Ruby on Rails Engineer

As a Ruby on Rails Engineer at Buildkite you’ll help shape a tool that thousands of developers use every day. You’ll report to Keith Pitt, our co-founder and CTO, and you’ll be working alongside an existing senior product designer and three product engineers. In this team, you’ll have the chance to influence all corners of Buildkite’s product and culture.

We're looking for a Rails Engineer who's happy to have their work day overlap with  UTC+10 timezone to join our team and become a key part of all our engineering efforts

A​ ​typical​ ​day​ ​for​ ​a​ ​Buildkite Rails​ ​Engineer​ ​might​ ​look​ ​like: 

  • Collaborating via Basecamp on crafting an upcoming feature or fix. 

  • Primarily working on our Ruby on Rails (majestic) monolith which has hints of React, GraphQL and Relay on the frontend and PostgreSQL for the database.

  • Solving problems in our production app and isolating issues to fix.

  • Video calls with others on the team to discuss or solve problems, or to just say hi. 

  • Providing feedback on a GitHub pull request, or responding to feedback left for you. 

  • Helping customers via email and Slack support, and following up with "support hacks" to solve any identified issues. At the moment we have a person on support for the whole week (it’s your only job that week), and we each take turns. 

This job is for you if you: 

  • Have web programming skills. You should have helped design, develop and maintain Ruby on Rails production web applications, and are familiar with the surrounding ecosystem.

  • Believe in quality code. You should know how to balance your own high standards of code quality with the problems you are solving and external constraints like how time-sensitive it is or the impact it will have. 

  • Like solving problems. You are happy working through difficult technical problems and solving them in straight-forward ways. If you don't know the answer immediately, you will be comfortable digging into the problem until you figure it out and know when it's time to ask the right point to ask for assistance. 

  • Understand development processes. You are comfortable writing Git commits, pull requests and tests using tools like RSpec. You know how to tackle critiquing others code in a positive and productive way, and receiving the same sort of feedback. 

  • Are a good communicator. You should value empathy and kindness and be able to articulate your ideas and feelings when writing or speaking. 

  • Comfortable with working remotely. We are a remote-first company, so you will need to be comfortable working by yourself and taking initiative when team members are offline.


AUD $130–160k salary

USD $90–110k salary

EUR €80–100k salary

Depending on skill level, plus benefits, for 38 hours per week (pro-rata for part-time). Salary amount excludes superannuation / 401k. Buildkite also provides health insurance for you and your family, no matter where you are in the world.


We prefer around 1-3 hours of overlap with ACDT (UTC+10) mornings at least 3 times a week so we can sync up with you on a call and for you to be part of all-team catchups.

About us 

Buildkite is a continuous delivery platform that helps development teams ship quality code, fast. Making developers happy and productive makes us happy, and we’re lucky to work closely with some of the best software teams in the world, including Airbnb, Shopify, Intercom, PagerDuty, and Basecamp.

We are an independently owned, profitable company that values sustainable growth, transparency and work-life balance. We’re currently a distributed team of 16, and work remotely from Australia, Canada (and what ever part of the world our nomad team members are living in). 

Buildkite is committed to being an equal opportunity employer and we value all aspects of diversity at our company. We are committed to developing an inclusive and co-operative workplace that welcomes a diverse range of people. If you require support or assistance during the application process please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. Example of accommodations that we can make include providing additional time for challenges for those who suffer from anxiety, providing information in a variety of formats for people who have dyslexia or are visually impaired. 

Buildkite is a remote-first company, meaning you can be working for us and be living anywhere in the world. We don't offer sponsorship or relocation at this stage.

Role posted - 2020-01-15T02:28:28Z 1:28pm, 15th Jan 2020 AEDT