IN A NUTSHELL
Bellroy’s technology team is searching for a Senior Technology Lead to help us not just to ship features but to ship features from a codebase that’s better than it was last time we shipped a feature - and do this every time we ship a feature. Our Senior Technology Lead will help us use the programming languages we work in every day as they should be used, not as they can be used. Yes, to ship features (we’re not a language research lab and we’re not afraid of a slightly inelegant hack that gets the job done without polluting the codebase) but to be able to look back and see that we used the right abstractions, that our architecture served our business needs, that we didn’t brute force what we could have finessed. To achieve this end we need someone to manage our technical review process and shepherd our code quality within one of our four-person development teams. And, be jointly responsible for the enterprise architecture strategy of the whole technology team.
At some companies we observe a familiar and depressing pattern: the most technically excellent developers hit a ceiling beyond which they can’t progress unless they start taking on direct “reports”, and becoming “managers”. Given no other options they launch themselves down this path. As they progress they spend less and less time doing the thing that they love (crafting excellent code) while they learn a completely different craft — management — and spend more and more time dealing with people and their problems. At Bellroy we love the people who want to make that transition, but we don’t think that it should be the only way to progress your career, and we make sure that we have a technical stream that allows people to keep getting better at programming. This is a role in that technical stream.
The majority of our current codebases are in pure Ruby or Ruby on Rails, so you must have at least a working understanding of these technologies. We use React and Elm in the front-end, and we’re starting to move more toward the latter. We're striving for a headless e-commerce model and re-assessing our technical stack. You will have opportunities to learn and master new programming languages and frameworks (we’re excited about Haskell, Go and Rust, among others).
A quick note: We’re currently advertising a number of roles, so if this one doesn’t quite tick all of your boxes, check out our Senior Team Lead and Back-end Developer roles. If your ideal job is some combination of the advertised roles, apply anyway. As part of your application, tell us what you’re really looking for.
YOU COULD BE THE ONE, IF…
- Have a solid technical background in Ruby on Rails, but recognise that it has limitations
- Consistently deliver high quality code with strong, well-researched design principles
- Want a key role in technology selection and architecture, and don’t see people management as the right way to progress in your career
- Care more about tabs vs spaces than Scrum vs Kanban
- Get excited about great books and the ideas you can steal from them – technical and non-technical books alike
- Want to work for a company that cares about doing good things for the world
LOCATION AND HOURS
This can be a full-time role located in our Fitzroy office, or a full-time remote position from anywhere in the world. That’s up to you.
Start Day: We're ready when you are!