Ruby on Rails Chief Software Architect

Do you want to architect, develop and deploy multi-million dollar software products? Learn more about our Ruby on Rails Chief Software Architect role.

Ruby on Rails Chief Software Architect

$ 100k/Year  ($ 50/Hour for 40 hours of productive work per week)  Remote Position   Long-term

Want to learn how to guide a talented pool of architects to come up with new ideas to continuously improve our cloud-based SaaS systems and solve business problems?

Are you inspired to drive up the code quality for our 100+ products portfolio? Interested in utilizing your years as a Ruby on Rails Chief Architect to help to solve anti-patterns and increase our customers’ experience? You may want to join a team which is revamping all the front end technologies of our products. If yes, then this role may be for you.

You will work on a variety of products in various industries, work with top talent, and be on some of the most interesting technical projects which you may find. Redesign front ends, improve code quality, shrink the code, release products every week; this is all happening in our teams.

“I've grown professionally more than expected since I joined Crossover. I started as an Architect, then was promoted to Chief Architect and after a year became SEM. It all went so fast! I escalated the ladder and got the opportunity to face challenges I never imagined before.”
-Carlos R, Chief Architect
Crossover recruits and builds world class high performing teams to power the fastest growing portfolio of software products in the world. No other company provides the training and the opportunities to test yourself on the depth and diversity of projects that we do. All roles are location independent so you are guaranteed to work with the best in the world. Challenge yourself. Be part of the change.

As our factory is designed to deliver great quality at 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 your leadership team.

As the Ruby on Rails Chief Software Architect ($100K/year), you will conduct tech reviews, write unit tests and guide a talented pool of architects to come up with new ideas to continuously solve business problems.

This leadership position demands proficiency of hands-on professionals with a robust Cloud development background and who are comfortable with aggressive weekly targets.


  • Developing expertise in one or more of our proprietary enterprise software products.

  • Leverage your broad technology capabilities to set and maintain a level of various technologies to architect and deliver quality products.

  • Only the best and most disciplined in their work are expected to succeed.

  • If you are open to learning new skills, making decisions based on metrics, challenging yourself on a variety of products, and improving your productivity on an ongoing basis, then this role is for you.


A hiring event is a scheduled online event where all our relevant testing relating to a role is conducted on the same day. Submissions received during the event are graded the following week, and successful candidates notified if they have progressed to the next round which is an online interview with a Hiring Manager.


Achieving an expert level understanding of our customers’ environments and their use of our products

Architecting and leading technical delivery of one or more products and match the needs of the target customer base

Creating solutions architecture, algorithms, and designs for solutions that scale to the customer's enterprise/global requirements

Mentor Ruby on Rails architects and engineers to deliver high quality of code

Deliver a consistent high-quality product which has a high “First Time Acceptance Rate” from the engineering leadership.

Comply with Chief Architecture process playbooks

Working a standard 40-hr week and mostly Monday to Friday

Keep up to date with latest software engineering trends


Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering

8+ years of experience in hands-on development in Ruby on Rails architecture and programming

1+ years experience working in an environment where CI/ CD tools are used

2+ years experience in writing unit tests using Junit

1+ years experience using cloud technologies

6+ months experience using Jira and Github

Proven experience with performing code reviews and/or mentoring sessions (has dedicated a minimum of 25% of monthly time on this activity)

Ability to self-study and learn new technologies

Has worked with back-end technologies based and latest development frameworks.

Has experience working with two or more of data related technologies and familiarity with others from various; Relational databases, NoSQL databases, Caching systems, Full-Text Search engines, Big Data systems.

Has experience with one or more cloud or devops services like AWS, Docker, Heroku, Digitalocean, etc

Has experience with one or more front-end technologies including templating, CSS and JS frameworks

Good proficiency in the English language.

Nice to have:
  • A true “roll up the sleeves and get it done” working approach.
  • Demonstrated success as a problem solver, result-oriented, self-starter.
  • Comfortable “working virtually” with teammates and customers around the world - we do a lot of Skype and video conferencing.


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 Ruby on Rails Chief 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 the 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 Examples

Every 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.

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Feature Project Delivery Framework

Relevant Files and Links

Here you can find external assets relevant to this role.

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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.


and Answers

  • 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.

  • How can a Ruby on Rails Chief Architect get promoted to new roles?

    To move across roles you need to apply through our crossover portal. From a Python Chief Architect, you may apply for a Java Software Engineering Manager role. You should also be ensuring that your manager is always knowledgeable about any active applications you may have.

  • As a Ruby on Rails Chief Architect, what are the opportunities to learn and work with new technologies?

    The learning responsibilities belong to you. However, we can provide support and adequate content to help you. To be able to work with new technologies, you will need to re-apply and take the specific tests on the desired technology stream.

  • What are the key things I need to do to ensure I am successful as a Ruby on Rails Chief 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.

  • 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.