Ascent is the industry's leading compliance automation solution.
Chicago, IL

Senior Rails Developer

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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 (EPA, FDA, etc).  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 and part-time employees, located in Chicago at Michigan/Jackson.  As a team we explicitly value integrity, cooperation, persistence, customer obsession, and innovation.  We believe a diversity of opinions and perspectives creates a stronger team and product.

Who You Are

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.   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 context for your work, 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.

You’ll be taking significant ownership of our consumer-facing rails app (jquery, bootstrap css, postgres, elasticsearch, heroku).  It’s 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/data science 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
  • Establishing APIs to support partnerships that can scale as the business grows
  • Creating workflows that allow us to scale a remote labor force cheaply and easily
  • Laying the groundwork to split key components into a small SOA architecture

We’re looking for someone who has demonstrated the ability to:

  • efficiently build stable, streamlined rails apps
  • create, evolve, and defend strong conceptual models
  • collaborate in the full product cycle
  • advocate for the user
  • push themselves to continually grow and learn


Ascent employees enjoy many benefits and perks, including:

  • Medical, dental, vision insurance - premiums fully paid by Ascent
  • Competitive salary and equity
  • Walkable from all loop trains and many busses
  • As much RAM as you can fit in a Macbook Pro

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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, and vision insurance; premiums paid 95% for the individual
- Medical HSA/FSAs
- Life insurance
- 401K
- Disability benefits
- Commuter benefits
- Dependent Care FSA
- Flexible PTO
- Parental Care Leave
- Backup child/senior/pet care stipend
- Professional development stipend
- Charitable matching gift program
- The opportunity to work with smart people on challenging problems!

Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
Charitable Matching Gift Program - annual match of employee donations to organizations of their choice
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Flexible work schedule
Ascent offers a completely flexible scheduling and work from home policy.
Remote work program
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Highly diverse management team
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Employer-paid Long Term Disability provided, covering up to 60% of annual salary. Voluntary Short Term Disability is also available.
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Multiple plan options with Blue Cross Blue Shield, as well an HSA (Heath Savings Account).
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
Company equity
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Childcare benefits
Ascent offers Dependent Care FSA
Generous parental leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Ascent also provides 3 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Family medical leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited vacation policy
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Onsite gym
There is an on-site gym in Prudential Plaza which is free to employees.
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Ascent offers a generous professional development stipend per year.
Lunch and learns
Ascent hosts bi-weekly lunch and learn meetings with internal and external speakers.
Promote from within
Continuing education stipend
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

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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