WordPress Engineer at SkyVerge
United States Full time
Howdy We’re the folks at SkyVerge, where we build tools that help over 100k+ eCommerce brands grow and manage their businesses. Our team is 100% remote, with 32 people distributed all over the world. Our most popular products are:
- Jilt an email marketing platform built for eCommerce that helps stores engage and delight their customers with emails that drives sales.
- WooCommerce Memberships a fullfeatured membership site solution for stores running WooCommerce.
We’re looking for a full stack WordPress engineer to join our team and lead development on our websites, both internal and publicfacing, which collectively receive thousands of visits per day.
You’ll work closely with your teammates on the engineering, marketing, and product teams to iterate on our websites, all built on WordPress. You’ll focus on projects to enhance performance, stability, conversion optimization (through A/B testing), and security.
While the majority of your time will be spent on new features and improvements, you’ll also work on refactors to reduce technical debt and internal projects to improve the development & deployment process.
As the first engineering team member focused on our websites, you’ll have a significant amount of ownership over projects. You’ll help design best practices, decide on libraries & tooling, and champion technical solutions to site challenges. The right person for this role is someone who is excited to tackle both new projects as well as contribute to existing ones, and wants to contribute to multiple areas of the company.
You’ll join an existing team of engineers and marketers, but will manage several projects independently. You’ll be responsible for taking ideas from inception to execution, and keeping our team and users informed. You’ll also be responsible for moving your projects forward, communicating milestones with others, and clearly documenting your work. As a remotefirst, 100% distributed team, great communication and internal documentation are a key part of our success.
Here are some things you may do on a given day:
- Refactor a custom plugin that collects and records analytics data
- Work with our design team to implement a new design for a landing page
- Research and write a pitch to implement continuous integration/deployment for the website
- Construct a migration to move from a WordPress multisite network to a single site
- Refactor a frontend component to make it reusable across multiple areas of a site
- Collaborate with freelancers and agencies on design and development
- Triage the Sentry queue for exceptions that need investigation and resolution
- Deploy a new A/B test to improve signup conversions
- Analyze a slow area of our website and identify ways to substantially improve the performance
- Design automated tests to catch regressions to key conversion funnels on the website
On the first day you will:
- Meet your team and get familiar with how we work
- Setup your local environment and tooling
- Commit a small tweak to the Jilt.com codebase and ship it to production
In the first week you will:
- Develop, QA, review, and ship a small improvement
- Participate in code review for a teammate’s code
- Help a team member with fixing a bug
In the first month you will:
- Work closely with your teammates on the engineering and marketing teams to ship a large improvement to Jilt.com
- Publish a retrospective on your first large project to share successes & planned improvements for the next project
Who you’ll work with:
- Justin Stern, CTO You’ll work with Justin to learn how our engineering team works together, and understand how various systems operate.
- Max Rice, CEO Max leads our marketing team and you’ll work closely with him to architect and implement solutions.
- Josh Catone, Head of Content You’ll work with Josh to help leverage content throughout our marketing.
You’ll also work with the rest of the product (Jules, Beka, Lindsey) & engineering (Chase, Jared, Fulvio, Deiva, Will, Lucas, Jonathan, Wes, Artan, Jackie, Alex) teams to review one another’s work and collaborate on projects.
To succeed in this position, you should have:
- Deep experience with WordPress, especially with custom themes and plugins
- Experience creating delightful user experiences with semantic HTML/CSS
You love writing code that’s clear, selfdocumenting (but you know that selfdocumenting doesn’t mean zero comments), and standardscompliant. You’re most comfortable working in the frontend, but as a fullstack developer, you enjoy working on the backend needed.
You value building wellarchitected sites that are responsive and accessible. You enjoy keeping uptodate with the latest best practices and tools, and are constantly tweaking and improving the way you work. You know how to operate a hydraulic press, or at least watched a YouTube video about them and think they’re totally rad.
You’re excited to solve engineering challenges in the most pragmatic way possible, and most importantly, you keep the end user in mind and love getting feedback from customers and teammates to help improve our products and tooling.
Finally, you can’t wait to join a growing team that loves their work as much as you do, affords the opportunity to work on challenging & interesting projects, continuously learn and improve, and constantly ship your work. You’re a great writer and can communicate effectively whether drafting up a bug report, chatting in Slack, editing a wiki page, or creating a retrospective. You know that code is about communication and explaining your thought process clearly goes handinhand. You can communicate fluently in English, or at least as close as anyone can come to fluent English, because really, it’s English.
Our team is fullyremote and we communicate primarily through Slack, Clubhouse, Google Docs, Basecamp, and a few short meetings via Zoom — we believe the best work happens when given lots of uninterrupted time that’s free of distractions.
As a remote team, we believe that regular meetups are invaluable for getting to know each other better, so you should be available for 12 companypaid team trips per year. Curious about what those are like? Check out our recap of our last team retreat (SkyTrip), which brought the entire team to a Scottish estate for a week. It’s a plus if you think (like we do) that bears are absolutely the coolest animals in the forest. Want to know more? Read what the team has to say about working with us.
This is a fulltime, salaried position, but the hours are flexible. We know your work will speak for itself with pull requests, code reviews, and wiki edits.
After an initial screening, you’ll get an email with a few questions to answer. Following that, you’ll have an initial 30 minute interview. Successful candidates will be invited to complete a short project to help you get a sense of the type of things you’d work on in the position, and help us learn more about how you think. Finally, we’ll schedule a few followup interviews with our team to learn more about you and answer any questions you have. We’ll select the most qualified candidate to be offered a fulltime position, and then the real fun begins!
Here are some benefits we’re happy to offer to our team members:
- 27 days of paid timeoff, in addition to 2 company holidays (SkyVerge Day in March, Founders Day in June )
- Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance for US and Canadian residents and their families (reimbursements for comparable care for nonUS/Canadian residents)
- 401k/RRSP Retirement plan with 4% company match for US/Canadian residents (contributions to comparable plans for nonUS/Canadian residents)
- 8 weeks paid parental leave for new mothers and fathers
- Work flexible hours from anywhere that has a reliable internet connection
- Tools (hardware/software) to help you be productive
- Allowance for professional growth (books, courses, conferences)
- Home office or coworking allowance
- A Kindle to help you keep learning
We support workplace diversity and do not discriminate on any protected class. We believe when we work together as a team of different views, experiences, and ideas, we can build amazing things.
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