Motorway • London, United Kingdom

Senior Backend Engineer

Employment type:  Full time

4 days/week at home

A little flex time

Dog friendly

Job Description

London based

Hybrid working: 1-2 days/week on-site

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!

Our Engineering department is going through a phase of growth, where we have more features to build than people to build them! Most of the work is greenfield projects developing brand new features, solving some very interesting problems in transforming an industry.

We’re looking for an experienced Senior Backend Engineer to join our team and be responsible for building new and innovative products. You’ll be working daily with a team of between 8-10 people in an agile squad, part of a wider community of practice in both Engineering and the Back End Guild.

Tech stack: Typescript using a microservice Node.JS architecture, utilising the latest JS features. We use PostgreSQL and Redis. We’re currently using AWS for our deployment using a microservices architecture. We are currently moving to a severless-first event-driven architecture.

We encourage you to apply, even if you might not meet all the requirements. You’ll be directly reporting to an Engineering Manager, who will help mentor and guide you in your career.

Teams that are hiring:

  • B2C — Seller platform
  • B2B — Dealer platform
  • Payments
  • Transport
  • Automation
  • Vehicle profiling

What you’ll do:

  • Develop and maintain high-quality backend systems and APIs
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to design and implement scalable and efficient solutions
  • Write clean and well-documented code, following best practices and coding standards
  • Conduct code reviews and provide constructive feedback to peers
  • Analyse and optimise system performance and scalability
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends and technologies
  • Participate in architectural design discussions and contribute to technical decision-making
  • Ensure the security, reliability, and maintainability of backend systems


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 with type-safe languages preferably Typescript and relational databases (Postgres, MySQL)
  • Strong in common software engineering patterns and practices
  • Comfortable with cloud services (AWS, GCP, Azure) preferably AWS
  • Able to autonomously prioritise work and implement, proactively communicating progress and working with others to unblock themselves and others.
  • Experience writing tests (Unit, Integration)
  • Experience leading feature development
  • Experience designing and implementing architecture
  • Micro Services/Distributed Systems Experience
  • Experience mentoring more junior engineers


  • 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 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
  • Workplace nursery scheme
  • 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

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