Backend Engineer (RoR), Create: Source Code Management


1 month ago


An overview of this role

We're currently looking for an intermediate-level Backend Engineer for our Source Code BE team. The Source Code BE team is focused on GitLab's suite of tools around Source Code Management. We interface with the Gitaly and Code Review teams and work closely with stable counterparts including the Source Code frontend team, product management, product design, testing, security, UX research and technical writing.

The Source Code team is focused on building and supporting all use cases related to interacting with the code stored in each project repository. Whether it's a quick consultation of a commit or a deep analysis of the history of changes to any given file, our team is tasked with building and supporting features that enable a great experience.

Source Code is one of the oldest and most complex parts of the GitLab application. We provide the interface layer, via Gitaly, to the Git repositories. A large portion of GitLab traffic, whether on or in private instances, is transported by Source Code endpoints, and we are focused on providing high reliability through performance tuning, SQL tuning, caching and rate limiting.

You can find more details about our roadmap here:

What you’ll do

  • Own specific projects related to GitLab Rails Shell, Workhorse and Project Templates written in both Rails and Golang
  • Investigate and mitigate performance issues
  • Ensure we deliver on our commitments to the market by communicating clearly with stakeholders
  • 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. Maintain and advocate for these standards through code review
  • 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 in troubleshooting product operations, security operations, and urgent engineering issues

What you’ll bring

  • Professional experience with Ruby on Rails
  • Some experience with Go (non-professional experience is fine)
  • Professional experience with SQL (ideally Postgres)
  • An understanding of Git functionality
  • Professional experience building web applications and APIs (ideally Ruby Grape or graphql-ruby)
  • Passion and interest in performance tuning and Rails caching strategies for high-traffic endpoints and a demonstrated ability to both diagnose and prevent these problems
  • Experience building highly available and performant business-critical product features
  • Demonstrated capacity to clearly and concisely communicate about complex technical, architectural, and/or organizational problems and propose thorough iterative solutions.
  • Comfort working in a highly agile, intensely iterative software development process.
  • Experience owning a project from concept to production, including proposal, discussion, and execution.
  • Self-motivated and self-managing, with excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a fully remote organization.
  • Contributions to GitLab are highly regarded

About the team

You’ll be joining a team of 6 backend engineers located around the world where you will have the opportunity to work on one of the most impactful and used products at GitLab. You’ll become an expert in Git and Git internals and have the opportunity to learn the intricacies of Rails and Golang performance tuning. The Source Code team works closely with the Create: Source Code Frontend team and interfaces with the Gitaly and Code Review teams. The team follows the Product Development Flow for new features. The team works async with strong mutual support from all team members. Three Staff engineers form the technical leadership team.

How GitLab will support you

Please note that we welcome interest from candidates with varying levels of experience; many successful candidates do not meet every single requirement. Additionally, studies have shown that people from underrepresented groups are less likely to apply to a job unless they meet every single qualification. If you're excited about this role, please apply and allow our recruiters to assess your application.