Lead/Sr. Backend Engineer

Role Overview

Kittyhawk makes it easy to manage a drone program that’s safe, compliant and reliable. Our platform is comprised of easy to use mobile apps, desktop tools and an API that keep teams flying safe and their data organized. Companies use Kittyhawk to manage their fleet, fly missions and capture data.

Since our founding in 2015, Kittyhawk has powered more than 800,000 commercial drone flights across all seven continents. We’re an FAA Approved UAS Service Supplier and the provider of the B4UFLY app.

What you’ll bring to the team

  • 5+ years of production PHP experience.
  • Experience working with Laravel or Symfony in a production environment.
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Proven ability to work with Product and scope upcoming features.
  • Experience with designing and implementing scalable systems.
  • Experience in identifying, debugging and resolving complex production issues


  • Have worked with Docker & K8s.
  • Live and Breath TDD.
  • Thrive in an agile environment.
  • Enjoy mentoring and helping others.

What you’re responsible for

  • Serve as the expert and go-to person for debugging and solving backend issues.
  • Deliver backend services with high availability, low latency, and scalability.
  • Identify and champion critical refactors of existing codebase and data structures.
  • Drive good engineering practices within the engineering department.
  • Estimate, help plan and execute on projects, features, and integrations.
  • Architect and implement automated testing frameworks for existing and new features/services.

You’ll fit in well if

  • Thrive in a collaborative engineering environment.
  • Want to build a reliable and safety-first product.
  • Excited to solve new problems.
  • Enjoy working with a growing team of engineers who share your love of well-written code.

What We Offer

Competitive startup salaries, full benefits, flexible vacation, and equity are just starters. We’re offering a chance to help build a massive company in one of the most interesting industries in the world today.