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Senior Full Stack Engineer

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Posted 23 days ago

Our Senior Full Stack Engineers are passionate about delivering high quality software, on both our backend and frontend services. They also coach and learn from their colleagues, and constantly better themselves and the people around them.

About SH:24

First off, thank you for considering a role with us!

SH:24 is a pioneering online sexual and reproductive health service, delivered in partnership with the NHS. We make it easy for people to self-manage their sexual and reproductive health online by providing free STI test kits, contraception treatment, information and advice - 24 hours a day. We've won a host of awards and industry recognition for what we do, and we're happy to say that our reach and services offered are expanding every day.

We are not-for-profit and passionate about delivering discreet, convenient and clinically safe sexual health services. Our vision is to make it easier and faster for people to access sexual and reproductive health services, no matter where they live; we've been doing it since 2013. We're also proud of our community and the people who work for us; those who have helped us shape a company that puts our users at the heart of everything we do by designing services that are easy to use, easy to access and easy to understand by all that need them.

The Role

Our Development Team has recently split into four distinct workstreams to better focus on specific projects and keep context over several months of sustained work. These four streams have responsibilities that span a mix of BAU, Support and tool-improvement, as well as several new projects and the creation of customer-facing sites. We are looking for Senior Full Stack Engineers to help populate these new teams.

At SH:24 we like to keep our stack relatively straight-forward: we build our software primarily in Ruby, most of which is within Ruby on Rails. We have a mixture of full stack Ruby on Rails applications and REST APIs serving React components and in the near future we will look to principally build out our front-end in React. Additionally, all our applications run on AWS, with a deep stack of EC2, EKS, RDS, S3, SQS, Elasticache, all managed using Terraform. Every project is run through CircleCI and we deploy to most of them several times a day.

We're big followers of Agile and have daily stand-ups, as well as weekly estimating sessions, refinement sessions, retrospectives, and other Agile ceremonies. We use as a kanban/project management tool. We also love pairing and you can expect to work closely with your team either through screen-sharing or, hopefully soon, in person!

What We Need From You

We expect you to be an expert when working in Ruby, and to have a good knowledge of object oriented programming. You'll have extensive experience of working on a delivery team shipping a Ruby on Rails product to users.

You'll have been involved in the front-end side of at least one product, and have a good grasp of what it takes to use HTML, CSS and JavaScript to make a robust and accessible UI for users. Any experience with modern front-end frameworks such as Gatsby or Next.js will be a bonus.

You'll also have a good knowledge of databases and how they relate to ActiveRecord and the rest of a Rails app. An understanding of SQL and DB performance at scale would be a real advantage.

You'll have worked in an environment where developers are exposed to managing cloud infrastructure. You have a working knowledge of AWS and containerisation basics: Virtual servers, networking, Docker and Kubernetes.

We'll expect you to be able to work on entire features from inception through to delivery. You'll be able to assist in planning and architecture decisions throughout our service and communicate those decisions to other members of the team.

We are big testers here. We'd hope you are too, as well as following good design principles for creating code. You might not know what every letter of SOLID means (although it wouldn't hurt!) but you should be interested to learn and have a good understanding of what it means to create great code.

You'll have worked in an Agile environment and be comfortable with its ceremonies and deploying regularly. In time, we'll need you to join our on-call rota for out of hours support. This is shared amongst all members of the development team and you'll be compensated for those times that you're on-call. Finally, and most importantly, you will love to learn, share knowledge and help others. The team at SH:24 is great because we provide the support to each other for everyone to perform well.

What You'll Get From Us

We are always interested in upskilling our employees, and are flexible in ways to do it: be it courses, books, onsite or remote learning with a colleague - whatever suits the situation best. If there is a particular skill or product you would like to work on and improve, we'll always try to accommodate you.

We're also keen to allow the team to work in the way they want - you can choose the OS of your machine, your chair, standing desk, dual monitors etc. If there is anything you need don't be afraid to ask.

As well as remuneration in the region of £60-85k based on experience, SH:24 provides a number of other benefits, including 25 days of annual holiday (in addition to the days between Christmas and New Year), truly flexible working, excellent pension contributions and life insurance.

Equality and Diversity

As an employer, SH:24 is committed to inclusivity.

We want to increase representation of currently under-represented groups to make SH:24 more diverse.

Build an inclusive team, where everyone is able to be themselves at work and feel supported, empowered, valued, respected, fairly treated and able to achieve their full potential.

As an inclusive employer we will not tolerate discrimination.

Interview Process

The SH:24 interview process comprises three main sections:

1. An interview with a member of the product team or senior management. This is primarily a culture-fit interview but also allows you to get a feel for the company and ask any final questions that may have come up through the process.

2. A take-home code test. This is to be completed in Ruby although further than that is up to you.

3. A pairing interview, consisting of a conversation with two members of the team, along with a pairing exercise relating to the code test submitted. Usually we'll request an additional feature or suggest a possible refactor for you to try.

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