[Wattpad] Android Engineer

Toronto, Ontario / Remote - US or Canada / Halifax, Nova Scotia
Wattpad – Wattpad | Engineering /
Full-time /
Wattpad is a global multiplatform entertainment company whose vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. Since 2006, we’ve been on a mission to use the power of community and technology to unleash the full potential of stories to the world. Every month 85 million people around the world spend over 23 billion minutes on Wattpad to share and discover stories they can’t find anywhere else.  Our brand banner includes: Wattpad, Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, Wattpad Books and Wattpad Brand Partnerships. We’re proudly based in Toronto, but our reach is global. Come build the future of entertainment and storytelling, and write your next chapter with us!

As an Intermediate Android Engineer, you'll play a vital role in developing and maintaining our Android app. You'll work closely with designers, product managers, and other engineers to create new features, improve existing ones, and ensure the overall quality of the app. You will bring a strong understanding of modern Android development best practices and be eager to contribute to the growth of our platform.

What you'll be doing:

    • Feature Development:  Design & implement cutting-edge Android app features using Kotlin and Compose to deliver an amazing user experience to millions around the world. You will also write functional unit tests for your code.
    • Maintenance & Optimization: Refactor existing code, fix feature bugs, investigate app crashes and ANRs and improve app performance and stability.
    • UI/UX Implementation: Translate Figma design mockups into intuitive and visually appealing user interfaces using Jetpack Compose.
    • Release Master Duties: Periodically releasing weekly app updates to the Google Play Store, updating 3rd party SDKs, monitoring crashes and ANRs.
    • Team Collaboration: Work effectively with cross-functional teams to deliver high-quality product features, contributing to early discussions & tech discoveries of new feature development.
    • Code Review: Participate in code reviews to ensure code quality and knowledge sharing among team members.
    • Continuous Improvement: Stay up-to-date with the latest Android technologies and best practices.

What we're looking for:

    • Experience: 2-4 years of experience in Android development.
    • Programming Languages: Strong proficiency in Kotlin.
    • UI Frameworks: Expertise in Jetpack Compose for UI development.
    • Libraries: Experienced with Firebase, dependency injection libraries (e.g., Dagger / Hilt), Room and Retrofit for handling local data & networking calls. 
    • Multithreading & Concurrency: Knowledge about efficiently handling background tasks and managing asynchronous operations using Kotlin Coroutines, WorkManager and other relevant techniques.
    • Architecture: Familiarity with MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel) and CLEAN architectural patterns.
    • Tools: Knowledge of Git, GitHub, and GitHub Actions for CI/CD pipelines.
    • Testing: Experience with unit testing and UI testing frameworks.
    • Communication: Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Passion: A genuine enthusiasm for storytelling and the Wattpad community & sincerely enjoys developing using modern Android features. 
    • Eagerness and initiative: You leave the codebase cleaner than you found it. You have an entrepreneurial attitude with strong user empathy values.

Bonus points for:

    • Background or experience with Ads, Billing & Subscription features.
    • Familiarity with Epoxy for building complex recycler views. 
    • Familiarity with building Design System UI components.
    • Worked earlier in a social networking Android application.
    • Published an Android application to Google Play

What we offer:

    • Career development; we believe in mentorship and investing in your learning, supporting you to achieve your goals
    • Health benefits, including vision and dental!
    • RRSP Contributions (Canada), 401K Contributions (USA)
    • Generous vacation and Parental Leave Top-up
    • Corporate discount for gym memberships for you and your family
    • Winter break shutdown and a whole lot more!
$110,000 - $140,000 a year
Please note, this job description was created with the support of AI.

Wattpad is conducting all interviews in a distributed manner using applicable third party software where needed and using visual interface tools such as Google Hangouts and Zoom.

About Wattpad

Who are we? Entrepreneurs and Do-ers. Our vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories, and our mission is to use the power of community and technology to unleash the full potential of stories to the world.
What does that mean? We are visionaries, community builders, passionate problem solvers, storytellers, coffee snobs (tea drinkers, too!), curious by nature, and culturally diverse.
What are we obsessed with? Our users. Solving complex problems and maximizing flow. Learning constantly. Building the next great storytelling product. Finding the greatest stories ever told. Dogs (and cats), coffee, and good snacks.
How do we work? Autonomously, collaboratively, respectfully. Balancing with work, family, and play...and all while having a great time.

Wattpad is a remote friendly company and encourages remote candidates to apply as long as they are located and authorized to work in either the US or Canada (excluding Quebec) as a precondition of employment. We are not able to sponsor applicants for work permits.

If you happen to live near the areas of either Toronto, Ontario or Halifax, Nova Scotia, you may also have the opportunity to work from our beautiful offices - 1 located in Downtown Toronto and the other in Halifax.

Culture and Diversity

Wattpad is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate. Period. 

Wattpad welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. We have taken a leadership position on creating a culture and an organization that truly values diversity. We are committed to fostering a global team that reflects the diversity of the Wattpad community. At Wattpad, we believe cultural fit doesn’t mean culturally identical, and diversity of thought helps us to challenge one another to think big and think differently. We consider employment applicants without regard to age, race, colour, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, disability status or any other protected status.  

If you have any special needs or accessibility requirements, please let us know. We will do our utmost to accommodate, in accordance with applicable local legislation.

Don’t meet all the requirements? Studies show women and people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs if they do not meet all the qualifications. Therefore, in an effort to build a more diverse workplace, we encourage you to apply anyways. You might actually be the right person or you may be a good fit for a number of other openings we currently have.