Senior Rails Developer at Ascent (Chicago, IL)
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
- 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