Senior Developer, VerticalScope

Toronto /
Engineering/IT/QA – Engineering /
/ Hybrid

VerticalScope (TSE: FORA) operates one of the 10 largest community platforms in the US. Our platform includes over 1,000 websites and 100 million monthly visitors.  Our mission is to enable the world to share expertise and discover knowledge on subjects they love.  We operate at the intersection of community, content, and commerce, and believe in the power of enthusiasts to inform and inspire.


We focus on hyper-specific subjects that engender strong affinity from online communities of enthusiasts, super fans, experts, pros, hobbyists and armchair analysts. Examples include TheStreamable, HomeTalk, RedFlagDeals, Fixya, RateMDs, VarageSale, a number of popular Fitness sites and a substantial portfolio of forum communities across many verticals including ArcheryTalk, AVS Forum, BimmerFest, Knitting Paradise and WatchUSeek. We have dedicated communities for watch geeks, audio nerds, motorheads, fitness-obsessed, mountain bikers, DIYers, deal junkies and enthusiasts of hundreds of additional topics. We maintain separate brands for each of our communities. 

We have built our business through a combination of acquisitions and organic initiatives. We believe that adding communities to our platform through acquisitions is an efficient use of capital as it allows us to grow the number of MAU we reach while providing acquired communities with improved technology, user experience and monetization capabilities. We have made over 230 acquisitions in our history and we believe that acquisitions will be an important driver of our future growth. VerticalScope operates one of the 10 largest online community platforms.


As Senior Developer, you will collaborate with our engineers, product managers, and designers to help operate, improve and grow our portfolio of successful communities and businesses.


Work with cross-functional teams to operate and grow a world-class portfolio of businesses
Work across several popular web properties including RedFlagDeals and TheStreamable
Write readable, maintainable, testable code
Work with our world-class Ad Tech team to implement and grow programmatic advertising systems for our portfolio
Other related responsibilities and ad hoc projects as negotiated and needed to meet the ongoing needs of the company


5+ years of experience in software development
3+ years of experience in web application development using PHP, JavaScript & CSS 
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience


Experience with online communities, especially forums
Experience with PHP, Python, React.js & WordPress
Experience with Google Ad Manager and Programmatic Advertising
Experience with Docker, Kubernetes, Google Cloud Platform & CloudFlare
iOS & Android Native Development Experience


Respectful: We treat everyone with respect.
Diverse: We believe diverse backgrounds + perspectives make us stronger.
Clear: We are clear about our intentions + feedback.

Empowered: We trust each other to make decisions in the long-term interests of the company.
Resourceful: We find creative solutions.
Nimble: We work with a sense of urgency + flexibility.

Inquisitive: We challenge our assumptions with data.
Experimenting: We take calculated risks and learn quickly through failure.
Learning: We view hard problems as opportunities to grow.

We believe that competitive benefits are an important investment in our people and culture. In addition to joining a passionate and collaborative team culture, your benefits and perks include:

- Full suite of health benefits (medical, dental, vision), including fertility options
- Retirement savings program and HSA/FSA programs
- Flexible working hours and unlimited vacation
- Parental leave top up pay
- Life insurance, long-term disability, AD&D
- Employee Stock Option Program (ESOP)
- Career development stipend

- Employee referral bonus
- Employee discounts
- High-tech office space and remote work options
- Virtual social events
- Inclusive culture

Our company values diversity of thought and believes diverse teams make innovation possible. We work on complex, difficult problems with no linear or clear solutions. We believe that a diverse team can bring different perspectives and approaches, and whose experiences reflect the full set of clients we seek to serve. As such, VerticalScope is committed to a diverse representation among our employees.

If you require disability-related accommodation during the application, recruitment, and interview process, please let us know and we will work with you to make all possible adjustments to suit your needs.