Front-End Architect
Etsy - Brooklyn, NY

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We are looking for a Front-End Architect to join the engineering team at Etsy. This is a technical lead who will work with front-end engineers across various functional teams. Your primary role will be to organize and evangelize in-house standards and best practices for client-side technologies, as they are applied in desktop browsers, mobile web apps, and iOS web views.

About the Engineering Team

The technical staff at Etsy believes that code is craft, good software and systems designs are works of art, and that the work we do is part of larger creative culture represented by the hundreds of thousands of inspired makers who make Etsy such a wondrous marketplace. We believe that small, empowered, self-motivated teams can do big things. We also believe in the right tool for the job, not language-as-religion. Our current systems run PHP, Java, Python, Ruby, Solr/Lucene, Postgres, MySQL, and more. Check out our Engineering blog:

About You

You have solid experience with JavaScript, especially "The Good Parts," know the ins-and-outs of various JavaScript frameworks, and browser compatibility. You have experience structuring JavaScript and CSS for large web sites and mobile applications. For example, what are your opinions on Nicole Sullivan's talk, "Our Best Practices are Killing Us" ( )? You've got some favorite parts of HTML5? Let's chat about how you're already putting them to work!

Performance is a high priority for us, and you'll spend much of your hands-on time measuring front-end performance and demonstrating ways we can improve. You're familiar with all of the typical performance hacks -- domain sharding, cookie-less domains, asynchronous loading, static asset compression, and so on. You've dug into our site and are just dying to point out the things we've done wrong (and right?). You can quote our Page Speed scores and can't wait to walk us through some waterfall graphs, or discuss the ins-and-outs of browser caching and local storage. Heck, maybe you'll even quote RFC 2616 while you're at it. You nerd, you!


5+ years experience in front-end web development

Experience working in high-traffic web sites and mobile apps

Previous leadership role

Demonstrable knowledge of everything mentioned above

About Us

Etsy is the marketplace we make together. We have 20 million members in over 200 countries. In 2012, our sellers grossed more than $850 million in sales. Our mission is to reimagine commerce to build a more fulfilling and lasting world.

Our offices are like this and this . We're empowered and expected to be ourselves, share our ideas and figure out what we can each do to keep Etsy evolving. We have full company-paid benefits, including family and domestic partner benefits, humane working hours, couches, quiet spaces, lunch twice a week and handmade desks.

We're growing rapidly and are well-funded with a proven business model and established revenue to help us continue serving our community.

What's Next

If you're interested in joining the team at Etsy, please send a cover letter along with your resume telling us what inspires you about Etsy and why you think you are perfect for the team (resumes without a cover letter will not be considered) . If you contribute to an open source project, write a blog, or practice another craft besides coding, that means something to us, and we would love to hear about it when you write!

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