Senior Software Engineer

Swiftly · Remote/San Francisco, CA

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We are a mission-driven startup working to help cities move more efficiently. Be it from a desire to improve public transit, urban mobility, sustainability, or simply from a desire to work on hard problems that impact the real world–we care deeply about our work. Our software generates real-time predictions for transit riders, and our feeds are consumed by 3rd party applications like Google Maps, Transit App, physical signs, and more. We've also built a data analytics platform with intuitive visualizations that help drive smarter decisions for more than 5,500 transit professionals around the globe. Your work will make a difference for transit riders in more than 90 cities and 6 countries–representing over 1.5 billion passenger trips per year.

Swiftly's office is located in San Francisco, CA. We are open to local or remote hires for this role.

About the Role

You will be a member of our Agency team which owns the ingestion of real-time transit data, generation of arrival time predictions, and storage of data for future analysis. Your work will impact all of Swiftly's product lines–Transitime real-time passenger information, Metronome real-time vehicle operations, and Insights historical data analytics–and it will solve real problems for transit agencies resulting in improved transit reliability.

We encourage you to apply if you meet half or more of the requirements and are excited to learn about the rest. Above all else, we value candidates who have a positive attitude and the aptitude to learn the requisite skills. We know the tech landscape is ever-changing and strongly support individual growth. If this is exciting to you, then we'd love to talk!


  • Build features in your team’s API-driven microservices
  • Enhance algorithms in our core data system to improve the quality of generated data, improve the accuracy of our predictions, or to handle new real-world scenarios
  • Refactor portions of our core system to support greater scale and extensibility as our data volume and company grows
  • Be a voice in the shaping of our architectural vision
  • Mentor teammates in software best practices and perform code reviews


  • 4+ years of experience with Java, Python, or similar language and willing to work within a Java environment
  • Strong experience with SQL and RDBMS such as PostgreSQL
  • Experience with one of the major cloud platforms – AWS, GCP, Azure – and have built software using cloud services
  • Experience writing automated tests and deploying applications through CI/CD pipelines
  • Experience with either a modern data streaming platform (e.g. Kafka) or analytics engine (e.g. Spark) is a plus

You’ll be a good fit if...

  • You are excited to be part of a mission-driven company. Regardless of your why, it is important that you care about the work we do.
  • You are a dynamic team player and seek to make valuable contributions wherever it is most-needed at any given time.
  • You love solving problems with data.
  • You understand how to deal with a variety of data sources, test and validate algorithm changes, and deliver improvements incrementally.
  • You’ve worked on a team (or want to work on a team) that builds software that can be understood and extended by your teammates.
  • You embrace a growth mindset both for yourself and your fellow teammates. At Swiftly, we recognize that technology is always changing and requires continual learning. You love learning and helping those around you grow.
  • You’re open to receiving feedback (a core Swiftly value!), approach technical debates with humility, and participate in blameless postmortems when things go wrong.

Engineering at Swiftly

Engineering at Swiftly is not only about writing code – we believe in creating empowered product teams that work together to conceptualize new features and bring them to life. We aim to strike a balance between delivering incremental improvements, creating prototypes to test new ideas and mitigate risks, and building scalable software using industry best practices. We’re guided by a mission to positively impact transit riders, and we embrace humility and intentionality in how we make technical decisions so that we best meet our customers’ needs.


Don’t just hit the apply button. We want to hear more about you. Tell us why you're passionate about our mission and what interests you about Swiftly!

We are an equal opportunity employer - we are committed to a workplace that is as dynamic, diverse, and passionate as the communities we serve.

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