Front End Architect

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Department: Front End Engineering

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

About the 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. This job requires roughly 5% travel during the year. 

We have global offices and at times the front end architect will need to join calls with teams in other offices. As much as possible these meetings align with US hours.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Be capable of taking on medium complexity projects.
  • Be able to manage multiple projects and responsibilities in a fast paced environment.
  • Work closely with other departments, team members, vendors, and clients
    • Collaborate with experience architects to validate prototypes meet conditions of the project and suggest improvements or changes as needed.
    • Collaborate with experience designers to validate designs meet conditions of the project 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.
    • Work with clients to define and understand requirements and to resolve issues or questions during development.
    • Work with vendors to understand their systems and integrations and how it will impact our projects.
  • Estimation
    • Continually update front end estimates throughout the project life-cycle.
    • Capture and continually update all assumptions used to create estimations.
  • Team Oversight
    • Oversee and mentor front end engineers on the project.
    • Conduct code reviews and provide feedback and guidance to developers based on the code.
    • Assign out tasks to team members effectively.
  • Project Responsibilities
    • Ensure all front end aspects of projects proceed efficiently, predictably and on time.
    • Review the statement of work, functional spec, and other documents to understand the project goals and front end specifics such as: hours sold, timeline, browser support, coding standards, framework requirements, etc.
    • Participate in requirements gathering and validation.
    • Create technical documentation for front end aspects of the project.
    • Identify and raise potential project risks to the team and help to alleviate those risks.
    • Architect and write front end code for the foundation and complex features of each project and set establish API endpoints.
    • Perform smoke tests on various devices and browsers.
    • Feature development.
    • Bug fixing.

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Evaluate frameworks, technologies and tools and determine their relevance to a particular project or the wider department.
  • Help drive department standards and best practices.

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 complex 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.

Amount of Travel

  • 5% of the year

Typical Hours

  • We have global offices and at times the front end lead will need to join calls with teams in other offices. As much as possible these meetings align with US hours. It is unusual for calls to occur outside of 8am-7pm EST. In the case of early or late calls, it is acceptable to shift the working day to begin a bit later or end a bit earlier as long as all other projects needs and hours requirements are meet.

It is rare to be on projects that require both early and late meetings during the same timeframe.
The frequency of these meetings will depend on the current projects. Projects with a large presence in another office will meet more frequently outside of typical 9-5 hours.

Ten great reasons to work for Verndale

  1. Rapid growth company of 19 years maintaining start-up company feel
  2. Work that demands team building and quality results by challenging the solution, experience and technology.
  3. Monthly outings and social events including a summer fiesta and winter bash.
  4. Tight-knit and collaborate work environment with no formal dress code
  5. Westside LA location next to downtown Culver City and the beach; covered parking garage sponsored for by Verndale
  6. Opportunities to hone your inner-self through events, speaking opportunities, trainings and more.
  7. Friday VernDiner breakfasts, free lunch and happy-hour at 3:00pm sharp!
  8. Community athletic leagues that vary based on season and interest
  9. Flexible schedule options to support work/life integration (we know all about LA traffic…)
  10. Paid holidays, 3 weeks paid vacation at time of hire, fantastic 401k matching and stellar insurance for you and your family

About Verndale

Verndale is the marketing technology agency that brands call when they want to connect with their customers in a more meaningful way. It designs, builds and evolves brand experiences that mid-sized and Fortune 500 companies use to bring their products and services to life for their always-on customers.

 Verndale offers unparalleled strategy, experience design, technology and post-launch managed services. With an all-star team made up of pure technologists and digital, brand and creative pioneers, Verndale understands the operational, organizational and technological demands posed on an enterprise that wants to extend sophisticated, connected experiences to their customers. It can work across centralized and siloed business units in a brand to create a cohesive front to back-end strategy that both technology and marketing leaders love, while extending and maintaining engaging experiences that the brand's customers will also love.   

One of the largest independent agencies in the industry, Verndale is headquartered in Boston and has five offices across the United States. Global operations in Quito, Ecuador and Bangalore, India power Verndale's global delivery model, which provides application efficiency, stability and value to its customers.

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Compensation & Benefits
Verndale is proud of the fun, diverse, and respectful company environment we enjoy on a daily basis. Competitive compensation and comprehensive coverage for medical, dental, life, disability and a 401(k) savings plan are offered to all full-time employees.  Ample 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.

Verndale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

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