Senior Ruby Developer

Remote - Anywhere
🗺 Remote working, flexible hours.

⏱ Permanent, full time

💵 Competitive salary

🍰 Early-stage equity

We are a new, 100% distributed, startup building out our product offering in 2020. We’re fully funded and we’re putting together a great team of industry veterans. Although a lot of our early team is in the UK, we’re a global company with team members in India, Germany, the USA, among others.

Hiring people internationally is complicated – with interacting engineering, legal, financial, operations, and HR processes. We’d like to find people who think this is as interesting a challenge as we do.

The role

We value making an inclusive and diverse workplace, and we welcome applicants from marginalized groups – the world over.

We’re looking for a senior backend engineer, that probably means at least five years experience working professionally in teams on web development projects.

If you join us now, you’ll be in on the ground floor building our technology stack and product, helping to embed a positive team culture and build a great working environment.

You'll be working on implementing product features, as we rapidly expand our product offering.

Our technology is (currently) Ruby, Rails, a GraphQL API, and ES6 with React, running on Heroku. This role is primarily on the backend side, though you’ll be able to work elsewhere if you have skills in other areas (and we are also looking for a full-stack developer if that's more your style).

Your job will be to collaborate with a product to develop and clarify requirements and then take charge of implementing significant portions of the product as we expand our offering. You’ll be pairing with other engineers regularly to jointly develop implementation plans and share knowledge.

Looking forward to your application! Come help us help the world work together.


Skill sets that are important:

  • Confident with Ruby, and you’ve worked with JavaScript to an extent. You know HTML.
  • You’ve worked with relational databases like MySQL or PostgreSQL.
  • You can articulately discuss requirements and technical plans.
  • You have a good understanding of web standards and development best practices.
  • You’re able to write robust, comprehensible code.
  • You've worked in agile teams of one kind or another.
Skills that are not required but any of which would be a bonus:

  • Professional experience with GraphQL APIs
  • Cloud infrastructure experience
  • Web security expertise
And finally:

  • You need to have a good home internet connection or are able to get one.
  • You are a fluent English speaker

$70k-$100k depending on experience.

Fully flexible hours.

30 days plus public holidays, or the legal minimum in your region if greater.


Oyster’s mission: to unlock global talent by making cross border hiring easy. We want to spread great employment rights and benefits and help make them the norm for remote workers across the world.