Software Developer in Test and Automation

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada | Full-time


Role Summary:

This is an opportunity in the exciting and fast-growing transportation technology industry, with a software company that has been growing sales at 100%+ annually over the past several years. RideCo is directly improving people's lives by solving urban mobility challenges that we can all relate to. We are experiencing explosive growth as people are returning to public transit and transit agencies are turning to our proven on-demand microtransit platform to provide better transit service for less cost.

As a member of the Test & Automation Team, you will be responsible for ensuring RideCo's on-demand transit platform is always running smoothly and meeting our customers' needs. The ideal candidate will have a deep interest in building cloud-based software that can operate at a large scale, solving computationally intensive NP-hard problems, with real-time responsiveness, all while maintaining 99.99% up-time.

Members of the Test & Automation Team work cross-functionally within our Engineering organization, being part developer, part tester, and wearing whatever hat is needed at any given time. You need to be an excellent communicator and thrive in a small-team environment with fast-paced agile iterations. Your contributions will deliver meaningful impact to our customers and the company.

Your day-to-day responsibilities will include:

  • Collaborate with engineers, product owners, project stakeholders, and other RideCo staff to determine requirements, investigate bugs, implement test cases, and report on test results
  • Work with engineers to develop test automation strategies and frameworks
  • Build, maintain, and enhance tools that streamline and automate all forms of testing
  • Build and run automated functional, integration, stress, and performance tests
  • Run large scale simulations based on custom or real-world data to find or reproduce issues, bottlenecks, and regressions
  • Analyze and report the results of testing efforts in a clear and timely manner
  • Manual testing of mobile, web, and back-end applications, as necessary

Your playground / what you’ll learn:

At RideCo you’ll get a chance to play, learn, and build with the following tools and technologies, and as part of a cross-functional team that is the world’s foremost innovator in on-demand transit software.

  • Languages: Python, Bash script, JavaScript / Angular
  • Web Stack: Django, Flask, Gunicorn, Nginx
  • Mobile: Ionic, hybrid apps for Android and iOS
  • Logistics Engine: algorithms for real-time vehicle routing, optimization, dynamic partitioning, NP-hard problems
  • Mapping/Routing: OpenStreetMap, travel time/route estimation, traffic modeling
  • Infrastructure: AWS, Redis, PostgreSQL, RabbitMQ / Dramatiq, Docker
  • Health/Monitoring: AWS CloudWatch, Prometheus, Grafana, Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana
  • Development Processes: Agile, continuous integration, Jenkins, zero-downtime software updates

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • 2 or more years of experience in at least three of the technologies mentioned in the previous section
  • Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a related discipline
  • Experience as a Software Developer or QA Engineer
  • Knowledge of testing mobile, web, and client/server applications
  • Experience in automation and automated testing, including functional, integration, stress, and performance
  • Scripting and experience building diverse, robust tooling (Python, Perl, Shell)
  • Analytical, troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Base salary: $70K - $100K + performance-based bonus or stock options
  • Work-Life Balance & Additional Perks: Flex-time work schedules, vacation time, weekly catered lunches, social events, casual dress code
  • Benefits Plan: Medical, dental, prescription, life/health spending accounts and more
  • Work Environment: Located in KW's most desirable work space in the heart of Uptown Waterloo 
  • Commuter Program: Complimentary rides to and from work 

Who we are:

RideCo powers on-demand transit. Public transit agencies use RideCo's cloud-based software platform to provide on-demand shared rides in dynamically routed buses, vans, and cars. Our clients include some of the world’s largest transportation operators such as San Antonio Metro, Los Angeles Metro, San Diego County and Calgary Transit.
Have you experienced getting frustrated with transfers and waiting while taking a public bus? Have you seen buses drive around in low-density areas with very few passengers on-board and wondered how inefficient that seems to be? You're likely aware of the first & last mile access challenges faced by transit hubs. We are solving these problems by re-imagining shared mobility. Imagine a world where vehicles have dynamic routes responsive to real-time trip demand. This 'dynamic shuttle' (or van /sedan) would pick you up, on-demand, at or near your doorstep and take you to your destination or transit hub. Along the way, it may pick-up other passengers going in your direction. Your experience will be seamless: less waiting, less walking, fewer transfers, shorter travel time, and timely pickups and drop-offs. RideCo's 'dynamic shuttle' platform enables this seamless experience and low-cost shared rides for vehicle fleet operators and their passengers. By seamlessly moving more people in fewer vehicles we are catalyzing a generational shift in how people get around cities and towns. This means commuters spend less time in transit and more time doing what they enjoy.
RideCo powers a diverse range of use cases, including residential/ suburban travel; first-mile-last-mile connections for transit hubs; and corporate employee transportation. We are investing to scale up and capture the growing demand for on-demand shared rides solutions.

RideCo is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to building and supporting a culture of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. We hire the best talent regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, age, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.  Building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills benefits our employees, our customers, our products, and our community.  

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. If you require special accommodation to complete any portion of the application or interview process, please contact