Canopy: Senior developer / technical lead

Posted by | January 20, 2011 | Web Pro Job Tips


Location: New York, NY


Canopy is a new digital agency from industry leader Alexander Interactive. We’re growing rapidly and are currently seeking a senior developer/tech lead.
This is a hybrid position: you’ll be coding high availability transactional PHP applications with immersive JS powered interfaces, integrating these applications with a variety of platforms, leading junior and freelance developers and advising clients.  Ideal applicants will have clear technical vision alongside a broad set of interests; they’ll be motivated and capable of working on everything/anything.
You will be involved in all aspects of the development cycle from feature analysis and requirement specification through design, development and testing to deployment and ongoing retainer work. Projects will include ecommerce and content sites as well as occasional custom development in a quick, iterative environment.
Key job functions
  • Install, customize and extend leading ecommerce and content management systems
  • Write elegant, high quality, unit-tested code.
  • Fearlessly learn new technologies and comprehend new problem spaces
  • Extend and refactor existing applications with an eye to scalability
  • Understand PHP and the web frameworks associated with it
  • Source and manage other developers with complementary skillsets
  • Assist clients with requirements, implementations and deployments
  • 4+ years of hands-on, professional coding experience, preferably in PHP
  • Strong understanding of both backend (RDBMS, OO-PHP) and client-side technologies
  • Experience working with technical products, vendors, and families of technologies and company hardware and software products
  • 2+ years of relevant experience in e-commerce architecture and design (or transactional equivalent)
  • Multiple examples of end-to-end concept-to-launch website development (with references)
  • One or more ecommerce projects, preferably PHP-based, ideally using the Magento platform
  • Proven success working in a team setting and solo; leadership experience a big plus
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Interest in personal growth and learning new skills
  • Experience working with clients in some fashion and understanding of client-side tech
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to solve problems creatively and independently
  • Leadership skills to guide and mentor the work of others
  • Knowledge of development methods such as test driven development and version control
This is a full-time, on-site position, located in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. We love good food, good music and games.

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