Reddit is hiring a

Senior Backend Engineer, GraphQL


“The front page of the internet," Reddit brings over 500 million people together each month through their common interests, inviting them to share, vote, comment, and create across thousands of communities. Come for the cats, stay for the empathy.

The mission of the GraphQL team is to develop and maintain an API layer that product development teams across the company can leverage, serving as the client access layer for all of Reddit's rich dataset and driving the next generation of user experiences. This layer provides consistent and clear interfaces, strong contracts, and world-class developer ergonomics so that product engineers can focus on the product.

Some of our present and future challenges include:

  • Building GraphQL to meet the needs of Reddit’s growing engineering organization.
  • Designing an architecture that is performant, stable, secure, and low cost.

As a senior engineer on this team, you’ll be a technical leader. You’ll draw on your technical expertise to ensure these systems have high uptime and strong performance while working with other technical leaders to build a longer term roadmap to match the needs of an ever growing engineering organization. You’ll also look for opportunities to engage with the GraphQL community at large, presenting and sharing Reddit’s accomplishments within the industry, and bringing in good ideas from other peers.


  • Steer: Work with the team to select, scope, and drive high leverage projects that align with Reddit’s goals.
  • Build: Execute on a strategy and create a more performant, more scalable, higher quality architecture.
  • Amplify: Mentor other ICs and be a technical leader on the GraphQL team.
  • Collaborate: Work together with a variety of teams across Reddit engineering.
  • Evolve: Learn and improve your own technical and non-technical abilities.


  • 5+ years of experience with large-scale distributed systems.
  • 3+ years Go experience.
  • Experience identifying and driving high impact projects that align with the company’s strategy.
  • High empathy, excellent communication skills, and the ability to find compromise.
  • History of mentorship and technical leadership.
  • History of working on an API layer is a big plus.
  • Experience structuring and implementing complex data models is a plus.

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