Engineering Manager, Rails

Who We Are

Ascent is a Chicago-based startup that closed its Series B funding round of $19.3M in Fall 2019. Founded only four years ago, the team has since grown to almost 50 full time employees, led and supported by an executive team and board of directors with extensive experience in technology, regulatory compliance, sales and business operations. Ascent serves global financial institutions such as ING and CommBank, and is also working directly with regulators around the world in order to continually improve and advance our product.

A first mover in building proprietary RegulationAI™, Ascent delivers market leading regulatory knowledge as a groundbreaking new way for financial firms to manage compliance. It is our mission to help our customers protect their business from regulatory and reputational risk while reducing their overall cost to comply. 

We prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion and believe strongly that a team with different backgrounds and perspectives produces better results. Together, we are solving a $64 billion global problem in regulatory compliance. Watch this video to learn more about what we do.

Who You Are

You are an experienced engineering leader with a passion for growing your distributed and colocated teammates alike, ensuring that they are empowered to accomplish their best work. You enjoy collaborating with product leaders, quality assurance leaders, and devops leaders in order to provide world-class software systems to end users


You’ll be leading the growth of our core customer-facing platform, as well as laying the technical foundation of the company to support future growth and expansion.

  • Collaborate with your team to establish and evolve a technical roadmap for our customer-facing platform.
  • Meet regularly with your 4+ direct reports, ensuring that they are meeting their performance objectives and growing in their careers.
  • Work effectively with your team’s product manager to ensure that feature development and technical improvements are balanced.
  • Provide technical guidance, mentoring, code reviews, pair programming, and direct coding contributions in our Rails, React, Elasticsearch, and Postgre Stack.
  • Work effectively with our devops and QA teams in order to ensure high availability systems and high quality functionality.

Minimum Skills and Experience

  • 2+ years working on geographically distributed teams
  • 3+ years of team leadership using Rails and/or React
  • 8+ years of professional web development
  • Experience with a major cloud provider, such as AWS or Azure
  • Experience deploying and maintaining code using git-based tools and CI/CD
  • Experience writing thorough tests and documentation for maintainable code-bases

Bonus Points

  • Experience with Elasticsearch
  • Experience with distributed team leadership


Ascent employees enjoy many benefits and perks, including:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance; premiums paid 95% for the individual
  • Medical premiums paid 50% for covered dependents
  • Life insurance
  • 401K
  • Commuter benefits
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Professional development stipend
  • The opportunity to work with smart people on challenging problems!


We’re excited to hear from you! Please send resume and cover letter to