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Itison - Ruby/Web Developer

Ruby/Web Developer

itison is Scotland’s number one deals and events service, helping over a million members across Scotland and the North of England discover great new places to go and things to do in their cities, from five-star hotels to brand-new restaurants and local favourites.

We’re also a Sunday Times Top 100 Company to Work For and our Glasgow HQ was dubbed Scotland’s coolest office in the press. 

We're looking for a talented Ruby developer with a strong background in web development, to join our team.


About the role

This is a full-time position based in our head office in Glasgow City centre, but we'd consider remote working (within the UK), where regular in-person catch-ups can be arranged. 

This role will see you working within our six person Development team to improve our existing products and develop new services for our users.  The teams' focus is the e-commerce site and the associated apps, which process thousands of transactions every day and help businesses across the UK reach our users. We also develop a suite of internal tools to help run our company.

You'll work closely with the rest of the team to produce high-quality, tested code for our products and be expected to take ownership of projects from planning through to implementation and launch.



  • Develop our internal and external web applications
  • Develop new services for our members.
  • Provide technical assessments of tools/platforms
  • Improve our team processes and workflows
  • Support/debug our existing products


What we're looking for:

  • Real-world experience with Ruby/Rails
  • Experience working on non-trivial size commercial or open projects.
  • Experience with Linux server administration
  • Experience with common stablemates of Rails such as Nginx, MySQL, Unicorn, Redis, etc.
  • Ability to efficiently manage your own time and work without close supervision


Bonus skills:

  • Experience with JavaScript
  • Experience with Chef/DevOps
  • Experience with search technologies (e.g. Solr, ElasticSearch, etc)
  • An interest in iOS/Android development



  • Competitive salary from £34,000+, depending on experience
  • Learning/Conference budget for ongoing training
  • Weekly allocation of time towards training
  • Monthly budget for donating to open source projects.
  • Private medical
  • Pension scheme
  • Flexi-time
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity benefits
  • Company-wide mentor scheme
  • Regular opportunities for nights out and social events
  • itison discount
  • State-of-the-art office offering lunchtime yoga/pilates classes, relaxation zones, and a cafe/bar area fully stocked with breakfast cereals, soft drinks and fruit.


About us:

Our Development team consists of four Ruby developers who work on our apps, one DevOp who wrangles our servers and one Front-end developer.  We do stand-ups and use automated testing, but couldn't claim to work to a specific methodology like Agile or XP.  We aim for an open, grown-up culture where everyone has an equal voice in discussions and brogrammer is a dirty word.


We score about 10/12 on the Joel test 
The Joel Test is a twelve-question measure of the quality of a software team

  • Do you use source control? Yes
  • Can you make a build in one step? Yes
  • Do you make daily builds? Yes
  • Do you have a bug database? Yes
  • Do you fix bugs before writing new code? We try to
  • Do you have an up-to-date schedule? Yes
  • Do you have a spec? Yes
  • Do programmers have quiet working conditions? Yes
  • Do you use the best tools money can buy? Yes
  • Do you have testers? No, developers do testing
  • Do new candidates write code during their interview? Yes
  • Do you do hallway usability testing? Sometimes, but not always.


If you have any questions about the role, or would like to discuss it further before applying, please email

Apply here.