Back-end Engineer

Development team · LONDON, London, City of
Department Development team
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Job title: Back-end Engineer 

Salary: £40 - £60k

Location: London, flexible working

About Lightful

At Lightful, we believe that those doing the greatest good deserve the best technology.

We’re passionate about making the best technology accessible to charities and nonprofits. Our products and custom solutions help organisations unleash the power of technology and make the good work they do even greater. Our products and services are designed to simplify the work and amplify the impact of charities and nonprofits. 

There are three main products and services we offer to charities and nonprofits; the Lightful Social Media Manager, the BRIDGE Programme and Lightful Labs. 

The Social Media Manager is a platform which allows organisations to create, schedule and publish content to their social media pages. It is the only social media platform designed specifically for those in the charity sector and was ranked the number 1 for Social Media Management platforms built for non-profits.

The BRIDGE programme combines a learning syllabus, delivered through a combination of live and recorded sessions and webinars, with the Lightful Social Media Manager. BRIDGE is supported by foundations and other funders, and offered out to small to medium charities that they support.The use of our social media manager helps participants to save time, learn best practice and collaborate internally more effectively. The syllabus focuses on four key digital foundations - basics, storytelling, fundraising and insights. We take participants through these foundations helping them to improve confidence and competence. The BRIDGE team has worked with the likes of Comic Relief, DCMS and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Lightful Labs is a digital consultancy that offers customised services to help teams to do more. The Lightful Labs team have worked with the likes of Help Refugees, London’s Air Ambulance and the Rhodes Trust to name a few.

Lightful Values

Our Values are integral to the Lightful culture:

  • To act with audacity while remembering humility 
  • To understand the importance of both listening and leadership
  • To practice generosity whilst showing accountability 
  • These all lay on the foundation of respect and integrity  

The Role

We are looking for a Back-end Engineer to join our team. We are particularly interested in someone with DevOps experience, and/or experience managing AWS services. You should feel comfortable making decisions about our architecture and leading technology decisions on the back-end, building CI/CD pipelines, managing cloud services and writing database migrations.

We have a serverless architecture, utilising AWS Lambda to execute micro-services including our central GraphQL API, and use PostgreSQL, SNS, SQS and DynamoDB. On the client side, React is our framework of choice. We are moving to TypeScript, having managed types with Facebook’s Flow up until now. We are an open-minded team and appreciate introducing new tools and ways of working.

You will have a passion for writing clean code, great attention to detail, value simplicity and be highly collaborative. We work across a modern JavaScript stack and this will be what you’d be working on daily.

We pride ourselves on being vibrant, trusting and a cross-functional scrum team working on a platform to improve charities’ skills at social media management. A high degree of empathy with end-user needs - those of charities, beyond profits and organisations across the third sector - is at the centre of the work we do, so we’re looking for someone who is motivated by making a product which will make a major difference to our users.

Inclusion of a diverse range of opinions and perspectives is core to Lightful’s open culture and ongoing success. Therefore we never discriminate on age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.


  • 3+ years experience in a back-end development role
  • Strong experience with AWS (S3, API Gateway, Lambda and DynamoDB)
  • Relational & NoSQL databases - database performance
  • Experience designing highly scalable, distributed systems
  • Docker configuration and management
  • Testing – unit and integration
  • Continuous integration and deployment
  • Web security principles


  • Serverless framework
  • Postgres
  • GraphQL
  • Knowledge of microservices architecture
  • Messaging infrastructure and patterns
  • Experience with social identity providers and API integrations (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.)
  • Experience with React or another client-side JS framework
  • Exposure to TypeScript
  • Agile software delivery methodologies, in particular scrum

Personal Qualities 


  • Excellent team player with a positive, fun and can-do attitude
  • Empathy with the users of the platform - charities, beyond profit and third sector organisations with limited budgets and time
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment, taking the initiative where necessary
  • Ability to communicate clearly with people from across the company


You will be a part of our vibrant culture that fosters personal growth and development. As we expand, you will be given the opportunity to thrive in a close-knit team environment. 

Other benefits include:

  • Amazing office in London or Bristol (Working from home at the moment due Covid)
  • Free coffee, tea, fruit and treats in the office
  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • Free gym, yoga and meditation
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Personal development programme
  • Stock options - every team member shares in the success of Lightful
  • And many many more

Additional Requirement

Eligible to work in the UK without the need of visa support/sponsorship


*No recruitment agency requests please* *We only work with direct applicants* 

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  • Location
    LONDON, London, City of
  • Department
    Development team
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience