Rails Developer at Ascent (Chicago, IL)

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## Who We Are

Ascent helps its customers follow laws and regulations.  We are a new type of company, a “RegTech” organization that combines a SaaS platform with intelligent content to provide customized tools and targeted advice for our customers.  We’re using modern techniques like machine learning and predictive analytics to stay on the cutting edge of our industry.

The Ascent platform makes it easy for compliance officers in regulated industries to see exactly what is expected of their companies, then track and report on the steps they’re taking to stay compliant.  Before Ascent, this was a very expensive manual process.  Reasonable regulation is an important part of the free market, protecting consumers and leveling the playing field.  But due to their complexity and sheer volume, regulations often feel more like a punitive burden.  By reducing the cost of compliance Ascent is encouraging innovation, helping existing companies stay in business, and making it possible for new companies to get started.  The efficient intelligence we provide helps our customers fulfill the spirit (and letter) of their obligations in a way that lets them breathe easy and focus on creating value for their own customers through their core business.

We’re currently focused on regulations in the financial services sector, though our platform is flexible enough to eventually handle all regulated industries.  We raised a $1.2M seed round in August 2016 from respected investors in this space who strongly believe in the opportunity we’re pursuing.  We’re currently 9 full or part-time employees, located in Chicago at Michigan/Jackson.

## Responsibilities

As trailblazers in our space we’re looking for people passionate about building new and innovative products, who aren’t afraid of challenging the status quo, and who have a thirst for knowledge and creating amazing solutions to generations-old problems.

You’ll play an important role across the board in our technology, product, process, and culture, so it’s a bit difficult to describe what it’s like to work here.  Ultimately we’re trying to find people who share our fundamental values of respect and growth.  We believe a diversity of opinions and perspectives creates a stronger team and product.

We want you to think critically about problems, potential solutions, constraints, goals - and then  do whatever you can to help the team succeed.  Everyone brings a unique set of skills and talents, technical and otherwise, and we want to take advantage of everything you have to offer.   You’ll work directly with our CTO Chris Doyle on a daily basis to gain that context, and to get the support you need for Ascent to be a transformational period of growth in your career.  We want to make sure you’re getting as much out of this opportunity as you’re putting in.

This position will focus on our “web product” - a suite of intuitive workflow tools to track the activities a company will take to fulfill their regulatory obligations.  The web product is where the “data product” (machine learning stuff) meets the real world.  You’ll be growing our core platform, changing the way companies comply with regulations. This may include projects like:

  • Building out core backend and frontend features

  • Implementing a RESTful API that can scale as the business grows

  • Creating applications that allow us to scale a remote labor force cheaply and easily

  • Implementing customer-facing machine learning models to save customers from missing something

## Technical Requirements

* 2+ years professional web programming background

* Desire to learn Rails if you don't use it already

* Passionate about user experience

## Benefits

Ascent employees enjoy many benefits and perks, including:

* Medical, dental, vision insurance

* Competitive salary and equity

* Walkable from all loop trains and many busses

* Lots of easy food options

* As much CPU and RAM as you can fit in a Macbook Pro

## Let’s Chat!

Get in touch - [email protected]

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Our neighborhood is your neighborhood! Ascent has embraced a fully remote culture with a collective commitment to virtual teamwork and open communication.

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 have regular, non-work-related opportunities to connect virtually, including social breakout sessions, lunch & learns (including cooking demos and magic shows!) and games.


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.


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.


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.


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