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 at the forefront 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 building 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 recently raised $6M in Series A fundraising from respected investors in this space who truly believe in the opportunity we’re pursuing. We're a group of about 15 people, 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 builds 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 a meaningful 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 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 growing our core platform, including both customer-facing and internal tools. For customers, we're building intuitive workflow management to track the activities a company will take to fulfill their regulatory obligations. For internal users, we're building and integrating a continuum of manual, programmatic, and machine learning solutions to efficiently collect and manage regulatory content. More concretely, you may be working on 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
  • Working with our internal domain experts to create the tools that will maximize their efficiency

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

  • Efficiently write stable, streamlined code
  • Create, evolve, and defend strong conceptual models
  • Collaborate in the full product cycle
  • Advocate for the user
  • Push themselves to continually grow and learn

Benefits

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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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 RegTech

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Ascent values collaboration between teams. Our open office layout facilitates impromptu brainstorming sessions, and bi-monthly update meetings help everyone stay informed of active projects. We believe that each department can benefit from the exchange of domain knowledge with another, and strive to create an environment where feedback is welcomed.

Eric

Senior Rails Developer

What makes someone successful on your team?

A successful Ascent dev team member is comfortable solving business and technical problems and isn't afraid to bring up new ideas, no matter how outside the box these may be. He/she also values work-life balance for everyone. This person keeps our company values in mind, has a strong sense of integrity, and prioritizes doing the right thing.

Dani

Data Engineer

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 RegTech Perks + Benefits

Ascent RegTech 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
— 401(k)
— Medical, dental, vision, mental health insurance - with premiums fully paid by Ascent
— Your choice of hardware and software
— Flexible work schedule
— 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!

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).
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
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Ascent offers a generous professional development stipend per year.

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 (stage-appropriate/responsible) ways to concretely demonstrate these values. For example, we pay 100% of our employees' health premiums!

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