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Sr. Software Engineer, Backend



Software Engineering
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Who we are:

MasterClass is the streaming platform where the world’s best come together so anyone, anywhere, can access and be inspired by their knowledge and stories. We put you in the room with the creators, thinkers, makers and leaders who have changed the world, so that you can change yours.

Members get unprecedented access to 150+ instructors and classes across a wide variety of fields, including Arts & Entertainment, Business, Design & Style, Sports & Gaming, Writing and more. Step into Nas’ recording studio and Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen, and go behind the big screen with James Cameron. Design your career with Elaine Welteroth, get ready to win with Lewis Hamilton, perfect your pitch with Shonda Rhimes and discover your inner negotiator with Chris Voss.

It's a pivotal time for MasterClass – and we want you to be a part of the journey. With a HQ in San Francisco, an office in Waterloo, Ontario, and a studio in Los Angeles, we are looking to expand our team to support the business.

If you want to help make an impact on our members' lives – we want to hear from you!

What we are looking for:

  • A product minded engineer to drive our product development from the ground up
  • Scrappy, entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to distill ambiguity into actionable plans
  • Curious mind who has a passion for discovering our customer needs and creating value through product innovation

What you will do:

  • Implement major new features, make performance and reliability improvements
  • Work across our backend tech-stack and AWS infrastructure
  • Partner with engineering leaders to establish the architecture roadmap for our product
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with product and analytics stakeholders
  • Mentor junior engineers

About you:

  • 4+ years of relevant product development and software engineering experience
  • Solid engineering fundamentals (CS degree is a plus)
  • Fluency in programming languages like Ruby, Java, Go or similar
  • Experience with modern web technologies and frameworks similar to Rails, React, Postgres, Redis, and Kafka
  • Understanding of highly-scalable systems, hosted in cloud platforms, such as AWS, GCP, Azure, or IBM Cloud
  • Creative thinker who enjoys fast-paced environments and is able to work through ambiguity

We are looking for more than what a resume can show. If you don’t have the exact experience or skills, but think you’d be a great addition to MasterClass, please apply for the role.

At MasterClass, we believe we put our best work forward when our employees bring together ideas that are diverse in thought. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law. In addition, MasterClass will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you have a disability or special need, we would like to know how we can better accommodate you.


The salary range listed is for candidates in Ontario, Canada. As a company, we have a location based strategy, which means the disclosed range estimate has been adjusted for geographic differential associated with the location where the position may be filled.

MasterClass’s salary ranges are based on paying competitively for our size and industry. In addition to salary, we also offer equity and comprehensive benefits (medical, dental, vision, flexible PTO, and more). The range listed is for the expectations as laid out in the job description, however we are often open to a wide variety of profiles, and recognize that the person we hire may be less experienced (or more senior) than this job description as posted. If that ends up being the case, the updated salary range will be communicated with you as a candidate.

Ontario, CAN Salary Range
$152,000$170,000 CAD