Lyst is hiring a

Back-end Developer

London, United Kingdom

Who are we?

Lyst is a global search engine that connects millions of shoppers to the fashion they love. Our product combines data science, software engineering and UX design to empower our customers to search millions of unique items and find they clothes they’ll love. Our teams own their work from idea to live in production, can release as often as they want and have the freedom to build what’s best for the customer. Lyst offers a wide range of complex problems to solve for millions of active users all over the world within a growing, diverse and flexible working environment.

Our teams are made of about 5-6 people with a mix of skills intended to fit the problem they are tackling. Each team is responsible for the deployment and operation of the software they work on. This means we have a lot of microservices but we invest in the training and tooling to make this work well.

We are constantly experimenting with new solutions for our users and data driven in everything we do from design to engineering. Our teams run hundreds of A/B tests and user studies a year to find out what really works for our customers.

We do continuous deployment and test in production but aim to keep fire fighting and service disruption to minimum so we can focus on building a better product. Building software that’s fast to iterate on, easy to maintain and low on surprises isn’t always easy but we value a good night's sleep.

Our goal as App Squad is to improve our product by defining clear objectives and doing fast releases to learn quickly. Every team member contributes to all steps while developing the product. From ideation and brainstorming to the final implementation and release. We value every opinion and different approaches to solve our customer’s issues.

You can find out more about what we’ve been up to on our engineering blog over at


We are looking for a Backend Python Engineer. You will be joining the App Squad who is in charge of delivering a personalised shopping experience our customers love.

As a Backend Engineer, you’ll maintain and improve our current Python mobile API codebase and you will build new services to power our iOS application. Knowledge in Django, ElasticSearch or GraphQL is a plus. Joining the App Squad is also a good opportunity to learn Swift if you feel brave enough!

We are looking for a product oriented engineer ideally experienced working in user facing projects, specially e-commerce ones. You’ll be working in a fast-paced agile environment, contributing with your vision and opinion to shape the final product. You’ll be able to show your great communication skills to both technical and non technical audiences. We love the Startup mindset, approaching software development with a focus on quick production releases or prototypes, but keeping extremely high quality standards.


  • You get a total of 37 days holiday per year. 22 days to use across the year, 7 days to use when we close the office in December and all 8 UK bank holidays.
  • Company pension. We'll match your contributions up to 3% of your salary.
  • We’re big on learning and development and encourage everyone to attend events. In fact we go further and everyone gets £1200 a year to spend on conferences and training.
  • Clothing allowance. We're a fashion company so we'll give you £250 to spend on the site in year 1, £500 in year 2, £750 in year 3 and £1000 from year 4 onwards. You're going to look fantastic!
  • Private healthcare by Vitality, cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers, season ticket loans and discounted eye tests and glasses.

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