Who What Wear: Sr. Backend Engineer

Posted by | October 1, 2012 | Web Pro Job Tips


Location: Los Angeles, CA

Who What Wear is seeking a full-time Sr. Backend Engineer. This person
will be tasked with writing scalable, modular, well-documented code that meets
the functional requirements defined by the product development team. The Sr.
Backend Engineer will working on a scalable PHP-based CMS and e-commerce
platform as we continue to grow. As a leader of the core technology team, you
can expect to provide valuable input into the feasibility of our product development
initiatives (which will extend to include user account management, a shopping
platform, and a more robust content management system). This role has the
potential to evolve into a full-fledged software architect position as the
company grows. If you want to make a difference and work with a growing,
passionate and recently funded company, we’d love to see your resume!
Check out our eng team page: http://eng.whowhatwear.com/
?      Work collaboratively
within a growing technology team consisting of 5+ people, developing innovative
software approaches to retail e-commerce and content management.
?      Provide effort
estimates and creative implementation solutions to internal stakeholders such
as design, advertising operations, and retail partners
?      Assist the VP of Engineering
with implementing sound coding practices such as agile development methods
?      Write code to implement
the technical development of all products, features and third party
?      Adhere to industry
quality coding standards of MVC design, modularity and scalability.
?      Follow the company’s
core development guidelines for code documentation, deployment, testing, code
check-in in and regression testing
?      Write APIs to integrate
with critical partners such as advertising serving platforms and retailers.
?      Work with the VP of Engineering
to define the technical implementation strategy for new product initiatives
?      Keep user experience in
mind while creating easy-to-use interfaces for both front-end users (readers)
and back-end users (editors)
?      Develop a user account
system that can track activity and behavioral preferences, with the ultimate
goal of providing more interactivity and customizability to visitors
?      Develop content and
retail publishing tools for a wide range of platforms, including mobile and
?      Willingness to ask for assistance
of senior developers when encountering technical problems.
?      Coordinate with Systems
personnel to deploy code in a secure and stable manner.
?      Remain current on
industry best practices and emerging trends and technologies.
?      Computer Science or
other technical degree preferred (based on a BS or MS in CS or related field)
?      5+ years experience
developing code in standard open source web programming languages
?      Experience with
creating new workflows and team-building in a dynamic, rapid growth environment
?      Experience with Agile
development methods
?      Knowledge or aptitude
for emerging technology and platforms including mobile (HTML 5, iOS, Android)
and set-top-box and connected TV integration
?      Understanding of coding
issues related to user interface (UI) design, and search engine optimization
?      Experience customizing
leading open source e-commerce frameworks such as OS Commerce, Magento 
?      Experience integrating
ad serving technology, social media, search engine marketing, lead generation
and video management tools into a core CMS platform
?      Experience with data
migration and RSS feed aggregation and integration
?      Expert proficiency
coding in web programming languages including HTML, HTML5, PHP(5), JavaScript,
?      Expert proficiency
coding JavaScript frameworks such as Ext-JS, JSON, jQuery
?      Proficiency working
with relational databases, SQL, MySQL(5)
?      Expert knowledge of one
or more current open source Model-View-Controller frameworks such as Zend or
?      Working knowledge of
modern content management platforms such as ExpressionEngine, Joomla! and
Drupal, or the ability to create a customized CMS on top of industry standard
frameworks such as Zend.
?      Working knowledge of
leading open source CMS and e-commerce platforms such as ExpressionEngine,
Magento, OSCommerce
?      Working knowledge of
current open source e-commerce platforms such as Magento, GSI Commerce
?      Familiarity with
current best practices in cloud network and server infrastructure such as
Amazon EC2
?      Familiarity with
database and performance issues in a LAMP environment
?      Working knowledge of
support networks such as CDNs, video serving platform and advertising serving
?      Familiarity with email
newsletter platforms such as Sailthru, Mailchimp

This is a
full-time salaried position located in Los Angeles. Compensation is competitive
and commensurate with experience.
interested please send your resume along with a cover letter to careers@whowhatwear.com. The
subject line of the email must read: “RESUME:
Sr. Backend Engineer
”. Please follow these instructions carefully in order
to be considered. No phone calls please.
Who What
Wear is the definitive authority for trend-setting fashionistas and their
followers between the ages of 18-34 – this multi-media brand has quickly become
the essential resource among tastemakers everywhere and is beloved by numerous
stylish celebrities such as Rachel Bilson and Nicole Richie, all the while,
appealing to all young women with its inclusive voice and approachable take on
fashion, celebrity and style.
Who What
Wear reaches its audience through its online magazine and a daily email
newsletter covering the latest in celebrity fashion, runway trends and beauty
secrets. The WWW content also includes online video and books – Who What Wear TV was the #1 downloaded
podcast on iTunes within the fashion vertical during its entire 4 season run,
and the books, Who What Wear: Celebrity
and Runway Style for Real Life,
and What
to Wear, Where
, have received rave reviews. Who What Wear will soon be
expanding its business by launching Who
What Wear Beauty
, where we will cover the latest beauty products, newest
hair and makeup trends and tips, as well as Clique
by Who What Wear
, the destination
for VIP discounts, exclusive products and deals available on the web, all
chosen by Who What Wear editors.
WWW was
launched by two former ELLE magazine editors in 2006 and is located in Los

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