Senior Backend Engineer

  • Tokyo
  • Partial Remote
  • Full-time
  • February 15, 2023
8,000,000 - 12,000,000 JPY /yr
Apply from Japan Only
No relocation to Japan
(No visa sponsorship from overseas)
Language Requirements
Japanese: Not Required 👍
English: Fluent
Minimum Experience
Mid-level or above

Our Mission: Smarter, safer, connected driving in any vehicle

Driving technology always feels old. Not by a little bit. Years and years out of date. Is that really just “the way things are”? We don’t think so and we’re here to fix that. We believe vehicles can be 1000x smarter, safer, and more connected to the world around us. We’ve started on this mission by building a mobile-based connected vehicle platform used by millions of drivers in over 150 countries. In 2019, we joined forces with Honda as their first startup acquisition, and now we’re expanding our vision by bringing together software and hardware to build new products that solve real needs for millions of drivers around the world.

About the Role

The Senior Backend Engineer is responsible for designing, delivering and operating services on cloud infrastructure that support drivers on day-to-day activities such as navigation, preferences, authentication and so on. You will work directly with product owners, mobile and embedded application engineers to understand the product needs for online services you will be in charge of. You might also engage directly with external teams to learn about existing corporate systems, experiment with them and participate in architecture and integration decisions.

What You Will Do

  • Design testable, scalable and observable backend services
  • Develop, in a team, end-to-end backend service solutions, including database design, cloud infrastructure services selection and setup, monitoring and alerting
  • Troubleshoot production issues, develop and release hotfixes
  • Contribute to CI/CD pipeline infrastructure

  • What We Are Looking For

  • 5+ years of experience as a software engineer
  • Experience architecting, building, and operating cloud native backend services in one or more programming languages such as Go, Kotlin, Java, Python, TypeScript, etc
  • Experience with SQL and NoSQL databases
  • Experience working on large teams that follow software development best practices
  • A flexible attitude and entrepreneurial mindset. Be willing to engage outside of your usual responsibility area, learn new technologies and tackle challenges beyond backend development
  • Someone who thinks that cars and motorcycles can be 1000x better than they are today.
  • Able to collaborate in English and to understand technical documentation
  • Permission to work in Japan

  • Nice to Have

  • Experience with a major cloud provider such as GCP, AWS, or Azure
  • Experience with infrastructure as code (e.g. Terraform)
  • Japanese language ability always welcome

  • EEOC Statement

    Drivemode is proud of a very diverse team with employees coming from 5 continents/11 countries as of today. Diversity in our workplace has played an important part in our success; we recognize each employee’s unique background, knowledge, experiences, ideas, and viewpoints which are all critical in developing a product that has the greatest impacts on drivers all over the world.

    Drivemode provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity,  disability, or any other characteristics that make you unique.

    Smarter, Safer, Connected driving in any vehicle.

    We were founded in 2014 by entrepreneurs from Zipcar and Tesla Motors and acquired by Honda in 2019. In 2020, we released Honda RoadSync with Honda motorcycle team. In 2023, our CEO Yo Koga was named as Global UX Officer and Drivemode is set to expand further to transform Honda and win in the growing Electric Vehicle market with our expertise in software and user experience.

    Our Current Work

    Honda motorcycles
    We are building a modern software platform for Honda's new electric motorcycles. The platform, including mobile app and infotainment system, will be deployed in many countries. Not only working with Honda's motorcycle engineers as one team, we also do our own in-house hardware prototyping to enable us to learn and move quickly. The goal is to provide seamless motorcycle rider experiences with deeply integrated software and hardware.

    Honda/Acura vehicles
    We are working on a vehicle companion app & platform for Honda's next generation electric vehicles. The app will be a critical part of connected service offering for any future Honda & Acura vehicles globally. We are working closely with Honda's industry-leading hardware and vehicle experts to design the software and hardware as one experience for users.

    Our Future Direction: This is just the beginning for us; we expect to expand our scope into other software driven areas for Automotive while continuing to grow and build on more capabilities

    Working at Drivemode
    We’re a diverse group of Silicon Valley and Tokyo entrepreneurs who want to make driving better. Our approach focuses on speed, learning, flexibility, and data-driven decision-making. We aren’t just “coders” or “designers;” we are problem solvers who understand that why you do something is just as important as what you do. We love challenges: the bigger, the better.

    Our organizational structure is flat and everyone has an opportunity to share ideas, regardless of manager or job title. Openness, transparency, and communication are always priorities. We trust our employees’ abilities to make decisions in the best interest of Drivemode and give them the freedom to do what it takes to bring out the best in themselves and others. We provide support, mentorship, and growth across all positions to help employees identify and reach career and developmental goals.

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