Overview

A Specialist – Web Development has mastered the most-often used features of the programming language, its core library, commonly used 3rd party libraries, and commonly used code management and build tooling. They are able to mentor less experienced developers in the team’s practices and idioms, including the reason behind them, as well as provide meaningful commentary on the implementation of the developer’s code.

Initially a developer is expected to be able to develop a medium set of defined, inter-related components, articulate why the code and application they are working on are designed the way they are, and be able to provide some instructive feedback to newer developers through code reviews and in-person Q&A. As they progress, they should be able to implement smaller subsystems independently, begin to design small portions of the systems, and begin to understand the design principles and practices that cut across all the applications.

The goal the Specialist – Web Development is to:

  • Develop an understanding of why some libraries, frameworks, and tooling are designed the way they are: What trade-offs were made? Why might the developer have done that? Through this work, develop an understanding of the practical use of design patterns.
  • Begin to understand some of the externalities associated with running an application: performance, security, operations, monitoring, etc.
  • Be able to troubleshoot application, infrastructure, and environment issues

Or, more succinctly, the Specialist – Web Development is gaining the ability to determine why things are done in a particular way and apply that knowledge to new situations.

Duties

Development – 90%

  • Write, test, and bug-fix web applications with an emphasis on stability, accessibility, and performance.
  • Write clear, developer-focused documentation for your code and the app as a whole.
  • Develop good, comprehensive, automated functional tests.
  • Participate in the prototyping of new ideas, concepts, and designs
  • Work with business analysts, other developers, and project management to estimate and provide updates on tasks.

Mentoring – 10%

  • Review code and provide feedback to developers on ways to improve code quality, clarity, and performance.
  • Review tests and provide feedback on ways to improve general code coverage, positive and negative test cases, and data management.
  • Instruct developers in group standards and practices.
  • Describe and instruct developers in the team’s build, test, and deployment infrastructure.

Qualifications

  • 4+ years professional experience building cross-browser, performance-conscious websites.
  • Fluent in vanilla JavaScript (ES2015+), HTML, and CSS.
  • Experience building responsive web applications using modern frameworks such React, Vue, or Angular. Experience with single-page apps preferred.
  • Experience with front-end dependencies and build tools (npm/yarn, Babel, webpack, etc), and familiarity integrating with CI/CD pipeline.
  • Working knowledge of web accessibility principles. Experience with cross-browser accessibility testing and WCAG 2.0/2.1 preferred.
  • Excellent team player with good communication skills with both non-technical & technical coworkers.
  • Development experience in a multi-tenant, multi-market, international eCommerce setting is a plus.
  • Highly motivated and driven by a desire to solve difficult problems and learn new technology.