Available Position (Company name withheld)

Front End Architect

Location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Department: Front End Engineering

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

About the Front End Architect Position

The Front End Architect role is a mix of technical adviser, team leader, coder, and evangelist. On a project the Front End Architect is responsible for all front end tasks including: estimation, requirements gathering, advising, overseeing other developers, and directing the implementation. Within the department the Front End Architect works with the Director of Front End and other Architects to push the team towards the latest tools, technologies, and best practices. Strong technical ability in HTML, CSS and JavaScript and effective organization and communication skills are a must. 


At a high level, a Front End Architect must:

  • Be capable of taking on any size and complexity of Front End project.
  • Be able to deliver the Front End portion of projects on time and on budget.
  • Evaluate frameworks, technologies and tools and determine their relevance to a particular project or the wider department.
  • Help establish department standards and best practices.
  • Work closely with team members from various departments.
  • Be able to manage multiple projects and responsibilities in a fast paced environment.

On a project, a Front End Architect will:

  • Review the Statement of Work(SOW) to understand the project goals and Front End specifics such as: hours sold, timeline, browser support, coding standards, framework requirements, etc.
  • Collaborate with Experience Architects to validate prototypes meet conditions of the SOW and suggest improvements or changes as needed.
  • Collaborate with Experience Designers to validate designs meet conditions of the SOW and suggest improvements or changes as needed.
  • Collaborate with Technical Architects and Back End Engineers to determine technical requirements and implementation approaches for the project.
  • Participate in requirements gathering and validation.
  • Continually update Front End estimates throughout the project life-cycle.
  • Architect and write Front End code for the foundation and complex features of each project.
  • Oversee and mentor other Front End Engineers on the project.
  • Ensure all Front End aspects of projects proceed efficiently, predictably and on time.
  • Identify and raise potential project risks to the team and help to alleviate those risks.


Technical Expertise

  • Expert knowledge of JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3
  • Strong command of web standards, responsive design, and cross-browser compatibility.
  • Experience with JavaScript frameworks such as React, Angular, Backbone, etc.
  • Experience with source control systems (SVN, GIT, TFS, etc)
  • Experience developing large web sites and web applications.

Other Skills

  • Attention to detail. Be able to replicate provided designs and meet all functional requirements of the project.
  • Strong collaboration skills and desire to work in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills (written, verbal and listening)
  • Good judgment, strong problem-solving and decision-making skills, and a finely tuned balance of technical purity and pragmatism.
  • Knowledge of common code design patterns, design principles and industry best practices.
  • Agency experience
  • Remain up to date with industry trends and technologies and be able to apply this knowledge to project work.
  • Sitecore or other enterprise CMS experience a plus.


Ten great reasons to work for Verndale

  1. Rapid growth company of 15 years maintaining start-up company feel
  2. Laser focus on cutting-edge technology and killer service offerings to clients
  3. Internal promotions that are frequent and do not take years to achieve
  4. Collaborative, open, work environment and no formal dress code
  5. Beautiful new building in Quito; easily accessible to public transportation
  6. Open door policy and strong manager/employee communication
  7. Free lunch Fridays and free beer at 3:30pm
  8. Twelve company paid holidays and 3 weeks paid vacation at date of hire
  9. Private Health Insurance
  10. Fitness Club membership that includes: gym, squash court, steam room, sauna and spa.


Compensation & Benefits

Verndale is proud of the fun, diverse, and respectful company environment we enjoy on a daily basis. Competitive compensation, company paid holidays and personal time off make having a work-life balance possible.  For some roles working from home on an as-needed basis is a definite possibility; we believe in hiring the best and keeping our own happy and motivated.

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