Payroll, benefits and compliance for remote teams.

Senior Back-End Engineer

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About the role

Pilot (YC W17) is looking for an experienced Back-End Engineer, with experience working on complex B2B products, to join a growing team on a mission to create a more open worldwide job market.

A bit about who we are

Pilot helps companies to handle payroll, benefits, and compliance for their remote teams. We believe that your opportunities in life shouldn’t be dictated by where you’re from or where you happen to live, and we’re helping our customers live by that too. We’re backed by Sam Altman, Y Combinator, Credo Ventures, Automattic, Kyle Vogt, and many other amazing investors.

What you will be working on

You’ll join our product team located all over the world, and will be working directly with one of our founders who is leading the team. We’re working on growing our product to become the world’s go-to service for international employment and payroll. We think we’re uniquely poised to solve this problem because we understand the challenges and benefits of an international team.

Most of our code is in Ruby—we use Rails 6.1 with bits of React on the front-end. Our primary database is PostgreSQL with Redis as a worker backend and RabbitMQ as a message queue broker.

We have a distributed data model with multiple applications communicating with each other using both asynchronous (events) and synchronous means. We deploy our apps on Heroku.

We have a pretty lightweight process: 1-week sprints, weekly planning sessions, and asynchronous progress updates. We use Slack, Linear, and Zoom to communicate and plan our work. We enjoy working together as a team, but there’s also a lot of opportunities to work autonomously.


  • Experience in building complex enterprise products at a startup pace.
  • Proficiency with Ruby and Ruby on Rails.
  • Working understanding of React (nice to have: TypeScript) in order to modify existing components. We use React sparingly, and we won't expect you to implement complex new components.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. You’ll be working with a distributed team, so first-class communication is a must.
  • Experience and desire to work in distributed teams. Expect your teammates to be all over the world.

We’d especially like to talk to you if:

  • You’re interested in software architecture and distributed systems
  • You enjoy working on internal libraries/frameworks
  • You have practical experience implementing microservices
  • You have domain knowledge in HR tools, payroll or fintech.


  • Competitive salary and stock packages: $67,300-$91,400/y, equity: 0.05% - 0.125%
  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • Ability to work remotely from anywhere in the world

We try to hold all most of our team meetings between 7am–9am PST / 3pm–5pm BST / 11pm–1am JST to accommodate as many time zones as possible.

Why you should join Pilot

We are Pilot, a Y Combinator-backed startup after a successful seed funding round, with a small distributed team working remotely from Poland and San Francisco. Our mission is to create a more open worldwide job market. Today, we’re doing that by helping companies hire and pay remote international staff.

Team Size:32
Location:San Francisco
Matt Drozdzynski
Matt Drozdzynski
Staszek Kolarzowski
Staszek Kolarzowski