Remote Developer Jobs

Senior Software Engineer (Backend)

Posted: 2 months ago

Babylist is an eCommerce and gifting platform for new parents and parents-to-be. We are a rapidly growing business looking for talented contributors to join our seasoned, cross-discipline team.

Our web application and backend systems are at the center of the Babylist experience - an experience our users love as they prepare for one of life's biggest events.

The Babylist engineering culture is one of learning and knowledge sharing. We are passionate about experimentation, automation and shipping value to our customers. Our stack is based on Ruby on Rails and React. We continue to expand our toolbox to use the best technologies for the job.

Who You Are

  • You have a track record of implementing systems that can adapt to new business requirements
  • You can leverage domain experience in web technologies and eCommerce
  • You understand testing, monitoring, and running a production software system
  • You are able to develop an architecture with a team
  • You are passionate about using your engineering experience to quickly define and implement systems and features that provide value to our customers
  • You value collaboration and working with a strong team
  • You are excited to support your team and pleased when they support you
  • You know how to roll up your sleeves; we like systems that run well, but when things don't go as planned we support each other

What You'll Do

  • Work closely with product owners to design, implement, and deploy systems to support and scale our growing eCommerce, content and fulfillment operations
  • Provide thought leadership around process, tooling, systems, and software architecture; we benefit by more knowledge and learning how others solve problems, and you're excited to bring in new ways of solving problems
  • Improve and help maintain existing systems. Friction in the development process slows us down and has a large opportunity cost; we see value in taking time to create maintainable systems and remove hurdles from the development process
  • Work in a close, supportive team solving real world problems and making decisions
  • Mentor other team members through design and architecture planning, code reviews, and knowledge-sharing sessions
  • Maintain older systems and replace them safely
  • Learn and grow as an Engineer

Technical Experience

  • 5+ years of engineering experience with a proven track record of building consumer web applications or services
  • Expert-level fluency in at least one of Ruby, Python, or another modern programming language
  • Experience scaling backend and distributed systems to meet increasing traffic and complexity of operations
  • Experience with testing and continuous integration
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field preferred - you should be able to demonstrate superior understanding of CS fundamentals
  • Experience with Ruby/Rails and AWS a plus

Other Experience

  • Mentoring. You're comfortable and excited about helping others learn their craft
  • Group dynamics. You should be well versed in effective group communication; as the saying goes: strong opinions, lightly held
  • A hunger to learn from your peers and make their jobs easier. We like to learn from each other

Our Tech Stack

  • Ruby on Rails
  • React
  • MySQL
  • Redis
  • Sidekiq
  • AWS

About Babylist

At Babylist, we help expecting parents get exactly what they need for the arrival of their new baby. We have a large and rapidly growing user base of passionate parents-to-be who are making important purchasing decisions for one of the biggest events in their lives, which is both exciting and overwhelming. Our core product is our universal baby registry. Currently one in two first-time expecting families in the United States actually create a baby registry at In 2019, over $400 million worth of gifts were purchased off of Babylist registries.

Why You Will Love Working at Babylist:

  • We get stuff done
  • We have a real impact on people’s lives
  • We're passionate about our users and we genuinely appreciate them
  • We work at a sustainable pace for long-term success (yes, we’re profitable)
  • We are growing and have meaningful opportunities for career advancement
  • We’re a technological and data-driven business
  • We believe in autonomy and reward taking initiative
  • We have experienced leadership that is always open to new ideas


  • Competitive pay
  • Competitive health benefits including company-funded medical, dental, and vision
  • 401(k), FSA plans, and disability insurance
  • Flexible, paid parental leave policy
  • Flexibility to work from home and prioritize home life as we navigate the impacts of COVID-19
  • Easy access to BART and commuter assistance (when we return to the office)
  • We work at a sustainable pace; in general we don't work late or on weekends, and before we all worked remotely, most employees took advantage of our WFH Wednesdays
Remote developer