crowdSPRING: Front End Software Engineer

Posted by | October 29, 2010 | Web Pro Job Tips


Location: Chicago


crowdSPRING is the world’s largest community of graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, writers and industrial designers – 76,000 from nearly every country on Earth. We are changing the way small businesses around the world buy creative work. 15,000 entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses and large Brands from 85+ countries have posted design and writing projects on crowdSPRING. 
We have big plans ahead, but we can’t do it alone. We’ve looking for someone to come play with us. We want you. We need you. You … can complete us.
We’re looking for an experienced and creative front end software engineer to challenge us to improve everything we do visually. Join our 4 person dev team and help us take our award-winning marketplace to the next level.
Our site is seen monthly by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Your contributions will be immediate and far-reaching. This isn’t the kind of gig where you’re handed a to-do list from a PM – you’ll help make the big decisions. You’ll not only help decide what users will see on the front end, you’ll also contribute to analysis, design and implementation. You’ll be a thought leader and driving force for coding standards and project lifecycle/rollout.

Bottom line: do interesting work that directly impacts a ton of people in a big way, change the way creative work is bought and sold, get paid to do it and be happy. If this sounds like you, read on…
This is you:
  • 3+ years of relevant front end software engineering experience.
  • Experience with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and strong understanding of how to make them work harmoniously together for a great user experience.
  • Experience building user interfaces that render perfectly across operating systems, browsers and mail clients. You take pride in your pixels and cross-browser debug in your sleep.
  • Able to translate verbal or written concepts into visually stunning layouts and able to communicate design ideas.
  • Passion about producing high quality code with unit testing.
  • Passion about realizing great design through code. You aren’t afraid to defend your opinions, be criticized, or be wrong.
  • An entrepreneurial heart, a sense of humor, and desire to see your work used by people around the world.

Some or all of these would be awesome (we’d love you for sure) but not mandatory:
  • You have an eye for design. You are interested in visual and/or interaction design.
  • Familiar with some flavor of IDE (Eclipse, Coda, etc.)
  • Experience/understanding of optimization testing and how front end design impacts SEO.
  • Experience working on a high-traffic website.
  • Experience writing code that interacts with a large, complex back end. Some experience working in a server side scripting language… it would be great if it was Python/Django, but others (ruby, php, perl, java) would be fine.
  • Experience with CS, but it’s more important that you are passionate about design, usability and other things non-code-related.
  • Passion about producing high quality code with unit testing. You are fine with wearing a dunce hat when you break the build.
  • You prefer small, agile teams that strive to push regularly and leverage rigorous automated testing and continuous integration.

What you’ll do:
  • Take ownership of what users see and have a strong voice in how we enhance and improve the product.
  • Write clean, elegant, practical, code. We will look to you to solve hard problems and make our front end fast, elegant, standards compliant and awesome.
  • Build leading edge features using AJAX, widgets, social, mobile, and more.
  • Stay up-to-date with technologies so you can suggest new coding practices, recommend architecture changes and optimize scalability.
  • Get paid to do what you love.

This is crowdSPRING:
  • Competitive compensation, including incentive and stock option plans, full benefits (health, vision, dental, vacation), and a 401(k) Investment Plan with matching contributions.
  • A fast-paced, fun and creative environment with a sharp, motivated team and a great opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed.
  • Your choice of technologies and software – MacBook Pro or a PC.
  • Aeron chairs (your butt will thank you).
  • Unlimited ping-pong, Rock Band and Pac-Man.
We’re looking for incredibly smart, interesting people and we’re highly protective of the culture we’re building. This can be a pretty tough place to get into. If you’re used to a corporate environment, you will not be happy here. We’re looking for someone who is tired of building things for other people and wants to be part of building a company, not just software. If you’ve got the smarts and the creativity (and you don’t plan on showing up to the interview in a suit), we’d love to hear from you. There’re some big things happening here right now – it’s an incredibly exciting time.
No recruiters, please. Seriously recruiters, your emails will be rm -f’d immediately.

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