Full Stack Engineer @ Wirecutter

Growing media company seeks full-time Full Stack Engineer for our CMS team to tell our story and improve our publishing workflows.

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About the position:
The Wirecutter is seeking an experienced full stack engineer to join our Website and Content Management team. This is a new position on a team of 4+ engineers, reporting to the Engineering Manager and working closely with 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 full stack engineer you play a pivotal role in building the next generation of our publishing platform, REST API endpoints, and front-end architecture. 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 CMS team consists of mainly:

  • WordPress – content and user management
  • PHP –  server-side business logic and custom REST API endpoints
  • React – client-side routing and view rendering
  • JavaScript – client-side event handling
  • Webpack – client-side module builder
  • Grunt/Gulp – task automation
  • Sass/CSS – markup styles
  • Elasticsearch – indexes content for search queries

About The Wirecutter:

Founded five years ago by journalists fed up with the time and energy it takes to shop, The Wirecutter (which includes its sister site The Sweethome) 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, they create straightforward recommendations that save readers from unnecessary stress, time, and effort.  We then monetize these guides by enabling our readers to easily purchase the products they are interested in.

The 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 The Wirecutter to accelerate its business through editorial category expansion, development of more robust product features and unlocking new revenue streams.

Responsibilities

  • Build scalable, high-quality, and innovative product features in WordPress
  • 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 developer onboarding
  • 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

Qualifications

  • 3+ years experience developing for WordPress as a content management system
  • 3+ years experience with PHP
  • 3+ years experience with vanilla JavaScript and various design patterns or frameworks
  • Understanding of object oriented software principles, design patterns, and the Document Object Model API
  • Experience with modern JavaScript tooling and NPM, including authoring configurations for systems like Grunt, Gulp, or Webpack
  • Experience with git and basic shell scripting
  • Awareness of cross-browser compatibility issues and client-side performance considerations
  • A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Strong communication skills
  • Comfortable working without micro-management of day to day tasks

Nice to Haves

  • Experience developing and consuming restful web services
  • Experience or interest in React and Redux
  • Working knowledge of Elasticsearch
  • Experience with AWS and Docker
  • Experience with automation, build tools, release engineering
  • Experience with Apple News, Google Analytics, Google AMP, and Facebook Instant

Culture and benefits at The New York Times Company and The Wirecutter:

Though The Wirecutter has physical locations in both NYC and LA, the company promotes and encourages a remote workforce, so that our employees can work in flexible and comfortable ways.
We are committed to career development, supported by a formal mentoring program as well as tuition reimbursement.  The New York Times Company offers frequent panel discussions and talks by industry leaders (Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates and Ta-Nehisi Coates are a few recent examples), that we encourage our employees to attend.

We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of employee groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and The Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

We offer a generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback.  Birth mothers receive 16 weeks fully paid, adoptive parents and birth fathers receive 10 weeks also fully paid.  Similarly, we offer competitive health and dental insurance, as well as 401k matching.

How to apply:

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Rachel Baker (rbaker@thewirecutter.com), with the job title in the subject line.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics.