Wirecutter is seeking an experienced senior full stack engineer to join the team that is responsible for the application, APIs, and client interfaces that serve our product reviews and power our business. This is a new position on a team of two-plus engineers, reporting to the engineering manager and working closely with engineers, product managers, and designers. Successful candidates thrive in a fast-paced environment, think critically, communicate clearly, collaborate, solve problems, write quality code, and ship features that achieve business goals.
As a senior engineer, you play a pivotal role in building a best-in-class product platform. You should be comfortable working remotely. Ideally, you have experience working on a distributed development team.
We have a strong focus on scale, reliability, performance, and product agility, and that means picking the right tool for the job while being pragmatic and flexible.
The tech stack for the platform team mainly consists of:
Laravel — PHP framework
Composer — dependency management
Grunt/Gulp — task automation
Sass/CSS — markup styles
This is a remote (US-only) full time position.
Founded five years ago by journalists fed up with the time and energy it takes to shop, Wirecutter developed a simpler approach to giving buying advice: Just tell people exactly what to get in one single guide. The company’s purpose: to help people find great things, quickly and easily. Through rigorous testing, research, reporting, and whatever means necessary, we create straightforward recommendations that save readers unnecessary stress, time, and effort. We then monetize these guides by enabling our readers to easily purchase the products they are interested in.
Wirecutter was recently acquired by, and is now a subsidiary of, The New York Times Company. As part of the acquisition, The Times is investing in Wirecutter to accelerate its business through editorial category expansion, development of more robust product features, and unlocking of new revenue streams.
Proactively identifies problems with requirements for their own and adjacent work. Communicates these issues early to help course-correct
Communicates project status clearly and effectively in a proactive manner
Translate UI/UX wireframes to visual elements
Build scalable, high-quality, and innovative solutions and features
Write code that is simple, reliable, maintainable, performant, functional, and compatible across devices and browsers
Design applications with extensibility in mind, while considering efficiency and the burden of developeronboarding
Debug issues reported in our production environment
Provide level-of-effort estimates and specifications for upcoming project tasks
Understand requirements, discuss trade-offs, and collaborate on the best approach to solving a problem
Succinctly communicate complex problems and proposed solutions, in writing and in conversation
Perform code reviews with meaningful feedback
Test and troubleshoot with automated testing or manual quality assurance
5+ years of experience with PHP, including Laravel or another MVC frameworks
3+ years of experience styling client-side views with CSS or Sass
Understanding of object-oriented software principles, unit testing, acceptance testing, and design patterns
Experience developing and consuming restful web services
Experience working closely with design and product teams throughout the product development life cycle
A deep understanding of software development, working collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team with a track record of shipping software on time
Curiosity and vision: You have a passion for technology and can think critically about performance, scalability, and reliability of software
Comfortable working without micromanagement of day-to-day tasks
Experience with version control and basic shell scripting
Experience working with Elasticsearch
Experience with the JSON API specification
Working knowledge of AWS and Docker
Familiarity with WordPress or any other CMS