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Software Engineer (Ruby On Rails) - Pipelines Dispatch

Build tools for the best
software teams in the world.

About The Role

The Role

We’re looking for a Ruby On Rails Engineer to help us build and shape dev tools, to unblock every developer in the world.

In this role, you'll join our Pipelines Dispatch team.

This team owns the engine of our Pipelines product. Pipelines allow customers to orchestrate CI builds on their own infrastructure using our open-source agent. 

As a Software Engineer, you'll contribute to the team’s mission of delivering millions of build jobs to millions of agents every day. 

You’ll also collaborate across Buildkite’s product engineering teams, experiencing all aspects of how Buildkite delivers the best CI/CD experience to our customers. 

On a typical day, you could be...

  • Collaborating asynchronously via Basecamp on crafting an upcoming feature or fix.

  • Working on the back-end of our Ruby on Rails (majestic) monolith, which embraces PostgreSQL for the database, and Rails HTML views, React, GraphQL and Relay for the frontend.

  • Solving problems in our production Rails app and isolating issues to fix.

  • Building a deep understanding of Buildkite’s data model and state machines to solve complex problems and build shiny new features.

  • Jumping on video calls with your teammates to discuss and solve problems. Or to just say hi.

  • Providing feedback on GitHub pull requests or responding to feedback left for you.

Skills and experience we like...

  • Experience with designing and developing technology products. 

  • Confident in your knowledge of Ruby on Rails and the surrounding ecosystem.

  • Experience with relational databases, particularly PostgreSQL.

  • 'Nice-to-have' exposure to Golang, TypeScript or Flow, React, GraphQL or Relay.

  • Experience designing, developing and maintaining the back-end of Rails applications.

  • Enjoy collaborating closely with the design and product team to achieve quality and beautiful work.

  • Believe in quality code, knowing how to balance your high standards with the problems you are solving and external constraints.

  • Loves solving problems, through collaboration with your team, creating experiments, analysing data, and building fit-for-purpose solutions with the end user front and centre of your mind.

  • Understand development processes. You are comfortable writing Git commits, pull requests and tests using tools like RSpec. You know how to tackle critiquing others' code positively and productively, and receiving the same sort of feedback.

  • Strong communicator that values empathy and kindness when articulating your ideas and feelings when writing or speaking.

  • Comfortable working remotely and taking initiative when team members are offline.


  • $100,000 - 175,000 AUD

  • $110,000 - 190,000 NZD 

  • Equity 

  • Generous benefits package

  • Remote working 

TimezoneAustralia & New Zealand
Role TypePermanent

You'll work closely with:

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Paul AnnesleyPrincipal Engineer
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Tessa BradburySenior Engineer
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Ben MoskovitzSoftware Engineer

About Us

We build tools to help the best software teams stay happy and productive. We’ve rethought how CI/CD should work and have built a platform that is fast, reliable, secure, and is able to scale to the needs of the most demanding high-growth tech companies including Shopify, Pinterest, Wayfair, Cruise, PagerDuty, Culture Amp, and Canva.

Buildkite is a differently shaped company that values work-life balance and supports staff to work the ways that make sense for them. From the beginning, our goal has been to build a company that is people-centered, supportive and just a little bit weird 💚

To Apply

We have some details at this link which you can fill in. You don’t need to complete every section, just send through any link or document you’re proud of that helps us understand your skillset. This doesn’t have to be a resume, but it can be. There’s also a section to write some words about you and why this role interests you if you like.

If you have any questions or if you’d like to find out more about working at Buildkite, please email

Why Apply?

Small team, global impact

We believe small companies are beautiful, and that small teams can achieve big things. This makes everyone on the team an important part of Buildkite.

Flexible work hours

We don’t keep set office hours, so you can shift your hours around life’s commitments and non-work activities. Take time out of work for exercise, family or whatever life throws at you.

Support and growth

In a small but growing company, you’ll have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects, and ship work that helps customers.

Work from anywhere

We’re a globally distributed company, and all our work happens remotely. Work from your home office, a co-working space, or your local cat café.


Learning & development

Invest in your personal and professional development with a yearly budget to spend on travel, conferences, workshops, courses, and books.

Health cover

We’ll make sure that you and your family have access to comprehensive health and hospital cover, no matter which country you live in.

Parental leave

Take time out to set up a new family, with 6 months of paid leave if you’re the primary carer, and 3 months if you’re secondary. You can use it flexibly, change between primary and secondary, and take the same leave for a still birth. We also keep paying super/401k for 6 months if you take unpaid leave.

Home office & coworking

Set yourself up with a great work environment, either at home or in a co-working space, with a budget for a desk and chair, and a new computer and phone every 24 months. We’ll also cover the cost of plants, art, or anything else you need to set yourself up with a beautiful and productive work environment.

Wellness & paid time off

Take care of your health and wellbeing away from the screen, with 6 weeks of paid leave per year, the ability to take time out of work for fitness, and a yearly budget to spend on things like yoga, climbing, personal training, or a day at the zoo.

Profit share & ownership

Share in the company’s success, and have a stake in what you’re helping to build. Everyone on the team receives a percentage share of the company profits each quarter, and an equity stake through our employee share program.

Working at Buildkite has given me the freedom to grow and flourish in all aspects of my life, personally and professionally. I’m proud to be a part of such a passionate and supportive team.
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If you’ve got any questions or issues with the application process, please let us know.