Principal Software Engineer, Merchandising Technology at Vistaprint

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About Vistaprint 
We are Vistaprint, a member of the Cimpress family (NASDAQ: CMPR), the world leader for mass-customized marketing products, serving almost 20 million small and medium sized businesses locally in 20+ countries. Working across the globe in a truly international team, we are shaping the digital revolution in printing and mass customization. Over the past 25 years, we grew from startup to $2.75 billion in annual revenue and are confident that we still have a huge, multi-year growth opportunity ahead of us. Our confidence is driven by two primary factors: firstly, ~80% of the market segment for small businesses’ marketing materials is still served through traditional offline channels, often lacking the convenience and cost advantages from greater scale that we can offer our customers. Secondly, there is a significant opportunity to accelerate our activity in adjacent product segments such as packaging, apparel, signage, or corporate line of business accounts. We are a profitable business with an entrepreneurial mindset, and throughout our history we have proven our commitment to investing for long-term horizons. 
Since our inception, Vistaprint has sought to disrupt our market and to build a transformational and enduring business. Over the past 20 years, we have reinvented ourselves frequently in service of this mission. Change is in our DNA. 
The Opportunity 
 It is an exciting time to join Vistaprint as our founder and CEO, Robert Keane, recently returned to lead Vistaprint as CEO and is building out a new executive team. Together with all employees, we are renewing the company’s focus on delighting customers, fostering an entrepreneurial culture, and accelerating our world-class capabilities. 
We have a tremendous opportunity in front of us. Vistaprint’s vision of helping small business owners live their dreams is exciting and inspirational. In order to capitalize on our opportunity, we have embarked on a transformational journey to deliver “jaw-dropping customer value”. This will lead us to achieve world-class technology, services, and innovation, while creating an environment where our team members are inspired and enabled to do their best work. 

As a Principal Engineer in the Merchandising Technology team, you will responsible for technology strategy, hands-on solution architecture, team management, and being able to bridge the gap to other technology teams in the Vistaprint Technology organization.  You will be building the user-centric storefront pages that the myriads of Vistaprint customers use every day. Through an agile, customer-focused, experiment-and-learn methodology, the team will target new opportunities to serve small businesses. 
Technologies We're Using:

  • Javascript (React JS, Redux, TypeScript, Node.js) 

  • GatsbyJS or similar static site framework 

  • GraphQL 

  • AWS, Google Cloud Platform, or similar Cloud infrastructure 

  • Contentful or similar headless CMS 

  • Continuous integration and deployment with Gitlab, AWS, GKE 

  • Microservices and micro-frontend architecture 

  • NewRelic, SumoLogic  

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and implement a technology roadmap that aligns with the business strategy and delivers both short-term and long-term results 

  • Be the technology steward for the merchandising technology domain by developing a sustainable architecture to support business growth 

  • Implement security best practices and Vistaprint standards (RFCs) 

  • Be responsible for developing the technology strategy and key objectives for the future of Vistaprint’s frontend and  micro-services platform 

  • Identify and deliver solutions that push the boundaries of our UI development stack to achieve platform and business goals 

  • Actively mentor and coach direct reports 


Candidate Profile 

We are looking for a technology leader who is a self-starter and self-motivated to deliver world-class capabilities for e-commerce, manufacturing, marketing and customer care organizations. Critical analytical thinking, customer focus, and execution are key traits for success. 


Ideal Experience:

  • 7+ years of progressive software development experience as a software engineer, architect, and technical leader (e-commerce industry preferred) 

  • 2+ years with full-stack software development including newer front-end frameworks

  • Experience with Agile development using Scrum or Kanban 

  • Experience setting architectural and development standards and best practices for a large software engineering organization 

  • Experience leading organizations in the migration from legacy systems to modern highly scalable microservice and micro-front end oriented architectures 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Expert knowledge of design patterns and software engineering principles 
  • Collaboration skills to effectively work with business partners, stakeholders and other technologists (locally and remotely) 
  • Solution architecture and critical thinking in cross-functional teams 

  • Demonstrated ability to make good technology trade-off decisions, i.e. managing technical debt 

  • Microservices JSON, javascript, node.js, react, Amazon web services are all important 


What’s In It For You? 

  • Being part of a Global team, daily collaboration with peers and stakeholders from Vistaprint locations around the globe (USA, Europe, …) 

  • Competitive salary + comprehensive benefits 

  • Flexible working hours 

  • Continuous development opportunities such as onsite training, meetups, conferences, and online training subscriptions 

  • Flexiible work location from our new offices in Boston or headquarters in Waltham 

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Our Boston office (One Lincoln St) is two blocks from S.Station and offers stunning views. In Waltham we have free parking and fitness facilities.

An Insider's view of Vistaprint

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

I’ve always been told that having work-life balance was a priority. Not until coming to Vistaprint have I seen this ideology followed through on and put into practice so effectively and passionately with ample paid time off and work-from-home opportunities.

Adam Lawless

North American Public Relations Lead

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Every day brings new opportunities to collaborate with colleagues around the world. Technology enables us to overcome the distance - it’s not uncommon to see monitors with multiple locations dialed in, collaborating through shared documents and smart boards. Not only are we solving complex problems but we are growing and learning from each other.

Jennifer Hansen

Director, Analytics

How does the company support your career growth?

With a culture that allows me to feel psychologically safe to communicate honestly, I am enabled to share and receive feedback early and often. With regular touch bases with my manager, I can control my development, finding opportunities to take on projects that challenge me to work on areas of improvement or/and showcasing my strengths.

Andrew Holmes

Sr. Analyst

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We approach solutions in small increments and learn quickly from data driven results. We are relentlessly looking for ways we can deliver better products, that also includes breaking paradigms of what we have developed before.
Our microservice architecture help us innovate in specific sections of our infrastructure using the best possible tech!

Veronica Cuello

Manager, Technology

What is your vision for the company?

My vision as CDO is to transform Vistaprint into one the world’s most iconic DnA-driven companies. We want all of Vistaprint to think of data like water: easily accessible, inexpensive and vital to our wellbeing. To turn this into a reality, we need to significantly grow our team massively over the next year.

Sebastian Klapdor

Chief Data Officer

What are Vistaprint Perks + Benefits

Vistaprint Benefits Overview

Vistaprint strives to provide competitive compensation and benefits programs. Our total rewards package goes beyond great earnings potential and provides the means to a healthy lifestyle with flexibility to meet our team member's changing needs. Benefits include a generous medical, dental and vision plan. It also includes Flexible Spending Accounts, HSA, Commuter benefits, 401 k Plan as well as paid time off programs (volunteering, sick leave, PTO and flex time)

Volunteer in local community
Two days per year where team members can volunteer at a charity of their choice
Eat lunch together
Documented equal pay policy
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Vistaprint employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Short-term Disability insurance covers 100% of annual salary
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers up to $2000 per member/ year
Vision Benefits
The vision benefits plan covers $175 for glasses/year
Health Insurance Benefits
Vistaprint offers 3 seperate health plan options through Bluecross Blueshield of MA
Life Insurance
Life insurance is equal to 2 times an employee's annual salary upto a maximum of 400,000
Pet Insurance
employees have the option to pick up discounted pet insurance through Nationwide
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Vistaprints 401(k) retirement plan offers a broad selection of stocks, bonds and international index funds to choose from.
401(K) Matching
Vistaprint provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by [provider]. We match 50% of contributions up to 3% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Match charitable contributions
Team members are eligible for matching contributions upto $500/ year
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Vistaprint provides Backup child care assistance.
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 16 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Vistaprint also provides 4 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Vistaprint provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Company sponsored family events
Vistaprint sponsors an annual take you child to work day which is a highlight for employees and their families.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Vistaprint employees receive between 15 and 20 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 16 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Eligible employees get 4 weeks of paid sabbatical after their first 5 years of working at the company.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive 40 hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Team members can use pre-tax dollars for their transit/commuter parking needs
Free Daily Meals
We provide free breakfast on Friday. Employees get free lunch on twice per month.
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Pool Table, Foosball, Video Games.
Stocked Kitchen
Vistaprint has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and soft drinks.
Some Meals Provided
We provide free breakfast on Friday. Employees get free lunch every second Wednesday.
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted Once every two weeks.
We offer employees Free on-site garage parking.
Fitness Subsidies
BCBSMA members are eligible for upto $150 reimbursed annually.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Vistaprint offers employees professional development opportunities like the ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Our tuition reimbursement plan offers an annual max of $5250

Additional Perks + Benefits

“The VistaBreak” is one of the most prized benefits we offer our employees. This four-week paid sabbatical was originally established to grant some well-deserved time off to loyal employees when they reach their 5-year tenure. What could you do with an extra month of paid time off?

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