Staff Engineer (Ruby on Rails)

Published on March 24, 2024

At Caribou, we’re on a mission to help drivers save money and take control of their car payments. Caribou does this by using technology to unlock low rates, and people to make the process easy and enjoyable. Caribou was built by leaders from the technology, automotive, and finance industries. We’re proud to be backed by a great team of investors, including QED Investors, Goldman Sachs, Moderne Ventures, Accomplice, Link Ventures, Motley Fool Ventures and others.

About Caribou 
At Caribou, we care about giving people financial freedom so they can focus on what’s most important to them. Today, less than two percent of Americans refinance their auto loans despite drastic increases in the cost of new and used cars. We see huge potential to help folks reduce their monthly auto expenses, as well as increase the predictability of those expenses over time. We do this by building technology to pair customers with community banks and credit unions, and ushering them through the process quickly. On average, our drivers save $130/month on their car loans while protecting their investment long term. 
Caribou is led by leaders from the technology, automotive, and finance industries. We’re proud to be backed by a great team of investors, including QED Investors, Goldman Sachs, Moderne Ventures, Accomplice, Link Ventures, Motley Fool Ventures and others.
About the Role
Caribou is looking for an experienced Staff Engineer that loves to build important and meaningful products for our customers and partners. You will directly support one of our three product engineering teams and will play a key role in building and maintaining our high performing engineering organization. 
In this role, you will…
  • Play an active role in the entire software development process (e.g., planning, requirement gathering, conceptual and technical design, implementation, testing, deployment, and maintenance). 
  • Envision and build a scalable foundation that improves the way we onboard and manage our lending partners. 
  • Be accountable for driving a technical vision and key technical decisions that will lead to critical business outcomes. 
  • Drive technical excellence within the Lending Partner team and across engineering. You will focus on technical quality, stability, and resilience of the products and systems you support.
  • Lead architectural design and code reviews and support / mentor engineers across the organization.
This role can be based out of Caribou offices in Washington, DC and Denver, CO. Alternatively, this role may work remotely from a state where Caribou operates*. This role may require attendance at occasional in-person team meetings.
About You
You, like us, are driven to achieve your goals. At Caribou, we have just three core values: Give a damn. Velocity. Make the assist. We’re motivated. We race towards our goals. And we help each other along the way. 
You have:
  • 10+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience building, leading, architecting, and scaling full-stack Ruby on Rails applications.
  • Technical leadership with proven experience to lead project teams, set technical direction and strategy, and work cross-functionally with Product, Design, and other parts of the business. 
  • Passionate software engineer with high standards of craftsmanship (high quality, low tech debt, low maintenance cost etc.)
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills.
Technologies we use:
  • Ruby on Rails, Typescript, Node
  • Postgres, Cloud Pub/Sub
  • GCP Cloud Platform
How we will take care of you
Everyone at Caribou is a valued team member. Our compensation and benefits package includes: 
  • Competitive compensation: $160-200k
  • Equity options
  • 401k savings program
  • Generous paid time off including: Flexible Time Off (FTO) for all employees and 100% paid parental leave for all parents.
  • Robust wellness benefits including company-paid plans for health, dental, vision, mental health, disability and basic life insurance.
  • Optional benefits to suit your individual circumstances such as HSAs, FSAs, supplemental life and medical insurance, and pet insurance.
  • Up to $1,000 per year for eligible professional development expenses.
Our Core Values
We come from all walks of life and are joined together by our shared values, which guide our work and how we work together. 
  • Give a damn. What we’re doing matters. We show up determined to deliver results, and we love it.
  • Velocity. We’re intentional about where we’re going and we race towards it.  
  • Make the assist. We have diverse strengths. We offer and ask for help so we all win.  
Caribou is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, marital status, military or protected veteran status, genetics, or any other characteristic protected by law. This position is not restricted solely to the responsibilities listed above, and the scope and responsibilities are subject to change. A pre-employment background check is required as a condition of employment.
*Caribou does not currently have employee operations in AL, AK, AR, CT, HI, ID, IN, IA, KY, MS, MT, NE, NM, ND, OK, RI, SD, WV, WY.