Senior Software Engineer – Web - Technical.ly

Senior Software Engineer – Web

URBN |  Philadelphia, PA | Dev / Eng

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The URBN Engineering team is responsible for building the front-end experiences that power URBN’s major brands: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People. Our challenges range from writing algorithms which serve personalized landing pages to solving the complex UI data structures of our product detail pages. We work closely with embedded product, user experience, and design teams to build performant and

 

We’re looking for talented and self-motivated front-end software engineers to join our engineering group. Do you enjoy building inclusive, performant, accessible, and standards-compliant websites? Us too! Do you  learning, iterating, and solving new challenges? That’s great! We have the unique task of improving customer interactions across our e-commerce sites every day. Have you ever wanted to contribute to a code base used by millions of customers? Do you want to be part of a team that gets to improve upon that code base as a result of user testing, data gathering, and performance audits? We think it’s a unique and rewarding endeavor and if you do too, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Responsibilities

  • Implementing and maintaining the web user interfaces that power all URBN Brands from a single code base.
  • Modeling expertise in writing code that is readable, maintainable, well tested, and documented.
  • Designing efficient and reusable front-end systems (JavaScript/Node/Vue.js).
  • Collaborating with Product Designers, Product Managers, and other Software Engineers to deliver compelling user-facing products.
  • Performance, scalability, and accessibility are top of mind. Finding ways to weave improvements in these areas into all our work is a must.
  • Contribute ideas for improvement around coding standards and process to ensure we are applying modern best practices to our work.
  • Practicing graceful, thoughtful, and effective peer review.
  • Leading medium to large feature implementation with low oversight.

 

Qualifications

  • HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript (ES6+), Node, asynchronous programming, JSON
  • General familiarity with browser APIs
  • A foundational understanding of the HTTP protocol (status codes, http verbs)
  • Able to implement best practices for SEO and Accessibility across many devices
  • Comfortable using developer tools, IDEs debugging, and third-party tools such as Google’s Lighthouse to optimize web page and code performance
  • A firm understanding of progressive enhancement and graceful degradation
  • Familiarity with responsive web design patterns in semantic HTML/CSS
  • CSS and JS preprocessing like SASS / Babel
  • Ability to drive Git processes, branching strategy, and conflict resolution
  • Strong communications skills – able to discuss complex technical problems across teams and non-technical audiences
  • Understanding of state management methods and implementation (Vuex/Redux)

 

Bonus Skills (not required)

  • Experience with writing universal/isomorphic web applications using Node
  • Deep understanding of RESTful paradigms
  • Device and browser testing using automation (testcafe/webdriver.io)
  • Open to mentoring others on the team
  • Active in the open source community
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Health & Wellness
  • Dental Insurance
  • FSA
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Onsite Gym
  • Short Term Disability
  • Vision Insurance
Other
  • Pet Friendly Office
  • Pet Insurance
  • Public Transportation Assistance
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Travel
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Nursing Room
  • Parental Leave
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • On Site Gym/Fitness
  • Special Discounts
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401k with company contribution
  • Financial Planning Services
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Commitment to Work/Life Harmony
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days
  • PTO

What is the internal culture like at URBN?

It’s all about communication and collaboration. There are no silos, no corporate hierarchy. Execs here are normal people who know everyone’s names.  

Everything feels very open; open minded, open offices without many doors, open to dogs (on-leash, except at the dog park). And there’s no dress code. You’re encouraged to express yourself through your clothing and be comfortable.

What’s great about URBN is that it has the stability of a corporate company with a startup mentality. There’s room to play with ideas, try things out. If they don’t work, the team can try again. There’s a lot of opportunity for creativity.

Tell us a little bit about the perks of working on the URBN campus.

It’s such a creative company that even if you’re in accounting, there are plenty of opportunities to benefit from the creativity.

Here are a handful of the perks available at URBN:

          ● Fitness and financial wellness opportunities

          ● Alterations and dry cleaning done on campus

          ● A company newsletter featuring behind the scenes content, pet profiles, people’s side hustles and more

          ● Mobile Vet Service 

          ● Discounts at the Franklin Institute

          ● 6 free sessions with a nutritionist

          ● Discounted classes at the Fleisher Art Museum

Describe a day in the life of a technologist (or three) at URBN HQ.

Yen Duong, Software Engineer at URBN: One of the best things is that most of us are customers of the brands we work on. As a user of my product, it’s easy to understand the feedback we get from customers and the problems we need to solve.

No day is the same. We deploy new code every week. There are always new challenges and we’re allowed to research and introduce new technologies.

Carolina Fojo, UX Research Manager at URBN: Research is such a strategic place to be at URBN. We’re constantly thinking about our customers and the growth opportunities. There’s no end in sight when you’re dealing with millions of customers. The opportunities are endless, which is really exciting.

Than Hedman, Software Engineering Manager for Services and Streams at Nuuly: It’s a collaborative effort between tech and fashion. We talk to everyone from customer service to warehouse buyers to stylists about what the platform needs to do. I work on facilitating that conversation. 

It’s so cool to be around people who are passionate about things like packing design and logistics.

What do you look for in job candidates?

The hiring process is a little different for each brand and department.

We don’t expect technologists to know all of our brands inside and out. What we really want to see is your coding experience, your passion for new ecommerce technology and the ideas you have to move us forward. We love to hear suggestions. 

Interviews for tech-based jobs will always be project-based. We’ll ask you to do some coding challenges and want to see your GitHub page.

We also want to see what you can add within our laid back, yet entrepreneurial culture. We look for good communicators who can interface with all of our brands and who are passionate about what they’re doing.

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