Senior Software Engineer (Backend)

  • Full Time
  • Vancouver
  • 125 - 150

Microsoft Corporation

Viva Engage is the industry-defining social network for the enterprise. With millions of users, including those from 85% of Fortune 500 companies, we’re revolutionizing how teams connect, collaborate, and thrive.

Why Viva Engage?

Acquired by Microsoft in 2012, V iva Engage blends startup agility with the resources of a tech giant. We believe in mission-driven work and in this post-Covid world, our platform is indispensable for remote and hybrid teams, fostering connection and belonging like never before.

Ready to make an impact? Join us to help taking Viva Engage to the next level , and enjoy :

  • Autonomy to innovate
  • Access to cutting-edge tech, both open source and Microsoft’s finest
  • Data-driven decision-making through experimentation and A/B testing
  • The chance to be a key player in a growing product with global significance
  • Opportunities to shape large-scale distributed services within a suite catering to hundreds of millions of users.

About this job

Our Senior Software Engineers (Backend) are the backbone of Viva Engage, creating the essential services that power all our product experiences. With Viva Engage being a social networking powerhouse, our team tackles fascinating engineering puzzles daily, such as facilitating massive conversations involving hundreds of thousands of participants. We roll out fresh code to our tens of millions of users daily, always pushing the envelope to enhance the system and provide users with an exceptional experience.

Our backend stack is composed of:

  • Java and Ruby microservices, packaged as docker containers
  • GraphQL , Dropwizard , and Rails for REST APIs
  • Storage and queuing with Postgres, Cosmos DB, Azure Queue, Kafka, and Redis
  • Kubernetes and Mesos container orchestration
  • Grafana metrics, Azure Data Explorer log aggregation, Microsoft-standard monitoring tools

Why Microsoft?

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others, and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.


Required Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience with multiple datastores (SQL and NoSQL) and data access patterns.
  • Experience programming maintainable code and writing tests.

Other Requirements:

Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings:

  • Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience owning your code through production.
  • Curious about reliability and performance, up and down the stack.
  • Microservices development, deployment, and monitoring.
  • Working familiarity with networking protocols (TCP/IP, HTTP) and network architectures.
  • Efficient, tenacious debugging skills using logs and metrics.
  • Demonstrated ability with Ruby on Rails is a plus but not necessary.

Software Engineering IC4 – The typical base pay range for this role across Canada is CAD $104,000 – CAD $193,200 per year.

Microsoft will accept applications and processes offers for these roles on an ongoing basis.


  • Architect, develop, and sustain services with tens of millions of users across various global regions.
  • Work closely with product, design, and engineering teams to ensure an exceptional user experience.
  • Constantly explore ways to enhance the performance and scalability of our systems.
  • Conduct experiments and A/B tests to validate hypotheses and drive data-driven decisions.
  • Enhance service reliability, performance, and latency to meet evolving demands.
  • Help build and maintain a collaborative engineering culture.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

Industry leading healthcare

Educational resources

Discounts on products and services

Savings and investments

Maternity and paternity leave

Generous time away

Giving programs

Opportunities to network and connect

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, immigration status, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran or military status, race, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application process, read more about requesting accommodations .