Software Engineer, API

| Greater Denver Area

Why work with us:

Blinker is a Denver-based mobile app that puts people in control of car ownership. We started our company because we believe the used car market has a major consumer problem – each year, twenty eight million people in the US buy or sell a car at the dealership and lose thousands of dollars in every transaction. Blinker is the only company that allows anyone to sell a car with a lien, buy a car with financing or refinance a car, all on their own with their mobile device.

Our CEO, Rod Buscher, founded Blinker in 2013. Today, Blinker's leadership team carries 170 years of collective automotive and lending experience. Blinker has received over 100,000 downloads and originated millions of dollars in auto loans. We’ve also won a 2017 SXSW Interactive Innovation Award, Colorado Biz Top Company Award, Telly Award, as well as been named a “Gazelle” by the Denver Office of Economic Development and a Colorado Company to Watch. 

We’re looking for talented people to help us scale our business and serve a nationwide audience from our headquarters in downtown Denver. We’re a passionate, smart, and driven group, working together to cause some major market disruption. You could be part of that. If you’re eager and ready to work alongside inspiring teammates and make a major, positive impact on our business each and every day, we want you to join us.

What you will do and who you are:

  • You want to work closely with Product Managers, UX, and Front-end Engineers to build and maintain scalable and efficient APIs that support the future growth of our business
  • You desire a fast-paced/startup work environment
  • You do not expect to just work through a pile of requirements, but also to contribute to the technical design to find the best solution for the problem at hand
  • You are an experienced developer who brings fresh ideas to the table, and challenges the team to think about things from a different perspective
  • You are a business-minded developer who understands the implications of what you build and the changes you make
  • You are a passionate developer with problem solving skills, an impressive ability to communicate and collaborate with other teams, and a relentless determination to do what is right for our users and our customers
  • You are a responsible developer who consciously designs for security, and is always careful with sensitive production data including credentials and PII
  • You take pride in delivering high-quality, reliable code, and are diligent about testing your code at multiple levels (unit tests, integration tests, QA / automated testing)
  • Coming to work every day with a great attitude is a part of who you are

What we value:

  • 5-7+ years experience in a developer role
  • 3-5+ years experience with Ruby on Rails
    • Ruby on Rails (or similar back-end framework)
    • JSON APIs
    • PostgreSQL (or similar relational database)
  • 1-2+ years experience with:
    • Docker (or similar containerization system) in production environments
    • Continuous Integration / Deployment in production environments
  • Experience writing thorough unit and integration specs with RSpec (or similar framework)
  • Experience code reviewing others' work and mentoring less-experienced developers

Extra value:

  • Experience with Elixir or other server-side languages
  • Experience with the HashiStack (Nomad, Consul, Vault, etc.)
  • Experience with a queueing system (SQS, RabbitMQ, or similar)
  • Experience with a microservice architecture

Additional Information:

  • Blinker Inc. does not currently provide Visa sponsorship

What we offer to you:

  • Competitive pay + equity
  • Paid/flexible time off 
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, and parental leave benefits
  • 401K Plan
  • Paid covered parking in Tabor Center garage or RTD transportation
  • Fully stocked kitchen with free snacks, beverages, & cold brew coffee on tap
  • Regularly recurring, company-side social activities (e.g. BBQ lunches on patio and afternoon happy hours)
  • Hackathons
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Technology we use

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  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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Location

Blinker is located on the corner of 17th and Larimer in downtown Denver. We're just blocks away from great restaurants, Union Station and Whole Foods.

An Insider's view of Blinker

What does your typical day look like?

A typical day at Blinker is met with enthusiastic “Good Morning!” greetings followed by focused brainpower that identifies problems and prioritizes solutions. Blinker has a culture that emphasizes accountability and action. Whether it’s whiteboarding around the office or unraveling problems in the lunchroom - it’s teamwork that defines my day.

Christina

Product Manager

What makes someone successful on your team?

Blinker's most successful team members are highly collaborative, honest, and willing to take calculated risks. We aim to foster an environment that promotes candor and innovation. To accomplish that, our team needs to keep the energy high and work towards a common goal.

Andrew

Product Manager

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Short answer: Freedom powered by strategic insights.
Long answer: Build a great team that inspires each other and individual egos stay in the lobby. I lead my teams how I like to be managed - empower with the best insights available and allow them to make their own choices. The best work happens when you are emotionally invested in the solution.

AP

Chief Marketing Officer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Recently, Blinker started adding more features for users on our website and my team is tasked with building all the functionality in the mobile app but with a slightly different experience inherent to web. It’s exciting to problem-solve as a team to find the best way to create these new features from scratch and explore the latest technologies.

MaryJane

Front End Developer

What are Blinker Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences

Additional Perks + Benefits

Blinker offers a benefits program designed to enrich person and work life. We give every employee stock options when they join the company. Our flexible time off policy provides salaried associates with the opportunity to take time off for personal reasons or vacations, without having to first accrue days. We cover 100% of employees' and 50% dependents' medical, dental and vision insurance premiums. Additionally, we cover 100% of premiums for short and long term disability, as well as provide basic life insurance.

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