Technical Lead - Frontend
Elance, Inc. - Mountain View, CA

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We are in the midst of a work revolution – quality work is moving online. And Elance is where the jobs are going. We’re building the infrastructure that capture clients and freelancers’ preferences and requirements, matching jobs with the best freelancers available, and maximizing the chance of great outcomes. And that’s where you come in.

As a key member of our Engineering team, you will contribute to the development of product vision that will transform the way people work. This is an opportunity for you to develop in the hottest space in technology - HTML5, Javascript, CSS3. We will offer you a challenging environment where you have the ability to solve technical and product challenges, work with a small team that moves at a fast pace and make an immediate impact. In turn, we want you to never settle for anything less than stellar work.

In this role, you will:
  • Set the vision and contribute to the innovation and technical direction for Frontend architecture and features
  • Interact with cross functional engineering teams to architect and develop high-performance, scalable and flexible front-end UI and presentation services on top of highly scalable service oriented architecture
  • Work with product and design teams to take mockups, wireframes, and screenshots and turn them into elegant, standards compliant, functional user interfaces with cross-browser compatibility, accessibility and search engine optimization
  • Contribute to design and development efforts on all levels of the application stack (with a middle-tier implemented in PHP)
  • Own the quality of your features including unit testing, functional testing, and performance
  • Lead a group of engineers to develop the next generation of features for Elance
To win in this role, you need:
  • 5+ years of consumer-facing web front end development experience
  • Expertise in writing elegant and cross-browser HTML/CSS/JavaScript with an attention to detail, scalability, performance, and maintainability
  • Solid experience working with the LAMP stack and PHP
  • Proficient in DOM API and AJAX programming
  • Familiar with JavaScript libraries, including Mootools and jQuery
  • Front end debugging experience using tools like Firebug/Chrome dev tools
  • Knowledge of latest open standards such as CSS3 and HTML5
  • Strong problem solving, analytical and object-oriented programming skills
  • Able to work in a fast-paced, creative and collaborative environment
  • BS or MS in Computer Science or a related field
  • Experience with frameworks like Symfony is a big plus
  • Agile development experience through scrum
  • Web performance and scalability tuning
  • Knowledge of search engine optimization
  • Well-versed in principles of RESTful API design
About Elance
Come work where people say “Happy Monday” and actually mean it (seriously, no joke).

A funny thing happens when your job is putting mile-wide grins on the faces of online freelancers and the businesses who hire them. You start to smile a lot yourself, knowing you’re helping people live the dream and get great work done ASAP.

You see at Elance we’re not just creating a revolutionary place for businesses to find, hire and work with online freelancers. We’re also creating a fun place to work. And to keep the good times going strong we’re always looking for amazing people ready to help the world Work Differently™.

So check out our job openings in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Europe. Then join Elance as we change how the world works, and learn why around here TGIF means “This Gig Is Fantastic.”

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