Front-end Software Engineer, Reader Experience (Remote)
About the Position
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, 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:
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.
We pride ourselves on following rigorous journalistic standards and ethics, and we maintain editorial independence from our business operations. Our recommendations are always made entirely by our editorial team without input from our revenue team, and our writers and editors are never made aware of any business relationships. Wirecutter is mission driven and reader supported; learn more about us here.
Our Company Principles
Our principles help us create a work environment that breeds trust, respect, learning and is one that we all are excited about showing up to each day.
Seek Understanding: We are lifelong students who want to understand the world around us. We are curious to understand our readers, how we get better at our own disciplines and how we can work better together. This means we are active listeners, information hunters and empathetic.
Explain Why: Because we seek to understand, we value the importance of explaining our ideas and our understanding. This means we are constructively candid, sharing our perspectives and the thought process behind it. And then learning from the conversation that ensues. We are all teachers and students, helping each other grow.
Solve Things: We love to solve things, whether they are our own problems, our readers problems or our colleagues problems. While we often can solve problems on our own, we believe our best results come out when we solve them together.
Get It Done: We are passionate about getting things done. Whether it is our own individual work or teamwork, our instinct is to forge a path forward and learn as we go. This means we continually focus on how to turn work into achievable chunks, communicate those effectively to the team and efficiently execute against them.
Make It Better: We aren’t satisfied with perpetuating the status quo. We’re always looking forward. We live to change the world around us for the better, making a difference in our own lives and our readers’ lives. If we are being ambitious enough, this means that we will both fail and succeed and we take pride in owning both of those outcomes as long as we are learning.
Even with our offices in New York City and Los Angeles, Wirecutter remains a highly remote-friendly culture, and proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, HI, IA, IL, IN, MA, ME, MI, MN, NH, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, WA.
Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company:
Though 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 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.
The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.
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. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local “Fair Chance” laws.