Senior Software Engineer - Motion Team (Backend)



Software Engineering
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2023
We are hiring a Senior Software Engineer to join our Engineering team!
Our Spare headquarters is located in Vancouver, BC, but this position is open to remote work options within Canada.
Unfortunately, at this time, we are not able to hire outside of Canada.

As a Senior Software Engineer in the Motion team you will...
  • Work with traffic and routing algorithms;
  • Work with a functional language around 25% of your time (Scala);
  • Be in a high-impact position, empowered to make decisions that lead us to success while building complex products and features;
  • You will be involved in design discussions related to code architecture;
  • Collaborate with and mentor engineers of all levels;
  • Actively participate in the day-to-day operations of the team, contributing ideas for how the team can better meet the needs of customers;
  • Help us iterate and improve upon current engineering processes, to improve efficiency and to ensure 99.99% uptime and support the team in doing the same;
Employment Type
Full Time
Remote (Canada)
Workplace type
Fully remote
$144,000 - $155,000 / year

About this role✨

In this role, you will...
  • Deliver high-quality code. Design, code, test, document, and release new features using a combination of tools and languages (like Javascript/Typescript, Scala, Docker, Kubernetes and GCP, for example);
  • Improve routing engine for driver application;
  • Participate in team agile rituals;
  • Uplift the team capacity (collaborating with engineers of all levels, mentoring junior engineers, improving code base);
  • Demonstrate an unrelenting focus on quality, speed, and overall excellence;
  • Provide input for the ongoing improvement of engineering practices and procedures;
  • Be part of on-call SRE team, after fully ramping up to the rest of this roles responsibilities;

About you ✨

  • You have experience as a full stack software engineer, using any programming language;
  • You had ownership over complex projects in the past, participated in architectural conversations, proposed multiple solutions to a problem and understands their pros and cons;
  • You have worked closely with customers and external developers to enable them to build new apps and extend the functionality;
  • You understand other business and strategic aspects that are involved in the projects, can prioritize and can estimate the number of hours invested;
  • You have worked in a company that is tech-focused (better yet if you got to grow in a company like that);

It will be considered a plus (nice-to-have):
  • Experience with Javascript/Typescript and/or Scala;
  • Experience with Docker, Kubernetes and/or GCP;
  • Experience leading meetings, dailies and retros;

Don’t meet every single requirement?
Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification in the job posting.
At Spare, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment so we strongly encourage you to apply even if you don't believe you meet every single qualification outlined. We also do our best to respond to all applications we receive.

About the Motion team ✨

The Motion Team works on improving and deploying new features for the Spare Engine - our matching and routing algorithms. The Motion Team applies state-of-the-art optimization algorithms to solve NP-hard problems many times per minute, combining this with custom application logic to ensure that the decisions made by our system are intuitive to our end users.

About Spare

Spare's mission is empowering everyone to unlock the potential of mobility.

Spare is the future of shared transportation. We’re revolutionizing how the busy mom from Dallas, the retired teacher from Oslo or the aspiring entrepreneur from Tokyo experiences transportation, by partnering with transportation providers around the world to enable worry-free, efficient, flexible, and automated on-demand solutions.

From the daily commute to non-emergency hospital visits, last-minute lunches, and leisurely trips to the museum, our technology makes people’s lives easier and transit more equitable both for those with specialized mobility needs and those without.

With Spare’s Platform, which includes a feature-rich admin web-panel, as well as rider and driver apps, transportation providers can break free from para and microtransit silos and provide holistic demand-responsive services that give each rider exactly what they need. We also help cities easily optimize their transit network so that the entire transportation ecosystem works better together.

At Spare, nothing is impossible. We think safe, affordable, scalable and eventually autonomous transportation is the right way forward. Join us for the ride!


  • Purposeful work: Be a part of a mission-driven company that is solving real-world problems and improving the lives of people around the world. Learn more about the impact we're making in our 2022 Global Impact Report!
  • Market-competitive pay: We benchmark roles annually to attract and retain top talent. For Growth roles, we also offer a competitive commission/bonus structure that rewards strong performance.
  • Stock options: Enjoy the feeling of ownership. All Spartians are provided stock options, so you can share in the growth and success of Spare!
  • Flexible work: Work remotely from anywhere in Canada, in your own time zone.
  • In-office collaboration: If you're in Metro Vancouver, you have the option to work out of our HQ located downtown, close to Waterfront Station. If you're located elsewhere, you'll have access to CA$200/month to spend on a coworking membership to work together with team members in your city.
  • Home office allowance: We recognize the importance of a productive home office setup to help you do your best work, which is why we provide a CA$1,000 home office allowance.
  • Team offsites & socials: We love the flexibility of remote work, and we also value the importance of in-person connection. Each team has an annual budget for travel and accommodations to get together for a team offsite or hackathon. Plus you have access to a CA$50 monthly budget to socialize with other Spartians in your city - go out for a meal or hit up a karaoke spot!
  • Health insurance: We offer a fully-paid health insurance package for you and your dependents that includes prescription drug, paramedical, mental health, dental, life insurance, travel insurance, and Employee Assistance Program.
  • Lifestyle Spending Account: We offer CA$500 per year Lifestyle Spending Account (taxable benefit), which you can use to get reimbursed for a variety of expenses including education, wellness, transportation, and childcare/pet care.
  • Paid time off: Along with your three weeks of annual vacation, we offer unlimited sick days and have company-wide shut-down days to help you rest and recharge.
  • Parental leave top-up: Top up of up to 80% for 15 weeks to help you adjust to the new addition to your family!