Senior Platform Engineer

A battle-tested, yet personable senior engineer who can confidently contribute to our mission of helping the Cannabis industry succeed through talent matching. You are comfortable proposing system architectures, and getting alignment from engineers around you while discussing the tradeoffs. You feel comfortable steering code review discussions ensuring that opinions are heard, but a decision is made. You can solve the hard problems on your own, but enjoy mentoring other engineers just as much. We seek a motivated, self-starter who can buckle down and deliver as an individual contributor as well as provide technical direction for a growing team.


What You’ll Accomplish:

-Building highly performant APIs and services in Ruby

-Designing and steering software architecture discussions and decisions

-Defining and modeling behavior expectations balancing optimism, collaboration, and technical leadership

-Leading our evolving development and testing standards and best practices

Physical Requirements

No description provided.

Working Environment


-You have a “green heart” for the cannabis industry.

-You thrive in fast-paced, high-growth, rapidly changing start-up environments.

-You are results-oriented and go the extra mile in all situations.

-You have a competitive nature and strive for excellence at all times.

-You are highly collaborative and work extremely well with teams.

-You have a strong desire to continuously educate and develop your trade skills regularly.

-You are adept at handling multiple competing priorities and duties in a fast-paced, results-driven, time- critical, rapidly changing environment with minimal daily oversight.

-You are able to balance the ability to be bold and think about innovative solutions.

-You learn proactively, always seeking to improve yourself and your knowledge base.

-You demonstrate a strong drive for results and success; convey a sense of urgency to achieve outcomes and exceed expectations; persist despite obstacles, setbacks, and competing influences.

-Highly professional, personable, action-oriented, and hard-working.


-Ability to work in a fast-paced collaborative environment.

-A resilient and entrepreneurial spirit with a growth mindset.

-A true team player willing to roll up your sleeves and do what needs to be done to succeed.

-Ability to work autonomously and take ownership.

-Able to create, maintain and build professional relationships and rapport.

-Have a strong desire to grow professionally and personally.

-Have a sound knowledge of market trends.

-Flexibility - this role will be ever-changing.

-A communication rockstar.


-Significant experience building APIs and services with Ruby on Rails

-You are self-directed, confident, and efficient with your decision making

-Ability to deliver full-stack features in a modern, web-based application(s)

-Experience designing REST & GraphQL APIs

-Expertise with modern developer workflows and toolchains (Git, CI/CDl)

-Extensive knowledge of testing best practices at all layers

-Extensive knowledge of object-oriented and functional programming concepts and design patterns

-Experience designing and managing complex relational database structures

-Experience working on an established product with real users

-Experience giving and receiving feedback in code reviews

-You enjoy driving and improving process

-Confidence pairing with other engineers of all levels

What Will Make You Stand Out:

-Experience with JavaScript and/or Node.js.

-Experience with real-time distributed database and/or systems

-Experience in performance monitoring and product analytics

-Experience with 2 or more additional core technologies (Ruby / Go / TypeScript / React)

-A reputation for superb communication skills with other engineers and teammates


Bachelor’s Degree in the relative field of study, Master’s Degree highly desirable

About Vangst

Vangst is the cannabis industry’s hiring platform. Vangst helps cannabis companies find the talent they need to grow their business. From on-demand gig workers to trained & credential full-time employees, Vangst has built the industry’s go-to talent marketplace for all cannabis hiring. Vangst is proud to work with 1,200+ of the cannabis industry’s leading businesses.

Since raising their seed round in 2018, Vangst has become one of the fastest growing companies in the cannabis industry and was recognized as one of Fast Companies most innovative companies.

Today, over 300,000 people have full-time jobs in the cannabis industry and this number is expected to triple over the next five years. Vangst is on a mission to fill every job in the cannabis industry.

Vangst’s headquarters is in Denver, CO. Vangst is a Series B company and backed by Lerer Hippeau, Colle Capital, Level One Fund, Snoop Dog’s Casa Verde Capital, and others.

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