Najwa Azer, Developer in Toronto, ON, Canada
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Najwa Azer

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Toronto, ON, Canada
Toptal Member Since
September 23, 2015

Najwa has been a web developer for 3 years. She takes pride in writing clean, object-oriented code and using test-driven development. She builds APIs using Ruby on Rails and views using Ember, jQuery, HTML, and CSS. Before discovering her love for programming, she held demanding roles in marketing analytics, an experience that shaped her into the detail-oriented, proactive, fast-learning, and communicative developer she is today.


CSS, HTML, Ember.js, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby
Pivotal Labs
Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby
The Working Group
Spree, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby




Preferred Environment

Sublime Text, GitHub, Git

The most amazing...

...thing I've built is a modular CSS framework similar to SuitCSS that greatly improved the speed with which we could build UIs at Quandl.

Work Experience

Web Developer (Front-end Lead)

2014 - 2016
  • Built and maintained APIs and UIs for Quandl using Ruby on Rails and Ember.
  • Architected, built, and maintained a modular CSS framework using a hybrid of SMACSS, BEM, and Objective CSS.
  • Performed Ember upgrades from 1.12 to 2.6.
  • Performed code reviews for team members and improved Ember repo code quality by creating and encouraging use of a style guide.
  • Added payment integration for recurring subscriptions using Stripe, with notifications sent to customers, vendors, and admins, and interactive financial and customer reports for admins.
  • Architected, built, and maintained a modular system to receive, react, and respond to all web hooks sent by Stripe.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, Ember.js, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby

Agile Engineering Intern

2014 - 2014
Pivotal Labs
  • Built an API for an educational web app.
  • Implemented a complex and nuanced permissions system made up of 12 roles and 42 permissions.
  • Built a custom Excel tool using VBA that could be used to upload pre-validated data.
  • Contributed to client meetings and trained new team members.
Technologies: Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby

Web Development Apprentice

2013 - 2013
The Working Group
  • Built features for an eCommerce web app using Ruby on Rails, Devise, and Spree.
  • Customized Devise and Spree source code heavily to achieve the desired functionality.
Technologies: Spree, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby

Senior Marketing Analyst

2012 - 2013
Air Miles
  • Drew and disseminated data-driven insights using SQL, SAS, and Excel to help with the planning, design, and execution of marketing campaigns.
  • Collaborated with technical and non-technical colleagues across multiple departments to ensure campaigns were deployed accurately to the desired collectors.
Technologies: Microsoft Excel, SAS, SQL

Business Analytics Associate

2008 - 2012
ZS Associates
  • Analyzed, interpreted, and synthesized data using Excel, Access, and SAS to drive customer-centric sales and marketing strategies.
  • Designed, created, and presented deliverables such as Excel VBA tools to empower clients to do their own analyses and PowerPoint presentations to summarize and explain analyses and recommendations.
Technologies: Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), SQL, SAS, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel

Part of a small team maintaining and expanding I built or code-reviewed almost all work related to payments and subscriptions.
2005 - 2010

Bachelor's of Applied Science Degree in Chemical Engineering

University of Toronto - Toronto


Stripe API, Ember Data, Stripe, Ruby on Rails API, jQuery, Backbone.js, Handlebars


RSpec, GitHub, Git, Sublime Text, Spree, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Cucumber


Ember.js, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Capybara, QUnit


Ruby, JavaScript, SQL, CSS, HTML, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), SAS, SCSS, CoffeeScript, Haml


Test-driven Development (TDD), Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Object-oriented Design (OOD), Behavior-driven Development (BDD), Agile Software Development


Heroku, MacOS


PostgreSQL, MySQL


APIs, Ember CLI, Software Development

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