Senior WordPress Engineer
Join us as we work together to solve some of the most interesting and challenging engineering problems in the WordPress space through our partnerships with major publishers and technology companies.
As a Senior Engineer, you will be responsible for helping define and develop the technical vision of the projects you contribute to and ensuring the code being delivered is of substantial quality. In practice this means estimating effort, defining technical solutions, leading the delivery of high quality code efficiently and within budget, with excellent verbal and written communication — while adhering to our values, Agile methodologies, coding best practices, and established organizational processes.
Areas of Focus
Define and deliver solutions to Client-prioritized deliverables
Lead, mentor, and support other Engineers
Enforce coding best practices and testing requirements
Team and Client project-specific communication
Estimate effort to complete user stories & tasks
Take responsibility for the engineering success of your project(s)
Contribute to estimation/effort level for all tickets in the backlog
Work closely with others to develop solutions
Ensure the delivery of quality code, on time, and as estimated
Review and write unit, integration, and regression tests when appropriate
Conduct architectural peer reviews for code created by other Engineers
Participate in Backlog Grooming, Sprint Planning and Sprint Review meetings
Deploy code and setup build and test environments
Follow and help ensure coding best practices
Follow Agile SCRUM methodologies
Follow and help enforce organizational processes
Be a supportive team member and leader
Be candid and respectful
Have a growth mindset
This is a mid to senior-level role, with a typical pay range of $7,000 to $10,500 per month ($45 to $65 per hour) for full-time contractors or a salary for employees (USA and Australia) of $75,000 to $110,000 with benefits, depending on proven experience level and engagement terms.
This is a remote role working as a part of a global, distributed team spanning 5 continents. Most of your work will be asynchronous, with communication via Slack, JIRA, and Github, with a few video meetings per week. Most Client teams are located in North America, so expect some of your work time to overlap with North American working hours. Our project teams may include a Lead Engineer/Architect, UX Architect, Product Owner, Project Manager, Quality Analyst, and 1-4 additional Engineers. Engineers typically work on 1-2 projects at a time.
At XWP, you will become part of a much bigger community of X-Teamers from the X-Company brands, which is hundreds strong, and includes XWP, X-Team, and XFive.
One of the ultimate perks of working at XWP is your Unleash+ membership, which gives you $2,500 per year to use toward activities that keep you energized so you can learn, grow and unleash your potential.
Participate in our epic Seasons every quarter, designed to get you energized and doing more of the things you love to do. We'll constantly provide you with new, motivating side quests and challenges, spanning a range of Paths focused around your passions, like travel, coding, gaming, fitness, etc.
Travel to work alongside other X-Teamers at one of our free hacker houses (X-Outposts) around the world. The X-Outpost changes locations monthly, allowing people to explore & work remotely in the most beautiful locations. Many XWP team members also meet up at WordCamp Asia, WordCamp US, and WordCamp Europe.
XWP is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all team members.
Although this is a backend-focused engineering role, some modern frontend experience is often needed. We expect that you will have significant experience with most of the following areas of technology and the ability to quickly learn and close any gaps that you encounter while engaged.
WordPress at scale
Object Oriented Programming
Gutenberg & React.js
WP-CLI and WP-REST-API
RESTful Services and APIs
SQL and NoSQL databases
We expect you to have a good working knowledge and some experience with most of the following:
Setting up CI/CD workflows with Travis CI and GitHub
E2E testing and frameworks like PHPUnit, QUnit, and Mocha
Build-tools like Grunt, Gulp, and WebPack
Docker and Vagrant
Package management tools like NPM and Composer
Transpiling ES6 to ES5 using Babel
CSS Preprocessors like SASS
Git and SVN version control systems
Developing responsive interfaces
Debugging for a wide range of browsers and devices
You will also want to have these characteristics:
Highly organized, motivated, and execution-oriented
Self-starter comfortable working in a highly technical environment
Demonstrated ability for continuous learning, creativity, and problem solving
Ability to work effectively and dependably in remote environments
Confidence effectively presenting well-reasoned options to decision makers
Ability to make a strong case while listening and remaining open to other perspectives