Senior Full Stack Software Developer

About BackHub

BackHub is a service that protects the data of software development teams, from a simple side hustle to a successful venture. Our focus is on backing up data that lives in the cloud – in apps like GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket. We invite you to read our blog to learn where we came from and where we’re going.

We care about honesty, we believe in learning from our mistakes, and we support each other as we grow.

About the job

The development team at BackHub is made up of small teams of 2 to 3 people; these people work together, collaboratively, to build new features and functions for our amazing customers.

In broad terms, each member of the team is responsible for the following:

  • Collaborating with other members of the development team to derive the best possible design to meet requirements
  • Implementing, testing, documenting, and maintaining back-end systems for multiple high-traffic services
  • Providing constructive feedback in the form of code and design reviews
  • Looking for ways to improve our development and deployment processes
  • Ensuring security and performance of our products

Day to day, you will work alongside other members of the team to bring new features to our growing list of services. BackHub is a large system made up of several components that all interwork in harmony. Some ideas we have in the backlog that have not made their way into our services include user management, action auditing, anomaly detection, dynamic reporting, exporting, trend analysis, real-time data translation …

Developing reliable, securable, scalable, supportable code is a must. You will help put out some fires, especially the ones you accidentally created (we are big on accountability, you break it, you fix it), including incident response and remediation, but your main focus will be the reliability and robustness in all the things you help build. Less-flammable apps; fewer smouldering embers; automated fire suppression.

You need an observant eye for details, whether it’s with code, spelling, or something else entirely. Prove it to us – address your "Why do you want to work with us" question to Ms. Rails.

This job isn’t about moving heaven and earth. Yes, we want to be proud of running top-flight, healthy products, but we also want to be kind, considerate, fair, flexible, and calm. Especially in crisis.

About you

You are a perfect match for this role if you’re someone who possesses:

  • Great troubleshooting and analytical skills, you’re an exceptional communicator, you have prior experience building or maintaining Ruby on Rails-based applications, and you have a curious mind for how things work and what makes them tick.
  • You should enjoy making complicated situations simple and painless. You should be a stellar communicator, even when you have to communicate less-than-stellar news. You should have highly tuned senses of compassion and empathy and a drive to constantly help others.
  • You must be proficient in REST and GraphQL APIs, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SQL, Linux, and major browser development tools. You should be well-versed in AWS, source control management (preferably Git), Docker, and one of either Ruby or Python. 
  • You might have a CS degree. You might not. That’s not what we’re looking for. We care about what you can do and how you do it, not about how you got here. A strong track record of conscientious, thoughtful work speaks volumes.

We strongly encourage candidates of all different backgrounds and identities to apply. Each new hire is an opportunity for us to bring in a different perspective, and we are always eager to further diversify our company. BackHub is committed to building an inclusive, supportive place for you to do the best and most rewarding work of your career.

How to apply

Please send an application that speaks directly to this position. There are no right answers or cookie-cutter expectations. Be authentic, be yourself, be creative, and take your time with the application. We want to see your personality. There’s no prize for being the first to submit! In our "why you want to work with us question", tell us briefly about:

  • why you want to work at BackHub and not somewhere else.
  • a time you taught yourself a new skill to complete a job or project.
  • some of the work we do; introduce yourself as a colleague and explain how you can help us
  • your favourite meal; why you love it and how you prepare it

Experience comes in many forms, many skills are transferable, and passion goes a long way. If your background is close to what we’re looking for, please consider applying, even if you aren’t able to check every box above. We are dedicated to diversity and providing an inclusive workplace for all and especially encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.