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Senior Web Developer - Web Experience Team

CBC Digital Products is the country’s biggest digital startup, taking on the challenges of innovating how media is made, sent and received. We are also part of Canada’s oldest and truest broadcasting company. We are trying new things. We are growing. As an entity of our own. As a voice for our country. As a team.

Digital is a part of our present and all of our future. CBC’s strategy is focused on becoming a digital-first organization that provides a digital platform for storytellers. Our mission is to engage our audience with stories they care about.

The opportunity

CBC/Radio-Canada’s Web Experience team oversees the user-facing components and code libraries that displays 2.5 million hours of content to millions of Canadians. We are looking for a Senior Web Developer to join the team that is relied upon and interacts with every part of CBC/Radio-Canada.

This is an opportunity to be part of a new and innovative team that uses the latest technologies to evolve and improve the presentation layer and all user-facing components relevant to our content on cbc.ca. This product is being continuously refined and refactored to be versatile, reusable and stable with the goal of rolling it out to our audience in an ongoing and standardized way. We work with a diverse set of technologies, languages, frameworks; but to us, grasp-of-concept is what matters. Your unique skill-set will only enhance ours.

If you're passionate about Canada and you love technology, learning and bringing out the best in others, you’ll love working at CBC.

Who you are and where are you now?

You are a Senior Web Developer looking to apply and build upon your skills creating user-facing components with particular emphasis on accessibility. You understand the importance of Web Accessibility and know what it takes to meet the needs of all users, including those with disabilities. You are looking for an opportunity to join a company with a mission, value set and tech-forward approach that align with your own.

You bring a depth of experience and a willingness to be part of the knowledge sharing atmosphere here. Your technology skills are top notch with a focus on React and you pick up new tools quickly. You are familiar with A/B testing and how to effectively iterate based on real data. You are adaptable and willing to jump into different areas, features, products - wherever you are needed, you are happy to contribute. Whether you are currently working in a startup, corporate or somewhere in between, you want to be part of a fun team, engaged in a continuous learning culture, where you can take on new challenges and be a significant contributor to engaging our national audience.

What’s in it for you?

Cutting edge tech. CBC has more than 25 digital sites, all of which are mandated to reach Canadians online everywhere and every way, with a high emphasis on mobile devices. To achieve that goal, takes an engaging, responsive and robust product, powerful technologies, reliable solutions and rewarding work. The Web Experience team is devoted to JavaScript, CSS and HTML and we use a variety of stacks including React and 3rd party libraries. We built the new CBC property and we are undertaking the task to enhance its appeal to all Canadians. This product will continuously evolve and improve iteration by iteration as we respond to the audience and business needs.

Belonging. CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian institution. By joining us, you will be exposed to the best of all worlds. Corporate. Public. Startup. You will be part of a team that embraces diversity and at its core, truly cares about the country and the world. This is a genuinely close-knit, fun and collaborative team that believes in supporting the work of its members. You will be part of a group that operates similar to an R&D team, building out a hypothesis and testing functionality of features. This is a flexible and open environment where we are always developing new standards and different ways of working.

Career growth. CBC is fully invested in our people. Whatever it is you want to pursue, whether it’s a new programming language or a technical solution, whether it’s expanding your Agile knowledge or building an audience-facing platform, we will provide you with the time, resources and championing that you need to keep your career here rewarding.

What you bring:

  • A well-rounded combination of education and experience. A university or college degree with a technology focus is preferred, but we know not everyone gains their programming skills this way. You have experience working on a public-facing product.
  • The hands-on expertise. You have hands-on professional experience developing web-based applications using JavaScript, React/Redux, Sass or another CSS framework.
  • The passion. You have a passion for information and technology and you are enthusiastic about the opportunity to link the two pieces together. You are more interested in producing a top-notch user experience and continuously improving the product than you are back-end data storage and supply.
  • The communication skills. You know how to listen and relay empathy and understanding for diverse perspectives.

Why join us?

CBC/Radio-Canada reflects the Canadian identity and promotes democracy. We strive to represent the voices of the country and support social and economic innovation. Our values - collaboration, learning and continuous improvement- embody who we are as a people-focused, digital-forward employer. We offer a rare-in-tech work-life balance with flexible schedules, an excellent benefits package; we want to ensure you are happy in and out of the office.

Collaboration. We follow lean startup principles and use an Agile approach. Our dedicated people managers work closely with every individual to ensure we are leveraging their strengths, championing their ideas and supporting their pursuit of new skills and career progression.

Learning. From simply buying a book or recommending a course to one-on-ones, our leadership team is focused on creating an atmosphere where people feel fulfilled. Our team members are given opportunities to learn and work cross-functionally across multiple projects.

Continuous improvement. What can you innovate in 8 hours a week? Our Digital department at CBC recognizes just how smart, creative and inventive our team members are. From prototyping new UI/UX to setting up dev environments to experiment on and learning new programming languages to creating improved search functions for our media. Wherever your interests lie, your 20% time is yours to allocate in a productive and professionally gratifying way.

To apply:

Think this job is meant for you but worried you don’t have it all? At CBC we know that not everyone takes the same path when it comes to building their skills. You can read about the various backgrounds the talented people that make up our team bring to us here.

Hands-on experience, intelligence, innovation, a passion for learning and a team-focused approach can combine to form the best set of qualifications. If you feel you meet all or most of the qualifications we are seeking; and you are excited by the possibility of growing our company, take a chance and express your interest here.

In becoming the leader in expressing Canadian culture and enriching democratic life, we need to be as diverse in every way as the country we serve, both within our workforce and on air. As an employer, we value equal opportunity and nurture an inclusive workplace where our individual differences are not only recognized and valued, but also extend to and pervade all the services we provide as Canada's public broadcaster.

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