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Octopus Ventures
Octopus Ventures

Backend Engineer



Software Engineering
London, UK
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Who we are:
Did you know that every year, a staggering 50 million tonnes of e-waste is generated globally with only 20% being recycled? At Raylo, we're on a mission to change this narrative. We're revolutionising the way people access tech for good by offering a subscription-based alternative, we're shaking up the traditional tech market and driving real change for consumers and the environment alike.
In just 4 years, we've experienced an incredible 49x growth, demonstrating the demand for our innovative approach. We're proud to say we've leased over 130,000 devices and have been rated Excellent with 4.5 stars across 10,000+ reviews on Trustpilot.
We're not just talking the talk; we're committed to leading the change in consumer tech. We’re a B-Corp-certified company backed by NatWest, Channel 4 Ventures, Macquarie, Octopus Ventures and Telefonica with a current ARR of over £25m.
If you're ready to make a difference and be part of something big, join us at Raylo and help shape the future of tech with initiatives that benefit both people and the planet. It's not just about reducing waste; it's about creating a smarter, more sustainable future for all.
Life at Raylo
• We are an organically collaborative and dynamic team
• We embrace innovation, seek out challenges and always aim for excellence
• We take intelligent risks, celebrate our wins, and learn from our mistakes
• We help each other by listening, challenging thought and continually improving
• We live our mission, walk in our customers’ shoes, focus and execute, and are a curious and gritty bunch
What You’ll Do
We are looking for a Mid-Level Backend Engineer to join our Engineering team in London (1 day in the office/ 4 days WFH). You’ll be working in a cross-functional team with smart people who are passionate about our mission and product. Our current team is built up of experienced and motivated engineers, and you will have the opportunity to be mentored, lead technical discussions, and contribute to a culture of excellence. At our core, we care deeply about delivering an exceptional user experience and creating great products that make a difference in people's lives.
Our engineers have end-to-end ownership of their code from development through to deployment and maintenance. We ship up to multiple times per day, supported by a healthy collection of units and automated end-to-end tests. You can expect to be challenged and rewarded for your hard work and innovation, both building on the work of others and leading on some features and projects. We believe that the little things matter, like keeping our libraries up-to-date and running the latest version of Rails. We take pride in the quality of our code and are committed to writing code that is maintainable, scalable, and efficient.
We are laser-focused on our mission and to achieve that we cannot build everything ourselves. We make use of best-in-class SaaS solutions, allowing our engineers to focus on what really counts. We believe that the best software is a combination of great code and great tools, and we strive to provide our engineers with the best tools available.
Who you are
You have 3+ years of commercial experience as a Backend Engineer using Ruby on Rails.
• You have developed and maintained efficient, reliable, and scalable code using best practices.
• You’ve collaborated with other team members as well as cross-functional stakeholders adjacent to the team or in the wider business.
• You can work in a fast-paced environment where you balance delivering customer value and implementing elegant technical solutions.
• Nice to have: you’ve built GraphQL APIs.
We’re not looking for you to meet every point on this job description, please still get in touch if you think you could add value and do your best work here at Raylo. We'd love to have a chat and see if you could be a great fit.
Our current tech stack
Backend - Ruby (3.3), Rails (7), Postgres (16), Redis (7)
Frontend - Next.js, React
• Infrastructure - Heroku, GCP, AWS, Netlify, Cloudflare
• Data pipeline - Stitch, Keboola, BigQuery, DBT, Census, Hightouch
• CRM - Customer.io, Intercom
• Analytics - Looker, Amplitude, Google Analytics
• Tooling - Github, Coralogix, Github Actions, Playwright, Sentry
Opportunities & Benefits
Your chance to make an impact. We want what you can bring - what makes you special. Through trust, collaboration and autonomy, you can have an impact right from the off.
Other benefits include;
• 33 days holiday per year (25 days, + an extra 8 days to choose the days that mean most to you)
• Stock options - get a real stake in Raylo’s growth
• Hybrid working environment (2 days WFH)
• Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
• Workplace nursery scheme
• Perkbox membership - hundreds of perks and discounts to support physical, financial and mental wellbeing
• To do your best work, we’ll give you a laptop and a Raylo phone
• Learning budget - we care deeply about investing in your long-term career growth and potential
• Free sustainable breakfast and snacks, every day you’re in the office
• Fun (yet optional) Raylo quarterly socials, plus summer and Christmas parties
Diversity Statement
Raylo is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive work environment where we learn from each other. We welcome people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives and believe it adds value to our organisation. Working at Raylo is super fun and we’d love to tell you more about it.