Perpay | Frontend Engineer - Technical.ly

Frontend Engineer

Perpay |  Philadelphia, PA | Dev / Eng

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Nearly half of U.S. households struggle to handle an unexpected expense of $400 or more. When it comes to managing household expenses, things like a broken appliance or a growing family can be financially burdensome. Ranked 5th on Inc. Magazine’s annual list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States, our team is on a mission to make life’s purchases more accessible and affordable.

Located in the heart of vibrant Philadelphia, we’re building a FinTech-enabled e-commerce marketplace that combines quality brands with sensible financing to improve the lives of our neighbors and communities.

Position Overview:

We are looking for frontend engineers who are passionate about creating the best experience possible for our customers. The ideal frontend engineer should have built at least one sizable production application using React/Redux and ES6 JavaScript within the past year. We value an excitement to analyze data, solve tough problems, and deliver solutions in a fast-paced startup environment.

Responsibilities:

  • You will be working with our Engineering Team to design and deliver new features for our web and mobile apps
  • Collaborate with our teams and designers to rapidly improve our user-facing applications
  • Analyze data and alongside our stakeholders to improve every aspect of our users’ experiences

What We Look For:​​​​

  • BS in Computer Science or related field
  • Strong knowledge of JavaScript, including the latest ECMAScript standards.
  • An understanding of REST API-Driven Microservices & Micro Frontends
  • Strong knowledge of how the web works and how to make it efficient (HTTP, caching, page rendering, mobile optimization, etc).
  • Significant experience with React and the React ecosystem as well as unidirectional data flow patterns, preferably Redux.
  • People who are passionate about what they do and about improving the lives of others
  •  3-5 years software development experience, delivering commercial products to market
  • Experience with optimizing web applications for performance and accessibility
  • History of effectively collaborating with creative, technical, and business teams
  • A passion for UX/UI design or familiarity with UX/UI principles
  • An understanding of MVC web application frameworks, preferably Django
  • The ability to pick up new technologies quickly, with software engineering fundamentals being valued more than familiarity with specific tools or languages
  • A strong focus on writing and deploying clear, scalable, readable, and testable code
  • A belief in Agile methodologies, while still knowing how and when to adapt them to fit a team and projects
  • A firm understanding of data design and both relational database and NoSQL databases
  • Bonus points for experience with AWS and Docker
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What’s unique about the Perpay brand?

Perpay’s mission is to help people better manage their financial situations. They do this by providing a financially healthy option for consumers to access products or engage in experiences that otherwise wouldn’t be available to them.

Perpay is solving broad issues of financial access and inclusion that affect a large number of people through the pathways of microlending, consumer finance, and e-commerce. Their focus is purely on their customers.

What is the team dynamic within the office?

At Perpay, they try to foster collaboration whenever possible, and do that by keeping their organizational structure flat and cross-disciplinary. Anyone can have a conversation or introduce an idea at any time, there are no silos.

Perpay also works to foster an entrepreneurial spirit at the individual level. At the end of the day, they’re a product-focused company, and like to say that everyone on team is a product owner. They’re building a tool that makes an impact on so many people, and believe the best way to do that is to get input from every one of their team members — from the ones who talk to their customers to the ones writing the code. Everyone’s perspective is important.

What qualities does Perpay look for in technical candidates?

While most of their systems and microservices are written in Python, they truly prefer talented polyglots that have an insatiable will to learn and create. At Perpay, they’re not afraid of trying new things and are more concerned with finding great problem solvers that will find the right tools for the job.

They’re most interested in a candidate’s mentality and experience — especially if it is one of delivering solutions that are well designed, reliable, and highly scalable. They work in a fast-paced startup environment where efficiency and iterative approaches are critical. This makes it extremely important to find candidates who communicate well and understand the theory, design patterns and implementation details that go into delivering a solution.

How about candidates overall?

They’re looking for people who are naturally curious, self-directed and interested in self-improvement. Everyone on the team is eager to learn, excited about what their working on and is doing their own research about the industry, like reading up on consumer credit and the greater microlending environment.

One thing they value about their team is diversity of experience. Perpay has built a team with all kinds of different backgrounds: finance, engineering, operations, non-profit... even chemistry.

Additionally, because of the work they do, candidates need to have a sense of empathy. A team member can be an amazing problem solver, but in order to be a good fit they need to keep a human element to everything they do. Data can certainly help find an answer, but empathy will often lead to deeper insights.

What is special about the office space itself:

The Perpay team found an empty warehouse space and completely designed it from scratch themselves. They sourced the materials, designed the layout, picked the desks, etc.

The aesthetic was inspired in part by the Navy Yard: brick walls, lots of metal, glass, lush plants, colorful rugs and cool lamps. It’s a really unique space: comfortable work areas, full of light, with unexpected textures and accents.

It really speaks to way Perpay approaches things as a company in general: they’d never designed an office before but that didn’t stop them from taking it on with enthusiasm.

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