Ruby Developer

Company: Sofar Sounds
Location: London, United Kingdom
Type: Full-time
Posted: 05.MAR.2019
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We’re looking for an experienced Ruby on Rails Developer to join us who understands how to create scalable, maintainable code using best practices.


COMPANY: Sofar Sounds reimagines live events through curated, secret performances in intimate settings in more than 420 cities around the world.

ROLE: We’re looking for an experienced Ruby on Rails Developer to join us who understands how to create scalable, maintainable code using best practices.

You’ll be joining our growing engineering team, and working alongside our design and product teams. You will be instrumental in taking features and creating solutions that allow Sofar Sounds to put on hundreds of intimate concerts a week.

It’s an exciting time to join as we enter a period of accelerated growth. You’ll gain valuable experience working on a wide variety of projects. Including engineering a platform for our next phase of growth, moving our platform to a react front end powered by APIs and integrating with 3rd parties powering our growth.


REPORTING TO: Engineering Team Lead

What you’ll do:

  • Iterate and create new features for our events management platform - delivering an excellent end-to-end attendee experience, from the moment they first encounter our content, to applying and attending shows across different channels and devices.

  • Iterate and create new features for our public website - ticketing, content pages & feeds, features for visitors and members, hubs around individual cities.

  • Write elegant code that is scalable & maintainable

  • Use TDD techniques to create stable, tested code

  • Collaborate with our UX, Product, QA  and other teams to define and deliver features that solve real business needs

  • Lead projects across the entire development lifecycle, advising during ideation through to deployment.

  • Help to define and execute architectural decisions to support ambitious future growth

  • Support the Product Management Team and design leaders to define product vision

  • Promote quality, best practices and standards in all our products


  • 4+ years of Ruby on Rails experience

  • Experience of Postgres

  • Experience of TDD or BDD testing (We use RSpec & Cucumber)

  • Knowledge of Git and a passion for clear concise commit history

  • Fluent in English with excellent communication skills.

  • A passion for music and entertainment.

  • Flexibility to work in a dynamic continuous delivery environment.

  • Experience working in an Agile/Scrum development process.

Bonus Points:

  • Experience of React or other front end Javascript technologies.

  • Experience of Agile / Scrum, or similar.

  • Experience of scaling a platform using micro services or other approaches.

  • Heroku / AWS

  • Taken point on project.

  • Experience working in startups

  • Experience mentoring junior team members.

Company culture:

People who join Sofar Sounds have an excitement and energy about what we’re doing. They want to be a driving force of growth for emerging artists, committed to creating a magical experience for performers and fans alike, and this is reflected in the way they work.

We are growing swiftly, helping more musicians in more cities. As a result, we expect our people to get things done efficiently and to help other team members, whether a specific task is their role or not.  Also to learn from, and make changes as a result of, feedback from one another and our community.

The right candidate should be efficient and upbeat, and need to live the Sofar experience while sharing our vision for discovering great new music and creating the best live event experience in the world.

Sofar offers:

Sofar Sounds offers a comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, as well as opportunities for career growth and development.

We're a company of trust. What does that mean? If you need to take a break and go on a long walk, do it! If your family is in town and you want to spend the afternoon with them, do it! Need a vacation? Definitely do it! We trust our employees to take time when they need it.

At Sofar, we embrace diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We are inclusive. The more we live that, the better our work will be.

  • The opportunity to work with the leading and progressive minds within the music industry.

  • A range of meaningful benefits including:

  • A company pensions scheme.

  • Flexible work hours and time off.

  • Comprehensive health plans.

  • Culture of learning and development.

  • Off-sites and happy hours.

  • Free Sofar shows around the world.

  • Apple laptop and relevant software licenses for your role and beyond.

  • Competitive salary depending on your level of experience.

We’re currently situated in the Rich Mix building, Shoreditch, London.

Application to include:

  • CV.

  • Github / Stackoverflow 

  • Salary requirements.

  • Anything else you think we’d like to hear about (ie. side projects, other interests).

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