iOS Engineer

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We're looking for an experienced iOS developer

With a small group of people, we're building apps for Blendle. And that's nice, because each and every small change is noticed by tens of thousands of users instantly (and counting).

Our ultimate goal? To provide a seamless and fantastic user experience for journalism. We believe a combination of stories that change your perspective on what's going on and butter-smooth apps will help people to look at the world differently.

We have a second goal: build an organization that helps people grow in their skills. You can read more on how we do this in our public handbook. This is why we spend a ton of time on coaching and feedback within Blendle. We'll help you set audacious goals and grow new skills.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of the challenges we work on, and how we approach them:

Best reading experience

We continuously work to improve the reading experience in our clients. Each article is presented in the publishers own signature style, down to the smallest details. When a user opens an article, we apply a style document to the text of the article—defining every detail from the fonts used in the byline to the line-height for the kicker. It is imperative to the quality of the user experience that this does not lead to any noticeable delays when opening an article. We had to work hard on optimising code for the parsing pipeline, rendering the text and calculating the layout of the article to keep everything running at 60 FPS.

Blendle Audio

We worked very hard to build the best listening experience for our users. The audio content is dynamically generated to surprise each user with a personalised greeting in the introduction. The backend provides us with a set of audio segments that form the intro, we stitch the segments together locally. We put a lot of effort in creating a smooth user experience for audio, we allow the user to control the audio in a lot of different ways that are all fluid and intuitive.

Design

An important part of how we present everything, is of course the design of the product. We work closely with our design team to create the best user experience possible. Before starting work on a product, we go through the prototypes together. During the coding phase we work closely together and in the final stages we spend a lot of time tweaking and polishing the design. We love adding finger licking good animations to our application that delight the user. We only ship products that have a wow-factor and that we are proud to show to our friends.

But why would you give up your current (probably also very nice) job? Good question. Four reasons why:

1. Blendle fulfils an important task

Journalism is a vital component of any society, but even the greatest newspapers and magazines continuously show a decrease in sales. Blendle offers a new revenue stream which will help ensure the continuity of great journalism.

2. People pay us because we spend so much time on crafting a better user experience for reading and listening. Which makes your job a nice job, because you get to spend your time on building exactly that: the very best product we can think of

And that product is enjoyed by over 1 million users worldwide.

3. We're moving fast

We're experimenting continuously with new technology, and aren't afraid to try new stuff in a small part of our app or API to test the waters. Our infrastructure is built with speed in mind, so we have fast cycles where we build, ship, validate and iterate. You get to play with new stuff and learn, and we get all the benefits from using state of the art software.

4. Freedom

We believe that you are the best person to decide when and where you work. Huibert starts his day with a run and by opening his laptop in his garden in The Hague and Jean regularly spends the night talking to himself in our chat program whilst coding. We assume you know what works best for you, so you don’t need us to make the rules.

On top of that: we already mentioned the learning part, which we find really important. Every quarter we reserve three full days for the whole company to work on whatever new thing you'd like. Some of our best features originated from these sessions.

We hope you're as excited as we are. Are you hesitating to apply? Please don't. We often meet fantastic people that were afraid to send in our small form but did it anyway.

At Blendle, we value diversity and we encourage people with other believes and backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

We're currently not offering full-time remote positions.