Ruby on Rails Team Lead

Ruby on Rails Team Lead

About Toptal

Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on-demand. With $200+ million in annual revenue and over 40% year-over-year growth, Toptal is the largest fully distributed workforce in the world.

We take the best elements of virtual teams and combine them with a support structure that encourages innovation, social interaction, and fun (see this video from The Huffington Post). We see no borders, move at a fast pace, and are never afraid to break the mold.

Position Description

The Ruby on Rails Team Lead at Toptal will work with engineers, designers, product managers, engineering managers, architects, and the CTO to prioritize, develop and deliver the highest quality products into the market. They will manage an engineering team, crafting it for success in terms of product and technical excellence. Does this sound like it would interest you? We want you to apply!

This is a remote position that can be done from anywhere. Due to the remote nature of this role, we are unable to provide visa sponsorship. Resumes and communication must be submitted in English.


  • Set goals for the team and team members.

  • Encourage and motivate the team towards maximum happiness and output.

  • Communicate with partners outstandingly, regularly and proactively.

  • Establish feedback loops within the team; give team members immediate feedback when necessary.

  • Participate in regular performance evaluations.

  • Facilitate, and when necessary resolve technical and interpersonal discussions.

  • Mentor team members and collaborate with them on personal and career growth.

  • Bring up difficult and/or systemic challenges and impediments to the attention of management.

In the first week, expect to:

  • Start Bootcamp by gaining insight into Toptal and its culture, meeting colleagues and getting access to documentation and repositories.

In the first month, expect to:

  • Complete Bootcamp, having pushed code to production and being introduced to future teammates.

In the first three months, expect to:

  • Work as a team to understand Toptal’s mission and roadmap.

  • Conduct regular 1:1s with teammates, and begin to understand their strengths and aspirations.

  • Lead team efforts from planning to delivery.

In the first six months, expect to:

  • Have set and followed through at least one full quarter of OKRs.

  • Build a deep understanding of the mission, constraints, and capabilities of the team.

  • Develop relationships with engineers, team leads and other colleagues to utilize cross-collaboration whenever necessary.

  • Provide suggestions for improvement at an Engineering-wide and even Company-wide level.

In the first year, expect to:

  • Have led the shipping of at least one major feature, having company-wide repercussions.

  • Have organized at least one team gathering.

  • Have defined yearly OKRs with and for the team.


  • Be first and foremost a leader, not just a developer. Stay up to date with programming-related topics and work hand-in-hand with teammates when required.

  • Have 5+ years of web development experience.

  • Have previous experience running managing a team in the engineering field.

  • Have a proficient grasp of OOP, databases, development, and automated testing methodologies.

  • Have a track record of delivering successful products as an engineer and a team lead.

  • Have experience guiding the continuous improvement of process and technology, growing over time.

  • Flourish with providing and receiving transparent but always constructive feedback!

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Who Will You Work With

Ismael Peinado

Chief Technology Officer

As Toptal's Chief Technology Officer, Ismael leads the company's engineering organization, driving process and culture to ensure top quality delivery from our team of world-class engineers. Ismael was formerly the CEO and Co-Founder of Blue4, a distributed media system used in the aerospace and entertainment industries. He leverages over twenty years’ experience in providing commercial, operational, and technical leadership for B2B, B2C, and government organizations from early-stage startup to large-high growth market leaders. Ismael has a BE and BS in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de Málaga.

Emiliano Ritiro

Engineering Manager

As one of Toptal's Engineering Managers, Emiliano is responsible for all new development and maintenance related to client acquisition, client experience, and retention as well as the tools that provide operational support for Sales and Talent Matching. Emiliano has a lean, product-first mentality. He has led the development of software for enterprises and startups, including Deloitte, Bago, and Virgin. Emiliano has a Master's in Computer Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires.

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