Senior Software Engineer (Back-end) in Barcelona or Remote


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At Devex, our vision is to do more good for more people in the global development / international aid community. We’re a media platform that connects 1+ million development professionals with news, jobs, content series, events, and funding information.

On the Product Team, we work together with stakeholders throughout the company to define, design and develop features that will delight our users and customers. We’re a team with members from many different backgrounds working out of Barcelona in two multidisciplinary scrum teams called Bananas and Nuts!

Are you looking to join a team that has an agile and teamwork-focused culture? Do you love to creatively solve problems, own your work while getting the support you need, and enjoy communicating and collaborating with others, inspiring them to achieve their best? If you’ve answered yes, read on...

Job Description

What you'll do here

What kind of impact will you make? As Senior Software Engineer, you’ll design, implement, and maintain efficient, reusable, and reliable code. You’ll focus on back-end technologies - mostly in Ruby - with occasional gigs in front-end or devops code as well.

Your role would be on one of the Product Teams, focusing on the News or Jobs product line. Each team currently consists of 6 people and you'd be the second engineer focused mainly on the back-end. There are also two front-ends/fullstacks, an Infrastructure Engineer, a Designer, and a Product Owner.

In your first 3 months you'll:

  • Get to know your peers, set up your work environment, and become familiar with our processes

  • Have your first contributions deployed to our production environment

  • Build and release features as part of a small team

  • Become familiar with the architecture of our entire software system

  • Better understand the scope of Devex's services and mission

In your first year you'll:

  • Have become an integral part of the product team

  • Be capable of independently implementing high-level and sometimes vague tasks

  • Be trusted to work autonomously to solve most problems that come up

  • Take on technical leadership of individual projects

How We Work

Product teams at Devex have a lot of autonomy and are expected to work on problems instead of pre-defined solutions. When addressing business problems or working towards company goals, the team is involved early on in the ideation process.

We follow the Scrum methodology and work in two-week-sprints with the usual elements like daily stand-ups, sprint planning, backlog refinement, or retrospectives. We deploy our code to production nearly every day and are aiming to reach continuous deployment within a year.

The maintenance of our software stack is coordinated by the developers through a dedicated working group. Overall we dedicate 20% of our resources to maintenance work like keeping dependencies up to date or refactoring code for increased performance, stability and/or maintainability. Every other Friday developers can decide freely what maintenance tasks they'd like to work on - we call those 10%-fridays.

Tech Stack

Ruby is the main programming language for the back-end, using the Ruby on Rails and grape frameworks. The front-end is a mix of Ruby on Rails, AngularJS, and React. Nearly all data is stored in a relational database (PostgreSQL), cached by Redis, and searched over via Elasticsearch. We manage our cloud infrastructure via Kubernetes on AWS, local environments rely on docker.


What are we looking for?

Here are the indicators that this could be a good role for you:

  • Strong skills in written and spoken English

  • Experience in developing professional web applications using server side MVC frameworks like Ruby on Rails

  • A solid grasp of object-oriented programming and automated software testing

Additional Information

What We Offer You

When you become a Devexer, you’re not only joining a global company but a team of 120+ passionate people who value our guiding principles:

  • We champion global development professionals.

  • We focus on impact.

  • We embrace transformation.

  • We work together.

  • We feel urgency.

Being part of the Devex team is a partnership. We strive to make Devex a place where you can thrive and do your most inspirational work. Here are a few benefits we offer:

  • Competitive salary (the range for this role is 41k-60k € gross per year)

  • Either fully employed in Spain or with a freelancer contract

  • Flexible work hours and work from home (100% remote)

  • Our office in Barcelona in case you want to work from there

  • 23 days paid vacation plus holidays.

  • 2 company-wide breaks of 1 week to rest and recharge

  • 2 learning days plus learning stipend

  • 2 YAY days to adventure as you like

  • Private health and dental insurance

Interview Process

  1. Screening call with Diana, People Operations Lead

  2. Intro interview with Engineering Manager

  3. Interview & code-review challenge with two members of the team

  4. Final interview with Technical Director

We encourage applications from all backgrounds! We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at Devex. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Ready to get started? Apply now and we'll get back to you shortly! We will continue to accept new applications until the position is filled.


About Devex

  • Social Network

  • Washington, DC, USA

  • 50-200

  • 2000


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