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Engineer Who Can Design - Europe & North America at Ashby

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Benji Encz
Benji Encz

About the role

About Ashby

At Ashby, we're building powerful, delightful, high quality software to help companies be the absolute best at hiring. Prior to starting Ashby, our Co-Founder and CEO, Benji, experienced the limitations of current products first hand. We believe the most promising productivity improvements have yet to be built, and we have a relentless focus to make them a reality.

We’ve not launched publicly yet, but we already have happy (paying) customers who prefer us over our competition, including: Opendoor, Plaid, Figma, Airtable, Snyk, and Benchling. We’re also backed by great investors, including YCombinator, Elad Gil, and Lachy Groom. We’ll share more once we meet.

We've only scratched the surface of how Ashby can help our customers. It's the perfect time to join.

Our Philosophy

Here are a few key points that should give you an idea of what it is like to work with us:

  • We invest a lot in common building blocks that allow us to build powerful and customizable products fast. At the core of Ashby is a set of common components (analytics modelling and query language, policy engine, workflow engine) which we are constantly improving.

  • Customers use Ashby every day, so we put a lot of effort into designing products that are approachable to beginners but mastered & extended by power users. In many ways, spreadsheets set the bar here.

  • We strongly believe that small teams with very talented people (and the right work environment) deliver much better performance than teams with large headcount. We hire and compensate accordingly.

  • Our users’ pain is our pain. Engineers conduct user interviews, Slack with our customers, and work closely with them to define, design, and implement solutions.

  • We value each other’s time so we can maximize our impact. We accomplish this by doing lots of research and writing specs before building, investing in automation, and practicing efficient and deliberate communication. Engineers average 36 hours of focus time per week (and it’s only increased over time).

We value a strong sense of ownership and principled thinking over experience - we’ll get into these and other values during the hiring process.

About this Role

We believe the best designs come from engineers with strong empathy and an eye for visual design. In particular, we love people who have a deep understanding of CSS and experience building reusable and extensible components.

As a design engineer, you will lead the visual and experience design of our design system, its translation to React components, and consult or lead design for new features. We love to work with engineers who are product and design-minded.

Our technology stack is: SCSS (with CSS modules) or Stitches, TypeScript (frontend & backend), Node.js, React, Apollo GraphQL, Postgres, Redis. You’ll be our resident expert on frontend technology and best practices like React, CSS, semantic HTML, and accessibility.

One formality, we require at least 1.5 years of experience as a full-time software engineer or designer for this role.

You Could Be a Great Fit If

  • Empowering other engineers to build well-designed features through a design system excites you.

  • You believe great visual design balances usability and beauty; you’ll, for example, pick a less appealing interface that packs more information on screen over one that doesn’t.

  • You lean heavily on design patterns and systems but know when a feature needs bespoke work.

  • You believe great design comes through iteration, collaboration, and responding to customer feedback.

  • Every time you see a great design or interaction on the web, your first reaction is to open the developer console.

We know this kind of talent is rare and we're excited to pay top of market to have you join us!

Here are examples of things you’ll work on:

  • Build a set of flexible, composable components in our design system that allow other engineers to build custom autocompletes. Custom autocompletes can contain filters, options to create new records, etc.

  • Redesign our mobile web app by talking with customers who use it often, wireframing new flows, implementing its design system, and working with colleagues to implement the wireframes.

  • Consult with other engineers to improve the UX and visual design of projects they’ve worked on.

Your First Two Months at Ashby

By the end of your second month, you’ll deliver at least one large, impactful feature from research to specification to delivery. We’ll help get you there by pairing you with another engineer to onboard you and introduce you to how Ashby delivers impactful changes to customers. On your first day, they’ll help you run a script to get your dev environment setup (it’s that easy!) and commit your first change to production. In your first two weeks, the team will introduce you to our customers, our product, and key architecture through training sessions. You’ll also fix bugs and add small features to Ashby to get familiar with our code base. From there, you’ll take on projects of increasing scope (with guidance from your onboarding engineer) until you’re ready to take on your large, impactful feature.


  • You’ll get the time to do things the right way; we put a lot of emphasis on high quality work and avoid quick hacks as much as possible

  • You get to use your own product (we use Ashby for our own hiring!)

  • Top-of-market compensation including equity. We know this kind of talent is rare!

  • 10 year exercise window for stock options

  • Top notch health insurance for you and your dependents with all premiums covered by us (U.S.)

  • 401(k) matching (U.S.)

Ashby provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and welcome people from all backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and abilities.

Why you should join Ashby

We’re building the next generation of enterprise software and we’re starting with a suite of products that help talent leaders, recruiters, and hiring managers run their hiring process significantly better (we haven’t shared much publicly about what we’re building yet, but we’ll be more specific once we meet).

We are well funded and backed by great investors, including Y Combinator, Elad Gil and Lachy Groom.

We have not launched publicly yet, but we're already working with amazing companies, such as Plaid, Airtable, Snyk, Benchling and SalesLoft (and many others which we cannot name yet).