Front End Software Engineer

| Austin
Based in the Bohemian Cowboy capital of the world, Austin, Texas, Literati is a new kind of bookseller. Our mission is simple: to make parents and children love reading together by building a community that sparkles with life, curiosity, and imagination. We have more investors than employees, so if you’re a team player, an expert with a beginner’s mind, a rainmaker, or have a hint of alchemy up your sleeve, then we definitely want to talk with you!
Literati is looking for an exceptional individual to join our engineering team as a Front End Software Engineer. The right person for this role will be motivated to combine the art of design with the art of building elegant code. This includes the translation of UX design wireframes to actual code that will produce visual elements for the applications you are working on. You will work closely with the UX team to bridge the gap between design and technical implementation, taking an active role on both sides and defining how the application looks & feels as well as how it works.

What you'll do...

  • Develop new user-facing features
  • Work closely with the UX teams to ensure the technical feasibility of UX designs
  • Optimize application for maximum speed and scalability
  • Work closely with the Back-End team to assure that all user input is validated before submitting
  • Collaborate with other team members and stakeholders across the company 

Who you are...

  • Someone who gets things done
  • You thrive in a fast-paced environment where decisions are made on the fly
  • You’re willing to get gritty & roll up sleeves
  • A Talented Juggler
  • You successfully manage competing priorities, and you make it look easy
  • A team player who has worked on diverse teams and knows how to communicate effectively

What you'll need...

  • BS in Computer Science or similar field
  • Very strong CSS and JavaScript chops
  • Familiarity with React and compiled CSS
  • Strong preference for simplicity in design both visually and in code
  • 5-7 years building production-grade reactive web applications

Literati is dedicated to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness. We believe in the power of literature as a transformative form of technology that helps us see, and reflect upon, our common humanity. A great workplace should do the same—see, reflect, and celebrate the experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent of a diverse array of people. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that all potential candidates can bring in terms of their education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, gender identity and expression, nationality, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, religion, neurological and physical ability, sexual orientation, and beliefs.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • PythonLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases

Location

The Literati office is in the heart of Bouldin Creek. Close to SoCo and S Lamar with a myriad of food, bars, and accessible to public transportation

An Insider's view of Literati

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

You do the work, so you deserve the rest. Your individual work-life balance will vary based on the team that you work with, but in Customer Support, our associates can expect to regularly have a 40-hour work week and be paid time-and-a-half for extra hours worked. We also have regularly scheduled work-from-home hours!

Ashley Horton

Sr Customer Support Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

We pride ourselves on being a small team in order to stay nimble, so collaboration across teams is as easy as turning around and chatting with colleagues a few desks away. We’ll break out for working sessions as we dig into specific projects, gathering feedback from key stakeholders in order to set a roadmap in motion.

Mike Tully

Sr Software Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Humility, grit, courage, and dedication (on a cellular level) to building the world’s most beloved literary brand. Expertise in one’s craft is critical, but an expert with a beginner’s mind is far more likely to innovate in unprecedented ways. As stewards of the book object, our team’s success rests in our ability to sow empathy at every turn.

Kelly Carroll

Co-Founder/Creative Director

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

One thing I love from my time at Google was "20% time" which allows people to spend up to one day a week working on a passion project that doesn't necessarily tie into the roadmap. Just eliminating all process and approval is a critical first step. Innovation looks absurd out the gate.

Jess Ewing

CEO

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The office space is for makers who answered the call to adventure. We thrive at the intersection of artisan-crafted daydreams and cutting-edge tech. You’ll see people that are laser-focused on driving progress to OKRs. We think for ourselves, understand how our strategies impact others, and never settle for less than world-class brand experiences!

Vanessa Castañeda

Manager of Partnerships

What are Literati Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Pet Friendly
Acme Co.'s pet policy is dog friendly daily.
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