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Web Developer/Software Engineer at The Undefeated (ESPN)

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    Working at ESPN is unlike anything else. That’s because we’re always finding new ways to interact with fans – however and wherever they connect with sports. When you have the latest technology, game-changing ideas and world-class talent on your team, every day is extraordinary.

    ESPN is seeking a deeply technical and highly motivated software engineer to contribute to two sites: The Undefeated, the premier platform for exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture, and FiveThirtyEight, a digital initiative of ESPN focused on providing data-driven journalism in sports, politics, science, culture, and economics.

    The successful candidate will have expert knowledge of front-end (HTML/CSS/JS) and backend (PHP) web development. In particular, they must have significant experience building WordPress sites.

    The Software Engineer will help evolve the technical architecture and continual enhancement of these sites and provide technical leadership. They will work closely with the editorial and product teams to develop the best possible platform for ESPN’s affinity sites.

    The successful candidate will serve as a technology leader both within the Affinity Sites development team, and more broadly across ESPN. This includes building on the software engineering culture, refining and enforcing development standards and processes, and working with other groups on best practices.
    Hands-on coding in PHP, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS for WordPress
    Scoping, development planning, and technical architecture
    Writing specifications, technical design documents, and support/troubleshooting guides.
    Training and mentoring junior developers
    Day-to-day interaction with hosting vendor and third-party developers to ensure technical quality, product quality, and efficient use of resources.
    Code reviews
    Identifies, evaluates, and implements new technology beneficial to editorial and product goals
    Monitors development standards, release processes, and support procedures
    Performs root cause analysis on product and process deficiencies, and defines and implements changes
    Daily communication with the product leadership, product managers, sales and marketing, and editorial staff for direction, strategy, and priority
    Maintains relationships and connections to ESPN and Disney development teams to ensure that integrations are maintained and enhanced.
    Basic Qualifications
    4+ years of hands-on development experience in a professional environment
    A strong point of view on end-user functionality, usability and accessibility
    Strong understanding of object-oriented programming fundamentals and multi-tier web architectures and caching
    Strong communication skills and the ability to collaborate with non-technical colleagues
    Preferred Qualifications
    Expert-level experience…
    with an object-oriented language like Python, Ruby, PHP or JSP
    developing for high-traffic consumer-facing sites
    with WordPress theme and plugin development, architecture and deployment
    with cross-browser compatibility and responsive design
    writing technical specs and driving them through development and launch
    working with third party APIs, such as ad, search, analytics and social media
    turning mockups into pixel-perfect HTML and well-organized CSS
    using git and modern build/deploy tools
    Required Education
    BS Computer Science or related technical discipline or its equivalent.

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