Director/VP Ruby on Rails Engineer


West Coast-based SaaS startup SubHQ seeks a Senior Ruby on Rails Engineer for a full-time, hands-on, leadership role. This person will report to the founder/CEO, code hands-on today and lead a team tomorrow — guiding the strategy and execution of the product, building the engineering team, and establishing the company and culture of a dynamic startup.

SubHQ is looking for a senior manager to build our software engineering team and define our product vision. This is a strategic role that requires someone who is technically strong and passionate about our customer and our product. In addition to being the technical lead, you will provide vision and execution for our enterprise-class application written in Ruby on Rails. You will be a core member of the startup team and have the opportunity to influence product development and determine the technology strategy that aligns with the company’s strategic plan.

The ideal candidate will have a strong technical background, a demonstrated track record as a professional leader who can build a team, and the business mind to strategically guide and prioritize the product roadmap.


  • Guide engineering to scale from yourself as hire number one to a full-fledged, multidisciplinary team
  • Create and align a collaborative, cross-functional environment including development/QA, UX, architecture, and product
  • Work with the founder/CEO to assess, define, prioritize and execute strategic product development opportunities
  • Define and manage an agile, modern engineering process
  • Attract, evaluate, hire and retain top engineering talent
  • Define the engineering culture — fostering a positive, high-energy environment of experimentation and rapid learning
  • Identify evolving industry trends that could impact the success of the technology roadmap, strategy, and vision
  • Define and manage enterprise-class performance, quality, and uptime/devops standards
  • Collaborate with sales, marketing, customer success, and support to listen to the market
  • Manage rapid product evolution through market listening, balancing cycles of innovation and iteration to bring high-value capabilities to market on-time and in-scope
  • Define and manage engineering OKRs and KPIs for transparent accountability


  • 7+ years experience in software development
  • 3+ years managing an engineering team
  • 3+ years in a strategic role scaling a growing engineering team
  • 5+ years in full-stack Ruby on Rails
  • Strong hands-on technical and architectural skills
  • Experience with technical deep-dives into code/code reviews; networking; operating systems; devops/hosting infrastructure
  • Experience in agile and scrum
  • Entrepreneurial, startup attitude
  • Strong business vision that translates into product strategy
  • Strong leadership skills including mentorship
  • Comfortable working with RESTful APIs, understanding database schemas, single sign-on
  • Experience in construction technology is a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Comp & Benefits

  • Competitive salary, bonus, and equity (for the right candidate)
  • Healthcare
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Professional development/continuing education
  • PTO & paid holidays
  • Family leave
  • Food, drink, and merriment