Person Who Builds Things and Ships Software

Full time
€60,000 - €80,000
Update: We have a ton of applicants right now. Great for us, but probably bad news for you. Regardless, we're currently busy interviewing a lot of people. You can still apply if you like, but we'll probably not get back to you immediately.

There are many things which we do differently at OpenRegulatory. We don't use Slack. We have a four-day workweek. Everyone gets access to the company bank account, and if you get your work done in 2 hours per day, that's fine with us. Click here to learn more about us.

But now over to you!

You love building things. You've discovered programming which enabled you to build many things fast.

You have a fair amount of experience in different programming languages. After cycling through many new, shiny tech stacks, you've arrived at the conclusion that productivity is at its highest when using old-school, proven technology. Like Rails.

You're interested in the meta-level of software development, having read the Mythical Man Month (or at least parts of it) and understood that having larger teams doesn't mean you'll be faster.

Simply implementing requirements which were brought to you by product managers has become too boring for you. You're looking for opportunities to influence the direction of product development further upstream, getting regular feedback and sometimes talking to customers.

You're tired of repeatedly building stuff which never saw the light of day.

You're looking for a solid job, where you can apply good craftsmanship to a product which users love and pay for.

Your grades and (University) education are nice to know, but ultimately don't matter much.

What matters most to us? We're a remote-first company in which very few people get many things done. To communicate well remotely, you have to be able to communicate well in writing. Your writing therefore must be in brief, easy-to-understand language without typos and formatting issues. Also, while we value cleanliness (if you think we're neurotic, you might not be too far off), we also value pragmatism. That means that you similarly try to strive for perfection in results while not getting lost in details (a bit like Django's slogan of being a "perfectionist with deadlines").

We pay Berlin-based salaries regardless of where you work from.

How to apply

Please send us your CV and a short explanation why you don't want to work at Google by clicking the link below.

Here's how the interview process works:

  1. You send us your CV.
  2. We reply to every application.
    If we're interested, we'll schedule a first call with you and me (Oliver) to get to know each other. It's not a technical interview. It'll be very relaxed.
  3. If that goes well, you'll schedule two more calls with my two colleagues, Sven and Sören.
  4. If those go well, we'll plan a test project for you to work on. This will be a real-life coding project on one of our production code bases. It'll last two days and we'll pay you 800€. You should be registered as a freelancer so that you can send us an invoice.
  5. After that, we'll make a final decision :)


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