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Senior Software Engineer - Backend



Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, April 19, 2024

Who We Are

Baton is seeking ambitious individuals who desire the autonomy and agility of a startup environment combined with the backing, power, reach, and stability of a highly respected logistics industry giant.

Baton is the Silicon Valley-based technology innovation lab for Ryder, a leading logistics company that owns 260k trucks and manages $7.4B of freight.

Prior to the September 2022 acquisition, Baton was a venture-backed start-up that operated a fleet of trucks and hung out at truck stops to truly understand the challenges at hand.

The Problem We’re Solving

Our mission is to eliminate supply chain waste by creating a digital platform to manage freight and eliminate supply chain waste.

There are 500 million hours wasted in trucking each year, over 3 billion gallons of fuel wasted per year from trucks idling, and 1 in 5 trucks on the road driving empty at any given point. This has a massive impact on the environment, the lives of millions of drivers, and ultimately, the cost of goods that we all pay. Baton is fixing that, and you will too through the impactful work you’ll do here.

Senior Software Engineer - Backend

Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA

Basic Job Details
Office days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Work from home days: Monday, FridayJob type: Full time

Job Description

We are seeking a Senior Backend Software Engineer who thrives in a fast-paced environment and has an unrelenting passion for building products that resonate with users. The successful candidate will contribute to architecting and coding both the backend framework and API layer, working in our stack which includes Python, Postgres, and GraphQL, deployed onAWS. Ideal candidates are proactive, experienced problem-solvers with strong development skills in Python or similar languages, and are passionate about their craft.


  • Contribute to the design and development of backend systems and APIs, utilizing Python and best practices in software engineering to ensure high performance, scalability, and security
  • Provide technical leadership by mentoring junior engineers, guiding architectural decisions, and collaborating with cross-functional teams
  • Serve as an exemplar of coding excellence, writing clean, maintainable, and efficient Python code, conducting code reviews, and enforcing coding standards to elevate overall code quality
  • Help define the backend architecture, make informed technology choices, and identify solutions that meet current and future requirements while optimizing for scalability.
  • Take ownership of complex technical challenges, troubleshoot issues, and proactively identify areas for improvement in the backend infrastructure, ensuring a reliable and efficient web application.
  • Stay updated with industry trends and emerging technologies, conducting research and proposing innovative solutions to enhance the web application's capabilities and user experience.

Basic Qualifications

  • Web backend development experience with Python
    • Advanced proficiency with Python
  • Comprehensive knowledge of modern web architectures
    • Proven ability to architect and build a web app backend
  • SQL/ DB
    • Ability to architect a database schema
  • Ability to provide mentorship to junior engineers; make complex topics approachable

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5+ years of full time software development experience
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s in Computer Science or similar field


  • Competitive salary, bonus structure, and 401k with matching
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Hybrid work schedule
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision health coverage
  • Collaborative, fun, and tech forward office in Hayes Valley (San Francisco)

Compensation Range: The annual base salary range for this position is $156,000 - $217,000*. Compensation will vary based on factors including skill level, proficiencies, transferable knowledge, and experience. In addition to base salary, Baton full-time employees are eligible for an annual performance bonus.

Why You Should Join

  • Have an immediate impact
    • With Ryder’s existing customer base of 50,000+ companies and an internal headcount of 43,000, the scale and impact of our products will be large and far-reaching, from day one.
  • Opportunity to grow and lead in a Fortune 500 company
    • You’ll get to work in a rapidly growing, startup-like environment while having the stability and backing of Ryder and its full executive team.
  • Creative, fast-paced environment to solve impactful problems in supply chain
    • We’re going to design completely new tools for an industry that hasn’t been rethought in decades. And to do this, we need people who think differently.