FINE design group: Lead Rails Developer

Posted by | November 1, 2011 | Web Pro Job Tips


Location: Portland, Oregon


We are looking for a creative, personable and talented Lead Rails Developer to join us in our Portland office.
get to work on some world-class projects for cool companies. And you’ll
get great medical, dental and 401k benefits, professional development, a
comfortable (if not homey) work environment with a nifty group of
people, enviable coffee, and a fairly liberal schedule of baked goods,
staff lunches, and happy hours.
You should have a strong web
portfolio, focused on progressive technical solutions and user
experience for seamless web experiences.  You’ll be equal parts expert
practitioner and skillful mentor, the lead developer on senior level
projects like custom application builds, and mentor, guiding a small
team of web developers.   You’ll have a broad understanding of the range
of web technologies and be comfortable jumping between them, though the
majority of your work will be in Rails. You are mindful of best
security practices, the value of good user interface design, and the
trade -offs of speed versus maintainability. You collaborate well with
designers and other developers to support integration and spur creative
ideas.  You maintain easily updated files with appropriate naming and
commenting. You do all the debugging on your projects so that no one
else has to. You know how to chart out reasonable deadlines, and then
stick to them. 
Technical Skills:
  • 5+ years of professional web development experience with a bachelors degree or equivalent
  • Advanced skills with Rails, MySQL, unit testing, and comfort with LAMP stacks.
  • Great understanding of Git and SVN
  • Experience in database design in modeling and service-based architectures
  • Experience with PHP (ideally CakePHP framework)
  • Experience architecting and planning web builds
  • HTML/CSS/Javascript and Jquery should be second nature to you
  • Linux skills, server configuration and sys admin understanding
Other Requirements:
  • You play well with others, accept and give constructive feedback, and don’t leave a mess in the kitchen
  • Experience leading a team or managing web developers
  • Passion for design, user experience, and website usability
  • Mac lover and user
  • Attention to detail, both visual and in code
  • Quirky collection of tee-shirts, fixation with bicycles, or other things we can tease you about and you won’t get mad
FINE is a digital branding firm with offices in San Francisco, Portland, and Traverse City, Michigan. We help define companies, using the media customers now turn to when they want a definition. We conceive, design, build, and manage the key touchpoints that connect brands with people in digital space: websites, mobile sites, digital video, applications, social media, and search engines. Clients include Symantec, Ste Michelle Wine Estates, Apple, Coppola Companies, Hitachi, Auberge du Soleil, Anchor Brewing, and more.

To apply: If this sounds like you, we look forward to hearing from you and seeing your great work. Please send a portfolio and resume to

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