Martin Spickermann
Nuernberg, Germany

Senior Software Engineer with 16+ years of experience in Ruby on Rails web development and scaling. My hands-on and collaborative leadership style has proven effective in managing projects and teams for more than 12 years.

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Jun 2022 - Aug 2022 (2 months)
Principal Engineer
Acting as the CTO's right-hand, providing technical guidance and support to the founders, other senior leaders, and the R&D organization. Overseeing technical processes and best practices, providing mentorship and guidance to junior engineers and team leads.

Working autonomously across multiple teams and being responsible for the ownership of several web applications, their software development lifecycle, and the technical roadmap. Hands-on approach to the most critical projects, including those related to security, authentication, authorization, software architecture, and developer efficiency.
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Feb 2021 - May 2022 (1 year 3 months)
Senior Software Developer
Worked in Shopify’s Growth Organization as Backend Lead on a new product with a cross-functional team of 15 developers, UX designers, data, PM, and user researchers. The public beta of Linkpop.com was released as planned in Q4 2021.

Mentoring of junior developers as a guild lead in Shopify's internal 6-month CS program "enDEVour". Was heavily involved in Shopify's project to double its engineering team and hire more than 2k developers in 2021 with an average throughput of two candidates per week and the fourth-highest number of interviews in the Growth engineering org.
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Zaikio GmbH (formerly Crispy Mountain GmbH)
Nov 2019 - Jan 2021 (1 year 2 months)
Lead Software Engineer
Single-handedly build an event message bus with extended authorization and validation features. Configured and managed multiple core and foundation applications on Heroku

Supported external partners to build applications and to integrate with the ZAIKIO platform. Helped to hire junior and senior developers and grow the team from 2 to 6 developers within 8 months
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Senior Software Engineer – Technical Leader – Principal Engineer
Jun 2006 - Present
As a Senior Software Engineer with 16+ years of experience in Ruby on Rails web development and scaling, I bring a wealth of technical expertise to the table. My hands-on and collaborative leadership style has proven effective in managing projects and teams for more than 12 years.

I have a strong track record in fast-paced startups, working closely with the CTO and across multiple R&D teams. Self-driven and responsible, I excel at taking ownership of the technical vision and roadmap. I am experienced in working autonomously, with full accountability for complex projects and applications.

My focus is on building reliable, future-proof systems, and I have experience maintaining complex applications in regulated environments with high requirements for data security and reliability. I bring a passion for innovation and problem-solving to early startups, helping them grow by introducing practical solutions and structure. I am able to adapt to change and make informed technology investments that align with company goals.

I follow agile methodologies and value collaboration. I view planning and whiteboarding sessions as opportunities to share knowledge and build trust with the team through honest retrospectives in a safe environment.

In addition to my technical skills, I have a passion for mentorship and enjoy coaching and training junior developers. I am active in the Ruby community, a maintainer of open source projects, and a top contributor on Stack Overflow with over 2,000 answered Ruby and Rails questions.
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Freie Universität Berlin
Diplom-Informatiker (≈ Master of Science), Computer Science
Dec 2000 - Dec 2007
Majored in computer science, minored in business administration

Focused on web-based information systems, XML technologies and project management

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