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Backend Developer - Hiring for Multiple Teams

Posted at: Jul 17

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At GitLab, developers are independent and self-organized individual contributors who work together as a tight team in a remote and agile way.

Most backend developers work on all aspects of GitLab, building features, fixing bugs, and generally improving the application. Some developers specialize and focus on a specific area, such as packaging, performance or GitLab CI. Developers can specialize immediately after joining, or after some time, when they have gained familiarity with many areas of GitLab and find one they would like to focus on.

Current Open Vacancies by Team:

Create: 1
Plan: 2
Share: 1
Admin: 1
Secure: 1
Configure: 2
Verify (CI): 2
Release (CD): 1
Monitor: 3


  • Develop features from proposal to polished end result.
  • Support and collaborate with our support engineers in getting to the bottom of user-reported issues and come up with robust solutions.
  • Engage with the core team and the open source community to collaborate on improving GitLab.
  • Manage and review code contributed by the rest of the community and work with them to get it ready for production.
  • Create and maintain documentation around features and configuration to save our users time.
  • Take initiative in improving the software in small or large ways to address pain points in your own experience as a developer.
  • Keep code easy to maintain and keep it easy for others to contribute code to GitLab.
  • Qualify developers for hiring.


  • You have worked on a production-level Ruby application, preferably using Rails (this is a strict requirement).
  • Experience with other technologies a plus.
  • You can reason about software, algorithms, and performance from a high level.
  • You are passionate about open source.
  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and have strong organizational skills.
  • You share our values, and work in accordance with those values.

Hiring Process

  • Candidates for this position can generally expect a hiring process similar to the one described below. Please keep in mind that candidates can be declined from the position at any stage of the process. To learn more about someone who may be conducting the interview, find her/his job title on our team page.
  • Qualified candidates receive feedback questions on their application responses from our Recruiting team
  • Candidates will be invited to schedule a 30 minute screening call with our Recruiting team
  • Candidates will be invited to a panel interview with the Engineering Management team
  • Then, we schedule the next three steps at once, so they can happen in any order: a behavioral interview with the hiring manager; a technical interview with a team manager; and complete reference checks
  • Candidates will then be invited to schedule an additional interview with the VP of Engineering
  • Finally, candidates may be asked to interview with the CEO
  • Successful candidates will subsequently be made an offer via email

  • As always, the interviews and screening call will be conducted via a video call. See more details about our hiring process on the hiring handbook.


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