Architect/Lead Developer - Ruby on Rails
Rafter - San Mateo, CA

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We are looking for a strong lead developer/architect and
seasoned professional with previous experience in a developer position
in a fast-paced environment. We're looking for someone who is not only
brilliant and creative, but who is motivated to help drive the growth
of what is quickly becoming the de-facto online destination for the
industry. Of course, our ideal candidate has unquestionable coding
skills, an eye for detail, problem solving skills, motivation and
drive to succeed.

Do you like to work with smart people,
solve hard problems, and make a difference in millions of lives? We
are looking for a top tier Ruby on Rails Architect who has experience
leading teams and architecting creative technical solutions. We
develop using Ruby and Rails and are one of the larger rails sites on
the web. MySQL, Solr and Redis keep our data straight and fast. We
manage our work with agile methods and deploy our own code.

Roles and Responsibilities:
Grow a strong technical team, picking the right technologies
and platforms for product implementation, while defining critical
architectures and delivering on the product - 50% hands on
Development; 50% team management
Build a world class
engineering team that will attract talent for years to come

Write copious amount of elegant code and provide hands-on
guidance to the rest of the engineering team
Foster and
support culture of innovation and excellence in the engineering
organization
Define the appropriate architecture for the
product, keeping in mind the scalability and flexibility needs

Be fully and closely engaged with the product, marketing, and
business development teams to determine the best technical
implementation methods and execution schedules

Qualifications/Requirements:
BS degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or
similar is REQUIRED. MS and above preferred.
Start-Up
experience is preferred
Highly advanced knowledge of Ruby
on Rails is preferred, but we will look at bright candidates that
have a Python and or Java background that is willing to jump into
Ruby on Rails
Understand and have a passion for testing and
TDD (unit, functional, and integration tests)
Proven track
record in Engineering and Designing Solutions
Ability to
own projects end-to-end as demonstrated by significant open-source
contributions, independent projects, team leadership, or
startups
Excited by creating applications others use and
love
Must have highly advanced knowledge of MySQL. You should
have the ability to create efficient queries, knowledge of
replication, optimization, monitoring.
Good working
knowledge of Linux
Able to produce high quality work on
aggressive time lines
Work with other developers to plan
and execute integration with other components
Thrive
working in an agile environment
Must be able to understand
the big picture and to outline and grasp the details needed to
implement both internal and customer-facing applications.

Must be a proven leader - able to own a process, express ideas
clearly and logically, meet deadlines, and work effectively under
pressure.
Creativity, curiosity, self-motivation, and
perseverance are also essential.
Excellent interpersonal
and communication skills are required, as well as demonstrated
critical thinking and organizational skills.

Nice to have skills:
Clojure will be a BIG plus
Experience with
web services architecture
Strong interest in solving
challenging problems
Highly trafficked/24x7 systems

What we provide you:
Challenging work
and the chance to learn every day from a high performance group of
peers in a tight knit environment. We offer competitive salary,
benefits, and the chance to improve the lives of millions of students!

Are you an active contributor to open source software? We
love to see your work - send us a link to your GitHub projects.

Read more about our success! Rafter Experiences 1,400
Percent Annual Revenue Growth in On-Campus Commerce -
Yahoo!
and Information Week

To learn more about Rafter, visit us on the web at www.rafter.com .

Rafter is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an
affirmative action employer.

“Veterans of the United States Armed Forces are encouraged to
apply. Thank you for your service.”

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