growing startup to revolutionize the HR industry by making hiring better for everyone!

We are looking for full-stack engineers to join a great team to help us take our system and product to the next level.

Alva in a nutshell

Alva Labs’ unique candidate assessment platform helps companies build their organizations with the right people in the right place. By combining state-of-the-art psychometrics, data science, and an obsession with candidate experience, it provides the needed tool for data-driven talent acquisition. The platform is built to enable scale and automation through smooth integrations with applicant tracking systems, automated test feedback, and unprecedented ease of use. Through its large focus on candidate experience, Alva also offers the next generation’s talent-centric assessment solution. 

We are growing 2-3x per year and are in the exciting phase to launch Alva in new markets. Our current client stock consists of everything from start-up to enterprise. Come and help us shape the companies of tomorrow.

Why is this role important to us

In three years we have built a highly appreciated platform with a very slim team, but now it is time to really start our journey. We know that good and effective software engineering practices are vital for our continued growth. Because of this we care a lot about and put a lot of effort into our software architecture and for that we are in need of great software engineers on the team.

What will you do

You will work in our international team of designers and engineers, creating a platform that is already disrupting the way of hiring. You will be an early member of our engineering team and will be an important part of the continued growth of the team. 

At Alva we strongly believe that experimentation is the best way of learning and making decisions about product and technology. Therefore we try our best to keep the feedback loops short to iteratively improve our product and our system. For this to be possible, we need a modern system that is fun and easy to work with. 

We are using continuous deployment with automated deployment pipelines using TravisCI and infrastructure as code with Terraform.

The system that you will be working on is based on an event-driven microservice architecture. Our backend services are written in Python and our frontends are based on ReactJS with either JavaScript or TypeScript. All of our services are deployed in Google Cloud Platform using Google Kubernetes Engine and Cloud Run. The API between our frontend and backend is a GraphQL API. 

Being an event-driven system, it is extensively using Google Cloud Pub/Sub and Protocol Buffers for event-delivery and encoding. Examples of other GCP services we are using are:

  • Cloud Firestore
  • Cloud SQL for PostgreSQL
  • Cloud Tasks
  • Google Bigquery

Working as a full-stack engineer at Alva, you will work and interact with all parts of the system on a regular basis. All in all, we think that our system is a fun and rewarding system to work with. Combined with a team of humble and high performing engineers, we believe that Alva is a good environment to improve and develop one's skills in building well structured, distributed and event-driven systems.

Who are you

  • A goal striving high performer
  • A prestigeless team player
  • A master of turning complex problems into solutions that breathe simplicity
  • A quick learner who is curious to work in a growing and changing environment
  • Language
    • The working language at Alva is English.
    • Swedish is not a requirement for this position

What have you done before

Ideally, you have lived well and prospered in whatever you decided to do prior to reading this job ad. Honestly, background isn’t what we value the highest. As long as you are a great person, with some background in software engineering, we believe you will learn the rest while working at Alva. But sure, if you have previous experience working with the technologies mentioned above or similar, that would be beneficial. 

Why you should join Alva

We are currently a team of 20 people, based in central Stockholm with a collective and extensive experience in building and growing tech companies, Psychology, Psychometrics, Data Science, Engineering and Product Design.

We are a high performing team who loves to accomplish goals, constantly raising the bar, as well as learning from each other in multiple ways. We value flexibility in work, work-life balance, personal and career development and an inspiring working environment. We can guarantee a fast-moving and growing environment, where you will be working with a team of great people and engineers. Oh, and you will have fun. Lots of fun. 

You will get 7 weeks of vacation, an on-market salary, a generous preventive care benefit and a few other neat perks. You can read all about our benefits here.

There is a shift in the hiring market and in how companies value their people. Alva is part in driving that shift. Don’t miss out on this incredible journey, where we have the opportunity to become the Global leading HR tech SaaS!

Welcome to Alva!


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