Front-end Software Engineer (Remote)
Posted by Allen Tingley
Wirecutter / New York Times
Wirecutter is seeking a Front-end Software Engineer to help build features that improve on the ways our millions of readers make informed buying decisions. As a Front-end Software Engineer on the Reader Experience team, you will sit in a cross-functional group that includes engineers, product management, design, project management and editorial. Our mission is to be the most trusted and helpful recommendation service, and you will use your knowledge and skills alongside your team members to help us get there.
Specifically, the Reader Experience team’s focus lies in creating a beautiful and performant experience for mobile and desktop readers of Wirecutter, as well as developing and evangelizing a design system used by Wirecutter development teams. In this role, you’ll utilize your perspective and experience in UI/UX, design systems, and modern front-end technologies to help our design and product teams envision the best solutions for our business and readers. A great candidate is equally interested in details, like the proper margins around a byline, and big picture initiatives such as refactoring the grid layout of an entire page. You can find ways to be inquisitive, helpful, and move the team forward through those varying levels of problem solving.
We have a respectful and inclusive culture that values learning, creative problem solving, supportive teamwork, and shipping value. We flex where we need to flex and solve problems the best way we can with the information we have available.
Wirecutter is powered by a modern web stack consisting of a variety of languages and frameworks. On the front end we rely on: SCSS, React, NextJS, Storybook.js, Node.js, and Apollo GraphQL, and on the backend: WordPress and Laravel PHP.
- Collaboratively tackle challenging green-field problems as part of a cross-functional team.
- Work across the different phases of the software development lifecycle including estimating level-of-effort, identifying the best approach, building, performing QA testing, deploying, documenting, debugging, and supporting features.
- Participate and contribute to stand-ups, sprint planning, and retrospectives at the agile team level and up.
- Perform code reviews with helpful and meaningful feedback for your teammates.
- Research, document, note trade-offs and recommend potential solutions around future product features.
- Work collaboratively across the engineering department to ensure standard methodologies and processes are followed.
- Lead by example.
You think critically, provide helpful feedback to your co-workers, collaborate well with others, tackle problems that achieve business goals, and are biased towards action. You are self-aware, can clearly communicate complex ideas in writing or in person, and have a genuine interest in learning and growing.
You should have a good mix of:
- A team-first mentality and a desire to work with and learn from other disciplines.
- Empathy for our readers and desire to improve their experiences.
- A passion for front-end development.
- Some knowledge of software principles, application architecture, data structures, coding conventions, and security practices.
- Strong communication skills that allow you to convey complex ideas in writing or in person.
- Ability to use your technical skills to achieve business goals.
- Analytical and creative problem-solving skills.
- Ideally, you have experience developing features that require integration with a content management system such as WordPress or Drupal.
- Ideally, you have previously worked on a distributed or hybrid team.
A great candidate has opinions on or interests in:
- Design systems
- Performant UI
Wirecutter helps people buy the right things for the way they want to live. The site was founded by journalists in September 2011 and was acquired by The New York Times Company in October 2016. Our recommendations are made through vigorous reporting, interviewing, and testing by teams of veteran journalists, scientists, and researchers. Consider us a best-of list for everyday things; a curated gallery filled with only interesting, useful objects; a thank-you note to the designers and engineers who create the stuff that makes our lives better; a geeky friend with next-level research skills who tests everything they buy so you don’t have to. The point is to make buying great gear quickly easier so you can get on with living your life.