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Senior Software Developer (The Big Know)

Launched out of GoKart Labs in 2014, The Big Know is globally recognized as a learning technology leader because of our intuitive learning platform and high-end content production. We create world-class online courses for leading companies like UnitedHealthcare, P&G and Optum. In 2018 we launched Being, a Netflix-inspired course series where best-selling authors, celebrities and industry experts teach employee wellbeing.

Why This Job Is Important 

  • You’ll contribute immediately to something real - we change lives by connecting great people with great content on an amazing platform! 

  • You will help to define core architectural front and back end components of our system

  • This role is pivotal in helping our organization scale to the next level

  • We keep information super secure and helping with that is meaningful to our company and to our users

  • We are implementing some key features to our platform that are going to really level up our organization preparing us for the next level of growth.

  • Our company strives to engage people with programs that improve health leveraging education as the key means to health engagement.  You will improve the lives of fellow human beings!


What You Will Be Doing 

  • Working with stakeholders from the Design Team, Business Analysis, Client Management, and others in the organization to define, build, and test platform functionality.

  • Working on a cloud based Platform as a Server Provider

  • Focusing on delivering scalable solutions (we have high scale and continue to grow rapidly!)

  • Work with a RoR backend framework

  • Work with a Javascript, Vue.js based front end framework (among others)

  • Team up with local and offshore resources in a sprint based agile development environment

  • Work with PostgreSQL

  • Work with third party tools to ensure stack optimization

  • Integrate third party functional tools into our platform stack as appropriate

  • Not building an ERP back end business system - you’ll have lots of interesting roles here!


What You Will Learn 

  • What it means to work with a highly effective agile dev team that embraces the true nature of agile

  • How to build a beautiful end user first application

  • Understanding a mobile-first, reflow based web application that leverages responsive and adaptive patterns

  • The value of humble excellence, hustle, collaboration and teamwork, and balance in the work environment

  • You CAN have a role in defining process, features, and be accountable for the delivery of awesome software

  • There are really amazing people at The Big Know!


What You Are Good At

  • We are seeking a seasoned developer that thrives in small to medium sized company environments

  • You are entrepreneurial and willing to take risks, fail quickly, and learn

  • You like talking to people, debating issues, having a point of view and sharing it

  • You show a willingness to compromise

  • You appreciate how business dynamics shape the work of the dev team, and enjoy playing an active role in those business dynamics

  • This role will ideally be full stack with stronger emphasis on back end skillset, but able to architect and put in place front end patterns for team members to carry forward.

  • Our Backend Stack

    • Ruby 

    • Rails

    • SQL (PostgreSQL)

    • PaaS Stack Management (Ideally Heroku)

    • API Dev

    • SAML 2.0 or other standard Auth frameworks

  • Some of our front end technologies

    • Javascript

    • Vue.js

    • jQeuery

    • RoR

    • HTML 5

    • CSS 3

    • Responsive Design

  • Helpful General Skills 

    • GitFlow

    • Bitbucket / GitHub

    • Docker

    • Stripe

    • Sendgrid

    • Redis

    • PaperTrail

    • NewRelic

    • Memcached Cloud

    • Amazon Cloudfront


What You Have Most Likely Done

If you are a fit for this role you probably have some code or sites we can look at.  We are interested in those. Be prepared to share sample sites, bitbucket or github code repos that you are able to share.

  • Worked in medium to small organizations

  • Worked in agile environments

  • Created entity relationship diagrams

  • Follows database design best practices

  • Interpreted or created wireframes and application designs

  • You’ve used different tools to prototype and test things prior to building

  • You’ve defined processes for the dev shop

  • Have lots of backend dev experience

  • Have a decent amount of front end dev experience

  • You’ve worked with lots of different technologies and frameworks

  • You’ve been part of working with a mixed on-shore / off-shore balanced team

  • You’ve likely been an architect of an application or two

  • You spent some time doing some sys administration (at least a little bit!)

  • You’ve got people who will say amazing things about the work you’ve done for them

  • You’ll have a spirit of contribution, with a demonstrated desire to make a difference with the work you produce, and how you produce it

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