Ghost - Product Engineer

We're looking for a new member to join the Ghost team, maybe that's you?

We're a non-profit organisation on a mission to create modern, independent publishing technology to power the future of online journalism.

This is not a rocket-ship. You won't find any unicorn glitter or exponential curves around here, just a real company with a sustainable business which has been profitable from year 1 and has been growing healthily ever since. Currently our annual revenue is $6,000,000+. We're very transparent about our mission and our metrics, you can read all about us.

Ghost is a full stack web application for running independent publications. It’s one of the most popular modern open source projects in the world, and is used in production by tens of thousands of websites and companies.

Chances are you've already visited and read sites which run on Ghost! Our users range from renowned publications like The Stanford Review and Harvard International Review - through to some of the world's largest organisations like Apple, Square, DuckDuckGo, Buffer, OpenAI, CloudFlare, Digital Ocean, Mozilla, Napster, Tinder, OkCupid and many, many more.

As the company grows, we're looking for experienced back-end JavaScript developers to join the team and work directly on Ghost core. This is a senior role, with plenty of freedom to help evolve and refine our product architecture.

What we're looking for  🔎

For this position, we're specifically looking for experienced back-end JavaScript engineers with a track record of shipping large-scale projects and working in teams, confident taking a broad brief and seeing it through from start to finish.

Ghost is written in Node.js, so we're looking for engineers who are very confident with Node. Experience working with other parts of our stack is a bonus, particularly Knex, Express and Handlebars. A good grasp of MySQL and SQLite3 are helpful too, but not essential. Any other experience working with startups, SaaS, open source, distributed applications or remote work is also very valuable.

One of the perks of engineering at Ghost is that pretty much everything you work on will be released as open source with an MIT license. So, instead of spending years doing work that will eventually be locked away in a box labelled “intellectual property” — you'll get to write code which is open for anyone to use, including you in your own future projects!

People who are highly self-motivated and great at written communication tend to do best at Ghost. The majority of our team is made up of former founders, freelancers and self-starters who are confident and comfortable working independently and getting things done.

This role would be well suited to someone who is experienced at building/shipping products, looking for big/interesting things to work on with a great international team and a healthy work/life balance. Our culture at Ghost is focused around calm, enjoyable work with great colleagues. Not a frantic startup treadmill.

Maybe you’re overworked at a traditional tech company that used to be a lot of fun, but has grown so fast that it barely resembles what you originally signed up for. Or maybe you’ve been solo bootstrapping products for years but you're hungry to work on something bigger with a group of excited, likeminded people.

We value diversity of all types at Ghost and our team is made up of a kind, thoughtful group of people with a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. We actively try to find people with different perspectives and experiences to the ones we already have. Women and minorities of any description are especially encouraged to apply!

What it's like to work here

We work remotely from all over the world, with flexible hours and annual team retreats. We tend to take on product work in 3 week cycles with clearly defined projects, followed by 1 week of cool down and clean up to address bugs, technical debt, and any loose ends. We try to keep meetings to a minimum to give people plenty of time for uninterrupted deep work.

We have a small, talented team with a very large audience. This means you'll have the ability to have a huge impact on both the product and the company, whilst also having interesting and challenging problems to work on. We really like what we do, and we're all in this to build something lasting, sustainable and positive.

All jobs at Ghost come with

💵 Competitive salary
Based on role, skill, experience and location.

🌍 Work from anywhere
From a home office, or travel continuously if that's your thing. Everything we do is online. As long as you have wifi, you're all set.

💻 Hardware
A new laptop + $500 office workspace setup budget.

🏢 Co-working
If you prefer to work from a co-working space, we'll help pay for it.

📚 Continue your personal development
There's a budget for attending conferences, taking courses, and purchasing books.

✈️ Team retreats
The last few trips have taken us to Spain, Dubai, Thailand, Austria & Egypt.

📅 Last Friday of the month off!
We close the office on the last Friday of each month and take a 3 day weekend. Enjoy!

🏝 Unlimited paid vacation
If you don't take a minimum of a 2 week break yourself, we'll kick you out of the office in December.

👶 Paid parental leave
When the time comes to welcome a new member of the family, we offer generous and fully paid parental leave.

📈 Pay reviews
Everyone at Ghost receives an annual pay review to stay competitive with market rates.

🐶 Dog friendly office
Just kidding we've never had an office. So, um. Feel free to work with your dog?. Cats are cool, too.

How to apply 🚀

The hiring process for this role has a few steps:

  1. An application questionnaire, 10-15 minutes.
  2. A 30 minute call, where we get to know each other a little better.
  3. An interview with the hiring manager.
  4. A paid trial project, where you work alongside us.
  5. A final stage interview.

We receive a lot of applications for each position. A real human member of the Ghost team will review each one, so take your time - we care about the details.

Please mention No CS Degree when you apply and email if you get an interview or get hired

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Pete Codes

Pete Codes

Hey, I'm Pete and the creator of this site. I am a self-taught web developer and I'm based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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