Motorway • London, United Kingdom

Senior Backend Engineer

Employment type:  Full time

4 days/week at home

A little flex time

Dog friendly

Job Description

About us:

Motorway is the UK’s fastest-growing used car marketplace – our award-winning, online-only platform connects private car sellers with thousands of verified dealers nationwide, ensuring everyone gets the best deal. Founded in 2017, our technology-led approach has redefined the experience of selling a car, generating thousands of monthly car sales and helping us to grow to a team of more than 400 people across our London and Brighton offices.

About the role

Our engineering team is growing and we’re looking for multiple backend engineers on the mission to create the most powerful vehicle transaction platform on the planet!

Are you passionate about technology? Do you like making a big impact while learning? Are you looking for a forward-thinking team where you can develop your career fast? Then, keep tuned, because we’re looking for you!

This is a greenfield opportunity where you’ll be responsible for building new and innovative products, experimenting with machine learning while developing brand-new features, and solving fascinating problems in transforming an industry.

We’re looking for engineers to work in:

  • B2C platform (car seller)
  • B2B (Dealer)
  • Payments
  • Transport

Our tech stack: JavaScript, Node.JS, Typescript, utilising the latest JS features. We’re currently using AWS for our deployment using a microservices architecture.

What you’ll do:

  • Architect and develop new JavaScript code, with a mix of new features and performance optimisation.
  • Work to improve performance and caching as our platform continues to scale.
  • Build highly maintainable, reusable, scalable, and reliable code.
  • Work with our infrastructure (currently AWS) to scale as we grow, providing the highest possible performance, monitoring, and alerting.
  • Collaborate with product and design to build work that has excellent UX and quality values.
  • Be part of our flat-structured development team and be involved in the technical and product strategy of the business.
  • Champion and implement software development best practices to ensure our code is high quality, well-tested, scalable, and secure.


We encourage you to apply, even if you might not meet all the requirements.

  • Significant commercial experience with JavaScript. In particular, experience with ES6/7 features, and technologies and frameworks such as node.js, Vue, Express or Sequelize.
  • Experience configuring, deploying and monitoring app and websites on AWS.
  • Experience working with relational databases and NoSQL databases, including complex queries and performance optimisation.
  • Understanding of web design patterns, including SOLID principles of design.
  • Previous experience working in a company scaling up is useful, but not essential.
  • Experience working in a collaborative, agile team environment.
  • Experience working with automated testing and continuous integration and delivery.


  • A competitive salary
  • Annual learning budget - you can choose how you like to learn and find the best learning experiences to support your progression.
  • BUPA health insurance
  • Discounted dental through BUPA
  • Discounted gym membership through BUPA
  • On-Hand volunteering membership and one paid volunteering day per year
  • Hybrid working from home (approximately 1-2 days in the office a week)
  • Pension scheme
  • Motorway car leasing scheme - lease a zero-emissions electric vehicle at a significant discount
  • Enhanced parental leave
  • Top spec M1 MacBook Pro and accessories
  • Regular social events
  • Cycle to work scheme

Equal opportunities statement

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all employees. We work to provide a supportive and inclusive environment where people can maximise their full potential. We believe our workforce should reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences. Our strong commitment to a culture of inclusion is evident through our constant focus on recruiting, developing and advancing individuals based on their skills and talents.

We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships


Company benefits

Health insurance
Enhanced maternity leave – 6 months fully paid
Enhanced paternity leave – 1 month fully paid
Cycle to work scheme
Volunteer days
Share options
Dog friendly office
Personal development budgets
In office massages
In office yoga classes
Faith rooms
Meditation space
Compassionate leave
Enhanced sick pay
Mental health platform access
Teambuilding days
Open to job sharing
Open to part-time employees
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are moderately happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Working at Motorway

Company employees


Office locations

London & Brighton

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

Awards & Achievements

Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2024
Consumer Goods

Consumer Goods

Industry awards 2023