Senior Front End Web Application Developer

  • New York, NY
  • Full-time

Company Description

Refinery29 is the cornerstone of fashion, beauty, and shopping for a new generation. A high trafficked website, rich integrated ecommerce, and the development of a cutting edge media plaftorm built on a semantic stack are all challenges youll get to wrestle with here at R29. We have experienced hyper growth, year over year and we are taking our engineering team to the next level. We seek a remarkable engineer who can drive top quality front end code and architecture across the engineering team and make the key decisions necessary to allow us pioneer media-commerce, a semantic media platform, and industry defining end user experiences.


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Some fun facts about our team:

  • Our sprints of fast-paced product creation are punctuated by team lunches, game nights, hackathons, and speakeasy happy hours.
  • We want independent-minded engineers who aren’t afraid to contribute to the product process, help improve our work process, and interface directly with stakeholders and end users.
  • We subscribe to the agile/lean methodology of many small iterations (one week sprints), tight feedback/learning loops, and weekly demo days.
  • We believe it's more important to get to work than talk about work.
  • We strongly believe in the DevOps principles, continuous deployment, and completely trusting our developers.

Job Description

This role requires someone with a deep understanding of javascript, with all of its wonderful peculiarities and a strong sense of UX to create an experience based on interacting with a rich, cleanly structured semantic data set.  This position will have you tackling problems that combine machine natural language processing with subject matter expertise to deliver a clean, structure, and interlinked information set used to power advanced and rich end user experiences. We’re looking for someone who understands the importance of abstraction and who gets excited about the latest javascript and css frameworks. This person should also be able to provide guidance to junior developers in their day-to-day development tasks and help inform decisions regarding when to roll-your-own or when to grab an off-the-shelf solution to a given problem. Moving forward we want our code to be responsive, optimized, and clean. We had 5.3 million uniques last month. If we could shave off 200ms from our load time with various optimization techniques, then we would cumlatively save our users 12 days spent waiting for the content they love.

Some things you'll be doing:

  • Writing front-end code in Javascript/CoffeeScript, and HTML/CSS
  • Optimizing performance, code quality, and maintainability
  • Working closely with the backend engineers developing API's for our various products
  • Working on top of a cutting edge backend SOA that uses a Semantic tech stack, Tiple Store, Scala, and Akka
  • Fixing bugs and solve problems rapidly



  • Passion for core OOP Javascript
  • Solid understanding of the full web technology stack (e.g. HTTP, cookies, headers, asset loading / caching)
  • Knowledge of Git
  • BDD or TDD practices
  • Experience with JSON based SOA RESTful APIs
  • Have a creative mind that can contribute to, not just execute, the creative process

A plus. Gets you ahead of the line.

  • Knowledge of technologies such as Compass/SaSS, Backjone.js, Node.js, require.js, underscore, CoffeeScript and JS templating
  • Agile workflows like Scrum
  • Responsive Design experience

Additional Information

Does this sound like you? Let us know why we should meet. For consideration, you must submit your resume and cover letter. To get ahead of the line, you should include any links to public projects you've worked on or a Github account, if you have one. 

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