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[role] Senior front end engineer with Amen in Berlin

[role] Senior front end engineer with Amen in Berlin

Steve Gilles
2011-12-19 @ 11:42
A global search is on! I'm helping Amen hire a front end engineer for their
Berlin team.

Most of you will recognise Tim Lucas (@toolmantim) who recently gave a talk
about working in Berlin. He's made a huge impact, building an incredible
mobile web interface and setting the bar high for front end engineering at

Tim is continuing his travels so we're hoping someone from the SydJS
community can fill these big shoes.

Here's the job summary:
- Looking for a senior front end engineer, ideally working from their
Berlin office
- You'll work alongside Florian Weber, former lead engineer @ Twitter is CTO
- Ashton Kutcher is an investor
- Generous salary and a long list of benefits (contact me off-list for

Their full job brief is below, along with details on how to apply. I look
forward to speaking with some of you about this on Wednesday!

You are an experienced professional with knowledge of the latest web
technologies. You dream in CSS, breathe Javascript, care about YSlow
scores, and love iterating on a piece of UI until it works just right.
You’ve worked closely with a designer to not only build UI but provide
ideas and experiments about what’s possible. You have an unhealthy love for
responsive user interfaces, and work hard to help people get as much done
as quickly as possible. You’re not precious about dropping into some Ruby
or Rails to see how things work. You are open-minded, flexible, down with
startup life, excited about fixing problems, and you’re a team player.

-Build new web features on top of the internal JSON API.
-Maintain the current web features to ensure clean code and a bug-free
experience for the squillions of Amenites.
-Work closely with other developers to define and change the JSON API and
front-end architecture.
-Ensure the web application performs across the supported web browsers and

-5+ years professional engineer building and maintaining web applications
from concept to production.
-Experience with the core of our current technology stack: CSS (bonus:
SCSS), Javascript (bonus: CoffeeScript), Rails, Ruby.
-Experience with building touch-based user interfaces with web technologies.
-Knowledge and practice of object-oriented Javascript programming.
-Knowledge of latest web browser technologies.
-Knowledge of agile software development practices and continual deployment.
-Proven excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

Join our small and dedicated team on our quest to collate the best and
worst of everything. Help build the service people are calling, “The best
source for bedtime stories ever”, “The best most curious social media thing
I’ve seen in awhile” (Amen users), “tantalizingly simple” (TechCrunch) and
“strangely addictive” (Michael Arrington). We offer you: a competitive
salary, high class international co-workers, periodic team lunches, a
beautiful office on the river Spree in downtown Berlin and all the coffee
and tea you need to stay focused on creating the best service ever.

More about us:

I'll be at SydJS on Wednesday. It will be a busy night full of Christmas
cheer so if you are interested in this role, contact me beforehand.

Steve Gilles