Senior Ruby on Rails Engineer

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Car Next Door is looking to attract an experienced and self-motivated full-stack Ruby on Rails developer to join a highly experienced development team as we scale up. This is a unique opportunity to join a progressive start-up with an already proven concept and a strong financial position. 

The role will suit someone who wants to be a key part of the development team working on exciting projects in one of Australia's most promising start-ups.;

You will help drive the technology direction of the company, supported by our well-rounded team, as we embark on an exciting, fast-paced programme of development to help the business expand throughout Australia and beyond.;

The key responsibilities include:

  • Contributing to the development of Car Next Door’s core car-sharing platform;
  • Gathering/refining requirements and seeing them through to production;
  • Contributing to the direction of our technical environment and development practises; and
  • Rapidly iterating as we push ahead with new development while maintaining and improving the current systems.

From the outset, you will be working on a broad range of development tasks. We are driven by our community, so everyone on the team (including the CEO and CTO) participates in the support roster, which requires handling customer calls for a week every 3-4 months.


Preference is for Sydney or Adelaide, but remote work in a Sydney-friendly timezone will also be considered.

Skills & requirements

You will need:

  • 5+ years' commercial software development experience (with at least two years RoR);
  • A focus on detail including around automated tests and documenting your code;
  • Experience debugging and optimising web applications for speed and scale;
  • An agile mindset and the ability to adapt to changing priorities and requirements;
  • Pride in your work and a desire to contribute to a small team of dedicated and talented people; and
  • An understanding of what we’re doing (and why) and a passion to get involved.

Nice to have:

  • Computer science, engineering or equivalent degree;
  • DevOps experience with cloud hosting; and
  • Experience with, or an appreciation for, Lean principles.

Why work for Car Next Door?

Car Next Door is fundamentally changing the way Australia travels by turning any car into a share car. We let Car Owners share their cars with their neighbours during times they aren’t using it themselves. We do this by providing an online marketplace with safe and trusted members, a booking system and a range of in-vehicle technologies to make car-sharing safe, fast, and easy for both Car Owners and Car Borrowers. We have a proven concept and we’re on an exciting trajectory with rapid growth over the last 12 months, and having recently raised a substantial amount of capital, big plans ahead.

For a developer, it's a great place to work because:

  • you're working with a small but highly talented development team;
  • we take pride in our code. We set aside a day a week to address tech debt and improve the platform, so that our systems are a pleasure to work with;
  • we are set up for remote work - even our Sydney-based members work a day or two a week from home. Our CTO is based in Adelaide and most of our discussions including daily standups are on Slack;
  • our rapid growth over the coming months and years will generate new opportunities for ambitious team members looking for new challenges and responsibilities.

To apply:

Email with your CV and:

  • Tell us about yourself - include how you heard about Car Next Door and the position and your visa situation
  • Include links to your portfolio/Github profile or code samples to help us get a feel for how you write code.

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