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URBN: iOS Software Engineer Philadelphia, PA

URBN |  Philadelphia, PA | IT

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iOS Software Engineer



The URBN Mobile Engineering Team is responsible for creating and delivering iOS & Android applications for our major brands: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People, as well as a suite of applications that power our In-Store retail experiences. We work closely with embedded product, user experience, and design teams to build performant and forward-thinking e-commerce experiences for our customers.

We’re looking for talented and self-motivated iOS engineers to join our group. 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 are carefully growing a fantastic team here at URBN and there has never been a more exciting time to get involved. We hope you’ll come join in the fun!

  • Apply your knowledge of Swift & iOS development to work on a small team whose work impacts millions of users every day
  • Strong object-oriented programming and design skills
  • Work within a cross-functional team of developers, product managers, and quality assurance engineers to specify, design, develop, test, and implement programs across our applications.
  • Contribute to code and design reviews, follow best engineering practices, and participate in weekly Mobile Team learning sessions
  • Collaborate with other engineering teams to develop new features
  • Have a strong sense of ownership and a curiosity to understand how things work, even if they take you outside your area of expertise.
  • Bring a thoughtful perspective, empathy, creativity, and a positive attitude to take on difficult challenges.
  • Be deadline drive & able to complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Have strong written & verbal communication skills. Be able to articulate work status to both technical & non-technical audiences. Be ready/willing to raise red flags or ask for help when needed.



  • Professional experience as an iOS developer or relevant coursework
  • Working knowledge of Swift, the iOS SDK & related frameworks (Objective-C experience a plus)
  • Experience designing mobile applications to consume RESTful APIs
  • Fundamental understanding of the HTTP/HTTPs protocol and caching strategies
  • Experience developing, delivering, and supporting native iOS applications
  • Experience using source control systems like GitHub
  • Passion for UI/UX development and creating premium experiences
  • Solid foundation in data structures, algorithms, object-oriented programming, MVC architecture, and iOS design patterns
  • Experience with unit testing & test-driven development
  • Basic understanding of multi-threading, memory management, networking, caching, performance optimization, localization, and security for mobile applications
  • Familiar with modern dependency management tools such as Swift Package Manager, CocoaPods &/or Carthage
  • Has a keen sense for clean and well-organized code
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment

Bonus Skills (not required)

  • Ecommerce experience handling product catalogs and payment collection / processing for a large consumer base.
  • Curious about Swift UI, Combine, Async / Await
  • Willingness to learn some Android when needed (we have a cross-platform mobile team)
  • Experience with modern build strategies, continuous integration, static analysis, and automated integration tests
  • Knowledge of iOS SDK performance tools and optimization techniques
  • Programmatic layout (not interface builder)
  • Knowledge of the Coordinator Pattern


How we work

  • We have a flexible remote-friendly culture. We follow a hybrid work model, and you can choose to work from home or in the Philadelphia HQ
  • We follow the agile engineering model for developing mobile apps at scale. Our native Android & iOS developers work closely with each other & engineers across multiple disciplines, to solution, iterate, test & gather feedback from our users. We are constantly reviewing each other’s pull requests, learning and growing together.
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Health & Wellness
  • Dental Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Onsite Gym
  • Short Term Disability
  • Vision Insurance
  • Community Service Programs
  • Hybrid Work Options
  • Pet Friendly Office
  • Pet Insurance
  • Public Transportation Assistance
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Travel Required
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Nursing Room
  • Parental Leave
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • On Site Gym/Fitness
  • Special Discounts
  • Commitment to Work/Life Harmony
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days
  • PTO
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
  • 401k with company contribution

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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