Who We Are

Cobalt.io is a fast-growing and globally distributed remote-first cybersecurity start-up with employees in the US and Germany. We connect global security talent with businesses by providing Pentesting as a Service via the Cobalt technology platform. We have Scandinavian roots, an American base and a global outlook. Our team is characterized by a fun, fast-paced and collaborative culture based on individual responsibility and ownership.

Description

Today, Cobalt helps secure hundreds of leading B2B companies (GoDaddy, HubSpot) by connecting them with on-demand pentesting experts. The platform brings both sides together to identify, triage and fix vulnerabilities. Seven years and over 20K commits later, our technology has been battle tested by thousands of users.

What’s next? Cobalt is building a new Customer Experience (CX) team, Foundations, which will drive forward all things Auth - authentication + authorization (or authn + authz if that’s your thing) -- all the access controls, settings and features that make Cobalt an Enterprise-grade security platform.

As a Senior Backend Engineer, you’ll leverage your expertise to design and extend our Ruby application, iteratively improving Cobalt’s org and user settings, access controls and permissions, in-app events and notifications, and more. You’ll work collaboratively with product managers and designers to drive the implementation and release of major features, and be a champion of best practices for writing well-tested, well-organized code.

If you enjoy making an impact, the Cobalt Engineering team is excited to hear from you.

What You Would Do

  • Work in a remote friendly engineering team (our engineering base is in Berlin)
  • Make an impact as we build the best Pentest as a Service Platform
  • Be an active member of a cross-functional product development team that frequently interfaces with business stakeholders
  • Make decisions about code design, architecture, and refactoring to balance technical debt against delivering functionality
  • Consistently deliver high quality features and functionality
  • Plan and lead testing for complex projects
  • Review code and mentor other engineers
  • Provide time estimates and participate in agile development and continuous delivery processes 
  • Review specifications and work with PMs to drive sprints
  • Work with Ruby, PostgreSQL, Google Cloud, some Kotlin + Javascript

You Identify As

  • Self-Starter. As a senior member of the team, you’ll feel at home as a hands-on, self-directed contributor who drives initiatives within the team and cross-team, for the product and for other engineers
  • Team-Player. You collaborate with other engineers and the Product team (PMs, Designers) daily to deliver high quality features on-time and identify ways to continuously improve how you and your team work
  • Technical-Interface. Not only internally, but with customers and other stakeholders, you’ll help others understand technical complexities and opportunities in terms they’ll understand
  • Backend-Focused. You're familiar with SaaS-focused modern backends, API development, SQL, work primarily in Ruby and Kotlin, but you’re not against occasional frontend involvement

You Must Have

  • 5+ years experience as an engineer working with production software at scale
  • Deep knowledge and experience working with Ruby, Ruby on Rails 
  • Interest in Kotlin/Javascript is a big plus
  • Experience with background processing jobs / tools - we use Sidekiq
  • Knowledge of OpenAPI specifications / Swagger or similar tools 
  • Strong grasp of SOLID principles with a commitment to engineering excellence
  • Ability to communicate effectively in an asynchronous environment
  • High comfort level with a remote-first, global company (i.e. work with our Berlin team and our US west-coast team) 
  • Experience with full stack architectures, working with RESTful API design and implementation
  • Familiarity with Agile, DevOps, and CI/CD
  • Exposure to cloud architectures - we’re on GCP
  • Deep understanding of the SDLC tooling ecosystem (+ security tools, even better)
  • Ability to build scalable, maintainable, and performant production code
  • Good written and verbal communication 

Nice to Have

  • Experience in a fast-growing SaaS company
  • Experience with Auth, RBAC, ABAC, building user management and permissions systems
  • Experience with Infrastructure, K8s, GCP
  • Experience decoupling monoliths into services
  • Experience in the cybersecurity industry / knowledge of best practices

Why You Should Join Us

  • Opportunity to join and grow in a passionate, rapidly expanding industry
  • Competitive compensation & equity plan
  • Flexible time-off, remote working from anywhere in the US/Germany and travel policies
  • Paid parental leave
  • Ongoing mentorship opportunities & management coaching
  • Stipends for wellness work-from-home and learning & development
  • Paid lunches 3x per week
  • 401(k) to help you save for the future (US only)
  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance policies (US only)

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