New Grad Software Engineer (Manila)

Job description

Ascenda is a global provider of innovative loyalty solutions and operates premium rewards propositions for major financial services and travel brands worldwide. As a trusted partner powering over 70 of the world’s leading rewards programs, Ascenda develops end-to-end solutions to address the most meaningful challenges facing the loyalty industry today. By deeply profiling local market needs to provide the right technology, content and value propositions alongside careful management of marketing, servicing, costs, and fraud, Ascenda delivers highly compelling and beautifully simple plug & play offerings that eliminate the trade-off between cost and customer value.

At its heart, Ascenda is an engineering and technology company. Our products and services help many financial services and travel brands serve millions of customers globally better. We take pride in building beautifully designed, performant, easy to use but yet secure products and place a huge emphasis on delivering great code.

We're looking to bring in passionate engineers who're keen to learn and grow in a fast-paced environment. You take great pride and your work and feel a great sense of accomplishment in building beautiful products that scale. 

At Ascenda, we have a huge focus on coaching on mentorship. As a fresh grad engineer, you will be given the correct guidance, mentorship, as well as opportunities for you to grow your career. We value the insights and perspectives you may bring to the company as a new graduate and look forward to the diversity you will add to the team.

This job is specific to joining our second engineering office based in Manila. We have a beautiful office in the BGC area, flexible working options (e.g. 2 days remotely from work) and a very competitive salary. We are committed to expanding and building on the team in Manila and you will be a core part of that process.

In this job, you will be:

  • Working with different engineering teams in Ascenda, ranging from our core API platform and services, to frontend products and high throughput backend systems. As a fresh grad engineer, you will get the opportunity to develop your skills across multiple teams, or, spend more time working with a specific team.
  • Delivering products to customers in a matter of weeks after you join! We believe in giving everyone ownership, including our new grad hires! You will start by owning small pieces of the platform and working your way up.
  • Learning about other aspects of software engineering, such as, 
    • Security & Compliance - how do we build secure software, especially since we work with financial institutions
    • Infrastructure - learn how to build scalable infrastructure from our DevOps team

Ascenda offers:

  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Travel benefits
  • Flexible working environment (we allow for remote working, flexible hours when needed)
  • Comfortable working environment (Every new hire gets a brand new Macbook Pro and 2 screens!)
  • Diverse and friendly working culture. Members of our team come from over 20 nationalities worldwide!


We are looking for someone who is:

  • Passionate and excited about using technology to build great products!
  • Have some experience in at least one backend language (Ruby preferred, but not obligatory)
  • Have some experience in building frontends, either in vanilla JS or using frameworks.
  • A team player, willing to help other developers, share knowledge and care about the product you build
  • Possess good communication skills, are not afraid of suggesting changes and improvements
  • A fast learner, able and willing to learn new languages and libraries

Candidates must be authorised to work in the Philippines. Ascenda does not sponsor work visas in the Philippines for foreigners.