Rails Backend Developer (Full-time, Remote)

We’re seeking a full-time, remote Rails backend developers in Europe or on the US east coast.

About the Work

  • You’ll be 1 of 4 Ruby on Rails developers.
  • You’ll mostly work on the business logic of our web platform, and only occasionally work on the views (our frontend developer usually handles that part in a separate Next.js app).
  • You’ll join a small product team consisting of 1 frontend developer, 3 other Rails back-end developers, 3 designers, and 1 product manager.
  • You’ll report directly to the founders (one of whom is technical) and periodically collaborate with people outside the product team.
  • You’ll play an active role in the shaping and scoping of new features.

About You

You must naturally thrive working independently and asynchronously. Furthermore, you should be:

  • Impatient — You must have an insatiable desire to constantly move things forward and take action without asking for permission.
  • Comfortable in uncertainty — You must regularly dive into complex problems and systems without knowing all of their details upfront.
  • Something to prove — A desire to show the world what you’re made of; ambition matters.

Our Development Principles

The following principles have served us well; you should at least be open to them:

  • Get to production — We want to get things into their real environment as early as possible and then rapidly iterate from there. This means constantly shipping incremental pieces, whether it be directly to customers, behind feature flags, on an obscure URL, as a script, or some other form.
  • Constantly fight the urge to do more — Everyone, including yourself, will naturally slide towards wanting to make the thing a little bigger and a little better. You must be vigilant in pushing back to avoid scope creep.
  • Testing also means clicking — Automated tests are great, but actually using the real thing, in a browser, with production data is indispensable. A feature is not tested if you haven’t tried it the way the end-user will.

About Baymard Institute

Baymard Institute is used by 50,000+ UX designers and researchers worldwide.

Baymard is an independent UX research organization of ~50 people distributed across the US and 10 different European countries. Most work as UX analysts and researchers.

We conduct large-scale UX research studies and publish the findings in our SaaS platform. (It’s primarily this platform that you’ll be working on.)

We offer:

  • A flat organization with a long-term focus.
  • Lots of responsibility from day 1.
  • Organization that is remote from the ground-up.
  • Founders engaged in the product (both are active in the product team).
  • Flexible hours.

See the “key work values” section for a description of each of the above bullets.

Practical Details

  • Salary: competitive, matched to your skill and ambition.
  • Location: remote full-time position from either US east coast, Europe, or Africa. (Most of the product team is located in Europe)
  • Start date: as soon as possible.
  • Language: fully proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Travel: limited; expect 0-2 weeks of travel each year.

How to Apply

  1. Describe how you fit the role and share evidence of extraordinary ability (max. 1 page). (Required.)
  2. Examples of code you’ve written (either attached or as links to public Github repos, PRs, commits). (Required.)
  3. A link to your LinkedIn profile or a resume (PDF). (Required.)

Send the above to info+railsdev2024@baymard.com. (All applications and materials are treated confidentially.)

Deadline: July 8th, 2024. (Note: you will greatly increase your odds by applying early as we review applications as they arrive, interview on a rolling basis, and will hire the moment there’s a great match.)


If you want to prepare the best possible, consider reading our SaaS sales page and the “work values” section below.

Sincerely,
Christian & Jamie, founders of Baymard Institute

Referral Bonus: If this job isn’t you, but you know someone who’ll be the perfect fit, please send them the link to this page. If we end up hiring the person you referred, we’ll give you 1-year access to a Baymard Premium ‘Specialty’ plan (normally $3,588/year).


Key Work Values at Baymard

Video describing the other teams and culture at Baymard

The following work values are central to us at Baymard and hopefully gives you an idea of our culture and what working at Baymard is like:

Our entire team works remotely, but once a year, we all get together for a meetup. Past meetups have been in Iceland, Copenhagen, and Portugal — see a video from one of the meetups.

  • Flat organization – Baymard is a small organization of just ~50 people. This means zero management layers between you and the final decision. You’ll have direct access to and impact on decision making.
  • Lots of responsibility – From day 1 (OK, maybe day 2), you will be working on final products or services. We believe the best way to learn is to work on actual products and challenges, supplemented with rich early feedback.
  • Long-term focus – Decisions are always based on their long term impact. We’re not interested in hunting after the next “quick win” — we want to make a lasting impact on the e-commerce industry and usually adopt a 5-year perspective in our decisions and projects.
  • Remote from the ground up – 100% of the team works remotely. We’ve deliberately designed the organization around remote work. That said, we do bring the entire team together for a week once a year somewhere interesting in the world.
  • Team of ‘subject matter’ nerds – Everyone geeks out a bit on their work interests. We love that, and once a week someone from the team gets the opportunity to do a 20-minute presentation on their latest obsession — whether it’s quasi-quantum-worlds, critical thinking, or the proper usage of hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes.
  • Founders engaged in the product – We believe it is essential that those orchestrating the work of the organization are keenly in tune with all aspects of it. The two founders of Baymard have therefore performed every type of task in the organization themselves (from programming to UX testing), and continue to work directly on the product.
  • Flexible hours – Beyond ensuring availability for meetings and a few hours of daily overlap with your colleagues, you are largely free to plan your own workweek. E.g., we have some that take a 2-hour break midday and then instead work in the evening, or only work half a Tuesday and then always work half a Saturday.