Frontend Engineer

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Hey there, future frontend engineer at Blendle!

FULL-TIME · UTRECHT

There’s five of us wo are responsible for Blendle’s frontend

The result (the best online newsstand in the world, a search engine, our own social network, and a mini bank in a single application, and 1,000,000 users right now) is one to be proud of, but we’re not even close to being satisfied. We’re live in the Netherlands, Germany and the US.

Our frontend isn’t half bad, if we may say so ourselves, but there’s plenty to be done still. And that’s where you come in: our all-round frontender. It’s pretty tricky to explain what we do in a nutshell, so feel free to drop by for the whole story! These are the most important keywords, anyway:

  • ES6
  • React.js
  • Webpack
  • Flux
  • Sass
  • Local CSS

You’ll be working on major projects in a scrum team with designers, backenders and other frontenders. And when we say major, we mean major. For example: implementing a micropayment button on one of the largest news sites in the world, or working on a flow for redeeming gift vouchers that will be sold in thousands of stores. We regularly mix our teams (for the sake of variation), communicate through Slack, and are insanely agile at everything we do – naturally.

Oh, we hate it if stuff breaks (surprise!), so we’ve developed an elaborate set of functional tests (Cucumber, Capybara, Selenium). Pull request OK’d? With a single click we send it off to production fully automatically.

We’ll tell you more about what we hope your skill set includes, but we thought we should start by telling you why we chose Blendle. After all, you’re probably in a cool place right now.

These are the top reasons we chose Blendle, in no particular order:

1. Blendle fulfils an important task

Journalism is an essential part of every society, yet newspapers and magazines are struggling. They still publish amazing articles – much better than anything you’ll read on Yahoo! News – but as fewer and fewer people are actual subscribers, more and more journalists are let go. At Blendle, we’re looking to tap into a new revenue stream for newspapers and magazines.

2. And at the same time we make people happy

Because now they have access to all these brilliant articles without having to be subscribed to every newspaper and magazine out there. We enjoy creating software that is enjoyed by 1,000,000 users now and hopefully by many more all over the world soon.

3. A fun team

There are 100 of us at Blendle right now, and there’s a killer vibe. Check out these enviable snapshots of us at the office and on weekend trips:

Don’t care for weekend trips? No problem. Everyone does what feels right to them. Which brings us to number four:

4. Freedom

You decide when and where you work. Roland starts his days with a cup of coffee and his laptop within reach on his Rotterdam balcony, Marten answers his emails on the train while he travels Europe almost every week (conquering the world while he’s at it), and Jean regularly spends the night talking to himself in our chat program while coding. We assume you know what works best for you, so you don’t need us to make the rules. 

5. Extras

Apart from a cordial monthly donation to a bank account of your choice and an option to buy shares of the coolest startup of the Netherlands, Blendle offers a royal second life. We serve a fresh lunch made with love every day, dinner’s on us when needed, and you’ll reach a state of zen twice a week thanks to a professional massage.

And that brings us to our inevitable wish list

You’re one hell of a developer. You enjoy being (and staying) in the loop as far as new developments go. ES7? Webpack? With everything you do, you bear in mind the eventual performance, as millions of people will be using the code you wrote. You understand there’s a balance between perfectionism (you can always do better) and shipping, and that you will have to compromise. It’s important you have knowledge of object-oriented and functional programming, and are experienced with one or more of the bullet points below:

  • ES6, ES7 (Babel)
  • Webpack
  • React
  • Flux
  • CSS Modules
  • Service Workers
  • Node.js
  • CORS-headers and security-related business
  • Continuous Deployment (Travis)
  • Selenium

Developers tell us they didn’t apply with us, because they assumed they wouldn’t be good enough. It often turned out they underestimated themselves.

Still with us? Blendle HQ has coffee, milk to make cappuccino, cold water and hot water directly from the tap as well as a bunch of fun frontenders to talk to. Push that button!

Joep

Bram

Daniël

Niek

Elmar