Engineering Manager, Rails at Ascent

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Who We Are

Ascent is a Chicago-based startup that closed its Series A funding round of $6M in 2018. Our engineering team is scrappy, creative, and collaborative with a “Yes, and” mentality. While we’re committed to doing great work, we also cherish having an empathetic, fun environment where everyone feels safe sharing their ideas and problem-solving together. We prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion and believe strongly that a team with different backgrounds and perspectives produces better results.

Together, we’re solving a $64 billion global problem in regulatory compliance. Watch this video to learn more about what we do.

Who You Are

You are an experienced engineering leader with a passion for growing your distributed and colocated teammates alike, ensuring that they are empowered to accomplish their best work. You enjoy collaborating with product leaders, quality assurance leaders, and devops leaders in order to provide world-class software systems to end users

Responsibilities

You’ll be leading the growth of our core customer-facing platform, as well as laying the technical foundation of the company to support future growth and expansion.

  • Collaborate with your team to establish and evolve a technical roadmap for our customer-facing platform.
  • Meet regularly with your 4+ direct reports, ensuring that they are meeting their performance objectives and growing in their careers.
  • Work effectively with your team’s product manager to ensure that feature development and technical improvements are balanced.
  • Provide technical guidance, mentoring, code reviews, pair programming, and direct coding contributions in our Rails, React, Elasticsearch, and Postgre Stack.
  • Work effectively with our devops and QA teams in order to ensure high availability systems and high quality functionality.

Minimum Skills and Experience

  • 2+ years working on geographically distributed teams
  • 3+ years of team leadership using Rails and/or React
  • 8+ years of professional web development
  • Experience with a major cloud provider, such as AWS or Azure
  • Experience deploying and maintaining code using git-based tools and CI/CD
  • Experience writing thorough tests and documentation for maintainable code-bases

Bonus Points

  • Experience with Elasticsearch
  • Experience with distributed team leadership

Benefits

Ascent employees enjoy many benefits and perks, including:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Medical, dental, vision, mental health insurance – with premiums fully paid by Ascent
  • 401K offered
  • Unlimited PTO and Bank Holidays
  • Flexible work schedule
  • As much RAM as you can fit in a Macbook Pro
  • Professional development stipend
  • Top floor office in Prudential Plaza with an amazing view of the park/lake and Pedway access
  • The opportunity to work with smart people on challenging problems!
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • Twitter BootstrapLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • Neo4jDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases

Location

Our office is convenient to all loop trains and many buses, and the Pedway! We have a great selection of healthy lunch options nearby.

An Insider's view of Ascent

What are some social events your company does?

Our leadership really believes in building and strengthening our community here at Ascent. We've had a day-long company outing to a baseball game. We have monthly team lunches, which are a good way to connect with colleagues over food. We also have movie outings and happy hours that we all enjoy together!

Shubhangi

Regulatory Intelligence Analyst

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team coordinates work that needs to be done by both people and machines. We do this by creating delightful interfaces/experiences for our users and by augmenting our workflows with machine learning to produce work that’s intuitive and efficient. This means my team gets to play with fun tech from the frontend all the way to the back.

Conrad

Senior Software Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Prior to joining Ascent, I used to believe "brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not". Here at Ascent, irrespective of your gender, race or color, the opportunity to impact and change the world around you is evenly distributed and all anyone would require to succeed is the passion and desire to solve problems.

Sunkanmi

Software Developer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Our job as a leadership team is to provide context, not solutions. The people working directly on a project are in the best position to make decisions, so we hire smart people and then trust them. We're here to support our teams and to make sure efforts are aligned across the company.

Chris

CTO

What are Ascent Perks + Benefits

Ascent Benefits Overview

Everyone brings a unique set of skills and talents, and we want to take advantage of everything you have to offer. We also want to make sure you get as much out of this opportunity as you put in, and we’ll give you the support you need for Ascent to be a transformational period of growth in your career.

Our team enjoys a number of benefits and perks, including:

- Competitive compensation
- Medical, dental, vision, mental health insurance – with individual premiums 95% paid by Ascent
- 401K offered
- Commuter benefits
- Unlimited PTO and Bank Holidays
- Flexible work schedule
- Professional development stipend
- The opportunity to work with smart people on challenging problems!

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Multiple plan options with Blue Cross Blue Shield, as well an HSA (Heath Savings Account).
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
There is an on-site gym in Prudential Plaza which is free to employees.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Ascent offers a completely flexible scheduling and work from home policy.
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Ascent offers a generous professional development stipend per year.
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Additional Perks + Benefits

We want to create an environment where people can do their best work. That means supporting our employees in their careers, in their health, and in their lives. We're always looking for ways to concretely demonstrate these values. For example, we pay 95% of our employees' individual health premiums!

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