Back End Developer 

 Bytemark Limited — Company based in Manchester or York or Remote, United Kingdom


About the company
Bytemark is a 32-person strong hosting company founded in 2002, with around 3000 customers. Our head office is located in the beautiful, historic city of York. Our mission is to provide solid, reliable hosting with a strong focus on the UK market. We've a deep appreciation for the free software movement and as we've grown, made sure that our recruitment and management are focused on providing equal opportunities for all staff through providing a flexible 37.5-hour average work week and family-friendly employment policies. Whilst we have a mix of staff in traditionally "technical" and "non-technical" roles, everyone in the company is encouraged to excel in their field, regardless of their position or workflow.

Job position
Permanent - Remote work possible

Job description
We're looking for an enthusiastic Back-End Developer to join our expanding team of multi-skilled front-end and back-end developers. We’re interested in someone who can take apart a web application, get to know it intimately and then develop, fix, test, and deliver it.

You should be comfortable in picking apart modern web application frameworks, APIs and SQL, as well as doing occasional spots of browser-side debugging.

The main languages we use are Ruby and Go, but if you’ve completed work in C++, Java, Python or similar languages you’ll get on just fine! We use Rails for many of our web-facing APIs and internal applications. You’ll need proven development track record, and a strong desire to get projects delivered.

Your work here would depend on your skills and experiences, however it might include:

Developing new features on our Bytemark Cloud platform
Diagnosing and fixing issues on our Cloud platform for the Platform and Customer Service Teams
Maintaining our existing Rails application to current standards
Breaking up legacy codebase into individual front-ends and micro services

We've developed our own cloud hosting platform, founded on our history of building hosting products with innovative technologies. We’re not afraid of challenges, and have learned how to turn inventive engineering decisions into high-value production systems. We love putting these new ideas into production for our customers. Our uptime and long-term reputation is a critical consideration in all of our work across the business.

We adhere to Agile software development practices and organise our work according to the Scrum framework. We use Git for version control and Gitlab to keep track of issues and for continuous integration. Developers self-organise their work within self-contained sprint cycles. In short, we have an evolving methodology and a wealth of experience – this means we can quickly and efficiently deliver new features for our customers.

Your duties would include:
Writing straightforward, reliable code with reasonable test coverage
Reviewing code of other members of the team, both senior and junior
Participate in building specifications as part of sprint planning within the Scrum framework
Triage and investigate issues reported on our code bases
Communicate the work of the Engineering team both internally to the company and the wider world

This position will be centered around either our York or Manchester offices. Working remotely may be possible if you have the right experience. Our company has been split between York, Manchester and several fully remote workers for years, so we have various ways of making that work.

Our whole team comes to our York HQ three times per year for a meal, catch-up and talks, but each department meets up on a much more regular basis.

Employment Benefits & Salary
Salary £38,000 to £44,000
Standard holiday allowance: 25 days holiday + UK bank holidays
Extra holiday allowance: 1 day per full year of employment up to 32 days
Allowance for home broadband service
Bytemark administered group personal Pension Scheme (current company contribution 3%)
Annual health cash plan & private health care
Enhanced Maternity - 16 weeks pay + 8 weeks 50% pay
Enhanced Paternity - 2 weeks pay + 2 weeks 50% pay
Childcare voucher scheme
5 days per year allowance for training purposes
Company-provided bicycle for employees within cycling distance

Our policies and benefits enable every staff member to balance both family and work commitments, without sacrificing individual ambition or professional development.

Skills & requirements
Essential Skills
Programming Ruby or a similar dynamic language (Python, Perl, etc.)
Familiarity with front-end languages (e.g. HTML, JavaScript and CSS)
Working with a database-backed full-stack web framework: Rails or similar
Ability to diagnose application performance bottlenecks, e.g. code inefficiencies, slow database queries
Ability to work with staff and customers to reach satisfactory conclusions for issues reported on our software
Approachable, friendly, and tactful

Desirable Skills
Some experience of Go or traditional systems languages - Java, C, C++ would also be relevant
Knowledge of continuous integration and automated deployment
Knowledge and experience using GNU/Linux
Any experience of Puppet, Ansible or other configuration management

Instructions how to apply
Please apply directly through our website using our fair and anonymous recruitment process:

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