Senior Software Engineer (Web)

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous

Who We Are

WillowTree is an award-winning digital product agency driven by innovation and grounded in strategy and user-centered design. We create long-term partnerships with the world’s leading brands to design and build digital flagship products crucial to their core business. We are one of the largest independent digital firms in the US. Some of our clients include HBO, National Geographic, Anheuser-Busch, and PepsiCo.

The Opportunity

Our Software Engineers understand our clients' unique stories and can turn complex (sometimes messy) ideas into elegant, intuitive digital experiences. As a Senior Software Engineer at WillowTree, you’ll have the opportunity to impact teammates throughout various stages of their careers. You’ll have clear oversight of how engineering runs day-to-day and will influence project outcomes.

*This is not a remote position and may require some travel.


  • Lead the delivery of large and complex software projects from beginning to end in a team-based environment
  • Confidently deliver high-quality software by applying critical thinking to products, requirements, and processes
  • Work closely with clients to influence technical product decisions and business goals
  • You’ll stay up to date with the landscape of software engineering best practices, tools, and frameworks
  • Understanding of various software architectures and can adapt and compose solutions to unique problems with sustainable and reusable solutions
  • Mentor a larger team towards shared goals and outcomes
  • Navigate difficult conversations by providing constructive feedback to teams and clients
  • You’ll identify obstacles to ensure quality, improve our user experience and how we build software
  • Self-aware of limitations, yet curious to learn new solutions and receptive to constructive feedback from teammates
  • You’ll guide your team to understand and work through changing priorities by bringing positive energy 
  • Communicate and simplify complex problems in order to foster understanding across multidisciplinary teams 
  • Apply your knowledge and learnings at an organizational scale
  • You’ll travel onsite to meet with our clients about one week per month
  • Qualifications

  • Able to evaluate and articulate which framework to use for a particular project
  • Can articulate how users perceive performance and how to optimize their needs
  • Understanding of the pros and cons of server-side and client-side rendering
  • Experience as a technical leader to a team of web developers that have built and delivered a large web application
  • Built and deployed complex software at scale involving at least one of our core technologies (iOS, Android, Web Apps, API Engineering)
  • Owned and led the delivery of major features and components
  • Worked with clients and stakeholders (consulting experience, ability to have difficult conversations or solve and advocate for best practices)
  • Empathetic to client needs and desire to contribute sound recommendations on technical architecture and design 
  • Leadership or mentorship experience
  • Can present complex ideas to clients and team members in a compelling and energetic way
  • Proficiency using, modifying, and creating development tools that foster efficiency and improve process
  • Business acumen - you consider 'big picture' perspectives and can successfully balance business goals and technical constraints
  • Bonus Points

  • You’ve conducted interviews and have hired for your team
  • Expertise with advanced automation tools (e.g. virtualization, machine learning-based testing, massive parallelization)
  • Basic understanding of how to design RESTful APIs that are optimized for responsive, interactive mobile experiences
  • Appreciation of pixel-perfect UI implementations
  • A list of emerging technologies we’re interested in: Big Data, Machine Learning, Voice, AR/VR, Security Background, and IoT
  • You have code samples or a GitHub account to share and while you’re there, check us out!
  • P.S. In an ideal world, you hit all the bullet points we listed, but hey — we know that’s a lot of bullets. If you feel confident about a good amount of them, we can ramp you up on the rest.

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