SK Intertainment Inc. (dba Mr. Skin): Software Engineer

Posted by | December 2, 2010 | Web Pro Job Tips

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Location: Chicago, IL

URL: http://www.mrskin.com

Since 1999, MrSkin.com is the web’s #1 go–to destination for the complete skinny on Hollywood starlets at their hottest and is visited by over 6.5 million unique visitors every month. With daily show business updates in addition to a database of more than 18,000 actress bios and more than 30,000 movie and TV show reviews, Mr. Skin delivers a one-of-a-kind celebrity entertainment experience from a male point-of-view. That’s what we mean by “fast-forwarding to the good parts.”
We’re looking for an entrepreneurial software engineer to help keep up with our explosive growth. Some of the challenges are highly algorithmic, such as coming up with ways to organize and categorize the information effectively so that users can efficiently find what they need; others are very technical, such as working to make a web application that is complex while still being very fast; and many of the challenges are in product design, such as constructing intuitive interfaces for users. Mr. Skin is located in the trendy Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. We’re highly profitable, have great advisors, and our team is made up of smart, motivated hard-working people who have an unwavering passion for what they do – both in and out of the office!
What we’re looking for:
-B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in Computer Science or equivalent
-Extraordinary software engineering talent
-Substantial experience developing web applications
-Extraordinary product, interaction, and visual design talent
-Curiosity and passion for crafting amazing experiences
-Excellent communication skills and ability to explain your design decisions
-Proficiency programming in a language you love (we don’t discriminate!)
-Familiarity with MVC paradigms and frameworks (Rails, Django, CakePHP, etc)
-Familiarity with different databases and storage engines (SQL, NoSQL, etc)
-The number of years of professional experience you have isn’t important to us. 
-A love of celebrities and/or nudity is a huge plus!
In the short run, the most important thing is to improve our product and make our consumers love us, and so it is critical that you can immediately make big contributions. In addition to working with us in writing the software, the ideal candidate should be proficient outside the technical realm — making good product decisions, designing user interfaces that are both pretty and functional, being an effective marketer and recruiter, and being capable of handling anything else that comes up. You should also be fearless and broad inside the technical realm, happy to tackle CSS and JavaScript as readily as you are to take on optimizing the performance of a backend service.
You will be required to make good decisions about important things without much oversight. You should be comfortable with autonomy and ownership of large areas of product and infrastructure. It’s a plus if you have worked on projects in your spare time, such as programming games in middle school or high school. An ideal candidate will have the potential to grow into a strong leadership role over time — in either a technical or management capacity.
If you’re interested, tell us a little bit about yourself and amazing things you have built, share some code samples or github/bitbucket account, and toss in a resume. 

To apply: Please contact jobs@mrskin.com.

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