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Director of UI Platform

Director of UI Platform

Chicago | Illinois | United States

Upwork ($UPWK) is the world's largest freelancing website. Each year $1.7 billion of work happens through Upwork, allowing businesses to get more done and helping professionals break free of traditional time and place boundaries and work anytime, anywhere on projects they love. At Upwork, you'll help build on this momentum. Together, we'll create economic and social value on a global scale, providing a trusted online workplace for businesses to connect with extraordinary talent and work without limits. 


We're looking for an exceptionally talented, hands-on engineering Director who has the demonstrated expertise and experience to lead the creation of modern, rich, interactive web applications for our millions of users. 

You will be responsible for leading Upwork’s front-end platform & framework engineering (both client and server-side) that is used by every web application team. You will lead a global team, partnering with engineers, designers, and product managers to deliver secure, highly performant web applications at scale.  
 
The right leader is driven, impact-focused and passionate about delivering world-class capabilities to enable Developers to create amazing experiences.
 

Your Responsibilities:

  • Lead a team of high-caliber engineers to build, maintain, and constantly evolve the next generation front-end architecture at Upwork. This is a Platform team, so the mentality of addressing horizontal concerns is a must.

  • Lead your team to define, architect and deliver on the vision, strategy and plan to implement our components and services with minimal/zero-friction and high adoptability.

  • Deliver as a technical leader. Identify new/emerging technologies for adoption, drive consistent code reviews and apply your technical expertise in solving challenging programming and design problems

  • Lead as a coach & mentor to your direct report staff. Ensure high-productivity of the team members. Provide support for their career growth and personal development.

  • Partner closely with the middle-tier Platform team, Engineering Architects, vertical Application teams and design teams to evolve our front-end platform, core platform features, and reusable components.

  • Collaborate with feature and component teams during both design and development phases to ensure adherence to UI architectural standards and best practices.

  • Drive a culture of quality, technical curiosity, continuous improvement, and data-driven decision-making.

 

What it takes to catch our eye:

  • 10+ years of software development experience. 

  • 8+ years of hands-on experience with cutting web technologies (HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, frameworks like Angular, react.jsvue.js), application servers and tooling (npm, Webpack, Jenkins, GraphQL, etc.)

  • 5+ years of hands-on experience building applications on Node.js.

  • Solid understanding of OOP through prototype, functional paradigm and the native DOM manipulation API.

  • Solid understanding of the impact of front-end performance on user experience and different optimization designs throughout the application stack.

  • Strong experience creating a front-end testing infrastructure and CI workflow

  • Excellent written and verbal interpersonal skills. Our teams are widely distributed, and you will be required to communicate and coordinate with technical and non-technical audiences across different cultures and timezones.

 

How to really knock our socks off:

  • You don’t need to rely on any frameworks, like Vue or React, because you can build one from scratch if that was the better approach.

  • You’ve built responsive sites, but also created adaptive components or pages when needed. 

  • You’ve been a leader or senior member of a Platform team.

  • You’ve built global websites that met WCAG requirements.

  • Personal Focus: You’re a Service Provider first; technology is your medium.  You have a very strong focus on the customer and the business. 

  • Personal Focus: You have an intense desire and so a strong focus on continuing to learn and grow as a Technologist. You thrive on learning new technologies and don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions. 

  • Personal Focus: You’re driven, but you’re a servant-leader, ready to engage with other key stakeholders in a humble and productive way 


Come change how the world works.
 
At Upwork you’ll help shape the future of work. From our offices in San Francisco, Santa Clara and Chicago, together we’re creating exciting new opportunities for a world of professionals. You’ll be part of a vibrant culture built on shared values: Inspire a boundless future of work, Put our community first, Have a bias towards action, and Build amazing teams. Along the way you’ll have fun and enjoy the perks of a people-first company: Work from Home Wednesday's, daily breakfast and lunch, regular in-office happy hours, top-notch benefits … and more. Check out Upwork’s spotlight on The Muse for a glimpse of our daily work/life balance.
 
Upwork is proudly committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we never discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. 
 
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