Frontend Engineer

Want to be part of something different? You can when you work with us.

In the last several months, we’ve hired over ten new Empire Flippers team members… and we’re doing it again!

We are looking for a talented person to come onboard with our engineering department to work in the position of a frontend engineer. You’ll lead the frontend development of the engineering team in almost full autonomy, working alongside the VP of Engineering James Andrews and the CEO Joe Magnotti.

This is a huge opportunity for you to work with one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. and learn the ins and outs of the online business world. Over the last couple of years, our company has seen explosive growth—and there is no sign of it slowing down. To keep hitting our goals, including our 2018 goal of $40 million-worth of businesses sold, we need to expand our horizons and improve our customer experience to a point that makes us the de facto standard for buying and selling online businesses. Your work will help propel the industry forward to new levels not seen before and you’ll be gracefully rewarded for doing so.

Being a location-independent, full-time position is one of the many benefits – you’ll be free to work anywhere in the world that serves your creativity best, be in the beaches in Thailand, which does have superb 4G connectivity and cheaper costs of living or in a mountain resort in the Swiss Alps – the choice is yours. All we ask is you attend our almost fully paid team meetup and coworking events every now and then (the last being Boracay, Philippines and Medellin, Colombia).

Compensation for this position is US$50-80k per annum depending on experience, plus worldwide medical insurance, plus business travel expenses paid for.

If this sounds like an exciting opportunity for you, then read on to learn more about our company and how to apply for the position!

What’s the Opportunity?

Becoming a frontend engineer makes you a critical part of Empire Flippers. You will learn skills that will last you a lifetime in the online business world.

We’ll teach you the ins and outs of the online business brokerage industry, coming from years of experience. You’ll work on improving the customer journey, which should be flawless, pain-free and easy to navigate. For many of our customers it is the first time either buying or selling an online business, which can be an incredibly anxious and confusing moment in their lives – you’ll be helping them directly by providing them an easy-to-use interface that just makes sense.

This is a full-time position – our company is growing at a fast rate which means excellent opportunities for personal and career growth. We may ask you to attend conferences too, which can help you network with industry leaders.

What’s the Position Like?

The frontend engineer position is vital to the success of our company.

You’ll be the first frontend engineer hire – which means a lot of responsibility on your part. You’ll take the lead in implementing user interfaces to address our business needs along with the rest of the engineering team. Both our clients and staff will use the software you write. Our small and close-knit engineering team consists of a UX specialist and full stack engineers. You’ll work closely with the team to implement solutions for all departments within Empire Flippers, be it compliance, customer support, sales and migrations. You’ll work closely with the UX specialist to ensure designs are implemented correctly to the nearest pixel, and you’ll work closely with the backend engineers and our API’s to ensure scalability, code cleanliness and readability.

The feature set will have already been decided on – it’s your responsibility to take the lead of the implementation and to ensure the user experience is elevated to unprecedented levels.

What Skills Are Needed?

We believe in hiring people that are a good fit for us culturally.

A good fit is actually more important to us than the skill sets since we will teach you everything you need to know.

You should have a few good years of experience under your belt, having implemented some mouth-watering web apps. Your portfolio speaks louder than your words.

Experience with React and/or Angular. We’re looking for at least 3+ years frontend development experience, most of which you’ve used React or Angular.

You need to have immaculate attention to detail. We need to hear you grunting and moaning if something doesn’t quite look or feel right, to the nearest pixel and to the nearest hexadecimal color, to the point you become annoying to us. At times other developers may edit your code, you’ll be watching to ensure the code base remains readable and scalable.

Be a good communicator. It sounds very cliché, but you’ll immerse yourself in almost every department, you’ll be learning problems and presenting solutions, and also overseeing the implementation of those solutions too.

A self-starter. We need to see some evidence that you’re able to get up every morning, bite the bullet just get on with it, even if you’ve tried four coffee shops and none have decent wifi. You won’t have eyes looking over your shoulder on a day to day basis, you’ll be working in almost full autonomy, we’ll need to trust you to deliver the goods.

 

The following skills/experience would be a bonus, but not required:

Ruby on Rails. Our backend will be built in RoR, being able to navigate the backend code and patch things up would be a huge bonus.

Databases. A comprehensive experience working with various types of SQL and noSQL databases would be very useful. MySQL, Postgres, DynamoDB, Cassandra, to name a few.

Caching. The software we’re building needs to be fast and to remain fast as we scale, both in terms of traffic and database size. Having experience with Memcached, Redis, Varnish or experience with complicated CDN setups with many rules would be a plus.

What’s the Lifestyle Like

Our company is built on the foundation of travel, remote work, and living life on your own terms.

We’re not looking to put you in a cubicle and waste your time in traffic. You’ll be working hard, playing hard, and learning all about our company and what we stand for during this time. When you join us, you’ll be flying out to Vietnam in September for our next team meetup. The past few times they have been in Thailand, Colombia, and the Philippines. These are two-week events where we work, play and relax.

Apart from meeting us in person every now and then, you’re free to work and live anywhere you’d like and join the new class of digital nomads – we’re homeless but have a passport, debit card and a laptop.

You’ll become friends with people who will give you massive insights into how digital businesses work, how they scale, and, of course, how to invest in them or sell them.

Love It. What’s the Catch?

This isn’t a gap year experience. This is not a temporary contract.

If you’re applying just because you want something to fund your travels before you start seeking out a “serious” job, then you probably shouldn’t apply.

We’re looking for career-minded people who share our vision and see where we’re going. We want you to be part of that vision and help us get there over the long haul.

And while we play hard and sometimes really do work next to the pool all day, we work even harder. Sometimes you will be putting in a 10-12 hour day as business demands arise. You’ll be working weird hours to match other team members time zones, and you’ll sometimes have to face some critical feedback. And if there’s a bug in your code that’s blocking a multi-million dollar deal, expect a phone call at 3am.

You will be expected to perform to our expectations and really help us grow our business to the next level. We’re counting on you.

If you can see yourself growing into a profitable and meaningful career with us and love what we do, we want you to be part of our team.

Details to Keep in Mind

We’re going to start you off slow. You’ll first learn about our company and what each department does; then you will be given some low-level tasks to ease you into the position. Over time, your skills will grow and you’ll be making a lot of decisions on your own.

However, you will always have our support and knowledge to lean on. We aren’t going to throw you to the wolves — you’ll be part of a high-functioning team that is here to help wherever we can.

Joe Magnotti and James Andrews will be reviewing every application. If we think you’re a good fit, we will reach out to you to do an video call interview. After the first interviews are done, our final candidates will be brought back for a final second interview before we make our decision.

How Do I Apply?

Here is the sequence of events we use when hiring our frontend engineer.

  • You record a YouTube video* explaining who you are and why you’re a good fit for the position, fill out an application, and submit it ASAP.
  • The deadline to apply is August 10, 2018.
  • We review submissions and schedule interviews.
  • Second interviews are conducted, and a final decision is made.
  • The chosen candidate will be announced on August 17, 2018.
  • The chosen candidate will be in Saigon, Vietnam on September 12, 2018.

*YouTube Video Requirements:
We will only accept submissions that include a YouTube URL. Please leave the video “unlisted” in preferences and share the link with us. The quality of the video doesn’t matter, and there are no bonus points for editing. We just want (up to) three minutes of you explaining (based on your previous experience) why this frontend engineering position is an excellent fit for you and us.

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