GitLab's DevOps platform empowers 100,000+ organizations to deliver software faster and more efficiently. We are one of the world’s largest all-remote companies with 1,400+ team members and values that guide a culture where people embrace the belief that everyone can contribute .
This Backend Engineer position for the Verify:Testing group is 100% remote. This position is NOT a quality assurance position.
A Brief Overview
GitLab is building an open source, single application for the entire DevOps lifecycle—from project planning and source code management to CI/CD, monitoring, and security.
At GitLab, we live and breathe open source principles. This means our entire handbook is online, and with a few clicks you can find the details of future releases and an overview of the product vision you’d contribute to when working here.
Backend Engineers at GitLab work on our product. This includes both the open source version of GitLab, the enterprise editions, and the GitLab.com service as well. They work with peers on teams dedicated to areas of the product. They work together with product managers, designers, and frontend engineers to solve common goals.
Why should you apply for this team?
The goal of the Verify:Testing team is to provide automated testing integration into the GitLab CI workflow so that users can more easily utilize unit tests, code coverage, accessibility testing, and performance testing. Our goal is to surface actionable insights from these tests to all members of the team from developers and testers to team leads and VPs.
As the "user-facing side" of the testing group you will collaborate with the backend engineers in our group as well as having frequent opportunities to work with other groups within Verify, including Product and Design colleagues. We receive constant feedback from real users, both internal and external.
Some of the work the team has been doing which may give you more insight into the position is:
- Enforce Code Coverage for Merge
- Test History for MRs and Pipelines MVC
- Code Coverage Data for Groups
What you can expect in a Frontend Engineer role at GitLab:
- Develop features and improvements to the GitLab product in a secure, well-tested, and performant way
- Collaborate with Product Management and other stakeholders within Engineering (Frontend, UX, etc.) to maintain a high bar for quality in a fast-paced, iterative environment
- Advocate for improvements to product quality, security, and performance
- Solve technical problems of moderate scope and complexity.
- Craft code that meets our internal standards for style, maintainability, and best practices for a high-scale web environment.
- Conduct Code Review within our Code Review Guidelines and ensure community contributions receive a swift response.
- Recognize impediments to our efficiency as a team ("technical debt"), propose and implement solutions
- Represent GitLab and its values in public communication around specific projects and community contributions.
- Confidently ship small features and improvements with minimal guidance and support from other team members. Collaborate with the team on larger projects.
- Participate in Tier 2 or Tier 3 weekday and weekend and occasional night on-call rotations to assist troubleshooting product operations, security operations, and urgent engineering issues.
You should apply if you meet the following requirements:
- Significant professional experience with Ruby on Rails
- Professional experience with any other technologies that may be required by the specialty
- Proficiency in the English language, both written and verbal, sufficient for success in a remote and largely asynchronous work environment
- Demonstrated capacity to clearly and concisely communicate about complex technical, architectural, and/or organizational problems and propose thorough iterative solutions
- Experience with performance and optimization problems and a demonstrated ability to both diagnose and prevent these problems
- Comfort working in a highly agile, intensely iterative software development process
- Demonstrated ability to onboard and integrate with an organization long-term
- Positive and solution-oriented mindset
- Effective communication skills: Regularly achieve consensus with peers , and clear status updates
- An inclination towards communication, inclusion, and visibility
- Experience owning a project from concept to production, including proposal, discussion, and execution.
- Self-motivated and self-managing , with strong organizational skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work closely with other parts of the organization
- Share our values , and work in accordance with those values
- Ability to thrive in a fully remote organization
- Ability to use GitLab
Nice to have :
- Experience in a peak performance organization, preferably a tech startup
- Experience with the GitLab product as a user or contributor
- Product company experience
- Experience working with a remote team
- Enterprise software company experience
- Developer platform/tool industry experience
- Experience working with a global or otherwise multicultural team
- Computer science education or equivalent experience
- Passionate about/experienced with open source and developer tools
Backend Engineer Performance Indicators
Backend Engineers have the following job-family performance indicators.
- Backend Unit Test Coverage
- Mean Time to Merge (MTTM)
Also, we know it’s tough, but please try to avoid the confidence gap . You don’t have to match all the listed requirements exactly to be considered for this role.
Our hiring process for this position typically follows four stages. The details of this process and our leveling structure can be found on our job family page .
Country Hiring Guidelines: GitLab hires new team members in countries around the world. All of our roles are remote, however some roles may carry specific location-based eligibility requirements. Our Talent Acquisition team can help answer any questions about location after starting the recruiting process.
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