Internal Tools Engineer

Full Time
Opening date
Closing date
25 Dec 2021

At Ashby, we’re on a mission to help professionals excel at their jobs with software. We believe current software is barely scratching the surface and the most promising productivity improvements haven’t materialized yet.

We’re starting with a suite of products that help talent leaders, recruiters, and managers excel at hiring. Prior to starting Ashby, our Co-Founder and CEO, Benji, experienced the limitations of current products first hand. This experience has created a relentless focus to solve recruiting’s toughest problems with powerful and delightful software.

We’ve not launched publicly yet, but we already have amazing (paying) customers, such as Opendoor, Plaid, Figma, Airtable, Snyk, and Benchling and we’re backed by great investors, including YCombinator, Elad Gil, and Lachy Groom. We’ll share more once we meet.

We’ve only scratched the surface of how Ashby can help our customers, it’s the perfect time to join.

Our Philosophy

Here are a few key points that should give you an idea of what it is like to work with us:

  • We invest a lot in common building blocks that allow us to build powerful and customizable products fast. At the core of Ashby is a set of common components (analytics modelling and query language, policy engine, workflow engine) which we are constantly improving.
  • Customers use Ashby every day, so we put a lot of effort into designing products that are approachable to beginners but mastered & extended by power users. In many ways, spreadsheets set the bar here.
  • We strongly believe that small teams with very talented people (and the right work environment) deliver much better performance than teams with large headcount. We hire and compensate accordingly.
  • Our users’ pain is our pain. Engineers conduct user interviews, slack with our customers, and work closely with them to define, design, and implement solutions.
  • We rigorously protect the team’s time so we can maximize our impact. We invest a lot in asynchronous communication, automation, and research.

We value a strong sense of ownership, principled thinking over experience, and thoughtful communication (we put a lot of effort into using the right communication channels) – we’ll get into these and other values during the hiring process.

About this Role

As an internal tools engineer, you’ll be building software and automation that helps Ashby stay efficient and nimble as it grows. Your customers will be your colleagues; you’ll be able to get feedback and iterate quickly and your changes will have an immediate, direct effect on our day-to-day operations. We love to work with engineers who are product-minded and can take over a lot of responsibilities typically associated with product managers.

Our technology stack is: TypeScript (frontend & backend), Node.js, React, Apollo GraphQL, Postgres, Redis. We don’t require previous experience with these, but experience with and a love for typed languages is helpful!

This is an entry-level position and we’re open to candidates with less than 1 year of full-time work experience. With sustained, excellent work you’ll have the opportunity to transition to a product-facing position.

You Could Be a Great Fit If

  • You enjoy talking to users
  • You have an opinion on product – and you can clearly communicate it
  • You get to the bottom of things; superficial knowledge and assumptions are not enough, you seek deep understanding

Examples of Things You’ll Work On

  • Improve our data generation and simulation to make sales demos more realistic and cover more scenarios and features.
  • Add features to our internal operations app to help our support team debug more customer issues without the help of an engineer.
  • Setup, style, and deploy our marketing site using NextJS connected to a CMS.

Beyond the above, we believe that this series of tweets is a great summary of what makes an amazing software engineer.


  • You’ll get the time to do things the right way; we put a lot of emphasis on high quality work and avoid quick hacks as much as possible
  • You get to use your own product (we use Ashby for our own hiring!)
  • Competitive compensation including equity
  • 10 year exercise window for stock options
  • Top notch health insurance for you and your dependents with all premiums covered by us (U.S.)
  • 401(k) matching (U.S.)

Ashby provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and welcome people from all backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and abilities.

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