Sisu, Inc.: Senior Web Developer at Sisu, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) (Los Angeles, CA)

Posted: Mar 19, 2019

Sisu (www.sisumedia.com) is an award-winning digital agency, located in sunny Los Angeles, CA. We are dedicated to doing excellent work, building lasting relationships, and cultivating a respectful, inspiring environment. We are looking for a talented, dedicated Senior Web Developer to join our team. 


While our team is small, our projects and clients are not. We have active projects for a stellar set of entertainment, media, and technology brands, including DC Comics, Disney Innovation Labs, American Express, Illumina, Facebook, Western Union, the Grammys, and many more. Projects include responsive media portals; web and native apps; dashboards and enterprise tools; and compelling skunkworks projects.


The ideal candidate will be inquisitive and driven, with a love for UX, design and technology and a desire to contribute, grow and lead. At Sisu, developers are involved from concept to prototype to final delivery. Development serves as a foundation for our work and is critical to delivering polished, successful products. This role could be filled by a pure front-end developer, hybrid designer/developer or a full stack developer - or a combination of two.


Historically our in-house developers have been focused on delivering exemplary front-end experiences that exhibit adherence to design guidelines; an understanding of micro-interactions and animations; and organized, clean and maintainable code. We have moved further into full stack development in-house, including headless WordPress, web app and API development. We are in the process of defining this ‘Sisu Stack,” and you will be a key team member in the process.


The Senior Web Developer will guide other in-house developers as well as external resources. They will work with a variety of technologies and frameworks, and as newer approaches develop and new client needs emerge, will help us identify them, learn them and add them to the mix.


This is a great position for someone who is eager to grow their toolset; work with smart clients; be part of a thriving, historically-stable agency; collaborate with friendly people and hang out with a bunch of equally friendly dogs.


Examples of current and recent projects including the following (but we do not expect one person to know all of these):



  • Wordpress Sites leveraging Custom Post Types, Advanced Custom Fields and NPM/Gulp/Webpack to create custom interactive functionality, custom themes and headless sites

  • JAMStack Sites: Netlify, Forestry, Hugo, Gatsby

  • Single Page and Progressive Web Apps:- Node API Server + React, Redux, Webpack +githooks

  • Prototypes / Static Sites: HTML/SASS/Javascript, custom animation and interaction

  • Native Apps: Node/Express + React Native

  • Innovation projects including Surface-based productivity tools, AR and VR tests


Desired Skills and Experience


We look at the person as a whole. The below is by no means exhaustive nor 100% required.


The desired skill set and experience for the position includes:



  • 7+ years at an agency, product company or in-house development group at a major brand or media property

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field OR equivalent work experience

  • Built work that shows you create amazing websites and web apps!


    • Responsive

    • Accessible

    • Performant

    • Secure

    • User friendly

    • Cross-browser/Device-agnostic


  • Strong ability to communicate and collaborate with clients, other team members, freelance resources and outside tech agencies


    • Define technical requirements

    • Research and recommend solutions

    • Guide the development process

    • Build good relationships

    • Work with UX, Visual Design and Production to define what’s possible and how to push boundaries


  • Desire to guide Sisu’s evolving approach to development


    • Champion the dev team’s culture, norms, and best practices

    • Support the growth of other devs through constructive, collaborative code reviews

    • Research and refine Sisu’s preferred stack


  • Flexibility and ability to manage multiple deliverables


Desired Tech Skills


HTML/CSS



  • Excellence at translating Sketch/PSD files into responsive layouts


    • Pixel-perfect match of designs + ability to extrapolate flats to fluid


  • Semantic, accessible HTML

  • Preprocessor like SASS

  • Methodologies (such as Atomic Design, BEM, SMACSS)

  • Design enhancement via CSS and JavaScript based Animations

  • Cross browser testing


JavaScript



  • Advanced understanding of modern JavaScript/ES6

  • Know how to use modern frameworks like React


WordPress/JamStack/etc.



  • Understanding of modern, lightweight content management tools

  • Custom theming

  • Headless options


PHP



  • PHP/MySQL

  • PHP Frameworks such as Symfony and Laravel


Modern processes and tools such as



  • Build and version control tools

  • Unit and integration testing


Nice to Have



  • A good eye for design. 

  • Comfortable digging around a PSD/Sketch file to pull out the assets you need

  • Prior experiencing managing others and leading code reviews

  • Advanced animation skills 

  • SEO and Accessibility

  • Additional dev skills


    • Node/Express/Mongo to build API

    • AWS

    • Docker

    • GraphQL


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