Front-end dev? These 6 jobs can take your career to the next level

Andreas Rekdal

All the functionality in the world won’t save your product if users can’t access it intuitively. Thankfully, Chicago tech has no shortage of highly skilled front-end devs who build solid and slick user-facing applications. If you’re one of them, and you’re looking for your next big opportunity, we recommend checking out the positions these companies have to offer.


Job: Senior Web Developer

What they do: A young, tech-backed trading firm, Akuna Capital specializes in making markets. The company designs and implements its own low-latency technologies, strategies and data-based models.

What you’ll do: Your job will be to create the tools used by traders, support personnel and fellow developers to keep Akuna competitive in the marketplace. That includes building risk visualization tools and monitoring applications for resource utilization, as well as providing support during releases.

What you’ll need: At least a bachelor’s degree in computer science or engineering, along with at least three years of experience with Python, JavaScript, HTML and CSS3. You’ll also need to know how to navigate asynchronous frameworks and be comfortable with Linux and git.


Job: Interactive Developer

What they do: A digital marketing agency that specializes in working with pharmaceutical brands, closerlook provides software, analytics and creative services to some of the world’s biggest companies.

What you’ll do: Collaborate with technical architects, software engineers, designers and art directors to build web applications that meet closerlook’s internal requirements. Your work will primarily be based on HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

What you’ll need: A college degree, two or more years of experience working with HTML, CSS and JavaScript in a production environment, and practical experience using jQuery. You’ll also need agency experience, attention to detail down to the pixel level, and experience debugging your code across browsers and operating systems.


Job: Frontend Engineer III

What they do: The operator behind newsrooms like the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and the Baltimore Sun, tronc is growing its technology team. That means more opportunities to refine its products and work on the infrastructure behind its integrated marketing and business services.

What you’ll do: This job involves working on the websites of publications like the Chicago Tribune, both on independent product and as support for software engineers, operations and vendors in troubleshooting.

What you’ll need: Three to five years of experience as a developer, familiarity with software development methodologies, and experience with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and JS frameworks. You’ll also need knowledge of performance analysis and improvement, responsible design and accessibility.

More experienced?: Senior Software Engineer-Front End


Job: Senior JavaScript Engineer

What they do: A startup within OneMain, iLoan builds digital lending products that streamline borrowing for consumers. Its team enjoys startup perks like happy hours, flexible hours and daily catered lunches, along with the stability of working for an established company.

What you’ll do: Alongside writing client-side applications and staying up on new technologies, you’ll be part of the team that designs APIs and writes automated tests. If that sounds like your speed, you should pass along a link to your GitHub profile.

What you’ll need: Three years of experience with web design and development, and expert-level knowledge of JavaScript, jQuery and Git. Bonus points if you have experience with Angular, Ember or React, have led a public-facing site with more than $1 million in revenue or 100,000 users, and if you have full-stack proficiency.

More of a UI engineer?: React UI Engineer


Job: JavaScript Engineer

What they do: DRIVIN provides advanced analytics and user-friendly tools that help automotive dealers optimize and sell their inventories.

What you’ll do: Your primary responsibility will be to work closely with the data team, product owners and other developers in implementing and maintaining DRIVIN’s products.

What you’ll need: Two to four years of professional development experience, a strong JavaScript background and proficiency in React and Node.js. You’ll also need experience with the Spring framework and unit testing in JUnit or Mockito.


Job: Lead UI Engineer

What they do: ShopRunner is a subscription service that brings free two-day shipping and returns to more than 140 online stores. The company also provides retailers with digital tools, scale and industry-wide data.

What you’ll do: You’ll be heading up the architectural design for ShopRunner’s partner integration kit, featured on the company’s partner websites. You’ll also be mentoring other members of the team, collaborating with back-end developers and evaluating new tech.

What you’ll need: At least seven years of experience making high-level decisions about architecture and language. You’ll also need JavaScript chops and experience with unit testing, as well as with building modular JS code bases.


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