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Software Development


2015-09-08 20:26


Do you look for creative ways to use the Heartbeat API? Maybe you’re just waiting for the perfect moment to use wp_list_pluck()? You’re in good company! SkyVerge is looking for a full-time WordPress engineer to join us as the 11th member of our fully distributed team. You’ll be responsible for contributing to projects that currently power over a half-million WooCommerce stores, building new products, and making sure that we ones we already offer stay golden.

The Role

Our WordPress engineer will be...

  • Building new plugins from a collaborative spec (exercise your architectural skills!)
  • Adding new features to existing plugins
  • Maintaining existing plugin compatibility, including bug fixes
  • Adhering to both WordPress and internal code standards and frameworks
  • Providing top-tier customer support and service
  • Comfortable working remotely with availability for 1-2 team trips per year

This position will primarily involve development for WooCommerce, which is the largest eCommerce platform, powering over 900,000 online stores. While familiarity with WooCommerce is a huge plus, experience with WordPress and extensive knowledge of its architecture (actions/filters, WPDB, WP_Query, etc) is a hard requirement - we know you'll love learning WooCommerce from the ground-up, or will be excited to level up your existing knowledge as needed.

Our WooCommerce plugins usually involve our entire development team with one engineer as project lead. You'll be involved in reviewing, maintaining, and building plugins from collaborative spec.

About You

If you're our ideal team member, you take pride in committing object-oriented, PHP 5.2-compatible code to GitHub. You love solving engineering challenges in the simplest way possible with code that’s clear, readable, and standards-compliant. More importantly, you appreciate how beautiful a solution is when any customer can use it, and you love getting feedback from and interacting with customers to improve products. You’re excited to work with a small team that loves their work as much as you do, and affords the opportunity to work on interesting projects, learn and improve upon several skill sets, and to constantly ship cool projects. Oh, and you know it’s capitalPdangit().

Our WooCommerce plugins require you to be fluent in PHP and MySQL, and knowledge of the WordPress architecture is key. Javascript, HTML, and CSS are also part of each plugin that we ship, and will be part of your arsenal. Knowledge of Sass and CoffeeScript is helpful, too.

We have other projects that use Ruby and other languages, so familiarity with these is a plus. If not, are you excited to learn about them? That’s great, too - it's important to us that you want to learn new stacks, as what we all know now will be outdated soon anyway. We plan on being around for a lot longer, and growth is imperative to that goal.

Our team stays in touch primarily via Slack and weekly stand-ups over Google Hangout -- availability for 1-2 team trips per year is necessary.

This is a full-time, salaried position, but hours are flexible - we know your work will speak for itself with commits, issues closed, and wiki edits. However, fit with our team and culture is important -- following an interview, we’ll ask for a quick sample project for which you'll be paid as a contractor. If we both think the project went well, our employees go through a 60-day 'bootcamp' as a 1099-employee before being "made" as a salaried employee. This lets us both make sure that we’re an ideal match, otherwise we can each say, "No thanks", and move on to different projects.


Here are some benefits we're excited to offer to our team members:

  • Competitive salary with additional performance incentives for meeting team and company goals
  • Paid vacation time to make sure you get to unplug (3 weeks per year)
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance for US and Canadian residents and their families (reimbursements for comparable care for non-US/Canadian residents)
  • Retirement plan with company match
  • Reimbursement for hardware/software you'll need as part of your job (everyone needs a retina MacBook Pro and Thunderbolt display)
  • Reimbursement for professional growth experiences, like conferences or books. The desire to learn and improve is key to our business and we need team members who as as excited about it as we are.
  • Home office or co-working allowance
  • A Kindle to help you keep learning

TL, DR: Join our team to build cool stuff with WordPress and influence a quarter-million online stores. Excited? Us too :) Apply now!

SkyVerge supports workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, or any other protected class.

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