Senior Frontend Developer (Ruby on Rails)

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Senior Frontend Developer (Ruby on Rails)

What's it all about?

Did you know that the printing industry is one of the biggest industries on the planet? Nevertheless, it faces a lot of challenges when it comes to collaboration and process digitisation. We are Zaikio and we're currently building a sophisticated software platform for this industry to solve the problem. Our vision is to create a place where all print related processes world-wide run on a centralised industry platform. From designers and publishers to printers and machines to trucks and logistics – it's truly holistic.

We design and build the foundation services for this platform, as well as documentation and developer resources. Our responsibilities include process design, product design, UI/UX, implementation and operations as well as marketing and general strategy.

All of this is backed by Heidelberg Druckmaschinen AG, the biggest print equipment manufacturer in the world, with more than 100 years of history. Heidelberg has acquired us (called Crispy Mountain back then), in order to combine the excitement of a young and agile team with the knowledge and tradition of one of the oldest brands in print. Together we will tackle the incredibly exciting mission ahead.

What will you be doing?

You are part of the developer team and make sure that our apps look good and are easy to use. You are the bridge between our backend developers and our UX team. But that doesn't mean that you only implement mockups and deal with the API of the backend team: It's your job to combine both worlds, to find the best solution for certain user patterns and to implement them sustainably and carefully and with a certain attention to detail. Robustness is more important than fancy dress. It's important that you can make informed decisions so that our apps are maintainable and performant in terms of rendering time, bundle sizes and js performance.

We are Rails developers from the beginning and embrace the Rails Way as much as possible. This includes not using complex javascript frameworks if we can avoid it. We find server rendered javascript, ActionCable updates and most recently Hotwire extremely exciting and useful and ensure that we can build complex apps with a small and strong team that are otherwise only trusted to large teams.

To make this happen, you need to embrace the full stack and are confident in deep-diving into CSS to find clever and simple solutions without the need to use JavaScript at all costs. You also know that BEM is not a brit-pop band.

What are the tools of choice?

At the core, our tech stack is build upon Ruby on Rails, Heroku, AWS, and Postgres. We embrace the Rails Way of doing things, with a lot of the magic happening in the backend and sprinkles of Javascript using Stimulus and sometimes Vue.js in the frontend. In addition to these technologies, we use the usual suspects for CI/CD and communication: CircleCI, Github, Basecamp, Slack, Intercom, WhereBy, Tuple – This will be your toolbox.

We live a No-bullshit-approach. Our main objective is to build and ship stable applications, that solve real-world problems for our users. We are using tools, libraries and technologies where and when it makes sense. We don't use stuff just for the sake of using it. Productivity and reliability is key. We use tools that fit the task, and are not bound by ideologies.

How do we manage ourselves?

We highly believe in self-organized teams. Usually a team consists of 1 to 4 UX designers, developers and product managers. To get things done, we work in monthly sprints, with the ultimate goal to ship something in the end. This can be a feature, a product or just a part of it.

What we have to offer

✌️ Bullshit-free zone

Our challenge is a big one: we are tasked with building a platform that will change the face of an entire industry. Forever. We don't solve Silicon Valley-style self-made, first-world problems – we want to fix actual software problems in the printing industry, freeing the people working there from stupid, repetitive, cognitive assembly line work and allow them to rediscover their creativity.

💰 Above-average salary

We pay above-average salaries that are linked to your experience and responsibility and grow with you. All based on a simple and fair level-based salary model. 

❤️ Family First

We’re trying hard to provide you with a healthy and family friendly environment. Results matter, not office hours. That’s why we encourage remote work and quality time that you can spend with your loved ones.


👩‍🚀 Freedom and Opportunities

You will enjoy a great deal of freedom in your work (which can also be a burden). Not gonna lie, we are a small team at this point, which will grow over time (again not explosively, but sustainably), so at first your job will be hands-on, while in the future it can shift more towards project lead and management (if this is your desire). Either way, your work will have an impact on our success!

How to apply

Apply below and tell us a bit about yourself and the work you’ve done so far. We also expect you to get familiar with our philosophy and tell us how you can enrich our team. 


Please give us some time to review your application, we’ll definitely come back to you as soon as possible. After our initial review, we might conduct a short phone interview to get to know you better. Following that, a personal meeting or online conference will be the next step, where we talk about code and product development. 


We at Zaikio highly value equality and diversity, thus strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply for this position. The only constraint at this moment is, that we we need to focus on applicants that already live and work in Germany. 


Now it’s your turn! We look forward hearing from you!