Senior Full-stack Javascript Developer


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Different is seeking a passionate senior full-stack Javascript developer for a permanent position in our Colombo office. You will play an important role in a small but growing team of full-stack developers that develop a product for an Australian-based startup called ​:Different​. Our engineering team has been deeply involved with ​:Different​ since they started in February 2017.


  • You are passionate about coding
  • Love the startup life and culture and comfortable with constraints. As a fast-growing startup, we can’t do everything, and we work to make the most of the resources we have
  • A can-do attitude
  • Top-notch verbal and written English communication skills
  • Pay a lot of attention to the details
  • Accountable and highly organized
  • A strong team player with a collaborative attitude
  • Intellectual curiosity and an attitude that’s focused on learning new frameworks, libraries, programming languages and approaches
  • Capable of switching between tasks and working in a fast-moving environment
  • Experienced with pair-programming and mentoring junior engineers

Technical skills:

  • At least 5-years of commercial experience as a software developer
  • Solid Javascript, React and Node.js experience
  • Experienced with Git and Github
  • Experienced with relational databases, ideally MySQL
  • Experienced with document-based databases, ideally MongoDB
  • Experienced with Test-driven development (Unit Tests, Integration Tests, End-2-end tests)

Bonus if you're familiar with:

  • Hashicorp products (Consul, Vault, Terraform, Packer)
  • Shell scripting
  • AWS

About the role

As a senior developer for a permanent position, you will be part of a team of 14 developers that are based on :Different office in Sydney and Colombo. We’ll be growing our existing suite of internal and consumer products, as well as working on some major new areas that will significantly expand our business, within Australia and internationally. Here’s just a small sample of some of our current and upcoming projects:

  • Development of a UI inventory using React
  • GraphQL API to serve our mobile and web applications
  • Codifying our infrastructure
  • Automated deployments


  • International team trips
  • Greenfield work on a cutting-edge, Microservice platform
  • Flexible working hours
  • Heaps of learning opportunities and room to grow within the organisation


  • Contributing to various front-end, backend and ops projects
  • Pair-programming, mentorship and code reviews of other engineers
  • Working with the team leads to architect the new features
  • Maintain existing features

About Different

Different is a consumer real estate startup that’s rebuilding property management. Our lead investor is AirTree Ventures, one of Australia's biggest venture capital funds. We’re also backed by such premier Silicon Valley investors like Foundation Capital (investors in Uber, Chegg, LendingClub) and Parker Thomson, former partner at Angelist and 500 Startups.

One of our co-founders was the first PM and the global head of product at Uber, along with a variety of roles at Google and other startups in Silicon Valley. Our other co-founder was a Principal on Google’s global business strategy team and a director at Softbank.

Different promises to create a great experience for the millions of investment property owners and allow them to focus on living their lives, instead of being landlords. We want our people to focus on creating and nurturing great relationships with our owners, tenants and tradies, rather than repeatedly managing mundane tasks. We do that by building systems from the ground up that understand the complex workflows we deal with. That means intelligent background automation across a variety of platforms, delightful consumer products and the seamless transition between people and technology.

Does that look like your next challenge?

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