Our dev team is getting bigger! We’re looking for a couple of software engineers to join us in Dublin. Our team is a mix of junior and senior developers, and we’re looking for people anywhere on the experience spectrum. We have a packed development roadmap with projects large and small, and we need your help to get it all done!
We hire for fit, not for a list of technical qualifications. We’ll give you a (long!) description of how things work around here, and if you think this is the sort of place you’d love to work, please apply!
What’s the story?
On the dev team, we design and build new services, dive deep into performance issues in our distributed systems, and fix the hairiest bugs.
We support our developer colleagues through discussions, advice, and code reviews.
We work closely with our SRE (Site Reliability Engineering) team to prepare new services for deployment.
We have a big thing for distributed systems and fault-tolerant tech. It’s crucial that our services can survive the failure of a server or three. We work hard to give our SRE team good options for scaling services, diagnosing problems between them, and restoring them easily when they fail.
We have excellent tools for continuous integration, packaging, deployment, rollback, and application metrics/logs. We’ve put a lot of effort into our developer tools over the last few years and it really pays off – we think nothing of a dozen deploys a day. Our SRE colleagues are pretty hands-off when we need to deploy something, but are always willing to help when we’re unsure or when the tools aren’t doing what we expect.
We have hundreds of Linux servers running many services, all talking to each other over reliable and unreliable networks. We have a lot of opportunity to build and exercise knowledge of working with Linux, with different protocols, socket programming, handling common network error conditions, etc.
Our contributions are exercised by more than one hundred billion events every day. We always have to think about how something will perform, scale, and fail.
When a tough problem is escalated to us by our colleagues in support, we work directly with customers to understand their issue, prioritize the problem, and get it resolved. We’re proud of the excellent support we provide.
- Slack for team communication, “ChatOps” deployments and control of infrastructure, and some friendly shitposting, if we’re honest!
- Github for code hosting, code reviews, etc. Everything goes through a pull request and review process. We’re free to nominate whomever we think is best for a review, and comments are always constructive. ‘Bikeshedding‘ is heavily discouraged.
- CircleCI for continuous testing, and these builds generally produce the packages that end up getting deployed to production too.
- Sentry for error-tracking, and the ELK stack for digging into logs from all the servers.
- Staging servers for validating our changes in a near-production environment.
- “Canary” deployments, so our changes see a small amount of real user traffic before we roll it out everywhere.
- We heavily use our own service (hooray for dogfooding!) to monitor the service itself – metrics and measurement on everything!
- Puppet, for managing configurations and the state of all the production systems. Config changes also go through Github and a review process!
- Docker for containerising some applications where it feels like the right thing to do.
We offer a great deal of trust and support. We’re expected to take initiative, and we expect to do our best work here, but we don’t want to burn out in a couple of years either. We trust one another to make good decisions and to ask for a nudge or advice when we need it.
If you don’t look, act or feel like everyone else in the tech industry, you should know that diversity is important to us. We’ve written about it here, here, here and here. Our founder and CEO is particularly keen on this, so there’s support for diversity right from the top.
We hire for nice people over someone who ticks all the technical boxes. We think that we can teach smart people any technical skill they might need, but we can’t teach you to be a nice person.
We don’t really care about your level of formal education, mathematical skill and so on. We want to see that you have relevant experience, that you have good attention to detail, an aptitude for learning new skills, and that you have empathy towards your team-mates and our customers.
We’re serious about empowering developers to deploy early and often. We’ve built lots of tools for automating deployments and we’re strong believers in having every new hire deploy something to production on their first day. (With lots of support, don’t worry!)
We don’t consider writing tests to be optional, and the build fails if the code coverage drops!
Location and hours
Our office is in Dublin, Ireland and we’d like you to be based there. We have a bright, spacious office on South William St with views over the city centre and many good lunch and transport options nearby.
Our working hours are typically 1000-1800, but it varies by person. If we need to visit a doctor or wait at home for a package, that’s grand.
Once we’re settled in, we have the opportunity to work from home regularly.
A competitive salary, dependent on experience. Yeah yeah, weasel words. Okay, here are some figures:
We’re looking for more than one developer right now, and we’re willing to consider juniors, mid-level, and experienced developers. At the low end that probably means about €30k for new grads, €80k for really experienced people, and anywhere in between for mid-level people. These are rough figures, and it really depends on where you’d fit in on our team.
- 25 days of paid holiday.
- Health insurance for you and your family, or if you don’t take that up, an equivalent “health” benefit like a gym membership. Up for discussion.
- We provide a company laptop, typically a Macbook Air, but the brand/model is up for discussion.
- Free coffee and snacks in the office!
We run social events from time to time – we’ll occasionally do a free lunch thing, have a night out or an evening meal with the team. We often just get some cans in and chill on a Friday evening too, sometimes with board games or Mario Kart if we’re feeling up to it. We’ve had a few entire-company days out where we travel and go on a small adventure for a day, and we love hosting parties (sometimes with a BBQ!) on our penthouse terrace.
How to apply
To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV attached (PDF and TXT files strongly preferred, please) and tell us about yourself. Please tell us why the job is interesting for you, and why your skills and experience make you a good fit. There’s no recruitment company or keyword-filtering tech in between us mangling what you write, we read every application carefully and we’ll try to get back to you quickly.
Note for recruitment companies: We don’t work with recruiters, so please don’t contact us.