Lead Ruby on Rails Engineer

Location: Detroit, MI

Department: Technology

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Hello Innovation owns and operates a strong set of businesses powered by innovation and change. We are disruptive by design and love solving the world's toughest business challenges. It's in our DNA to change the world and improve lives through our portfolio of companies.

If you're ready to be inspired, challenged and leave work every day knowing you did the best damn work of your life, you've come to the right place.


Are you passionate about coding? Are you a problem solver that's obsessed with learning about the how to craft better, faster, and more reliable applications every single day? Do you have what it takes to implement our game-changing solutions that are used by millions every month?  Then imagine what you can do working with a group of the brightest minds in our get-sh*t-done culture.

Hello Innovation is looking for an amazing Ruby on Rails Engineer to build and lead our Rails team. You will collaborate with cross-functional teams (designers, marketers, UX architects, product owners and customer care specialists) to create everything from amazing products to large-scale websites that are anything but ordinary. As a Lead Ruby on Rails Engineer, you'll be responsible for bringing our product ideas to life, ensuring all code follow the same high standards throughout the duration of the project, and providing technology guidance on how to execute our projects. 

A successful Lead Engineer will be comfortable with ambiguity, has the ability to wear multiple hats and excels in an agile, team-driven environment. If your passion is to change the world through epic products, we want to hear from you!


  • Develop and implement awesome new features and help deliver Hello Innovation's roadmap.
  • Take ultimate responsibility for designing and developing Hello Innovation's technical architecture and infrastructure.
  • Participate in the design process of every feature you work on - from brainstorming to prototyping to reviews to execution and optimization.
  • Review code submissions from other engineers.
  • Lead and mentor other engineers.


  • Passion! We want you to love working at Hello Innovation - the right candidate will dream in code and get excited about how the user experience can be improved.
  • A proven track record of architecting, developing and deploying high-volume, scalable, multi-tenant, mission-critical web applications.
  • You take pride in writing beautiful, readable code with Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • You will be comfortable spinning up new instances and managing the infrastructure. You will care for our servers as if they were your own family.
  • An understanding of good database design principles and performance optimization.
  • You will be more pragmatic than dogmatic.


  • 3+ years of experience developing and deploying quality, scalable Ruby on Rails applications.
  • Ability to work on the full web stack: from UI/UX design/front-end development to server side development (i.e. Ruby on Rails, JQuery, HTML5, CSS, Javascript).
  • Experience in client-side javascript frameworks like Backbone and Angular is a plus.
  • Experience with databases and writing SQL.
  • Experience with deployment and ability to debug performance and functional issues in production.
  • Highly motivated, passionate self-starter.
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment where ideas are turned into implementation in a matter of hours/days.
  • Ability to work on a team, independently when necessary, and to thrive in a successful small business environment.



  • Great Benefits

Our full coverage benefits package is available to all employees and includes health, dental and 401(k).

  • Generous Paid Time Off

15 paid days off to start PLUS additional breaks including 9 paid holidays, a Parental Leave Program, and more!

  • Lunch and Snacks

Our kitchen is loaded with snacks, pop, wine & beer, and if you need a caffeine boost we've got you covered with our coffee bar!

  • Conferences

Knowledge is power, which is why we encourage all employees to check out the latest industry happenings. We'll cover the cost!

  • Plus much more!

Flexible working hours, monthly tech talks and weekly fitness classes, to name a few.



Detroit, Michigan - in the heart of Greektown!

Hello Innovation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other classification protected by Federal, State or local law.

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