Lead Front End Software Developer


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Build delightful software for podcasts and spoken word audio. Backtracks is seeking a qualified Lead Front-End Developer to join our Product & Engineering Team.


Backtracks helps audio content creators and brands know and grow their audience and revenue. You will be responsible for building the client-side of our web applications and platform to deliver delightful experiences to our users.

Your day-to-day...

  • Prototype, design, and implement improvements to new and existing portions of our platform, website, and applications
  • Improve appeal and usability of our different products
  • Code and deploy new features in collaboration with our product and engineering teams
  • Be part of a small team, with a large amount of ownership and responsibility for managing things directly
  • Ship high-quality solutions with a sense of urgency and speed
  • Work closely with both internal and external stakeholders, owning a large part of the process from problem understanding to shipping the solution.
  • Have the freedom to suggest and drive initiatives

We expect you to be a tech-savvy professional, who is curious about new digital technologies and aspires to combine usability with visual design. Ultimately, you should be able to create a functional and attractive digital environment for our company, ensuring a great user experience.

You have...

  • History of autonomous design decision making at technically focused companies
  • History of designing and building web components, products, and technology
  • History of focusing on user experience
  • Experience working on design and development in any of the following roles:
    • Product Developer
    • Product Engineer
    • Front End Designer and Developer
    • Front End Engineer
    • UI Designer/Developer
    • Full Stack Engineer
    • Full Stack Developer
    • Front-end Designer and Developer
    • Front-end Engineer
    • Frontend Designer and Developer
    • Frontend Engineer
  • In-depth understanding of the entire web development process (design, development and deployment)
  • Strong knowledge of:
    • Javascript (ES5, ES6+)
    • Vue.js
    • Know when to use immutable types, observables, reactive patterns, reduce, spread, etc.
      • You also know and subscribe to simple is better (you know when plain JavaScript with no framework is best)
    • CSS, SCSS
    • Compilation, bundling, and packaging via Webpack, Babel, etc.
    • Front end frameworks (specifically Vue or React)
    • Integrating web service calls/remote data/APIs
    • Node.js and npm
  • Confidence or experience working with:
    • TypeScript
    • CSS-in-JS
    • Front end test frameworks (Cypress, Karma)
    • Experience with front end build/deployment processes (Webpack, Babel, CI/CD)
    • React Native
  • Strong design skills including understanding of layout aesthetics
  • Motivation and an enjoyment for a startup environment
  • Systems thinker (consider how components can scale across our platform and product offerings)
  • The ability to code and build out designs independently from no mock up all the way to working CSS/HTML/JS
  • A blend of product, system, and people knowledge that lets you jump into a fast paced environment and contribute from day one
  • An ability to balance a sense of urgency with shipping high quality and pragmatic solutions
  • Strong work sense of ownership
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills (fluency in English)
  • PMA (Positive Mental Attitude)
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, relevant field, and/or relevant work experience
  • 5+ years professional experience

Other qualities and traits...

  • Passion for podcasts, radio, and spoken word audio
  • Passion for delivering high-quality designs with quick turnaround times (e.g. you ship)
  • A product-first approach to building software
  • An enthusiasm for solving hard problems
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment

Bonus points if you have experience with...

  • Web performance (time-to-interactive, dependencies, wasted renders)
  • Node-based serverside APIs
  • Audio processing and interaction on the front-end

Company: Backtracks
Job title: Lead Front End Software Developer at Backtracks () (allows remote)
Job tags: javascript, vue.js, node.js, css, react

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