Opening // Back-end Engineer

Portland, OR

At Opal, we believe that software should be beautifully simple, highly targeted for the job at hand, and insanely great. These beliefs create an environment where everyone that touches our products is able to thrive — from design to engineering, sales to accounts, stakeholders to end users.

We’re based in beautiful Portland, Oregon and we work with the best brands across the globe. Our software is redefining marketing planning, allowing for more creativity and collaboration by reducing friction for teams of all sizes. Our users are creative, passionate people and we’re helping them rediscover the best parts of their job.

Our team is small but mighty. Each of us are driven to get better every day and to contribute all we can to making great products and delivering great customer experiences. We even manage to have a lot of fun while we’re at it.

We’re looking for exceptional engineers that believe the best products come from a blend of technology and design. We foster this by combining engineering and design into one team. This enables engineers to have a voice from the beginning of a project’s lifecycle and designers to shape a project up until it ships.

Opal is a robust Backbone/Marionette web application that is powered by a Ruby/Rails-based API. We are constantly seeking new technologies that will allow us to build a better product and service the needs of our rapidly growing customer base. All members of the engineering team help define the future of our technology stack.


  • Evolving the Rails-based backend architecture and API
  • Profiling code to track down performance issues, writing test coverage, and auditing the codebase for security concerns
  • Ensuring our platform can scale to meet expected, and unexpected, demand
  • Using Git/GitHub to manage our code, GitHub issues to manage our tickets, and Heroku/AWS to deploy our code and manage our infrastructure
  • Taking part in brainstorms to help set product direction and think up the next big thing
  • Reading about and playing with technologies that we may adopt
  • Lending a helping hand, or ear, whenever necessary

To handle these responsibilities, you’ll want to have these skills:

  • Advanced knowledge of Ruby/Rails and Postgres
  • Familiarity with AWS/EC2/Heroku
  • Some knowledge of Javascript/Backbone and HTML/CSS
  • Great communication, even under pressure, and willingness to be open and collaborative


  • A full-time, salaried position
  • Healthcare coverage (health, dental, vision)
  • Early-stage stock options
  • Company-provided computer setup
  • A tight-knit, very supportive team — we pride ourselves on our culture
  • A fun, open office with foosball, ping-pong, and great food all around

Our team is deeply invested in creating a culture that promotes a collective genius, passion for perfection, and humor that our customers will feel in every pixel. There are no individual egos at Opal Labs, only a team that strives to change the world.

If you’d like to join us on this journey, we’d love to talk with you: please email with a cover letter speaking to why you feel this role is a good fit for you, and include code samples or a link to your GitHub profile.

Create the magic behind Opal by architecting a large Ruby/Rails codebase, designing APIs, scaling to millions of users, and taking on other interesting challenges along the way.

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