Ruby on Rails Software Architect$ 60k USD/year $ 30 USD/hour 40h/week Remote Position Long-term
Do you have the passion and ambition to grow your Ruby on Rails skills, make decisions based on metrics and challenge yourself on a variety of products? If you can adapt to our roles and can learn new ideas and concepts to solve business problems, then this role may be for you.
Our assembly line teams require highly skilled Ruby on Rails Architects who are experienced in writing unit tests and are willing to be part of a high performing team where you can expect to learn from your mentors. We have high expectations of our engineers within the organization and only the best and most disciplined in their work are expected to succeed.
Software Architects have aggressive daily and weekly targets set for them and are required to work a standard working week with us. Your output of work is measured daily, both from a quantitative as well as a qualitative aspect. You will receive daily and weekly feedback on your performance which will help you resolve blockers and ensure you are meeting your targets.
-Apparao A, Software Architect
As our factory is designed to deliver exceptional quality at a high pace, in every team that you work in you will be expected to deliver work to a high level of quality.
Your work quality is measured through the First Time Acceptance Rate, which means passing the code review quality bar set by Chief Architects.
As a Ruby on Rails software architect ($60K/year), you can expect to be a member of one of our central assembly line teams such as code cleanup or maintenance team. Our maintenance team is responsible for bug fixing across our 100+ products portfolio, and our code cleanup team is responsible for increasing the quality of products we acquire by capturing anti-patterns, implementing microservices and ensuring our products follow SOLID principles.
Ruby on Rails Architects are expected to have high standards of code quality and will have daily and weekly targets. We measure the quality of work through our First Time Acceptance rate, meaning that our Product Chief Architects accept the work delivered by the software architects immediately and without having to ask for a rework.
In all cases, you will have aggressive daily and weekly targets to work against, and you can expect to receive daily and weekly feedback about your performance. The regular feedback is used to help you improve immediately and to help you resolve blockers which may be slowing down your performance.
Provide feedback to the engineering leadership on areas of the software development process which can be improved or automated
Mentor Ruby on Rails engineers to deliver high quality of code
Deliver a consistently high-quality product which achieves a high “First Time Acceptance Rate” from the engineering leadership
Comply with engineering process playbooks
Ensuring that your output meets the teams quality bars before being passed on to further stages within the process
Meeting your goals, which are set by your manager, on a daily and weekly basis
Escalating issues to your manager as soon as a risk is identified or as soon as you are blocked in your work
Working a standard 40-hr week and mostly Monday to Friday
Keep up to date with the latest software engineering trends
We believe in continuous growth and strive for continuous improvement. We also have an obsessive focus on improving the quality of teams, and you will learn how to do this as part of your work in our continuous journey towards improving the quality of products.
As a Ruby on Rails software architect, you will learn how an organization operates with an automated continuous deployment pipeline; you will learn how innovation and experimentation with technology can help drive productivity improvements, reduce costs and free up your time to do more meaningful and exciting tasks.
You will also learn how to operate in our metrics-driven culture, which is the foundation of our success in measuring and improving every engineering process and product we deliver. This also ties into the use of WorkSmart Pro, where you can learn how to improve your efficiency during your standard working day. You will learn how our centralized software factory model benefits an organization and gains from an economy of scale; the more we grow, the more efficient we become.
We want you to become a specialist in some of the parts of our software factory model and allow you to master your technical skills while interacting with the top 1% global technical talent.
Work ExamplesEvery job creates excellent work. We want to show you the types of things you will learn, using real work examples of the processes, training examples, playbooks, projects you will build on the job.
Easier development Playbook
This is a copy of the playbook used by our Easier team. Take a look at the processes and methods used by the team
Feature Project Delivery Framework
This is a work example of a spec for a new feature delivery
My Goals – Sample Project Goals
This is an example of how your projects are tracked for a quarter
Relevant Files and LinksHere you can find external resources relevant to this role.
If you are interested in improving your Ruby on Rails technical knowledge, you may find this website valuable. It has Guides, Blogs, APIs and also includes tips to build quality applications and the ability to interact with a large and friendly RoR community
As a Ruby on Rails Architect, what are the opportunities to learn and work with new technologies?
The learning responsibilities belong to you and are endless. Ruby on Rails Architects are expected to be versatile in various technologies and open to learning new tools and new technology stacks. Ruby on Rails Architects are also expected to be innovative and identify new technologies which can be leveraged to automate manual tasks and therefore freeing up time for more intelligent and interesting work.
What are the key things I need to do to ensure I am successful as a Ruby on Rails Architect?
Besides the apparent technical knowledge required to do the role, and keeping yourself up to date with the latest technology updates, you should also have a comfortable and quiet environment to work from. You should set a good calendar for your week which is repeatable and which allows you to dedicate long blocks of time towards your work with Crossover.
How do you measure the productivity of a Ruby on Rails team?
We do not measure the productivity by technology. Every team has a metric which they deliver against; by default, every person within the team is measured by the same metric on a weekly basis. For example, the metric for our maintenance team is “number of bugs fixed.” The cost per unit of the maintenance team on a weekly basis is the total headcount cost of the team for a week divided by the number of bugs fixed during the same week.
I heard you have a tracking tool to monitor your teams, why do you use it?
One of the key objectives of our productivity tracker is for it to be used by our Crossover partners to log time and eventually get paid. We also log information about our Crossover partners to understand what tools and applications they are using. This helps us to build work patterns of our people and identify best practices which we can share with all our teams. As an engineer, we expect that you would be spending at least 80% of your time in your relevant IDE with the remaining 20% spent on email, meetings and reviewing documents.
How can I get promoted to new roles?
To move across roles you need to apply through our crossover portal. From a Software Architect, you may apply for a Chief Architect role. You should also be ensuring that your manager is always knowledgeable about any active applications you may have.