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Posted about 1 year ago

Almanac’s mission is to democratize access to 21st century skills, insights, and tools so that no one is limited by knowledge in pursuit of their potential.

Through our own experiences, we’ve seen professionals at digital businesses waste too much time trying to find answers they can trust that help them do their jobs better. We believe this problem isn’t rooted in a lack of knowledge or expertise in the world, but in the deficiencies of tools we rely on to access, share, and improve how work gets done.

To make opportunity available to everyone, we’re building a knowledge platform that technology professionals can trust for documenting, distributing, and collaborating on how they work. We replace tools like Confluence and Google Docs to help individuals quickly access knowledge within and across companies that they can trust deeply.  

We’ve been moving fast since we founded Almanac in January 2019. Since then, we’ve built and launched the initial version of our product, raised a $2M+ seed round from leading Silicon Valley investors, and grown our full-time team to 10 people. 

We’ve seen deep demand from a broad cross section of customers, who are asking for a powerful platform that can help their employees be their best selves at work. 

That’s where you come in: we are looking for a full-time backend engineer with strong Rails experience to join our team of talented coders and content creators.

Job Description

As a backend engineer,  you will be responsible for building out content and data-heavy pages, endpoints and tasks that we need to help our customers organize their business knowledge. We’re looking for a hungry, talented engineer who wants to make a big impact at this early stage in our roadmap.

Specifically, you will:

  • Write elegant, well-tested code in a modern technology stack

  • Participate in stand-ups, code reviews and retrospectives with our remote team

  • Work closely with our Head of Engineering and backend/frontend teams to make architecture and design decisions

  • Help make sure everything runs smoothly & safely in production

  • Set down standards around development, code review and deployment


What you bring to the role:

  • You have 2-5 years experience building great products in Rails

  • You are passionate about writing clean and well-thought out code

  • You want to karate kick technical debt in the chops

  • You’re comfortable writing test suites in a test-driven environment

  • You can craft a devastating SQL query to save the day when all else fails

  • You are a strong communicator and able to clearly articulate technical problems

  • You work well independently and are driven to find solutions

  • You want to be an early contributor to our engineering culture and work environment

  • You have at least a 2 hour time zone overlap with UK office hours

Skills that make you extraordinary:

  • Obsession with high-quality work

  • Ability to work independently and find solutions

  • Love of detailed, continuous feedback that makes the work better

  • Desire to always move fast and prioritize speed over scope

  • Passion to be an early contributor to our engineering culture and work environment

  • Hunger to build a world-changing product

Bonus points:

  • You have hired and managed other engineers

  • You have experience working with modern Javascript frameworks

Additional Information

Our tech stack:

  • Algolia

  • Postgres 10.6

  • Rails 5.2

  • React

Things we love:

  • Algolia

  • Continuous delivery

  • git

  • Heroku

  • Self-documenting JSON APIs

  • Tartine croissants

  • TDD

  • vim