Great Software Opportunities: Ruby on Rails, CTO, and more

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Wingate Dunross, Inc.                         April 16, 2013
Great New Opportunities for Highly-Skilled Rubyists!
 
 
#1) CTO (Chief Technical Officer) Ruby Engineer (Worcester, MA)
 
My client offers a tremendous growth opportunity for a highly skilled, experienced Ruby on Rails software engineer/coder to be rapidly groomed and promoted to a CTO role or someone who can fill a CTO role immediately. They are a highly successful VC-funded startup in the Worcester, Massachusetts area which has achieved world-dominance in their industry and has successfully doubled market-share every year for the past three years.
 

They have retained me to recruit an aspiring CTO to build their engineering team, and to lead the technology development of their small company poised for "rocket-ride" growth, accessible to candidates in the Boston, MA /Metrowest area as well as Providence, RI.

What You’ll Be Doing:

             Leading the technical development of web applications serving up map-based, data heavy information products

             Solving challenging problems working with massive datasets that include crime statistics, schools, lifestyles, neighborhoods and more

             Working in an Agile, TDD environment writing code you can be proud of

             Keeping existing products up-to-date with the latest technologies, architectures, and standards

             Helping build a nimble engineering team with potential path to CTO  

             Collaborating with PhD Geographers and Statisticians to create new, disruptive products

What’s In it For You?

             Major opportunity to build your own team with potential path to CTO position

             Casual fun working environment, solving some of the most exhilarating Big Data problems in the industry, alongside a team that’s as passionate as you are about this stuff!

             Competitive salary, stock options for you to participate in company success, and great benefits (401(k), 100% medical coverage, 11 paid holidays)

             Great work/life balance, with 40-45 hour work weeks the norm!

             Long-term stability with a venture backed start up that is already profitable and growing

             Investors include the Founders of MapQuest and CoreLogic

Desired Skills & Experience:

             A BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or similar; MS preferred

             5+ years designing and implementing complex, data-heavy e-commerce systems

             Self-directed time management, documentation and communication skills

             To be passionate about your craft

             Extensive RoR app dev experience with merchant processing capabilities

             An ideal candidate would also possess:

o             Familiarity with GIS-related software, incl. spatial databases such as PostGIS and the Google Maps Javascript APIs

o             Experience with all aspects/tiers of web and mobile web app development

o             Strong Unix skills including API/data mining experience

o             Scaling and performance tuning of high-traffic, data-heavy sites

Company Description: Small, high-end geospatial analysis Company born of university research, specializing in location-based decision-making tools:analytics, information and data.They license geospatial risk analytics and SaaS products for a host of business to business applications, and run the largest neighborhood search engine in the world, and “the most trusted source for choosing a neighborhood,” according to Money® Magazine.

 

#2) Director/Senior Ruby on Rails Engineer (Hoboken, NJ and Brooklyn, NY) 

Since its inception over 40 years ago, my new client, an international, publicly-traded company, has become a weight loss industry leader, and one of the largest e-commerce companies in the Philadelphia area.


 They strive to maintain a workplace that honors talent, hard work, and initiative and realize that creativity and success thrive in an environment that fosters entrepreneurialism, collaboration and respect. This is the atmosphere that they strive to provide for all employees.

The Director/Senior Ruby on Rails Developer will develop responsive and scalable websites and web applications using RoR and other open-source technologies. This person must have a strong knowledge of software architecture and design and extensive experience working with open-source projects.

Duties and Responsibilities:

•    Build websites and web applications using Ruby on Rails and other open-source platforms and technologies
•    Work independently while leveraging the contributions of others
•    Design efficient and maintainable databases. Optimize queries to use indices and key structure
•    Use source code management to track changes, create branches, and merge patches between stable and release branches
•    Participate in all stages of software development - from early brainstorming to coding and bug fixing
•    Write excellent, performant code and associated tests
•    Discuss product requirements with others, inside and outside of engineering

Qualifications

•    Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, or related field
•    At least 5 years web application development experience using Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL and other open source frameworks
•    Excellent oral and written communication skills
•    Experience building scalable internet applications
•    Experience building and maintaining content management systems
•    Creates well designed, reusable code on a reliable schedule
•    Understands the benefits of the various design methodologies, functional, and object oriented environments
•    Understands specific browser compatibility issues
•    Required technologies
o    Ruby on Rails
o    Apache
o    PostgreSQL & MySQL
o    Redhat / CentOS
o    Git & Subversion
•    Experience with these technologies is a plus
o    Mobile development experience
o    memcached
o    MongoDB
o    node.js
o    Apache SOLR Search or Sphinx Search

COMPENTENCIES
•    Assists in the facilitation of team and client meetings.
•    Delivers informative, well-organized presentations.
•    Understands how to communicate difficult/sensitive information tactfully.
•    Generates enthusiasm among team members.
•    Proactively seeks opportunities to serve in leadership roles.
•    Challenges others to develop as leaders while serving as a role model.
•    Manages the process of innovative change.

Relocation assistance and equity participation available.

Major growth opportunity inside a startup initiative inside a well-funded, stable and successful company.

 

#3)  Backend Ruby Engineer (Los Angeles):

My client is an energetic thriving startup changing the way international students find housing and strengthens the study abroad experience. The mission is to enhance the study abroad experience by helping international students find and book housing near their new school.

Currently, international students studying in the US do not have trusted resources that help them find quality housing or provide them with local information and networking opportunities. Schools lack adequate housing and current third party services are outdated, expensive, and offer limited choice.

My client offers a web and mobile platform that allows students to find housing from private renters or qualified homestay programs. Photos, profiles, reviews, and social features will help match students with hosts. A streamlined application process will expand choices and handle payments.

They have retained me to seek an experienced and motivated Back-End Developer. If you are an entrepreneurial, passionate candidate that enjoys programming, you'll be a great fit for their team.


They we are looking for self-starters who thrive in a fast-paced, agile environment wearing many hats, being able to change direction quickly, and showing an eagerness to learn new technologies as the need arises.

Desired Skills & Experience:

Experience using Ruby-on-Rails in a production environment.
Experience using HTML/CSS/Javascript/AJAX in a production environment.
Experience building and administering systems related to fraud, payments, API and recommendation engines
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work in areas outside of their usual comfort zone and get things done quickly.
Experience using a dynamic programming language in a production environment (or personal projects)

Company Description: Client's mission is to enhance the study abroad experience by helping international students find and book housing near their new school.

Currently, international students studying in the US do not have trusted resources that help them find quality housing or provide them with local information and networking opportunities. Schools lack adequate housing and current third party services are outdated, expensive, and offer limited choice.

Company offers a web and mobile platform that allows students to find housing from private renters or qualified homestay programs. Photos, profiles, reviews, and social features will help match students with hosts. A streamlined application process will expand choices and handle payments.

My client is a graduate of the largest accelerator in Los Angeles, backed by Howard Marks (founder of ACTIVISION, sold for 14 Billion). They are a well funded start-up backed by investors who have funded companies such as Google, Dropbox, and Paypal.

 

#4) Senior Front-End Developer (Maryland)               

My client is looking for a seasoned Rails UI developer with deep understanding of HTML, CSS, Javascript and other web technologies to deliver scalable cross-platform internet applications. It’s a unique opportunity to be on a team that tackles big challenges in UX/UI and video processing.

You will help them embrace best development practices for churning out quality code at a rapid pace. You will own the UI related initiatives on multiple projects and will have help from junior developers. You will be involved in the engineering planning and prioritization exercises and have the ability to make a direct impact on the product. You will work with business stakeholders, graphic designers, product management and QA to spearhead the development effort alongside the Lead Rails Developer and the CTO. In a nutshell, you’ll impact not just the development of the Company's technology, but also the company as a whole.

Skills & Requirements

We are looking for a talented engineer with most, if not all, of the following skills:

  • Has 6-10 years of experience in designing, developing and maintaining front-end for cross-browser and cross-platform Rails applications.
  • Can quickly learn new technologies and has worked on complex UX & UI.
  • Thrives in fast-paced environment by using agile methodologies.
  • Enjoys mentoring junior developers on the team.
  • Understand MVC pattern, TDD, BDD and are up to date with prototyping tools/languages.
  • Is conversant with Rails, Ruby, CSS frameworks, cloud technologies (AWS, heroku etc.), *nix, PostgreSQL, UJS, Javascript frameworks such as JQuery, Third party Javascript plugins, AJAX, REST, Automated Unit Testing etc.
  • Can estimate work for projects requiring collaboration between couple of developers and graphic designers through two-week sprints.
  • Can get things done without supervision, and can help others meet deadlines.
  • Is personable and a good team player.
  • Appreciates a good story (and a good laugh).
  • Can work out of Silver Spring, MD.

IF you are interested in any of these outstanding opportunities, please submit a resume with cover letter.   And, if you or your company is actively seeking to hire key or hard-to-find people in any technical field, please alert me. 

Thank you,

Nicholas Meyler 

GM/President, Technology
Wingate Dunross Associates, Inc.
ph [masked] ext. 211
                           

Special Bonus: My article on recruiting (how to stay on top of your field) will be published by Mechanical Engineering Magazine next month.  Here is a first version of the article:

                        http://app.streamsend.com/ss/1/u4Kt/z4kk4qg56g 

    

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Wingate Dunross, Inc. is a Retained Executive Search Firm in Los Angeles which has been in operation since 1983. The combined experience of the four principals spans a century of dedicated commitment to the profession of recruiting and staffing. Nicholas Meyler is a degreed Chemical Engineer and a graduate of Princeton's World-renowned Philosophy Department. He enjoys fencing, chess, scuba, climbing, photography and genealogy.  
 
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Nicholas Meyler
GM/President, Technology
Wingate Dunross Associates, Inc.
ph [masked] ext. 211
                       
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