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Technical Lead


At AKQA we believe in the imaginative application of art and science to create beautiful ideas, products and services. With an entrepreneurial and collaborative approach, we design adaptive digital services and applications that capture the imagination, delivering impressive returns for our clients. Clients include Activision, Audi, Caterpillar, IBM Watson, Levi Strauss & Co and Service Now.

From our location in San Francisco’s SOMA district – the epicentre of the Bay Area’s technology industry – AKQA offers our staff the opportunity to produce meaningful work for world-class companies in one of the world’s most vibrant and beautiful cities.

AKQA technologists are inspired by technology and have a passion for creating innovative technical solutions. The Principal Front-End Developer is solution-minded and demonstrates strong leadership of development teams.

AKQA technologists function as a team of highly skilled people, all with strong opinions about various technologies, frameworks and approaches to delivery. A Principal Front-End Developer will operate as a tech lead – mentoring and leading a team of developers, overseeing technical execution, translating business requirements into technical tasks, and ensuring delivery timelines are met. They will be able to articulate ideas to technical and non-technical colleagues and clients, while remaining receptive to the ideas of others.

 Skills and Experience

  • Experience leading a team of developers
  • Experience developing technical solutions for commercial websites and software applications
  • A robust understanding of system development life-cycles, including agile methodologies
  • Experience with Git as a version control system, including workflows and pull requests
  • Ability to define technical and functional requirements, create user stories, and define and implement system integrations
  • Experience implementing Web Content Management and e-Commerce systems – ideally Adobe Experience Manager
  • A deep understanding of front-end web development technologies, some experience with server-side technologies, and a high-level understanding of full-stack system architecture and cross-platform technologies
  • A practical problem-solver, who explores both innovative and pragmatic solutions depending on the challenge
  • Comprehensive experience with Continuous Integration tools and practices, and ideally Continuous Delivery
  • Experience collaborating with cross-functional teams to estimate and help plan project roadmaps, and provide status updates to client stakeholders
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to delegate tasks to developers
  • Experience mentoring others

Experience working with some or all of the following technologies would be advantageous.

  • Backbone/Marionette
  • RequireJS
  • Grunt
  • CoffeeScript
  • jQuery
  • SASS
  • Adobe Experience Manager (AEM)
  • MySQL
  • Apache
  • JEE
  • Spring Boot
  • Bower & NPM
  • Grunt
  • Maven
  • Jenkins
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