Sr. Software Engineer, London

London, UK
Shoreditch
Full-time

You’re an engineer who has been in the field for a while and loves what you do. You are an individual contributor who’s comfortable talking to clients; someone who has strong opinions on the right way to do things, yet is humble and open to feedback; a hardcore techie who can work directly with customers to discover and build what they need; a rebel who believes working hard and smart goes hand-in-hand with 40-hour weeks.

You could work wherever you want—yet you’re reading this job description because you’re looking for something different.

Formidable is a small company that’s proud to have accomplishments that belie our size. In our first three years, we’ve:
• Built the checkout, test, build systems—plus much of the mobile site—for a Fortune 50 E-Commerce site
Together with an international coffee chain’s core web team, built out a new web platform on which we’ve helped launch a new generation store locator and gift card site.
• Rebuilt a popular internet performance metric page—visited by over 5 million people a day—and migrated core infrastructure from Flash to JavaScript
• Led training at CascadiaJS
• Released numerous OSS projects including Victory, Radium, and Spectacle


Because we’re bootstrapped and profitable, we’ve done all of this without compromising our convictions about culture; results are king, there's no red tape, and smart people are enabled to do their best work.
We’re small enough that your success will be directly linked to ours, and vice versa. We’re also small enough that the company owners are always accessible—as in, working on your team or within shouting distance. No need to spend weeks polishing slides to propose a new company initiative here; an IM is all it takes to get executive buy-in.

And, because we’re both small and successful, you’ll have the chance to make an outsized impact. You won’t be building the next game engine or experimental language, but you will be helping lead a small team that punches far above its weight.

Want to work on some of the world’s highest-traffic sites? Here’s your chance to do it and own the whole thing, not just a meta-rollup-backup-service-index service. Want to work on early-stage startups? We serve those, too. Formidable gives you the room to work on what makes you happy.

So how about it? Are you ready to be a big fish in a small pond—a pond that you really, really love?

What You’ll Do:
• Recruit and lead a small team of engineers in London, UK
• Work with clients on project definition and iterations of deliverables
• Manage and own client relationships
• Network and outreach to obtain client leads
• Do things well without trying to reinvent the wheel
• Be the company expert in technologies you think we should be using
• Learn from your peers

What You Have:
• Vast domain knowledge in Javascript including modern frameworks, libraries and best practices with particular emphasis on React.JS, Node.JS or both.
• Strong instincts for design patterns, architecture, and code style
• 5+ years’ experience, including:
▾ Experience leading teams
▾ Experience working across the entire software lifecycle, from design to deployment to maintenance
▾ Experience working directly with clients

Extra Credit:
• Open-source projects to your name
• Experience teaching technical topics
• Experience in building relationships with new clients


Who We Are
Formidable is a Seattle-based consultancy and development shop, focused on open-source, React.js and the architecture of large-scale JavaScript applications. We build products for some of the world's biggest companies, while helping their internal teams develop smart, thoughtful and scalable front end systems. We’ve helped household names construct some of the most visited sites and apps on earth.

Some examples of our work:
• Built the checkout, test, build systems—plus much of the mobile site—for a Fortune 50 E-Commerce site
Together with an international coffee chain’s core web team, built out a new web platform on which we’ve helped launch a new generation store locator and gift card site.
• Rebuilt a popular internet performance metric page—visited by over 5 million people a day—and migrated core infrastructure from Flash to JavaScript
• Released numerous OSS projects including Victory, Radium, and Spectacle

Formidable is committed to hiring the best people for the job, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.