Lead Applications Engineer at Grindr

| Greater LA Area
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Why Work at Grindr?

Since 2009, Grindr has built the world’s largest social network for gay, bi, trans, and queer people. Now more than just an app, we’re a family of lifestyle brands with the shared mission to connect LGBTQ people with the world around them:

  • Grindr – The location-based social app that started it all. Over 3 million people use Grindr daily, from every country on the planet.
  • INTO – A digital magazine dedicated to queer perspectives: news, culture, commentary, video, and more.
  • Grindr for Equality (G4E) – Our social mission to promote justice, health, and safety for LGBTQ individuals around the globe.
  • Gaymoji – A one-of-a-kind collection of over 500+ stickers available on iOS, Android, and in the Grindr app.
  • Slumbr – An event series for the high-minded partygoer, combining fashion, music, and art.

Behind the brands, Grindr is an inclusive and passionate family of thinkers, innovators, leaders, and most importantly, doers. We’re fueled by endless curiosity, constant collaboration, and a knack for crossing every finish line – all within an agile growth environment. We also enjoy tons of perks, great social events, and stunning views from our HQ in West Hollywood.


Grindr is looking for a Lead Applications Engineer for our growing Backend Team to lead the design of the architecture of our Backend Services platform supporting our global, fast-growing, highly engaged user base, and to coordinate the efforts of domestic and off-shore engineering teams to accelerate the delivery of new Electronic Payment and Mobile App Subscription features, while maintaining high standards of stability, fault-tolerance and software quality.


  • Lead design of the architecture of our Backend Services API platform to support a growing global, highly-engaged user base of Mobile Applications. 
  • Coordinate efforts of domestic and off-shore engineering teams to accelerate delivery of new Electronic Payment and Mobile App Subscription features developed in Java and deployed on Apache Tomcat, fully encrypted with SSL.
  • Design and adapt the architecture of company’s Backend Services for growth and scalability by using optimal MySQL database design and optimization, as well as key-value store technologies like Memcached.  Ensure high availability of services through capacity planning and infrastructure engineering for SSL-enabled distributed systems running on Linux. 
  • Design and develop highly scalable and fault tolerant Java Distributed Systems to integrate with Third Party Mobile Payment processors and the company’s own systems. 
  • Design and develop Continuous Integration and Delivery systems to accelerate the speed of new feature releases using Junit and Shell Scripting. 
  • Design and develop asynchronous Javascript Tomcat web application tools to empower a large, globally distributed team of engineers. 
  • Establish Java Software Engineering best practices and processes for efficient collaboration between domestic and off-shore teams. 
  • Lead Java, Javascript, SQL and Shell Script code reviews to ensure algorithmic improvements with high attention to detail.  
  • Provide technical leadership and mentor junior team members in Java software development, testing techniques with Junit, MySQL database design and indexing and document store databases. 
  • Coordinate off-shore teams and drive process improvements for software development and software releases.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related
  • 5 years progressive, post-baccalaureate experience as an Applications Engineer, Software Engineer, or Software Applications Developer
  • Experience developing Object-Oriented Software; developing software for Unix/Linux Operating Systems; designing, developing, testing and maintain Distributed Systems; developing asynchronous Web Applications; designing and optimizing MySQL databases; developing, configuring and deploying Apache Tomcat Web Applications
  • Experience with integration of Third Party APIs and Data
  • Experience with Java; JUnit; MySQL; SQL, Javascript; Shell Scripting (Bash); SSL-enabled Distributed Systems
  • Experience developing highly scalable Backend APIs to power Mobile Applications
  • Experience with key-value stores like Memcached
  • Experience developing applications for document-store databases
  • Must pass technical interview and/or design test

Benefits & Perks

  • 100% covered medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Generous Parental Leave
  • Unlimited sick policy
  • Competitive Salaries
  • 401(k)
  • Catered daily lunch
  • Stocked kitchen
  • Free on-site parking
  • Casual dress environment

Grindr is an equal opportunity employer

*Recruiting firms that submit resumes to Grindr without first entering into a written contract will not be entitled to any compensation on candidates referred by that firm.

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West Hollywood , CA 90069

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Benefits & Perks

100% covered medical, dental and vision insurance
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Time Off Policy
Competitive Salaries
401(k)- Matching
Catered daily lunch
Stocked kitchen
Free on-site parking
Casual dress environment

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Someone's primary function is managing the company's diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Acme employees can contribute up to $2750 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers $5000 (Premier PPO) $1500 (Standard PPO) of expenses.
Vision Benefits
The vision benefits plan covers $250 for glasses and contact lenses.
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Life insurance is offered at a flat rate to a $75,000 value.
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Acme Co. provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by [provider]. We match 200% of contributions up to 10% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
AIDS walk and AIDS lifecycle
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Acme Co. hosts company outings Monthly.
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Our game room includes Video Games.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
We provide free breakfast on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Employees get free lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings once per quarter.
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes Career mentoring, Leadership mentoring.
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available
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