Senior Full Stack Developer
Who are we?
Vinterior is an online marketplace to discover, buy and source unique furniture with character. We’re tired of seeing the same bland, mass-produced, flat-packed furniture in everyone’s homes, so instead we’re building the UK’s largest and best selection of antique, mid-century, vintage and upcycled furniture from over 1500 independent boutiques right to your screen.
We’re a little over two years old, but we’re already disrupting the furniture industry and we’re looking to more than double in size this year. Since starting, our sales have increased a hundredfold, we have hired 25 passionate employees and moved into brand new offices, but there’s still more to come!
The global furniture market is a $700 billion industry, with Europe alone spending over $313 billion in furniture retail last year. With the backing of top tier investors, we have an ambitious goal to build the world’s first and only ‘go-to’ platform for remarkable furniture and decor.
About the team:
The Product Team; currently a small but hungry team of 9. We’re a well-balanced group of junior and senior engineers. We’re proud of our pair programming culture and enjoy the benefits of this in terms of both personal growth and shipping high quality code.
As a team, we encourage pair programming alongside running weekly sprints with daily stand-ups. We enjoy the process of improving ourselves as a “product” while we improve the actual product.
We’re ship-a-holics too and love to see our work go live. We follow the Boulders and Pebbles methodology. We think it’s a great approach to maintaining momentum and also preventing burnout.
Problems we’re solving…
With big ambitions come big problems. Here are some of the biggest challenges we face…
- Scaling our product pipeline
We list over 500 new products a day and aim to grow our number of listings over 1 million. We will need admin tools that can quickly and accurately list products using the expanse of historical data we’ve collected (machine learning).
- Building a data pipeline
We want to drive the entire business decision making and power machine learning based features across all areas of the business from inventory creation to your own personalised interior design assistant.
- Building a highly connected network of furniture delivery experts
We move delicate, heavy and non-standardized products around the World. Our customers demand timely communication about the process and returns should be equally as painless. How do we make the experience of getting a sofa delivered as seamless as purchasing a book on Amazon Prime?
- Help our sellers to grow
Our sellers range from single person businesses to bigger and better resourced organisations. Our aim is to get products in front of the right audience at the right time whilst maximising the business opportunity. Would a dynamic bidding platform solve this problem?
- Digitalizing the furniture buying experience
We want to recreate the real-life experience of buying furniture. We want to do this by giving consumers the opportunity to “touch” the products they’re interested in, visualise the item in their own homes (augmented reality) and to ask questions and interact with the sellers (chatbots).
What does our Stack look like?
Our current setup is a Rails application hosted on Heroku. We’ve rolled our own e-commerce system and our seller tools are within that same system too. Our frontend uses React to power aspects of the customer experience. For that we use modern JS tooling such as: Webpack and Yarn.
Our ideal candidate
You should have a minimum of 4 years experience building production ready applications. This means you can write readable, maintainable, extendible and well-tested code. Ideally, you’re used to working in an agile environment; you can estimate work and help others to do the same.
You should be a World class communicator. You can clearly explain your decision making to a technical and non-technical audience. Our junior engineers are eager to learn and appreciate clear, concise mentoring on how to approach a problem too.
When it comes to shipping, our approach is: release early, release often. We’re a speedboat, not an oil tanker. We value breaking down work into small tasks that are simple to test and take less than a couple of days to complete. This allows us to analyse user data and adjust our course accordingly.
We would consider it a bonus if you have worked in a startup before. At this early stage, we all wear multiple hats and would expect you to do the same.
In addition, if you have experience internationalising a product, scaling in eCommerce businesses, have an eye for design and frontend execution or if you have experience scaling systems, these would also be valuable to us.
Other things you should know about us…
- We’re customer obsessed. We’re constantly asking ourselves if what we’re working on is solving a genuine problem. To build empathy, the Product team run their own Cinema Club dedicated to watching Hotjar videos (and eating popcorn).
- “Feedback” is our middle name. We have company retros every month. This session is for giving and receiving respectful and constructive feedback. This goes for everyone, no one is exempt. We’ll entice you in with cheese and biscuits though.
- We’re big believers in empowerment. Nobody wants to be the bottleneck in a fast-growing startup. We think that by providing tools and solutions to our teams internally, they can achieve much more with fewer resources.
- Personal development is important to us too. Our engineers spend time every Friday afternoon learning about whatever topic interests them around their role.
The Vinterior team is a group of dedicated, enthusiastic and aspiring individuals made up of marketeers, developers, designers, sales, operations and supply. We operate in a collaborative environment that works by us motivating and inspiring each other.
We have an open plan office so you can get to know our entire team. We know that sometimes you need a bit of peace and quiet, so you are more than welcome to pop your headphones on and switch off from the rest of the office every now and then. We also offer one day remote working per week and we have a casual dress code.
Our interview process:
We want to get the best out of you throughout our interview process, so we try to make it an interesting and engaging exercise, rather than an intimidating one. We think interviewing is a two-way street, so although we’ll be hearing from you, it’s also an opportunity for you to get to know our team and understand the ways in which we work. This is done through a variety of stages which include a take home tech test, a pair programming exercise and on site interview(s).
We’re lucky enough to be based in the heart of London in a vintage inspired office above the All Saints shop near Spitalfields Market, Shoreditch. We provide unlimited tea and coffee to all of our team, but we also have some amazing places to eat/drink closeby! Our closest tubes are:
- Aldgate East - 10 minute walk (District, Hammersmith and City)
- Shoreditch High Street - 5 minute walk (Overground)
- Liverpool Street - 9 minute walk (Overground, Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan)
We’re a short walk away from many bars and restaurants and we have regular team lunches and after work drinks.
If you have experience solving the problems we’ve described, or you think you have the engineering know-how that we’re looking for then don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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