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Sr. Specialist, Applications Development (Back End Developer)-Petfinder (REMOTE)

Nestle Purina PetCare

Last Updated: 4/10/21

Job Description

Sr. Specialist, Applications Development (Back End Developer)-Petfinder (REMOTE) Job Description

Location: Open to Remote Work

As a Back End Developer, you will be a founding member of a transformational project that impacts millions of pets nationwide. With a team of passionate pet owners, technologists, business and pet welfare leaders, you will use data, machine learning and AI-led technology solutions to help transition’s portfolio of digital products into a platform and pet acquisition marketplace. You will lead our application development, visualization, and strategy to transform our data platform into a seamless, intuitive, and best in class experience for shelters, rescues, potential adopters, pet owners and foster pet parents across North America. Petfinder enables over 1.2MM pet adoptions every year, and you will build on to this incredibly strong presence to reimagine a world for adoptable pets that is better and helps to eliminate pet euthanasia by matching people and pets everywhere.

You will oversee developing additional features for,, Petfinder mobile iOS/Android applications, as well as maintain the current code base to ensure application responsiveness. You will be involved in Design Sprints and research and development projects—uniting with the industry’s leading technology partners and emerging opportunities. You will be the lead internal Backend Developer for Petfinder, supported by external agency developers that are virtually integrated into our Agile UX + Development squad model. If you thrive in a fast-paced environment with autonomy, curiosity, and accountability then join our pack.

This role can be remote with a minimum annual salary of $90,000.


  • Partner with product management to plan, develop and manage stable, efficient, and secure web servicesTranslate designs into well-functioning features
  • Develop high performing APIs and strategic integration
  • Optimize and upgrade software to support performance and enhancement
  • Provide deep specialist guidance and support in web technology stacks and development tools
  • Support and influence the technical activity (design, build, testing) in significant and complex initiatives
  • Accountable to the Product Manager for the delivery and quality of technical deliverables
  • Work with IS/IT Innovation Managers, Tech Leads, Solution Architects, Data Scientists, UX Design & Research Leads, and Business Analysts to ensure solutions fit the strategic and technical direction
  • Interact with vendors to utilize third party packages to enable significant functional, technical, process, data, or integration requirements



  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, information technology, or related field required

Experience (Years/Type):

  • 3+ years of professional experience in software development required
  • Experience developing in Next.js and/or React.js required
  • Experience developing back-end services and applications required
  • Experience with CI/CD pipelines and Agile software engineering practices preferred
  • Experience with SQL database preferred
  • Experience with Drupal and NoSQL preferred
  • Experience with complex, distributed computing, enterprise-wide systems, and cloud products preferred
  • Experience contributing to the architecture and design (architecture, design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and current systems preferred

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Job: Sr. Specialist, Applications Development (Back End Developer)-Petfinder (REMOTE) Primary Location: Austin, TX US Other Location: Career Area: Professional Nestle Purina PetCare Company

Company Details

Nestle Purina PetCare

Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

Nestlé Purina PetCare has been advancing pet nutrition for over 80 years. Our team of over 18,000 employees and 400 scientists, including nutritionists, aim to develop products that deliver comprehensive nutrition to help ensure the long healthy lives of pets and make discoveries that can further enhance the lives of pets everywhere. Nestlé Purina is focused on delivering world-class products with...