Mid-Level Ruby Developer

About Us
At Perfect Ward we apply the best mobile technology to solve one of the most important challenges – healthcare quality, safety and patient experience. Our aim is to bring the mobile user experience that people love to an industry that has been long underserved by technology, and still relies on legacy systems and manual, paper-based processes. So we developed Perfect Ward, and will continue to develop other apps. The opportunities for improvement are huge, and that improvement for our clinical users means ultimately a benefit to millions of patients.

We are alumni of the first Digital.Health London Cohort, currently members of the Pfizer Healthcare Hub, and we are a London born start-up that recently secured an investment from PwC to accelerate our growth – this gives us a great blend of start-up agility with the backing of big-business capabilities. Our current customers include some of the biggest names in UK healthcare, such as King's College, Barts Health, The Royal Free and London Ambulance Service – we’re adding more every month, across the UK. Our customers love what we do, you can hear it straight from them here and here. We have recently completed our first international, foreign-language pilot and we see an exciting future working with customers in other countries. All this in just a few years – lightning pace for a traditionally conservative industry when it comes to technology.

We believe that the best solutions require understanding and designing for the right technology, processes and culture. To do this our team includes people with backgrounds in software development, clinical practice, management consultancy, finance and creative industries. You will be working with a broad mix of smart, motivated people to help solve these pressing challenges.

The journey so far has been incredible, and we are even more excited about what is coming next.
The Position
We’re currently looking for mid-level Ruby developers to help us build and deliver on our ambitious pipeline. You will be working alongside our lead back-end developer in our office in Central London, and with our remote front-end team.
Essential Skills and Experience
Technical Skills
• Have experience developing, testing and deploying APIs written in Ruby (Ruby on Rails as well as Sinatra or Grape)
• Are comfortable working on all stages of development, from building quick MVP-style prototypes, iterating over multiple  feedback cycles until getting to a polished product, to debugging and maintaining our live systems improvement, and will help us scale our engineering processes and team
• Have experience with testing frameworks and benchmarking as a basis for improving performance
• Understand that this is an industry where we need to secure our customers’ data, ensure stability of the platform and protect our own business – availability, system security and information governance are all increasingly important to us
About You
• Customer oriented - we believe UX is not only a matter of visual design, but everything that is part of the customer journey
• Empathise with our users, understanding that some will be less technical and it’s our responsibility to make things work for them (but some will be uber-geeks and we need to delight them too)
• Don’t need to have healthcare experience but are happy solving healthcare problems and feel excited by working in this industry
• Have a growth mindset, are interested in continuous learning and improvement, and will help us scale our engineering processes and team
• Enjoy working with our customer-facing teams and products designers to help design and build solutions that just work for our users
Our Current Stack
• RESTful APIs backend based on Ruby on Rails and Grape
• Deploying to Heroku and AWS
• Using PostgreSQL, Redis, Elasticsearch, S3 for storing and processing data
• Git for source control

… but this could change over time, and we’d expect you to be an active part of that discussion and open to a discussion about the change. We’re not expecting you to go full-stack, but equally we like people who refuse to look at any other language.
How we work
• Slack for everything internal, email where necessary
• We like video wherever possible for talking to our remote team
• Trello and Kanban(ish) for pipeline
• Mac or PC, as best suits the task (though all our product / development team are Mac)
• We continue to evolve how we manage the development process, and are happy to talk about Asana, Jira etc.
• Increasingly using analytics to understand our customers better
• We’re inspired by agile development, but we don’t base our week around it
• We hire great people, and want to give them the right tools – we make sure you have the right hardware and software to do your best work
Benefits include
• Competitive salary
• Great equipment budget
• Training budget, and a supportive environment for furthering your skills
• Central London location, moments from Regent’s Park
• We’re open to time working at home and flexible hours - we know that solving hard problems and creativity don't necessarily follow a tight schedule
• Good employer contributory pension scheme (matching up to 7%)
• A social atmosphere with social events, team building, evenings out and team lunches
How to apply
To apply please send your CV and cover letter to info@www.perfectward.com with "Mid-level Ruby Developer" in the subject line. 

383 Euston Road, 
London NW1 3AU

020 7420 9378
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