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Senior Rails Developer

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Posted 7 months ago


Working at Spectrum you will support our mission to help transform the way doctors diagnose and treat infectious diseases. We are empowering doctors to make the best decisions, with up to date and localised clinical resources. Our team is growing fast and we have world-changing projects already on the go.

We’re not kidding, world-changing is not hyperbole - working at Spectrum you will be able to see the positive difference your work makes in Canada and around the world.


Backing our mobile apps is a Rails web application that provides API data to the mobile clients, and a sophisticated CRM/CMS platform. You will be working to enhance and scale this web platform.

The kind of features you will be working on might include:

* Improve our API

* Performance by implementing faster JSON serialization

* Write a flexible text-parser to import varied medical device data

* Extend our integration with Firebase APIs including analytics and messaging

* Improve our CMS front-end UI/UX with input from a front-end designer/developer

* Working with the mobile team on a new feature for mobile deployment with platform management

* Refining CRM workflows

It is a varied role and you’ll be working on the full application stack, right across the business.


Work Remotely

Our company is headquartered in Vancouver, but are a remote team, spread across North America. We talk frequently and use collaboration tools you will be familiar with like Slack, Zoom, Github, Basecamp.

Full Idea Lifecycle

You will be involved in the design process, working with the founders and others in the development team to scope and refine product and system concepts prior to development. Contributing thoughtfully to conversations in a positive, engaging manner should come easily to you.


We are a small, technically strong team. We communicate closely and enjoy working together. However, as this is a senior developer role, you will also be expected to be independent and self-sufficient. You will need to be capable of developing strong strategies to solve complex business challenges, communicating those to others, and then implementing your defined strategy.


Our success to date is founded on producing high-quality software that our users love. Yet as a young company in a rapidly evolving market we need to move very fast. We typically work in 2-week cycles with multiple disciplines on a project. We try not to sprint. We value considered, well-judged, pragmatic strategies that can be acted upon quickly. You will enjoy finding the right balance between shipping your very best work, and pragmatically meeting sometimes challenging schedules.


Technical Skills

The skills you will use daily include:

* Expert knowledge of Ruby and Rails

* Native JavaScript with OOP principles

* Solid understanding of SQL and RDBMS

* Redis and similar in-memory storage

* Git for version control and collaboration

* Deep experience with the web and current web technologies (HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript)

We have no minimum-experience requirement, but you likely have at least 5 years professionally working with Rails. Other helpful experience might include: Docker and containerization, dev-ops including working with platforms such as AWS, Digital Ocean, Azure and Firebase.


The core of our technical team are based around Vancouver, so you will need good overlap with PST working hours. This is a full-time position. We typically work 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday, though your schedule will be flexible and managed by you.

Canadian Residency

As we do a lot of work with Canadian government organisations, a requirement of this role is that you will need to be resident, with permission to work, in Canada.


Your spoken and written English must be entirely fluent.


* Flexible working hours

* Flexible location

* Competitive salary for a senior position


If this role sounds right for you, please email [email protected] with the following:

* A message explaining why this role attracts you, and why it suits you

* Your Resume/CV

* Confirm your location and availability

After an initial screening process, we'll schedule a video call (15-20m) to see if we might be a good fit for each other. We will then give you a take-home test, 2-4 hours work maximum. A longer video call (~1h) with some of your prospective teammates will follow.

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