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General Assembly // accelerated learning programs & education
Engineering, Full Time    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia    Posted: Thursday, April 01, 2021
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Who are we?

Our vision is of a global community of individuals empowered to pursue the work they love. Our mission is to grow that community by transforming millions of thinkers into creators.

Since 2011, General Assembly has transformed tens of thousands of careers through pioneering, experiential education in todays most in-demand skills. As featured in The Economist, Wired, & The New York Times, GA offers training in web development, data, design, business, & more, both online & at campuses around the world. Our global professional community boasts 40,000 full- & part-time alumni & counting.

We are organized into small cross-functional product teams (a PM, a designer, a few devs) that focus on growing a single product from glimmer to game-changer. Each team is free to determine their own tools & process. We care about writing good software that is clean, concise, & well-tested; flexible & easy to maintain. Our stack is Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL & ReactJS, but we are not dogmatic & believe in using the right tools for a particular problem.

The Role

Were looking for an enthusiastic Senior Software Engineer who knows Ruby (Rails) & Javascript (React) or is willing to learn. You will be a member of our Business Operations team focusing on maintaining & improving over a dozen of our existing applications while putting a premium on the happiness of our users experience. You will also maintain & improve on the shared tools & services that support GAs technology ecosystem.

This is a remote job. Youre free to work where you work best, anywhere in Malaysia: home office, coworking space, coffee shops. While we currently have an office in Ilham Tower located along Jalan Binjai near Jalan Ampang, the team meets up once a week or month as we all see fit to do so.

You can expect an inclusive, eager team wholl support you in it, rise to challenges with you, & grow together. We value people who can take a stand yet commit even when they disagree. And understand the value in others being heard. We subject ideas to rigorous consideration & challenge each other, but all remember that were here for the same purpose: to do good work together. We believe in building trust through direct feedback, openness to each others experience, & willingness to show up for each other as well as for the technical work at hand. Were in this for the long term. We also want to be kind, considerate, fair, flexible, & calm. Especially in a crisis.

Here are some real examples of the work weve done lately that might help you to get a better idea of what this job entails:

  • Upgrading Rails environment periodically for over a dozen applications
  • Fixing all reported security vulnerabilities reported by security audits
  • Sunsetting legacy applications
  • Improving Docker-based environment & dockerizing several applications


  • Usually, 6+ years of experience being a professional programmer focused on Ruby & Javascript.
  • Capable of end-to-end problem solving; accurately debugging problems quickly.
  • Capable of acting as a teacher for peers. Able to act as a mentor to associates & engineers. Seeks out opportunities to knowledge-share with broader audiences in engineering.
  • Finds common ground quickly & solves problems & provides feedback.
  • Capable of guiding & directing junior staff on a project. Respected as a senior team member in guiding technical direction.
  • Deep object-oriented programming knowledge & ability.
  • Follows established patterns & approaches within existing code bases with ease.
  • Exemplifies professional team & organizational standards. Helps set & maintain professional standards for the team.
  • Writes code with good test coverage; knows the best way to approach testing in all scenarios beyond the 'happy path'. Expected to know & be able to practice TDD.
  • Senior-level knowledge of system-level tooling. Capable of more advanced development tool workflows for local & production system debugging.
  • Understands fundamental concepts of systems development life cycle (SDLC), & is responsible for adherence to all practical aspects.
  • Should be aware of the business value in work being done. Able to prioritize own work when given business value context.


  • Responsible for maintaining & evangelizing professional standards & technical strategy for your team.
  • Drives & creates work for existing & forthcoming projects, & be able to deliver project goals & tasks to other engineers. Analyzes requirements to determine the feasibility of design options within time & cost constraints.
  • Assures adherence to best practices & department processes around system maintainability & health.
  • Provides front-line support, & shares responsibility for 24/7 uptime of all services the team provides. 
  • Is responsible for understanding which operations affect the scope of the budget & operate within a budget.
  • Is expected to be able to provide input on changes that affect the budget. Solid understanding of software capitalization & is expected to be able to provide input as it relates to engineering efforts.
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