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Senior Software Engineer, Ruby on Rails


This is a Contract position in Boulder, CO posted September 9, 2021.

Who We Are Kinship is here to help everyone pet parent like a pro.

We’re a data-driven collective, building the future of pet care with interconnected solutions that reimagine every experience across the pet parent journey.

We combine insights, products, and services to help people be the best pet parents they can be, and ultimately create a better world for pets.

That includes our world-leading WISDOM PANEL ™ genetic health screening and DNA testing for dogs, the award-winning WHISTLE ™ GPS dog tracker and health monitor, Pet Insight Project, our ground-breaking science team that uses AI to turn billions of data points into actionable insights, and our partnerships like the LEAP VENTURE STUDIO accelerator that supports innovators and start-ups, allowing Kinship to bring new solutions to pet parents.

Kinship is a business division of Mars Petcare, the global leader in pet health, nutrition, and services, and dedicated to one purpose: A Better World for Pets .

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OUR TEAM The Whistle Server Engineering team is a group of engineers responsible for managing and maintaining a critical component of our backend infrastructure.

Our goal is to help everyone pet parent like a pro by providing outstanding solutions to big data and IoT connectivity challenges, facilitating internal and external partnerships, and providing APIs to various client side applications.


Software Engineer of the Whistle server team, you will be working at a fast paced agile environment that is responsible for managing and scaling a core backend component of our distributed Systems Platform.

In This Role, You Will Lead features from start to finish defining requirements, scheduling, development, and deployment.

Mentor team members and help them excel at work Manage server releases and pull requests using Git and Github Maintain existing and new software design patterns to improve software consistency, maintainability, and quality Design and implement RESTful APIs for mobile clients and IoT devices Work with big data and help improve our data processing pipelines This role will be working closely with our product, mobile, firmware, and DevOps teams and collaborate with our cross-brands such as Wisdom Panel, Pet Insight Project, and Vet Insight.

THE PRO WE’RE LOOKING FOR Leadership Competencies As Kinship people, we have three pillars that set out how we aim to bein our everyday work, and in how we approach each other.

We call these our Cultural Pillars.

In all of the roles that we hire for, we look for people who are Optimistic, Purposefully Inquisitive, and Open to All.

And for this role, you’ll need these skills to knock it out of the dog park: You Have Courage: a willingness to bring forth a new idea, engaging others across Kinship to support you, and taking risks and action will full accountability You Learn at Pace: a consistent and fast work ethic to meet growth goals, and the ability to evolve and pivot quickly from what you’ve learned You Value Difference: a genuine belief in inclusion and diversity is in your DNA, and it shows up in your work, and how you work.

Technical Skills 5 years of professional experience as a Ruby on Rails developer designing, implementing, and delivering scalable and well tested solutions 2 years of experience writing JavaScript and NodeJS applications Experience working with large scale distributed systems Fluent knowledge of software design and enterprise integration patterns as well as object oriented and functional programming paradigms Extensive experience developing RESTful APIs and complete understanding of ROA style architectures Working knowledge of CI/CD DevOps practices, GitHub, containers/orchestration tools such as Docker and Kubernetes, and Infrastructure-as-Code Experience with relational database engines, SQL (Structured Query Language), query optimization techniques, and data modeling.

Ability to coach team members A passion for testing and driving code through testing patterns Knowledge of common application architectures such as clean architecture (Onion View), SOA, or Event Sourcing is a plus Experience writing Python or Elixir applications is a plus IoT and consumer electronics experience is a plus JOIN OUR PROS Unique opportunities for a customizable career within pet care A super collaborative, flat work environment with direct access to our senior leadership team Work from the hottest cities across the world Dog-friendly workplaces Medical, dental, vision, 401k match, and pet benefits for you and your family Unlimited paid time off Flexible work opportunities Parental leave for the birth or adoption of your new human child (and fur baby) Discounts on pet products, services, nutrition and veterinary wellness plans Welcome kits with pet merch & Kinship swag An extensive onboarding program with a chance to meet all of our leaders across Kinship