Junior Ruby Engineer
Ghent, Belgium · Remote
Posted on Monday, August 7, 2023
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At Silverfin, we're an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. Although we know we’re not perfect yet, we are working hard on it and are always open for your feedback.
According to our vision to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive organisation, our policy is to only make a final hiring decision if minority groups are sufficiently represented in the list of candidates applying for the position. For this reason it’s possible interviews get slightly delayed until we’ve reached that goal.
We're committed to elevating talent by creating an environment where we can all thrive together. So if you think you have what it takes, but don't necessarily check every single box, please consider applying. We'd love to hear how you might contribute to our mission and our team.
The location of work for this position is Ghent, Belgium.
What can we offer you?
- Actual, proper work-life balance
- Personal growth training and opportunities
- Experienced engineers as mentors
- A distributed remote-first engineering team with 35 colleagues in 14 different countries on 2 continents
- A refreshing work environment with professional, friendly and welcoming colleagues
- A €1000 yearly budget for conferences, courses, workshops or other expenses that will improve your skills
- Two engineering retreats per year, somewhere in Europe
- For the third year in a row, we offer monthly company-wide Wellbeing Days for all employees (once a month in 2023, except in July and August)
What will you work on?
- Get to work on a production SaaS application used by thousands of customers on a global scale
- Figure out the best way to solve customer or business problems in close collaboration with other engineers and write the code to do just that
- Write automated tests
- Help with maintenance, support and bug fixes of existing functionality
- Find and solve scaling issues
- Collaborate with product managers, product designers, and other stakeholders to gather requirements and provide technical insights
What are we looking for?
- You're really eager to become a great Ruby engineer
- You're an avid learner and have spent some time getting to know Ruby on Rails
- You're a team player
- You're familiar with databases, version control and automated testing
- You have some technical background, like a CS or maths degree, or make up for it with cool side projects
- You can communicate clearly in English, both in writing and verbally
- You have an eye for detail and are thorough in your work
- You're interested in getting to know our customers to find the best solution for a given challenge
- You have a first experience with Ruby on Rails either professionally or through self study and side projects
- You're really eager to become a great Ruby engineer
- You can come to our Ghent office at least 3 days per week
- You can communicate clearly in English, both written and verbal
Nice to haves
- Experience as a remote worker in a fully remote team
- Experience in Fintech
- Accounting knowledge
These would be nice but are definitely not necessary. Don’t worry if none of the above applies to you.
What’s a Silverfin?
At Silverfin we’re applying the promise of software to the age-old industry of accounting. With our SaaS we’re automating a large chunk of the busy-work that accountants are currently handling manually, and are building new tools so they can provide better services to their customers. We aim to optimise their workflow in such a way that accountants can spend more time on the much more impactful and rewarding work of advising their customers, the business owners.
The good news is we’re succeeding in doing exactly that. Every week more than 15.000 financial service professionals use Silverfin to help and advise more than 400.000 businesses. Our customers adore us! The even better news is there’s still plenty left to work on, and that’s where we hope you come in.
What does your future look like?
Personal growth is key to staying motivated. Our team of experienced engineers is there to mentor you and help you hone your craft and improve as an engineer. You will have a chance to get to know and work with a state-of-the-art software development workflow on a real life Rails app at a large scale. You'll learn about the trade-offs involved in proper engineering and you will become able to make balanced business decisions, keeping in mind all the stakeholders of a project.
It's also good to know that later on at Silverfin you don’t need to move to management in order to advance. We see the individual contributor track and the management track as two different growth paths which every engineer can follow and switch between. You can be promoted, including pay raises, as a contributor or as a manager.
Everyone gets a €1000 yearly budget to spend on conferences, courses, workshops or other training to improve their skills and level up. This also includes accommodation and travel costs. If the conference is on a workday you’ll get paid like any normal day.
What does working at Silverfin look like?
The Silverfin engineering team consists of two main types of teams. A product team is a cross-functional team where engineers work together closely with product managers and product designers. The team's input comes from users or from a business problem that it can solve with a high degree of autonomy. Product teams are supported by a handful of platform teams that focus on the application's architecture and stability, while providing internal tooling and APIs.
Our ops team ensures things run smoothly, deploys happen correctly, and will work with you should issues arise. We’re enthusiastic followers of the devops mindset, which means ops and developers work together to solve problems, and empower each-other to be self-sufficient, instead of throwing problems over the wall to the “other side”.
We run an up-to-date Rails monolith on the backend, with PostgreSQL and Redis for persistence and caching, and everything is running on a Kubernetes cluster in Google Cloud. Our daily tools include GitLab, Quip and Slack, with Zoom as our remote conferencing tool of choice.
No code gets deployed without a code-review by a peer and testing is a must. Our pipeline automates deployment when the test suite is green, and deploys happen dozens of times a day. Each team is currently doing Kanban, but they’re free to follow whatever process suits them best. There are regular retros held to work towards continuous improvement.
Software for accountants is not considered to be very exciting, but we have our fair share of technical challenges. To give you a sense of scale: our database exceeds 10TB*, and our largest table has crossed the 10 billion row mark a long while back. We interface with more than 30 different external APIs, and provide third parties an API of our own.
*: Our ops team noted that this actually isn’t that hard to achieve if you’re just indexing everything, but it still sounds impressive, right?
What makes the engineering team at Silverfin special?
We’re a remote-first engineering team of 35 people distributed in 14 different countries over two continents. A priority for us is maintaining proper work-life balance. We avoid meetings as much as possible, accept deadlines only when absolutely necessary, and never expect anyone to work longer hours than they’ve signed up for. A day in our working lives is pretty boring, and we feel that’s exactly how it should be.
Working with us means you can be flexible with your schedule. It’s OK to disappear for a few hours in the middle of the day to run some errands, get a haircut, pick up the kids - whatever reason, you don’t need to explain yourself. You also fully decide when you take time off: our team is sufficiently varied and well organised that there are always enough people around to handle the load, and in the rare cases it’s not, we will decrease the load instead of asking people to move their holiday.
Being remote-first means we favour asynchronous communication. We don’t shy away from chatting in Slack, but the important decisions or discussions are done in Gitlab issues, over email, or in Quip, so there’s a written, persisted record. We’re mindful of maintaining long chunks of focussed time, which means we avoid @-mentions or PMs on Slack, and other triggers and interrupts. We encourage using Slack’s DnD function, especially when you’re not working!
We’d be really happy to welcome you in our #engineering channel, but it’s not just virtual: we make sure we regularly get to see each other in real life too. Twice a year we fly the whole engineering team together to a different location in Europe, and at least once a year we join up with the rest of the company so we can spend some time together with the other departments.
You can apply today and we’ll start having interviews from 28/08. There’s no benefit to applying early, so you can take your time answering the application questions.
- Apply for the job right here
- Or email us with any questions on firstname.lastname@example.org