[python-uk] Python jobs at Rangespan

Jonathan tartley at tartley.com
Tue Jun 21 20:26:19 CEST 2011

Hey folks,

We seemed to decide the list is happy with a few appropriate job posts. 
My new employer is hiring, and I'm excited about working here, so I 
thought I'd share this with the list:

Rangespan is a six month old Python-oriented startup, currently around 
ten people, based in Paddington Station, London.

In my first two weeks here I've been impressed by the high standards of 
quality and the company's vaulting ambition. We provide high-scale 
e-commerce technology to create a revolutionary marketplace between 
major online retailers, and a vast network of suppliers, transacting 
across millions of products daily. Development has progressed enough to 
start deploying and demonstrating the reality of this vision, but is 
still early enough that all of us have a substantial effect on the 
future of the company.

We're looking for developers at a variety of levels, with strong 
computer science backgrounds, and either stellar academic record or 
proven industry experience. We'd like to see the sort of high profile 
that comes with expertise and a pro-active attitude: Python core 
contributors, conference speakers, open source contributors & project 
leaders, thoughtful agile evangelists, and scalability experts. We'll 
need a data scientist, too.

The sort of experience we're looking for includes:

    * Highly fluent in Python, experienced with Django, Amazon Web
      Services, MySQL and MongoDB.
    * Ability to contribute to an Agile environment, introducing new
      practices, refining our process, being strong on testing and TDD.
    * Expertise in architecting, coding & deploying RESTful web services
      & web applications.
    * Automated deployments to EC2.
    * Provisioning new hardware and debugging live code.
    * Ability to attract additional world-class software developers.
    * BS, MS or PhD degree in Computer Science or equivalent field.

The founders are ex-Amazon executives and engineers, and bring a wealth 
of commercial and operational expertise. While the atmosphere is 
informal and affable, the technical team is intimidatingly proficient. 
We don't use recruiters, because they don't match up to the quality of 
candidates we insist upon. To quote one of our founders "It's critical 
to the success of our business to create the highest quality engineering 
team possible."

Sorry I can't be specific about salary but it would vary widely 
depending on the applicant's experience. Suffice to say my personal 
offer was highly competitive for any industry outside of the city banks, 
plus for senior roles there would be equity involved, which I judged to 
be really attractive.

I'm happy to answer casual questions personally, or take receipt of 
applications. Our formal job postings information is here: 
http://rangespan.com/jobs/ but in practice I think we'd be a little 
flexible about roles for the right applicant.

Best regards,


Jonathan Hartley    tartley at tartley.com    http://tartley.com
Made of meat.       +44 7737 062 225       twitter/skype: tartley

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