Lead Frontend Engineer

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We are currently looking for a full time, Lead Frontend Engineer to join and lead our growing team. This is a great opportunity to work on a new product for a leading, high traffic site (over 60 million unique visits a month).

Despite the immense traffic we generate, we do all this with a small, talented team of dedicated software engineers who love working with interesting, complex projects. As part of the team you’ll be leading building and optimizing the new implementations of our main site based on Next.js / React. You will also be driving forward improvements in our front end stack to keep us ahead of the curve on technology. You will be using your creativity and knowledge to solve both technical and business problems.

What you'll do:

  • Take full ownership for the team and to build, ship, and maintain features, end-to-end

  • Identify technical and business deficiencies and lead the team to fix them

  • Constantly look for ways to make the product better

  • Collaborate with designers, product managers, and engineers to design features and break down high-level features into tasks and timelines

  • Build, document and maintain tests, features, and infrastructure

  • Lead, communicate and document architectural designs and requirements

  • Invent patterns and reusable components that our team can assemble to build things

What’s in it for you:

  • Work on a modern web app, solving unique challenges and building amazing experiences.

  • Communicate and document architectural designs and requirements.

  • Collaborate in a team environment, with a variety of developers across the world.

  • Contribute directly to the technology, processes and methodology used to solve problems day-to-day.

Who we believe will do great in this role:

Besides the usual skill set for a Frontend Engineer (i.e. competency in Javascript, React, HTML, CSS), you MUST have:

  • Strong business acumen and great communication skills.

  • At least 5 years of commercial frontend software engineering experience.

  • Experience optimizing website performance.

  • Expert knowledge of React and main related libraries. Ability to weigh pros and cons of each library and compare them to the business needs.

  • Extensive knowledge of Next.js. Understanding of various ways to render the content, their pros and cons.

  • Extensive working knowledge of hand-coded, standards-based, object-oriented Javascript.

  • Experience with REST APIs, and/or social network APIs.

  • Experience building complex HTML layouts by hand, without a grid system.

  • Solid understanding of web caching strategies and use of CDN.

  • Experience working in a high-traffic environment and tools to monitor real user experience.


Bonus points if you have:

  • Work experience in an Internet startup, particularly in mobile web apps, entertainment or Ad-driven industries (ie online content, ad tech, social media, etc).

  • Understanding of SEO concepts.

  • Working knowledge of advanced CSS concepts.

  • Working knowledge of modules, ES6 or ES20xx.

  • Experience of configuring Webpack and setting it up from scratch.

  • Experience setting up and using Javascript unit test environments.


About Ranker:

Ranker attracts more than 30 million monthly unique visitors worldwide and is the leader in fan-powered rankings on just about everything. Whatever the topic - TV, movies, video games, sports, brands, food, lifestyle - Ranker puts the vote into the hands of millions rather than a few critics to answer the questions we are most passionate about. Over 1 billion votes now power Ranker Insights, a treasure trove of psychographic correlation data that delivers personalized consumer recommendations (“if you like X, you’ll also like Y, Z”), and also audience insights to marketers, studios, and platforms seeking a deeper understanding of consumer tastes and preferences. Launched in 2020 and powered by Ranker data, our new Watchworthy app is the only statistically relevant, crowd-sourced TV recommendation app available to consumers. Ranker made #187 on Deloitte’s 2019 Technology Fast 500 featuring the fastest growing companies in North America and Built In LA’s Top 50 Mid-Sized Companies To Work For in 2020. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Ranker has 110 employees and has grown steadily every year. 


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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavaLanguages
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    • PHPLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • VueLibraries
    • ExpressFrameworks
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • LaravelFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • TensorFlowFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases

Location

Located conveniently in the Mid-Wilshire district, minutes from Beverly Hills, Miracle Mile, and the 10 Freeway.

An Insider's view of Ranker

How does your team reward individual success?

What I love about being a part of Ranker's Audience Development team is that one person's success is celebrated not just as a personal victory, but as a triumph for our whole team. Every day we are encouraged to step outside of the box and speak our minds; to be creative and analytical without fear of rejection.

Amanda Bennett

Audience Development Specialist

What projects are you most excited about?

The best part about working at Ranker is the wide variety in the types of projects we might work on. We could be working on site optimization one week and creating big data management systems the next. Our latest project is a soon-to-be-released TV recommendation app that utilizes the latest in web development and machine learning tech.

Skylar Wolf

Senior Software Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

Ranker offers me the opportunity to flourish in a completely original creative manner. Working here has provided me with the opportunity to cover a large array of subjects I'm passionate about such as pop-culture and entertainment. By treating my voice and skill sets as an asset to the company, I have been given a sense of freedom and growth.

Erin Maxwell

Entertainment Editor

What is your vision for the company?

Our focus for 2020 is expanding Ranker beyond our high-trafficked site (Quantcast Top 50) via growing video, globalization, licensing Rankings IP, growing the Ranker Insights business unit and most importantly, launching a new game-changing personalized TV recommendations app.

Clark Benson

Founder & CEO

What's something quirky about your company?

At Ranker, we are all about votable lists. We even have an enormous, interactive list on display in our lobby — anyone in the office can arrange the items on the list to their own taste. Anything from top sitcom moms to fictional pets you'd love to have, there's always a good debate going on. We even vote on our favorite catered lunches!

Andre Rodriguez

PR Manager

What are Ranker Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes work from home Full-time remote for all positions currently during COVID - we will reevaluate this once the landscape changes.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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