Bloom & Wild

Senior Ruby Engineer

Join Bloom & Wild as they are looking for a Senior Ruby Engineer

Bloom & Wild is re-inventing the $60B global flower industry. Over a billion flower exchanges take place every year and industry satisfaction levels are low. Driven by our vision of creating the destination for making life a little more thoughtful and beautiful, we do things differently. From inventing letterbox flowers to founding The Thoughtful Marketing Movement. And we’ve seen impressive traction to date - we are Europe’s leading online flower company, and the UK’s fastest growing ecommerce company according to the Financial Times, growing at +100%.

In January 2021 we announced our £75 million Series D funding round, led by General Catalyst (backers of Airbnb and Deliveroo), alongside other top tier investors including Index Ventures (investors in Wise and Glossier). We are home to a family of 3 strong brands, Bloom & Wild, boomon and Bergamotte, having acquired bloomon in April 2021 and Bergamotte in July 2021. Together, we are active in 8 countries. 

We really care about creating a diverse and inclusive team and we welcome people from all backgrounds, with different perspectives, ideas and experiences to work with us. In our team, everyone has the freedom to give their opinion, grow in their career and be part of a genuinely caring and inclusive team.

Technology Team at Bloom & Wild

There are over 60 people in the Technology team at Bloom & Wild, working from a variety of locations. The Technology team consists of the Engineering team, Platform Operations and Architecture teams, with Engineering being organised into cross functional squads, each responsible for a business and architectural domain.

You’ll be joining the Range & Logistics squad, a cross-functional squad working within our Ops-Tech team, and primarily focused on our back-end platform. Our business and delivery volumes continue to experience significant organic and inorganic growth, supported by an ever larger and more innovative offering of products.

The squad focuses on:

*Enabling this scale by working on critical core technology that lies at the heart of our company

*Using technology to find efficiencies in how and when we sell our products, while allowing for flexible merchandising to create unique products that our customers love

*Using technology to more efficiently deliver our products and keep customers informed throughout the journey

*Supporting our broader strategy to break up our platform into a set of smaller services

You can read more about our technology and culture over on our tech blog - Code & Wild.

The role and ways of working:

You’ll play an active part in delivering your squad's and the Technology team's roadmaps. This will mean writing, reviewing and supporting code in our platform, owning ideas from requirements to production code, and being responsible for quality at every step along the way. You’ll work with some great technology. Our backend platform, currently using Ruby 2.6.5 and Rails 6 is backed by PostgreSQL, Fargate/ECS on AWS, with APIs that are used by our Angular 12 webapp and our native mobile apps. We’re also looking at developing new domain driven services & microservices where applicable. You will bring energy and positivity to the role, looking for opportunities to mentor teammates, improve engineering standards, learn and craft the role around our values: care, pride, customer first, innovation and delight. You will get to work with an established and experienced group of Ruby engineers from across the Engineering team, who will support you and encourage you to grow and fulfil your potential.

As an experienced Ruby developer (5 years+), you’ll:

Have detailed knowledge of Ruby on Rails in a production environment and experience of test-driven development. You will also have experience of good CI/CD and observability practices. Have experience working with RESTful APIs and ideally you will have built new ones, used version control tools such as GitHub, CI/CD tools, and testing tools like RSpec/Cucumber or similar. Have experience of distributed service architectures, including how best to test and release them, and how to ensure system stability when making changes independent of other services. Be able to get going quickly, understand complex systems and also be able to communicate with non-technical team members. Be experienced in breaking down complex requirements into thin slices for development and estimating the size of work in complexity.
It would be great if you also….Have experience mentoring more junior team members.Experience working in a fast-growing (preferably consumer-facing) start-up.Interest in exploring new technologies.

Working Environment

The Technology team currently consists of 28% fully remote engineers and 75% working in a hybrid model, coming to our office hubs in both London and Amsterdam as much or as little as they like. 

We work hard to create a working culture of inclusion for our team working from office and home locations so whether you need to be at home for school pickups or want to spend time together with your co-workers we’ll do our best to make your experience a good one!


We're proud to hold an A-rated sponsor license, so we can assign certificates of sponsorship. This means we can support applications from anywhere as long as the job is deemed suitable under the points based system.

Our perks and benefits:

* 25 days holiday, with an additional day off for your birthday, plus bank holidays, totalling 34 days, per annum. There is also the option to buy an extra 5 days holiday

* Flexible working schedule (core hours from 10-4pm)

* We offer flexible bank holidays so at any time you can trade a bank holiday day off and in its place take off another day that fits better with your beliefs, values and celebration calendar

* Choose your laptop and any extra equipment you need to do your best work

* Health cash plan through Simplyhealth

* Personal Development Budget

* Enhanced Family Friendly Policy

* Workplace nursery - a salary sacrifice based childcare scheme

* Cycle to work scheme

* Pension Contribution

* Discounts on our blooms!

* Lunch & Learns

* Bloom & Go Wild trips

When we’re in the office:

Our lovely, light and spacious office is conveniently located close to Vauxhall and Oval stations in London. We have an informal, inclusive and scale-up culture and those who choose to come into the office, also benefit from:

* Free snacks.

* Early finishes on Thursdays & Fridays to spend more time with each other.

* Beer, wine and soft drinks fridge.

* We’re a social bunch and love to get together to celebrate!  Events include Summer & Christmas parties, post peak celebrations and team lunches.

In addition to our normal perks and benefits we’re supporting each other and maintaining our culture remotely through:

* Weekly online yoga class and access to ClassPass workout content.

* Birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions are celebrated.

* Virtual Stand Up for weekly company updates, and Virtual Monthly Meeting to celebrate our successes and value nominations.

* Wellbeing support through our online platform, Spill, which offers online therapy sessions.

*New slack channels and ways of creating community remotely.

* Peak Treats to support our team during our busiest times!

Our Recruitment Process

We are continuing to conduct the majority of our interview processes remotely via video. This will involve an initial chat with Shannon, our Talent Associate, followed by:

*1 hour interview with Katherin, our Engineering Manager

*A Technical Task that will be shared with you to complete in your own time

*A Technical Interview with the team

Your application experience is important to us and we’re keen to adapt to make every interaction even better. We welcome feedback on our recruitment process and would love to hear from you directly on how we can improve. If you have any suggestions please feel free to let us know.