Sunday, 6 December 2009

Wanted: Ruby on Rails Web Developer

Drowned in Sound, the UK's leading independent music website, is looking to employ a world class web developer.

Over the past decade we've built a vast resource of information and opinion but we could, and should, be doing a better job to share what we've got. We want to make it much easier to explore our site and by doing so, turn more people on to more great music.

Entering our 10th year, we have a new vision for what we wish to deliver to our 350k+ readers. We have enhancements we wish to complete and changes we'd like to make to our award-winning site and need a highly capable web developer to take things forward. The primary focus will be improving the experience and site functionality for our large community of irreverent music enthusiasts.

Key Responsibilities:
- Working with Drowned in Sound's founder and editorial team to improve the display of content and simplify CMS
- Liaising with our freelance designers on the implementation of a new and improved UI
- Debugging, improving data management and optimising pages
- Reliably delivering new features to a faultless standard.
- Developing new ideas
- Integrating DiS with various established and start-up partners
- Implementing special campaigns, such as site takeover

The idea candidate will be:
- A fan of 'alternative'/'indie' music
- Highly self-motivated, independent worker
- Able to meet deadlines and be focused on execution under pressure
- Resourceful
- A good communicator
- Logical, methodical and have an attention to detail
- A good manager of time and expectations
- Time flexible and willing to help with any urgent issues out of hours

Knowledge requirements:
- HTML / CSS / Javascript (Prototype/Scriptaculous)
- Ruby on Rails
- Nginx / Haproxy / Thin
- Linux

Additionally, experience using MusicBrainz would be preferable but isn't a necessity. Location isn't a major issue but an ability to take weekly meetings in London and to be easily contactable is preferred. Salary and length of contract is flexible and negotiable depending on experience. The ideal candidate would be available full-time for a minimum of 2 months from January 7th

To apply, please send your CV to to Please include in the body of the email links to recent work and highlighting any relevant projects. If you have any current commitments please stipulate, the role can be flexible for the perfect person.

Please note, there are no other vacancies currently at Drowned in Sound.

1 comment:

Dave Nattriss said...

Is it a full time (i.e. 35 hours a week) role?

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