Senior Software Engineer (Ruby on Rails)

Development · Remote, Kent
Department Development
Employment Type Full-Time
Compensation DOE

Despite technology revolutionising the future of ecommerce, the way we’ve bought and sold cars has largely remained the same for over three decades. Customers had no choice but to trek to their local car dealership to access the best vehicles and latest offers. But thanks to the Automotive Transformation Group, that is no longer the case!

 

With almost 50 years’ of combined industry experience, the Automotive Transformation Group is comprised of two internationally recognised brands – GForces and Autofutura. We are the first of our kind within the industry, creating more than just successful and user-friendly websites for car dealers and manufacturers. Our NetDirector® Suite delivers a seamless and omnichannel solution for all those within the sector who want to stand out from the evolving competition; offering state of the art technology and invaluable data insights to maximise vehicle sales!

 

Since completing this game-changing merger last summer, we are committed to creating new products, investing in new ventures and developing our teams to truly become a key innovator of change. There has never been a more exciting time to join us on this journey!

 

The Role

We are looking for an experienced Senior Ruby on Rails Software Engineer to join our SalesMaster development team and contribute to our industry leading SalesMaster SaaS platform. You will work closely with other Software Engineers, Product Architects and Product Owners as part of a collaborative team to drive our platforms forward, exploring new technologies and approaches to existing challenges.

 

We desire engineers who take ownership of entire problem spaces and continually seek to push the product forwards, aligned to our strategic product goals and who are enthusiastic about building web applications. We’re incredibly proud of our SalesMaster platform and have big ambitions to now scale its use. The SalesMaster platform is a key component in digital transformation of the customer journey, and we need to capitalise on our unique insight and experience.

 

We seek engineers with relevant experience, such as working in a busy and multi-functional team, planning and prioritising a variable workload and delivering to deadlines. Good listening skills and time management are essential, as is performance with consistent reliability, excellent attention to detail and high levels of accuracy. Working in technology in a changing industry means an ability to learn quickly and maintain up-to-date knowledge is critical. With the role being primarily remote we need strong communicators, both written and verbal, with the ability to summarise and clearly convey information and advice. Working within a broader business requires the ability to deal with people professionally and courteously, even when you are busy.

 

The role has three main focuses:

  • Development
  • Support
  • Platform

 

Development

This role will directly contribute to our product growth ambitions. This role will work alongside the other developers in expanding the feature-set of the product as well as concentrating on converting inefficient manual processes into self-service functionality for the subscriber-base.


  • Enhance, refactor and maintain our existing SaaS product
  • Determine a suitable approach for an identified problem space
  • Ensure the solution meets the acceptance criteria outlined for that problem space
  • Implement effective test coverage for the solution to ensure it behaves as expected
  • Conduct code reviews for pull requests
  • Be accountable for the solutions you implement
  • Manage development tasks from initial assignment through to release
  • Assist with the grooming of the backlog and the continual refinement of issues


Support

As a member of the Development Team this role will provide ongoing support to both the developers and the wider company.


  • Build and maintain a personal knowledge base of the system’s functionality, data sources, data structures
  • Act as a technical expert to support colleagues
  • Answer technical queries posed by our other teams
  • Provide day-to-day support to the Development Team to provide a secondary opinion and to help resolve development blocks
  • Identify enhancement opportunities in the system; whether as a result of technical debt, poor data quality, a poor or inconsistent user experience or through advancements in technology


Platform

This role will contribute to the ongoing upkeep and maintenance of our infrastructure.


  • Deploy code to our Testing, Staging and Production environments
  • Document and communicate internally a summary of the code deployed
  • Build and maintain a personal knowledge base of our infrastructure and associated technologies
  • Monitor our infrastructure to ensure it remains available and performant
  • Provide support to resolve infrastructure issues

 

Essential Skills

  • Proficient at Ruby and the Ruby on Rails framework
  • Proficient with the RSpec test framework
  • Proficient at Javascript (native and jQuery)
  • Proficient at HTML, CSS & JavaScript preprocessors (HAML/SASS/SCSS)
  • Experienced with using Git and GitHub as part of a collaborative workflow
  • Experience with cloud-based infrastructure, from deployment and monitoring through to provisioning resources

 

Desirable Skills

  • Aware of React.js, Vue.js, Node.js and other JavaScript frameworks
  • Proven experience in a similar role
  • Experience, or an interest in, the automotive industry
  • Knowledge and experience of PostgreSQL, Apache Solr, Linux, Docker, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

 

Salary

DOE

 

 

Location

Remote/Office Based - optional

 

 

Department

Development

 

 

Position Reports To

Lead Software Engineer / Product Architect

 

 

Benefits

  • 25 days holiday plus birthday off
  • Up to 5 additional days holiday for long service
  • GForces group pension plan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity  
  • Regular socials and company events
  • Flexible hours


 

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Under the Equality Act 2010,​ we aim to be an equal opportunities employer and we are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

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  • Location
    Remote, Kent
  • Department
    Development
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Compensation
    DOE